XTB Review 2024

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4.8

XTB is #2 in our rankings of CFD brokers.

XTB Facts & Figures

Founded in 2002 in Poland, XTB now serves more than 935,000 clients. The forex and CFD broker combines a heavily regulated trading environment with an extensive selection of 5,600+ assets and a commitment to trader satisfaction, featuring an intuitive in-house platform with superb tools to support aspiring traders.

Pros
  • With over 5,600 instruments across forex, stocks, indices, ETFs, commodities, and cryptocurrencies, including CFDs, share dealing and more recently Investment Plans, XTB caters to both short-term traders and longer-term investors.
  • The xStation platform continues to impress with its user-friendly interface and intuitive features, including customizable news feeds, sentiment heatmaps, and trader calculator, reducing the learning curve for newer traders.
  • With an excellent range of educational materials, including training videos and articles integrated into the platform, XTB supports traders at all levels.
  • XTB has boosted its interest rate on all uninvested balances (up to 5.2%) while competitors like eToro only offer up to 5% on balances of $50K+.
  • Opening an XTB account is a hassle-free, entirely online process that takes just a few minutes, making the entry into trading smooth for new traders.
  • First-class 24/5 customer support is available, including a friendly live chat with response times of under two minutes during testing.
  • XTB offers fast withdrawals with same-day payments if requested before 1 pm, ensuring traders have quick access to their funds.
Cons
  • XTB does not offer a raw spread account, which is becoming increasingly common among competitors like Pepperstone, and may disappoint traders looking for the tightest spreads.
  • The demo account expires after just four weeks, a serious limitation for traders who wish to thoroughly test the xStation platform and practice short-term strategies before committing real funds.
  • XTB discontinued support for MT4, limiting traders to its proprietary platform, xStation, potentially deterring advanced traders familiar with the MetaTrader suite.
  • Trading fees are competitive with average spreads of around 1 pip on the EUR/USD but still trail the cheapest brokers like IC Markets, plus there's an inactivity fee after 12 months.
  • The research tools at XTB are good but could be great if they went beyond in-house features with access to leading third-party tools such as Autochartist, Trading Central and TipRanks.
  • Not being able to adjust the default leverage level of XTB products is frustrating, as manual adjustment can significantly mitigate trade risk, especially in forex and CFD trading.
Awards
  • Best Forex Broker for Beginners 2022
  • Best Customer Service 2021
  • Best Forex Broker for Low Costs 2021
  • Best Mobile App for Investing 2020
  • #1 EMEA Bloomberg spot for FX accuracy in Q2 of 2020 and Q3 of 2018
  • Best Polish Forex Broker 2019
  • Best Execution Broker 2019
Instruments CFDs, Forex, Stocks, Indices, Commodities, Crypto, ETFs
Demo Account Yes
Min. Deposit $0
Mobile Apps iOS & Android
Trading App

Year after year XTB’s app stands out for its slick design and uncluttered interface that we love. It’s quick, responsive and packed with useful features, notably integrated sentiment data, market news, economic calendars and education. The user-friendly order panel underneath the trading chart also makes placing trades, including adding take profit and stop loss levels, really straightforward.

iOS App Rating
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4.7
Android App Rating
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4.1
Payments
Min. Trade 0.01 Lots
Regulated By FCA, CySEC, KNF, CNMV, DFSA, FSC
MetaTrader 4 No
MetaTrader 5 No
cTrader No
DMA Account Yes
ECN Account No
Social Trading No
Copy Trading No
Auto Trading Open API
Signals Service Yes
Islamic Account Yes
Commodities
  • Gold
  • Oil
  • Silver
  • Copper
  • Cotton
  • Sugar
  • Precious Metals
  • Gasoline
  • Cocoa
  • Coffee
  • Natural Gas
  • Nickel
  • Soybeans
  • Aluminium
  • Livestock
  • Corn
  • Palladium
  • Platinum
  • Wheat
  • Zinc
CFDs XTB offers a huge selection of more than 2,100 CFDs spanning forex, indices, commodities, stocks, ETFs, and cryptos (location-dependant). Leverage up to 1:30 is available in the EU and UK, while global clients and pro traders can access up to 1:500. XTB stands out for its CFD trading resources and tutorials to assist traders in developing short-term trading strategies.
Leverage 1:30
FTSE Spread 1.8
GBPUSD Spread 1.4
Oil Spread 0.03
Stocks Spread 0.2%
Forex XTB provides access to 70+ currency pairs with low spreads averaging around 1 pip on majors. The xStation platform offers an intuitive environment for forex traders with an excellent charting package encompassing 30+ indicators, plus a range of order types, catering to various strategies and risk management techniques.
GBPUSD Spread 1.4
EURUSD Spread 1.0
GBPEUR Spread 1.4
Assets 70+
Stocks XTB offers over 3,000 stocks (CFD and real), encompassing prominent companies such as Amazon, Barclays, and BMW, with zero commissions. The xStation platform also shines for its analysis features that elevate the stock trading experience, from stock scanners and heatmaps to diverse fundamental data, including market cap and P/E ratios.
Cryptocurrency XTB offers an excellent selection of cryptos with more than 50 digital currencies. Spreads are tight starting from 0.22% on BTC and leverage reaches 1:5. The xStation platform also provides intra-crypto pairs like ETH/BTC and DSH/BTC. With the capability to trade cryptos 24/7, XTB ensures a secure environment with transparent accounts for cryptocurrency trading.
Coins
  • ADA
  • BTC
  • BCH
  • DSH
  • EOS
  • ETH
  • IOTA
  • LTC
  • NEO
  • XRP
  • XLM
  • TRX
  • XEM
  • XLM
  • XMR
  • DOGE
  • BNB
  • LINK
  • UNI
  • DOT
  • XTZ
Spreads 0.22%
Crypto Lending No
Crypto Mining No
Crypto Staking No
Auto Market Maker No
Risk Warning – Your Capital is at risk

XTB is an online broker providing forex, stock and CFD trading to clients in the UK. This XTB review evaluates key considerations for British traders, including FCA regulation, GBP accounts, market access, trading platforms, investing apps, and pricing.

Our Take

  • XTB is one of the most trusted brokers in the UK with FCA authorization, a listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, and 20+ years of experience.
  • XTB is one of the few UK brokers to offer interest on unused GBP funds, with a recently increased rate of 5.2%, meaning you can earn while identifying opportunities.
  • XTB will serve both short- and long-term traders with thousands of CFDs, and recently Investment Plans, featuring over 390 ETFs.
  • The xStation platform continues to deliver a superb environment for investors at all levels with a clean design and advanced tools.

Is XTB Regulated In The UK?

XTB is a secure choice for UK traders, boasting regulation by reputable authorities, including the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Client funds are held in segregated accounts in accordance with FCA regulations, providing an additional layer of security.

In the unlikely event of insolvency, British traders’ funds are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), offering coverage up to £85,000.

Renowned for its transparency and efficient execution, XTB has garnered numerous accolades for its services and research efforts, underscoring its commitment to delivering a dependable and secure trading environment.

Accounts

Live Accounts

Two account types are offered at XTB UK: Standard and Professional.

The spread varies depending on account type and specific market. Standard accounts feature competitive floating spreads with a minimum spread of 0.5 pips, adjusting based on liquidity.

Professional accounts also have floating spreads but with a minimum spread of 0.1 pip, incorporating market execution and requiring a small commission for market-level spreads. Notably, professional accounts offer increased leverage and trading limits, attainable by meeting specific criteria.

XTB deserves recognition for providing negative balance protection to professional clients, a feature typically reserved for retail clients.

Opening an account with XTB is a straightforward process for UK residents, conducted entirely digitally and taking only a few minutes to complete, based on my personal experience.

A particularly appealing feature is the introduction of up to 5.2% interest on uninvested GBP cash balances, providing earnings while assessing market opportunities. The interest is automatically calculated and the broker recently removed the balance requirements, so it’s available to all clients.

Demo Account

XTB provides a free demo account. This account includes access to £100,000 in virtual funds and round-the-clock support from Sunday to Friday.

The demo account is where I started and it serves as a useful tool for testing the xStation platform and experimenting with trading strategies without risk.

However, it’s accessible for only four weeks, which is a shame for beginners in particular, providing limited time to fully learn platform features.

Funding Options

XTB offers an average range of payment methods for British traders, including credit/debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro) and wire transfers.

However, it’s missing notable e-wallets like PayPal, Skrill, and Neteller, which are popular with UK residents.

XTB offers a choice of accepted base currencies, including GBP, which is advantageous compared to platforms like eToro, which only offers USD.

Choosing GBP as a base currency can help avoid conversion fees when funding your trading account.

Deposits

The minimum deposit requirement is £0, making XTB great for newer investors, and there are no fees for depositing funds via bank transfer or credit/debit cards,

However, UK residents encounter a 2% fee for Skrill deposits. Additionally, exchange rate charges may apply when transferring funds in a currency different from your account’s base currency.

Most payments are processed instantly.

Withdrawals

Withdrawals are fee-free, provided they exceed £60, although the introduction of this minimum withdrawal threshold is disappointing compared to other top-tier brokers I use, notably Trading212.

Withdrawals can only be made to a verified bank account, a regulation-driven requirement that may be inconvenient for some users preferring withdrawal to the same payment source used for deposits.

Based on my experience, withdrawals from XTB are typically processed on the same day if requested before 1:00 pm GMT, or on the next business day if made after 1:00 pm. Withdrawals are transferred to the nominated bank account and require appropriate documentation.

While most withdrawals are free of charge, small sums may incur a fee.

XTB UK withdrawal process showing how to add bank account

UK Bank Transfer Withdrawal

Market Access

I’m continuously impressed with the huge range of trading opportunities at XTB, encompassing over 2,000 CFD, stock and forex assets:

  • Forex: 48 currency pairs, including GBP/USD, EUR/GBP and GBP/CHF.
  • Stocks: Trade over 3,000 stocks (CFD and real), including prominent UK companies Barclays PLC, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, and ITV PLC.
  • Indices: Covering 42 global stock exchanges, including major indices like the UK 100, Nasdaq 100, Dax 30, and S&P 500.
  • ETFs: Providing access to more than 120 products, including SPDR gold shares and core US aggregate bonds.
  • Commodities: Offering 23 commodities such as gold, cotton, oil, and sugar.

It’s disappointing that spread betting is not available for UK clients. Spread betting products are provided by top-rated alternatives, CMC Markets and AvaTrade, providing a tax-free way to speculate on financial markets for British traders.

XTB does not facilitate crypto investing, including popular coins such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, due to FCA regulations.

However, you do have the option to trade fractional stocks, which is an excellent option if you are new to stock and ETF trading and have a limited budget. You can invest in major companies like Meta without buying a whole share and zero commissions.

Investment Plans

I’ve also been pleased to see improvements in XTB’s investment offering, notably for hands-off traders. In September 2023, XTB introduced ‘Investment Plans’, which help to streamline long-term passive investing.

You can generate up to 10 unique portfolios, each comprising a maximum of 9 exchange-traded funds (ETFs). From the XTB app, you can define the amount you want to invest (£10 minimum). The system then allocates these funds according to your risk tolerance and chosen investment horizon.

Investment Plans can be initiated or terminated at any time, enabling you to actively adjust and redistribute your funds as your financial objectives change.

Leverage

UK residents onboarded to XTB Limited UK, regulated by the FCA, have a maximum leverage of 1:30. Professional traders can benefit from 1:500 leverage.

A notable limitation for me is the inability to adjust default leverage levels at XTB, which may pose risks.

Below are the limits applicable to each market type for retail investors:

  • Forex: 1:30
  • Indices: 1:20
  • Commodities: 1:10
  • Stock CFDs: up to 1:5

Pricing

XTB offers competitive fees.

Standard account holders benefit from commission-free trading, while professional account trades are subject to varying commission charges.

Forex spreads are close to industry averages based on tests. For instance, the average spread on GBP/USD is 1.4 pip during peak trading hours, while major indices like the UK 100 have a target spread cost of 1.9 points.

Although XTB launched commission-free trading for stocks and ETFs in the UK if trading less than €100,000 in a month, this offer is not as competitive as platforms like eToro, which provide commission-free trading without any restrictions. For trades exceeding the €100,000 monthly limit on stocks or ETFs, a fee of 0.2% with a minimum of £10 applies.

Like most UK brokers, overnight positions may incur swap fees calculated using tom-next rates, and there could be additional charges for currency conversion if trading in a currency other than your account’s base currency.

It is important to note that XTB applies a 0.5% conversion fee when trading real stocks and real ETFs in a currency different from your account’s base currency, including GBP.

Additionally, XTB imposes an inactivity fee on dormant accounts after 12 months of inactivity, resulting in a £10 deduction from the trading account each month until you initiate a position, or until the account balance reaches zero.

To avoid inactivity fees, withdraw your balance entirely if you plan to stop trading for a period.

Trading Platform

XTB’s proprietary platform, xStation 5, boasts impressive features and a user-friendly interface that I really enjoy trading on.

Available in web and desktop versions for both Windows and Mac, as well as a sleek mobile app for iOS and Android, including smartwatches (very unusual), it offers seamless functionality across devices.

xStation chart interface at XTB

xStation 5

For me, notable highlights are the exceptional search function for easy instrument discovery, market analysis tools for gaining fundamental insights on assets, the intuitive economic calendar, filterable news channel, sentiment heatmaps, and stock screener that makes it easier to locate opportunities.

Educational videos are also conveniently integrated into the platform, eliminating the need to search external sources, and providing key support for newer investors.

Executing trades is simplified with various order types like Market, Limit/Stop, Stop-loss/Take-profit, and Trailing stop, while the trader calculator aids in calculating essential parameters such as margin and commission. Order time limits like Good ’til’ time (GTT) and Good-til-Canceled (GTC) provide additional control over trade execution.

Trade window at XTB UK showing a market sell order

Trade Order

I find setting up alerts for events such as margin calls, deposits, withdrawals, and changes in positions is intuitive. Support for email, SMS, and push notifications also keep you informed about market developments.

However, it is worth noting that while xStation 5 offers robust tools for combining fundamental and technical analysis, XTB doesn’t support external trading platforms with advanced charting features, which may be a drawback if you’re an experienced trader accustomed to platforms like MetaTrader 4 or cTrader. Pepperstone is an excellent alternative here.

Extra Tools

XTB provides an extensive range of research tools accessible through the xStation 5 platform and some on its main website, available in multiple languages including English.

These include fundamental analysis, technical analysis, and market insights featuring up-to-date news streams from XTB’s research team. However, I do feel there is a lack of third-party analysis from reputable sources such as Autochartist, which would provide helpful technical summaries for short-term traders.

Rich fundamental data is delivered through the economic calendar and market analysis sections, offering summaries and historical data for upcoming events, as well as key facts about stocks such as market capitalisation and debt-to-equity ratio.

Additionally, XTB offers useful research tools like a ‘Stocks scanner’ to refine trading options and a ‘Heatmap’ for visualising market movements.

Asset heatmap and UK stocks scanner at XTB

Heatmap and Stocks Scanner

For educational resources, XTB offers a diverse array including training videos directly accessible on the platform and online articles covering various trading topics and platform guidance. These are great for beginners, but they don’t offer much for experienced traders.

Also, many of the videos need updating – the last live session was from 2021.

I think XTB could improve its education and research offering by providing regular live market analysis videos and adding filtering options (such as experience level) for education articles.

Customer Service

The customer service team at XTB offers round-the-clock support from Sunday to Friday via phone, email, and live chat. XTB can also be contacted through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Furthermore, you have access to a dedicated account manager to assist with account-related inquiries and concerns. A notable feature is the live chat available within the platform during working hours, Monday to Friday.

During multiple tests spanning many years, representatives have responded promptly and professionally to UK account and trading queries.

UK contact details at XTB

Should You Invest With XTB?

XTB is a reputable broker regulated by various financial authorities globally, notably the UK’s FCA.

Its proprietary trading platform, xStation, is easy to use and offers competitive spreads. While stock and ETF trading are usually commission-free and UK clients can earn interest on uninvested cash, the product range is primarily focused on CFDs, but it does offer a separate app for investing long-term in ETFs.

In summary, XTB is a great option, especially for those primarily trading forex or CFDs.

FAQ

Is XTB Good For UK Traders?

Yes, XTB is regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, ensuring compliance with stringent regulatory standards.

Additionally, XTB offers competitive pricing, a user-friendly xStation platform and app, and superb research tools and educational resources.

Furthermore, UK clients benefit from commission-free stock and ETF trading.

Can You Trade In GBP With XTB?

Yes, you can trade in GBP with XTB. The broker offers a range of account base currencies, including GBP, USD, EUR, and HUF, providing flexibility to operate in your preferred currency.

Can You Trade Cryptocurrency With XTB In The UK?

Due to regulations imposed by the FCA, XTB does not offer cryptocurrency trading services to UK clients.

Article Sources

XTB Website

XTB Limited – FCA License

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  1. IG Index - Founded in 1974, IG is part of IG Group Holdings Plc, a publicly traded (LSE: IGG) brokerage. The brand offers spread betting, CFD and forex trading across an almost unrivalled selection of 17,000+ markets, with a range of user-friendly platforms and investing apps. For 50 years, IG has maintained its position as an industry leader, excelling in all key areas for traders.
  2. Pepperstone - Established in Australia in 2010, Pepperstone is a top-rated forex and CFD broker with over 400,000 clients worldwide. It offers access to 1,300+ instruments on leading platforms MT4, MT5, cTrader and TradingView, maintaining low, transparent fees. Pepperstone is also regulated by trusted authorities like the FCA, ASIC, and CySEC, ensuring a secure environment for traders at all levels.
  3. AvaTrade - AvaTrade is a leading forex and CFD broker, established in 2006 and regulated across 9 jurisdictions. Over 400,000 users have signed up with the broker which processes over 2 million trades each month. The firm offers multiple trading platforms, including MT4, MT5, and a proprietary WebTrader. 1250+ financial instruments are available for trading, from CFDs to AvaOptions and now AvaFutures, alongside a comprehensive education center and multilingual customer support.

XTB Feature Comparison

XTB Compared With Similar Brokers
XTB IG Index Pepperstone AvaTrade
Rating 4.8 4.4 4.8 4.9
Markets Forex, Stocks, Commodities, Crypto Forex, Stocks, Commodities Forex, Stocks, Commodities, Crypto Forex, Stocks, Commodities
Minimum Deposit $0 $0 $0 $100
Minimum Trade 0.01 Lots 0.01 Lots 0.01 Lots 0.01 Lots
Demo Account Yes Yes Yes Yes
Regulators FCA, CySEC, KNF, CNMV, DFSA, FSC FCA, ASIC, NFA, CFTC, DFSA, BaFin, MAS, FSCA, FINMA, CONSOB FCA, ASIC, CySEC, DFSA, CMA, BaFin, SCB ASIC, CySEC, FSCA, ISA, CBI, FSA, FSRA, BVI, ADGM
Bonus - - - -
Education Yes Yes Yes Yes
Platforms - MT4 MT4, MT5, cTrader MT4, MT5
Leverage 1:30 1:30 (Retail), 1:222 (Pro) 1:30 (Retail), 1:500 (Pro) 1:30 (Retail) 1:400 (Pro)
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Trading Instruments Comparison

Comparison of XTB Trading Instruments
XTB IG Index Pepperstone AvaTrade
CFD Yes Yes Yes Yes
Forex Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stocks Yes Yes Yes Yes
Crypto Yes No Yes No
Commodities Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oil Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gold Yes Yes Yes Yes
Copper Yes Yes Yes Yes
Silver Yes Yes Yes Yes
Corn Yes No Yes Yes
Futures No Yes No Yes
Options No Yes No Yes
ETFs Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bonds No Yes No Yes
Warrants No Yes No No
Spreadbetting No Yes Yes Yes
Volatility Index Yes Yes Yes Yes

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Founded in 2002 in Poland, XTB now serves more than 935,000 clients. The forex and CFD broker combines a heavily regulated trading environment with an extensive selection of 5,600+ assets and a commitment to trader satisfaction, featuring an intuitive in-house platform with superb tools to support aspiring traders.