Frequently asked questions about Exante

Frequently asked questions about Exante

There is no doubt that picking the right investment firm when it comes to trading can be a daunting task. Fortunately, if you want something reliable, easy-to-use and straightforward, then Exante has you covered. The firm was established in 2011 by three co-founders – Anatoly Knyazev, GatisEglitis and Alexey Kirienko, and has over a decade of experience in the financial sector. Here, we answer a few commonly asked questions for those considering using Exante as a trading platform. 

What is Exante? 

Exante is a global investment company that focuses on providing its customers with direct access to over 600,000 financial instruments from a single multi-currency trading account. The company also offers access to over 50 markets worldwide, specifically in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Exante primarily specialises in servicing professional traders, brokers, asset managers, banks, and other financial institutions, though it is also suitable for novice and beginner traders to use. 

The investment firm prides itself on having $1.6 billion cumulative assets under management (AUM) and has offices in Malta, London, Cyprus, and Hong Kong. With its state-of-the-art technology, Exante’s trading platform allows for manual service when it comes to trading over-the-counter bonds and exotics, and traders can also take advantage of shorting, cross-margining, and margin trading. The broker further has a network of over 1,100 servers all over the world, in order to ensure the lowest latencies and the transfer of safe data. This should give investors relief that their funds will be secure with Exante. 

What licenses does Exante have?

Traders will be pleased to know that Exante is licensed in all the regions that it operates in. This means that the broker is incredibly reputable and safe to work with. In London, Exante is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), while in Hong Kong, it is licensed by the Securities and Futures Commission. In Malta, the firm is licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) in addition to being authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This means that Exante is allowed to provide financial services to both corporate and retail clients, including for both trading and investments. In Cyprus, the organisation is instead licensed by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission. 

As an EU-based investment firm, Exante is further subjected to MiFID II requirements. MiFID II is a regulatory framework that focuses on regulating financial markets in the EU as well as improving protections for investors. It was rolled out on Jan 3rd, 2018, and covers virtually every asset and profession within the EU financial services industry. MiFID II also regulates over-the-counter trading by imposing more tests and reporting requirements to increase transparency. It also improves on record-keeping of any financial transactions. MiFID II affects all financial instruments based in the EU, which means a product is still covered by this regulation even if a trader wishing to purchase it is located outside of the EU. 

What is the difference between a live and a demo account? 

When you register an account with Exante, you will be given the option of using a live or demo account. While the two accounts look nearly identical, there are still large differences that traders must understand. For starters, there are no documents required to open a demo account, as a trader automatically gets one after registering with Exante. This is not so for live accounts – to use them to begin trading, a trader must provide a list of documents. The documents required will depend on the type of account a trader wishes to open – an individual trading account or a corporate trading account. For an individual trading account, traders must provide proof of identity and proof of residence, whereas, for a corporate trading account, a user must provide proof of registration, incorporation documents, registered office, proof of active status, and more. 

Another difference between the two accounts is the minimal account funding needed to activate them. For a demo account, there is zero funding required. Instead, Exante’s demo account offers a virtual 1,000,000 EUR so that traders can practise their trading skills and test out new strategies via paper trading. The amount of the web currency can further be adjusted by contacting customer support. On the other hand, a live account requires a minimal amount of funding before it can be opened. For a basic individual account, the minimum deposit should be 10,000 EUR/GBP or equivalent, whereas, for a corporate account, the minimum amount of funds should be 50,000 EUR/GBP or equivalent. Fortunately, as there are no fixed minimums or maximum transfer limits, Exante allows traders to transfer the deposit in parts. That said, they will only receive access to live trading once they reach the minimum deposit requirement for their account. 

An important thing to keep in mind is market data also differs between a live and demo account. For a demo account, market data is delayed by at least 30 minutes. Conversely, a live account is set in real-time, which gives traders more precise and detailed information regarding their trades, allowing them to make better data-driven financial decisions. 

Overall, a demo account is exactly like its name suggests – it is made for demonstration and practice purposes, meaning it is entirely risk-free to use. That said, because it is risk-free, there are no opportunities for traders to potentially make a profit. A live account is the exact opposite –because it gives traders a potential opportunity to take advantage of the financial markets. That said, any losses incurred will be borne by the trader alone. 

How do I register an account? 

Registering an account with Exante is incredibly simple and straightforward. You only need to navigate to their official website and click on the ‘open account’ button. Here, you can choose whether you wish to open either an individual or corporate account. After that, you will be prompted to provide some information like your name, email, and mobile phone. To register for a corporate account, you will also have to provide your company name as well. 

Afterwards, you will be given access to Exante’s Client’s Area which has a demo account. You will then be prompted to open a live account, first by filling in a questionnaire detailing your trading experience and fields of interest. Next, you have to verify your identity by uploading the required documents, and finally, adding the funds required. Only then will you be able to start trading.

Of note – Exante provides a web-based live trading platform, or if you wish for a more personalised experience, you can download the program on any mobile or desktop device.


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