Choosing a good broker is vital. However, it really depends in which country u are. Some brokers are just banned in your countries. You have to check carefully. Do not waste time on some brokers, searching for spread, rebate, etc, and it turns out you just cannot open a trading account due to the licensing problem...
I use regulated broker, the company has regulated by ASIC, FCA, and Cysec, I think the regulated broker is important to pay attention to, although not all regulated broker is good, besides regulation, also review among trader, broker that has reliable and trusted, they will get positive review among trader,
For higher leverage it's worth checking out some off shore brokers. A lot of people always recommend a regulated broker & I understand their thinking but they are also very restrictive. I have used unregulated brokers with no issue. You just need to do your research.
I don't think it is as important as it used to be personally, particularly to those in the US who are hamstrung by regulations that actually offer little in the way of fund protection, all the while limiting their trading conditions. That's not to say all unregulated brokers are good. Just that they shouldn't be dismissed out of hand.
If you can't spot the liquidity then you are the liquidity.
I’m from the US as well and wound up going with an offshore broker because options were limited and I was able to trade with higher leverage. In this case, I’d also recommend CedarFX to you because they seem to fit the criteria you’re looking for as far as low costs and high leverage. You can open a 0 commission account there with decent spreads, no extra fees, and leverage up to 1:500. Hope this helps!
Pezza posted: For higher leverage it's worth checking out some off shore brokers. A lot of people always recommend a regulated broker & I understand their thinking but they are also very restrictive. I have used unregulated brokers with no issue. You just need to do your research.
I use them too. I have found them solid and lots more options to trade and some have same day withdrawals now too
For me there are far more important factors to consider then selecting a broker. Whether or not they are regulated is way down my list in selection criteria. Here in Australia, they limited our leverage earlier in the year. If I want to choose a regulated option here, my only option is accepting a maximum of 1:30 leverage.... Having traded with 1:500 leverage for 4 years before hand, there is no way my strategy would be worth my time with so little leverage. For me, trading conditions, reviews, customer service and the test of time is far more important.
I prefer to use Offshore brokers. I find that they tend to offer better trading conditions such as a higher leverage and lower commission. I like to trade crypto 24/7, which most onshore brokers don't seem to offer.