I saw so much scam in the market. Mt4 is relatively cheap to set up. Just buy up the license from Metaquote and you can start your server.
So, always look into some big licenses to choose your broker such as FCA(UK), ASIC(AUS), CySEC. I have been working to differentiate which is which for years... This is my only reminder to you all. Spread is very minimal to your profit if you are doing mid-long term trading. Stability is king
As someone who has done a ton of research and comparison for different brokers, I have to say that regulation doesn't always equal safety like most believe. If you look into what happened with Veracity (just for one example), you see that the clients got burned and most felt like they were secure because of the regulators. Reviews from real people is always what makes me feel more secure. Also, offshore brokers can be cheaper and usually have much more flexible leverage!
In Forex I prefer long-term trading which refers to the complete professionalism but traders are mostly allergic to this type of trading as it takes much time and the return from it is quite uncertain.
A regulated broker allows traders with numerous trading advantages that ultimately increase traders’ return. There are several brokers on the market so you should select one of those with a very caution.
It is crucial to trade with a regulated broker to be protected on all fronts. So when it comes to broker, I use aaafx since they are regulated and has some of tightest spreads that I'd like to see in broker.
utraeg posted: I have been looking at a broker in my region(asia), is it sometimes better to go for a same timezone brokerage so that they can offer support and assistance when needed?
Timezone isn't a major issue, you can go for brokers like fxview, tickmill or icmarkets, where they have around-the-clock services, so you don't have to worry about when are they available, mate. You can reach out to them anytime available 24hrs.