Please Note: our review is based on a live Classic Account, using the web platform, opened with the offshore BDS Markets entity (bdswiss.com).
BDSwiss offers trading in a wide range of assets via its beginner friendly web and mobile platforms, as well as offering the popular MetaTrader platform.
BDSwiss was established in 2012 and has since grown to have over a million clients worldwide. Trading is available in more than 1000 instruments, across forex, commodities, shares, indices, cryptocurrencies and ETFs.
- We evaluated BDSwiss across 9 categories (Trust/Stability, Fees, Tradable Instruments, Account Types, Deposit/Withdrawal, Research, Customer Support, Education, Platform/Tools).
- BDSwiss shined in the areas of customer service, education and research.
- We found room for improvement in the categories of trust and fees.
- The proprietary WebTrader platform is user friendly but lacks some popular features, which pulled down the score in the platform category.
- BDSwiss’s trust score suffers as a result of offshore regulators that offer much less protection than their tier-1 counterparts.
- BDSwiss is a beginner friendly broker, with easy to use platforms and good education and research resources. However, some fees are relatively high in the Classic account.
- VIP and Raw accounts offer more competitive pricing and access to advanced tools, catering to experienced traders.
BDSwiss differentiates itself by having proprietary web and mobile platforms as well as providing MetaTrader 4 and 5. It also offers some unique tools such as the Trend Analyser powered by Autochartist. BDSwiss also offers flexibility in that it has multiple account types to cater to different trader profiles.
The BDSwiss Classic account is suitable for new traders, with its intuitive platforms, reliable customer service and broad range of research and educational resources. BDSwiss can also cater to more sophisticated traders with its other account types, which offer access to more competitive pricing and advanced trading tools.
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FSC (Mauritius), FSA(SC) (Seychelles)
English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Greek
Currencies, Commodities, Indices, ETFs, Stocks, Crypto
1:500 (FSC), 1:500 (FSA(SC))
🖥Trading Desk Type
Market Maker, STP
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BDSwiss’s trust score is adversely affected by offshore regulators who provide fewer protection for traders than their tier-1 counterparts. The broker could also improve its transparency and the accessibility of vital information
In our trust category, we place most importance on how a broker is regulated. So let’s dive in and take a look at how the different entities of BDSwiss across the globe are regulated and how this impacts you as a trader. We rate regulators on a scale of 1 to 3, with 1 reflecting the highest level of trust.
The various global entities of BDSwiss are regulated by the following agencies:
- BDS Markets is authorised and regulated as an Investment Dealer by the Financial Services Commission of Mauritius (FSC) under license No. C116016172. We rate the FSC as a Tier 3 regulator.
- BDS Ltd. is authorized and regulated by the Seychelles Financial Services Authority (FSA) under license number SD047. We rate the FSA as a Tier 3 regulator.
The location of a broker will dictate the level of regulatory oversight and protections offered to investors. Due to a regulatory clampdown from tier 1 regulators such as the FCA, CySEC and ASIC, many brokers have moved offshore so it’s worthwhile doing your due diligence.
We look for several things when analysing the safety and trust of a broker. This includes:
- Segregation of client funds from company funds. Having client funds segregated from company funds is always important as you don’t want your broker to use your funds to run their business!
- A negative balance protection policy. This means that your account cannot go into a negative balance from adverse movements in the market.
- Compensation scheme. Does the entity or regulator provide access to compensation in the event a broker goes bust?
- Are additional safeguards put in place by the broker even when they are not required to do so? This is a great measure of just how serious your broker takes your safety!
Some financial regulators make it a regulatory requirement to offer some of these features, while others do not.
In the table below we break down the mandated protections and benefits by entity, regulator and region.
|Entity||BDS Markets||BDS Ltd.|
|Negative Balance Protection||Yes||Yes|
We checked the regulatory status of BDSwiss in December of 2021.
In our tests for the Trust category we also cover factors relating to stability and transparency. Here, we focused on how long the broker has been in business, the size of the company and how transparent they are in terms of information being readily available.
Founded in 2012, BDSwiss has a substantial operating history. The company page on LinkedIn states that there are 51-200 employees, reflecting a small to medium sized brokerage firm.
BDSwiss showed an average level of transparency in areas such as their regulatory status, fees and general background information. Information and materials are readily available on the website. The regulatory status of different subsidiaries is covered on the homepage of bdswiss.com. The Fees and Charges page clearly outlines costs. A Client Agreement (Terms of service) document is also available on the General terms and conditions page.
In summary, we rated BDSwiss as having a low to mid-level of trust and stability due to the following factors:
- Is currently licensed under offshore regulators only.
- All new clients are currently assigned to an entity regulated offshore.
- Having a substantial operating history.
- Being a relatively small brokerage.
- Having an average level of transparency.
With a standard account (Classic) BDSwiss some trading costs and fees are high, while others are competitive. Lower trading costs are available through different account types.
With the Classic Account, BDSwiss earns money mainly from spreads (the gap between the bid and offer prices of an asset).
Spreads at BDSwiss are variable, meaning that they fluctuate slightly. The size of the spread depends on the level of liquidity in the market. Liquidity describes the extent to which an instrument can be bought and sold quickly and without moving the market. Tighter spreads are typically seen when there is greater liquidity in the market.
We tested the spreads at BDSwiss across different asset classes in a live account using the WebTrader platform. The test was performed at 8AM GMT and at 3PM GMT on December 17th 2021. We made our tests at two different times to allow greater perspective. 8AM GMT is the London open, when there is a great deal of liquidity in the forex market and therefore tighter spreads in currency pairs. 3PM GMT is a quieter time, shortly before the opening of the New York stock exchange.
|Instrument||Live Spread AM||Live Spread PM|
|US Oil (USOIL)||0.118||0.119|
|Dow Jones 30 (US30)||1.6||1.3|
|Dax 30 (GER30)||0.55||0.55|
Spreads in some popular instruments (for example EUR/USD) are substantially wider than industry leaders, making it more expensive to enter and exit a trade. However, some instruments such as the Dax and Dow Jones 30 had quite competitive spreads in our tests.
Swap fees (the cost of holding a position overnight) were roughly average at BDSwiss.
Overnight fees (swap fees) are charged for CFD positions that stay open overnight and are relative to the value of the position. They are essentially an interest payment to cover the cost of the leverage that was used overnight.
In the table below you can see the Swap Long (the cost/credit of holding a buy position overnight) and the Swap Short (the cost/credit of holding a sell position overnight) for one full sized contract. A full sized contract is 100,000 units of the base currency (the first currency quoted in the pair).
We recorded the data on December 15th 2021.
|Instrument||Swap Long||Swap Short|
|EUR/USD||Charge of $7||Charge of $0.50|
|GBP/JPY||Credit of $1.20||Charge of $6.80|
BDSwiss charges high inactivity fees. If your account is dormant for over 90 days, clients are charged a monthly account management fee of 10% of the account balance. A minimum of 25 EUR/USD/GBPand a maximum of 49.9 0EUR/USD/GBP is charged and deducted from the balance in the account.
BDSwiss does not charge any fees on deposits or withdrawals processed via credit card. However, for bank wire withdrawals equal to or less than 100 EUR/USD/GBP, BDSwiss will charge a 10 EUR/USD/GBP flat fee.
Overall, fees at BDSwiss are not very competitive for the Classic Account. Some spreads are rather wide and the inactivity fee is surprisingly high. The overnight fees were average. One bright spot was that spreads in certain assets such as indices were more competitive.
Platforms and Tools
The BDSwiss WebTrader platform is accessible from all browsers and is available in over 20 languages. The platform has an intuitive, easy to use interface but is not very customizable. Basic order types are available, such as market orders, limit orders and stop loss orders. More advanced order types such as trailing stops are not available. Popular features such as 1-click trading and alerts are also not available via the web platform.
BDSwiss offers the popular MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 platforms for desktop, which include advanced functions such as copy trading and automated trading.
MetaTrader 5 is available in 31 languages. The platform provides popular features such as:
- Alerts. This feature allows traders to be updated when an instrument reaches a specific price level. Alerts can be delivered via audio, an email, or a push notification to a mobile device.
- Watchlists. Traders can set up a list of their favorite instruments and follow live quotes in a panel called Market Watch.
- One-click trading. This feature allows traders to execute orders with a single click and no secondary confirmation. Being able to place a trade with a single click saves time and is especially useful for short term traders.
- Trading from the chart. MT5 also allows users the convenience of trading directly from the chart.
MetaTrader also delivers when it comes to the range of available order types. The following order types are available:
- Market Order. This is an order to buy or sell an instrument at the current best available price.
- Limit Orders. This is an order to buy or sell an instrument at a specified price or better.
- Stop Loss Order. This is an order to buy or sell an instrument that is triggered when price reaches a specified level.
- Trailing Stop Order. This is a stop loss order that can be set at a defined percentage or dollar amount away from an instrument’s current market price. It is used to secure profits when you are in a winning trade, while not having to exit the position.
Time in force conditions such as Good ‘Til Canceled (GTC) can be applied to pending orders.
Charting features are robust. MetaTrader offers:
- 38 technical indicators. These include classic trend indicators, volume indicators and oscillators.
- 44 analytical objects. These include lines, channels, Gann and Fibonacci tools.
- 21 time frames Each instrument can be displayed in nine time frames, from one minute to one month.
- 3 chart types. Traders can choose between Bar Charts, Japanese Candlestick Charts and Line Charts.
The BDSwiss Mobile App has a clean and user-friendly interface. However, it only offers very basic functionality.
The BDSwiss Mobile app is intuitive and easy to navigate. The User Experience (UX) is positive as the app feels modern and up to date. Traders can use the app to follow various instruments sorted by asset class, keep track of their open positions, make trades and also fund their account.
Basic order types are available, such as market, limit and stop loss orders. The app does not offer time in force orders, such as Good ‘Til Canceled (GTC). Trailing stop loss orders are also not available.
Trading from the chart and 1-click trading are available on the app. Alerts, another popular feature, are not available.
Charts are good looking on the BDSwiss Mobile app but offer limited functionality. 2 types of charts are available (candlestick and area) across 9 different time frames. There are no technical indicators or drawing tools.
BDSwiss is a Market Maker and STP (Straight-Through Processing) broker and states that most trades are executed straight through liquidity providers. Market maker brokers set the bid (buy) and offer (sell) prices internally and automatically take the other side of a clients trade.
BDSwiss covers a broad range of markets, including forex, stocks, indices, commodities and cryptocurrencies. Only 6 commodities are available to trade, but in other areas such as cryptocurrencies BDSwiss has a stronger variety.
CFDs (Contract for Differences) are financial derivative products that allow traders to speculate in various markets without owning the underlying assets. Tradable instruments at BDSwiss include the following CFDs::
- 50 Currency Pairs. A currency pair combines two different currencies, with the value of one currency quoted against the other. For example EUR/USD, which reflects the value of the euro measured in dollars.
- 6 Commodities. Commodities are raw products, such as gold and oil.
- 132 Stocks. BDSwiss offers trading in stock CFDs from exchanges ranging from the London Stock Exchange to the NASDAQ. A stock is a security that represents partial ownership of a corporation. Keep in mind that when trading stock CFDs you are speculating on the price of a stock without actually taking ownership of the underlying asset.
- 10 Stock Indices. Available index instruments at BDSwiss range from the HKG50 to the FRA40. A stock index is a basket of shares that is used to gauge a market sector, stocks within an exchange or the economy of a country.
- 19 Cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, are digital currencies that are secured by cryptography.
While a broad range of markets are available, some instruments such as bonds cannot be traded, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are available only through the MT5 platform Below is a sampling of instruments across the various asset classes.
|Major Forex||Minor Forex|
|USD/CAD | USD/JPY | GBP/USD||AUD/CAD | EUR/GBP | HKD/JPY|
|Stock CFDs||Index CFDs|
|Walt Disney | CME Group | Deutsche Bank||US30 | HKG50 | AUS200|
|Cryptocurrency CFDs||Commodity CFDs|
|Doge | Iota | Bitcoin||Platinum | Gold | Crude Oil|
BDSwiss offers competent customer support via live chat, phone and email. Agents are available 24/5. We were pleased by the level of customer support received overall.
Replies to customer support inquiries were fast. With live chat, a bot tries to answer your question and then you can elect to speak to a live agent, which usually takes place right away. There was no wait time for phone calls and emails were replied to within a couple of days.
We tested support with a range of questions, ranging from easy (for example what is the minimum deposit to open an account?) to harder questions (such as how can I set alerts in MetaTrader?). Agents were helpful and most of the time knew the answers to our questions immediately. If they did not know they checked with a colleague and got back to us promptly. Overall, we judged the customer service to be solid and reliable.
BDSwiss does not charge for deposits or withdrawals processed via credit card, but for bank wire withdrawals equal to or less than 100 EUR/USD/GBP a fee is charged. This broker offers a broad range of deposit and withdrawal methods, a little better than average for the industry.
BDSwiss offers mostly free deposits and withdrawals, with the exception of bank wires under 100, where a 10 EUR/USD/GBP flat fee is charged. It is important to remember that the availability of deposit and withdrawal methods depends on the country or residence.
Deposits are free at BDSwiss and funds are typically available immediately. Keep in mind that banks typically charge for sending wire transfers out. The following account funding methods are available:
|Deposit Method||Commission||Processing Time|
* Bank wire deposits may take between 1-4 working days to reach BDSwiss and are processed immediately once they are received.
Withdrawals at BDSwiss are processed within 24 working hours. The minimum withdrawal required via Bank Wire Transfer is 60 EUR/USD/GBP. The following withdrawal methods are available:
|Withdrawal Method||Commission||Processing Time|
|Bank Wire||0%||24 hours*|
|Online Banking||0%||24 hours|
* When using a Bank Transfer, once the withdrawal is processed, it can take from 2-5 working days until the funds reach your account.
The account opening process at BDSwiss is fully digital and can be completed within about 20 minutes.
We opened an account with the offshore BDS Markets entity. To start out, prospective clients must enter their name, country of residence, date of birth, phone number and email. The phone number is verified via an SMS message. Along with personal profile information, individuals must upload documents to verify their identity and residential address and finally take a basic appropriateness test.
The Know Your Customer (KYC) questionnaire aims to ensure that brokers understand the risk tolerance, investment knowledge, and financial position of prospective clients.
Available base currencies at BDSwiss (the currency in which your account is denominated) are EUR/USD/GBP for all accounts. The minimum deposit is 100 EUR/USD/GBP.
BDSwiss currently offers five main account types for forex and CFDs: Classic, Raw, VIP, Cent and the Premium account (available for specific countries).
In the table below, we cover the key features of each account.
|Average Spread||1.5 (EUR/USD)||1.5 (EUR/USD)||1.1 (EUR/USD)||1.1 (EUR/USD)||0.3 (EUR/USD)|
|Commissions (per round lot)||$0 on all pairs||$0 on pairs $2 on indices 0.15% on shares||$0 on all pairs||$0 on pairs $0 on indices 0.15% on shares||$5 on pairs $2 on indices 0.15% on shares|
|Availability||BDS Markets (FSC) BDS Ltd (FSA)||BDS Markets (FSC) BDS Ltd (FSA)||BDS Markets (FSC) BDS Ltd (FSA)||BDS Markets (FSC) BDS Ltd (FSA)||BDS Markets (FSC) BDS Ltd (FSA)|
|Leverage||up to 1:500||up to 1:500||up to 1:500||up to 1:500||up to 1:500|
|Available Markets||Forex, Commodities||Forex, Stocks, Indices, Commodities, Cryptos||Forex, Commodities||Forex, Stocks, Indices, Commodities, Cryptos||Forex, Stocks, Indices, Commodities, Cryptos|
For investors focused on stocks, BDSwiss offers the StockPlus Account. This is available only for clients of the BDS Markets entity regulated by the FSC. The StockPlus account offers access to over 1000 stocks and ETFs, 0% commissions for unleveraged trades and leverage of up to 1:5. Eligible unleveraged positions can earn quarterly dividends.
The list below covers the key features of the StockPlus Account:
- Minimum deposit: 200 $/€/£
- Commission: Unleveraged Shares: $0 Leveraged Shares & ETFs: 0.1%
- Available Leverage: 1:5
- Platforms: WebTrader, MT5
- Available Assets: 900+ Shares, 80+ ETFs
- Dividends: Paid on unleveraged dividend-yielding shares
One of the reasons that traders are attracted to the forex and CFD markets is the high degree of available leverage. Leverage is the use of borrowed funds to increase the size of your trading positions beyond what would be possible using only the cash in your account.
BDSwiss’s clients are regulated by the Financial Services Commission of Mauritius (FSC) or by Seychelles Financial Services Authority (FSA), and have access to leverage of 1:500. This means that with an account of $1,000, you can control $500,000 worth of positions in the market.
The leverage available by asset at the offshore BDS Markets entity is the following:
- 1:500 for forex.
- 1:200 for gold.
- 1:100 for indices.
- 1:100 for commodities.
- 1:5 for equities.
Leveraged trading comes with a very high level of risk and is a principle reason why the majority traders lose money.
BDSwiss offers an unlimited demo accountwith up to 1,000,000 €/$/£ of virtual money to help users practice trading risk free. Accounts can be funded with up to 1,000,000 €/$/£ of virtual money. This is especially important for beginners as it enables them to practice their strategies and get comfortable with the trading platform without risking any real money. Demo accounts are available using both MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 and can be used across different account types.
Swap free Islamic accounts that adhere to the principles of Sharia law are also available.
BDSwiss accepts clients from the majority of countries globally. However, BDSwiss does not accept traders from the following countries: Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, United States, Belgium, Japan, Mauritius and the Seychelles. UK and EU based traders are also not currently accepted.
BDSwiss offers a good range of research materials, including daily market analysis, webinars, a weekly outlook and special reports.
BDSwiss has a team of in-house analysts providing daily coverage of the market in both written and video formats. In addition, weekly outlooks and in-depth reports offer insights into the markets.
BDSwiss provides a range of tools to help traders orient themselves in the market. These include an economic calendar, a trends analysis tool and a forex heat map showing the most traded currency pairs. BDSwiss provides frequently updated research materials of good quality, better than the industry average in our view. Materials can cater to both beginners and advanced traders.
Third party tools Trading Central and Autochartist are available to clients with balances above 200€/$/£
BDSwiss provides robust educational materials via their Trading Academy, which includes courses, ebooks and live webinars.
BDSwiss have gone the extra mile in the area of education with in-depth and frequently updated materials. They offer a wide range of resources including:
- Forex Lessons: Covers material ranging from the basic, (such as What is a CFD), to more advanced topics, (for example Position Sizing).
- Educational Live Webinars: Covers material such as the Fed Interest Rate Decisions and the Non-Farm Payrolls report.
- Educational Videos: Includes a 10-course video series with Frank Walbaum.
- Ebooks: These cover the Psychology of Trading and Technical Indicators.
- Seminars: Trading workshops and seminars have been held across the globe from Ireland to Thailand.
- 1 on 1 VIP Trading Coaching: Personal coaching is available to clients with VIP accounts.
We concluded that BDSwiss has a good range of educational materials catering to both beginners and advanced traders.
Third party tools Trading Central and Autochartist are available to clients with balances above €200.
Trading Central combines award-winning automated investment analytics and analyst research.
Popular features include:
- Alpha Generation. A pack of three indicators that represent market psychology and assist with identifying new trade opportunities and potential entry/exit points.
- Analyst Views. Offers directional guidance in real time based on the analysis from industry experts.
- Adaptive Candlesticks. Scans for sixteen classic candlestick patterns, instantly on any chart.
- Adaptive Convergence Divergence (ADC). Provides signals based on components including price lines, indicators and oscillators.
Trading Central offers materials useful to both beginners and experienced traders, ranging from basic market commentary to advanced technical tools.
Autochartist is a software platform that automatically identifies and notifies traders on potential trade setups and entry opportunities across multiple markets.
Autochartist can alert users of chart patterns (such as Head and Shoulders), Fibonacci Patterns (from extensions to Gartley) and major horizontal support and resistance levels. Fundamental analysis tools that can provide stock valuations are also available. Autochartist is simple to understand and can be used by both beginners and advanced traders.
The Bottom Line
BDSwiss may have appeal for beginners with its easy to use proprietary platforms, solid customer service and abundant educational materials. However, BDSwiss has relatively high fees for Classic Accounts and clients outside the EU do not have the reassurance of strong regulatory oversight.
FSC (Mauritius), FSA(SC) (Seychelles)
Number Of Employees
Trading Desk Type
Market Maker, STP
MT4, MT5, Proprietary, WebTrader
United States, Russian Federation, Belgium, France, Japan, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Eritrea, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, North Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Romania, Greece, Vatican City, Albania, Slovakia, Somalia, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, Seychelles, Ukraine, Denmark, Serbia, Mauritius, Libya, Netherlands, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Austria, Sudan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Congo, Croatia, Cyprus
English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Greek
1:500 (FSC), 1:500 (FSA(SC))
Wire Transfer, Credit Card, Skrill, Neteller, iDeal, Sofort, Giropay
Wire Transfer, Credit Card, Skrill, Neteller
Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin, Ethereum
Currencies, Commodities, Indices, ETFs, Stocks, Crypto