Best True Ecn/Stp UK Forex Brokers list of 2018

by | Oct 3, 2018 | Best Brokers | 0 comments

When we think of a trading broker, usually there are two cities that affect the collective imagination. New York and London.

But, if we talk about Forex market, then the ideal city is surely only one. London.

By digging further into the collective imagination, and considering the type of broker to use for forex trading, many traders specifically and exclusiverly choose only those brokers offering Ecn/Stp trading platforms. Even better if pure or true Ecn.

In this post we picked up the best UK ECN/STP brokers (you can also have a look at our list of the best ecn brokers with mt4, or the general list of the best ECN STP brokers).

(This post is part of the best forex broker 2017 series)

But first, let’s talk about the “true ECN” thing and what it means.

True ECN brokers UK

I can imagine that, if you are looking for a “true ECN broker“, your goal is to avoid at all costs a market maker broker.

The problem is that, at least in the UK, there are no pure Ecn brokers, but they are all at least ECN + STP.

If Ecn means Electronic Communication Network, STP means Straight Through Processing.

To oversimplify, a Broker with STP structure is a no-dealing desk broker that, when it receives an order from the customer, has two choices:

  1. turn the order to its liquidity providers;
  2. process it internally, ie becoming the counterparty.

Option two is pretty much equal to what a Market Maker does, but there is a substantial difference. In either case, ie whether the order is turned over to the liquidity providers or handled internally, the STP brokers (as the name implies) does everything automatically, with no intervention and no interference, as a market maker could do instead in some cases.

So, why an Ecn always have this combined structure with Stp?

The reason is simple.

In a pure Ecn your order can be executed if, and only if, within the Network there is a counterparty that can execute your order by taking a contrary position. However, if there is none (even if almost impossible), your order cannot be executed, or at least cannot be executed at the price you wanted, or the execution may not always be instantaneous.

But adding the STP modality, the broker can assure you to always execute your orders at your desired prices, with extreme speed, either because there is a direct counterpart in the Ecn, or because he automatically act as counterparty, without any intervention (STP).

Basically, everything is designed to give customers the best experience, ensuring they always have the option to open or close their trade very quickly.

uk ecn stp brokers list

List of UK ECN/STP Forex Brokers of 2018

Here is the list of the top 6 brokers headquartered in the UK.

1. FxPro

fxpro ecn ukOne of the best UK brokers since its foundation, FxPro offers a NDD account through the cTrader platform, with spreads from 0 pips and a comprehensive view of the market depth.

Try the NDD account with FxPro

2. ActiveTrades

activtrades ecn ukActiveTrades was founded in 2001 in Switzerland, but then moved in 2005 to London.

Try the ECN account with ActiveTrades

3. Admiral Markets

Admiral Markets ecn ukAlso Admiral Markets was born outside the UK, specifically in St. Petersburg in 2001, but then moved to London in 2013.

Try the ECN account with Admiral Markets

4. ADS Prime by ADS Securities London

ads prime ecn ukADS Securities London is an independent broker based in London, and it’s part of the ADS Holding LLC of Abu Dhabi.

Try the ECN account with ADS Prime

5. PhillipCapital UK

phillipCapital uk ecnPhillipCapital UK is part of the multinational Phillip Capital Group, with offices all around the world, and of course in London, with a company of its own.

Try the ECN account with Phillip Capital

6. LCG – London Capital Group

LCG london capital group ecn ukLCG stands for London Capital Group, is another important UK broker with a great Ecn structure.

Try the ECN account with LCG


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