If you are looking for a binary options broker which is offering the latest and best in terms of platform and features, Finpari is worth considering. Finpari is owned and operated by Scotland-based NORSKE INTER LP., the same company that runs BinaryMate. Finpari used to accept customers from all over the world, but they have recently shut their doors to USA and Canadian customers. Traders from other countries can still register an account.
Creating an Account on Finpari
When you go to open your account on Finpari, you will be able to deposit in US Dollar, Euro, British Pound, or Russian Ruble. Deposit methods include credit or debit card, UnionPay, Alipay, Amex, JCB, Wire Transfer, WebMoney, QIWI, OKPAY, Bitcoin, PerfectMoney, Neteller, and PayPal.
The minimum deposit of $250 gets you a Bronze account, which includes a 20% bonus, a trading course with an eBook and video, and access to a demo account. It is excellent that the demo account is offered at every level, because this gives you a way to practice your trading before you risk real money.
If you deposit $1,000-$2,999, you qualify for a Silver account. With this account you get a 50% bonus, the same training materials, and an additional web session master class. You also receive three risk-free trades and the option for up to 10% money back if your trade loses. The Gold account starts at $3,000, and gives you a bonus of 100% and all the benefits at the Silver level plus an individual account manager and a Swiss prepaid card. All of these benefits are outstanding.
Biggest Drawback: Withdrawal Restrictions
For the most part I am impressed by Finpari’s features, but one area where I am not so impressed is withdrawals.
There is a $50 minimum withdrawal threshold as well as $50 wire transfer fees. Neither of these is an issue.
But what is (possibly) an issue is the turnover requirements, not just as they apply to accounts with a bonus, but also as they apply to accounts without a bonus. Even if you do not accept a bonus, you need to meet a 1x turnover requirement. This would not be so bad, except that if you deposit subsequent funds, the turnover requirement is recalculated, and it is not clear how.
So, imagine (this is the example in the terms and services) that you deposited $1,000. If you turned over $10,000 in funds, you would be able to withdraw. But if you decided to deposit another $1,000, you would then have to turnover $11,000. It is not obvious if this means $11,000 altogether, or an additional $11,000 on top of the original $10,000.
It may well be that these terms are not as unfriendly as they appear, but they are certainly unclear, and that in itself would make me uncomfortable if I were thinking about making a deposit.
Trading Features on Finpari
Finpari uses the latest SpotOption platform. On the whole, it looks and functions about the same as it always has, though there are some features on Finpari which I have not seen on any other trading sites as of the time of this writing. You can trade on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device.
There are 161 stocks, currencies, commodities, and indices available to trade. One great feature of Finpari is the wide variety of different trade types available including High/Low, Pairs, Long Term, Sixty Seconds, One Touch, and Ladder. If you look on the far right side of the screen, you will also notice one more type of trade you may not be familiar with: Limits.
If you click on this, you will discover it is a Limit order—the same type you would place on a Forex platform. Whereas with the other trade types your trade is instantly active when you place it (it is what we call a “Market order” in Forex), with a Limit order, you specify a certain price level at which your trade will trigger. If price never reaches that level, your trade simply will not fire. This is extremely helpful in trading when you cannot always be at your computer.
Another great feature on the trading platform can be found on the left-hand side. Here you will see links to Fundamental Analysis, Technical Analysis, Market News, Expert Commentary, and Trade Pattern Ideas. All of these links actually open up trade ideas based on recent market data. You can think of them a bit like signals, except they are not delivered straight to your inbox, and you have to place your trades manually.
Customer Service and Conclusion
I did have a chance to talk to a customer service agent while I was working on my review. Finpari advertises “Get the answer in 45 seconds!” on their live chat window. I probably did wait about 45 seconds before the agent appeared. I asked her a couple of questions. She was able to answer them both. She did stumble a bit because of a language barrier, but figured out what I needed to know and provided me with swift and helpful replies. So customer service definitely impressed me.
I think if I were considering trading on Finpari, my priority would be to figure out exactly what the rules are with turnover requirements. You are bound by the user agreement; because it is phrased so nebulously, I find that an uncomfortable prospect. But if you can get clarification on the rules in writing, you could probably trade without worrying too much about it.
Aside from that, Finpari is offering a lot in terms of trading features. You get a free demo account at every level, free trade ideas right inside the platform, and a number of different types of trades including limit orders. There are tons of assets, and lots of extra features at the Silver and Gold account tiers. For traders outside Canada or the USA, Finpari may be a good choice. If you are in the USA, look into BinaryMate, NORSKE INTER LP.’s other trading site.