Alan"s Money Blog

May 4, 2007

Review of Marketiva FOREX trading platform

Guess what anxious readers :)...I'm back with a review of a popular FOREX trading platform. Forex? you say. Yes FOREX, or the foreign currency exchange market. If you absolutely do not know what I am talking about then I STRONGLY suggest you visit
and familiarize yourself with the basics of the FOREX market. Now, if you've read that site you should have by now the most basic knowledge necessary to become a FOREX trader, so I am dedicating this review to you; the beginning trader.

Ok, so first of all I must confess that I've only been using the Marketiva platform for about 3 days now. I've heard a lot of talking about it in various online investment and forex forums, and being the curious creature that I am, I decided to give it a try to see what all the fuss is about. Normally I trade using InterbankFX's MT3 platform for my grid-trading and I use StrategyBuilder FX's MT4 platform for a demo account where I test all my strategies, and I execute all my trades on InterbankFX's MT4 platform. However, like I've said, I was curious to checkout the Marketiva platform.

The first time I ran the platform I was pleasantly surprised by its simplicity. It is by far less complicated than MT4, but it has all the tools a normal trader needs. Pretty much all the indicators you could possibly use are to be found readily accessible in this platform. Charting is at an acceptable level, but not as good as on the MT4 platform. Another feature lacking is a scripting language so you can run automated trading systems such as on Mt3/MT4, but realistically not every trader will use this feature; especially the beginners. Its simple and elegant interface is perfect for a beginning trader.

Another cool feature of Marketiva is that you can fund your account via e-gold and e-bullion!! Yes, I would say that feature is pretty cool mainly because it is so convenient and you avoid high wire-transfer fees. Of course you can still fund your account via wire-transfer, and I would advise you to do so if you plan on transferring astronomical sums into your trading account.

Some commonly asked questions:

1) How much money do I need to start?

They have no requirements for initial deposit. When you open an account you get real $5 reward and virtual $10000 for training (woohoo!). If you want to open an account please go to and fill out the form there.

2) Can I open two accounts?

NO! Marketiva is pretty strict about this. Besides, if you need to test a strategy, use the virtual account to demo your strategy, and when you're sure it works simply use it on your live account.

3) Does funding via e-gold and e-bullion occur instantly?

Oh you betcha! That's primarily the reason why I decided to use this platform. It is so convenient to just log into my e-gold account and blast some $ into my trading account, and off I

4) How can I withdraw my money?

Via wire-transfer, e-gold and e-bullion. Note that withdrawals are NOT automated like deposite via e-gold and e-bullion are!

5) Are there any fees to withdraw?

Yes, and they are the following:

Wire-transfer - $14

E-gold - $7 (once only!)

E-bullion - $7 (once only!)

6) Can I take a tour of the trading platform?

Absolutely yes, and I did and that's how I decided to actually go through the process of opening an account. All you have to do is go to the main Marketiva homepage and click on the "Take a tour" link

7) How long does it take to open an account?

It took me 5 minutes. They don't ask you for any proof of ID or anything like that. But, please provide real info when asked for you address. Overall the sign-up process is easy and painless. In 5 minutes I was up and running and placing trades!

Another really cool feature that I like a lot is the built in chat rooms. I can chat with my fellow traders and share strategies and information all within the trading platform, so I am never away from both my friends and the trading platform. There are numerous chat rooms, including one for just about every country out there. I usually hang around in the Romanian one with the nick "allinvain", so if you're there give me a shout :)

I think this should be the end of the review as I don't want to rant on and on. Just give the platform a try and if you like it, good, if you don't you still have nothing to lose - plus you'll get $5 free to start.

To give
Marketiva a try go to: and click on "Open account"

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