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BlackBull Markets Vs. Skilling - Compare and Choose the Right One

Updated May 13 2022

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Overview

BlackBull Markets is a global broker headquartered in New Zealand founded in 2014 that specialises in providing CFDs based on shares, commodities, currencies and indices.

Skilling is a multi-platform global broker founded in 2016 that specialises in CFD trading over several asset classes.

Best For
  • Experienced currency traders looking for their ECN PRIME account offer with spreads from 0.1 Pips
  • Forex traders who want relatively straightforward, intuitive platforms with low commissions
  • Beginner traders who need assistance implementing first trades
Licenses

Financial
Licenses

Regulation

Regulated

Top-tier Licenses

0

Other Licenses

2

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Other Licenses

2

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🏛 Financial Regulators
  • FMA (New Zealand)
  • FSAS (Seychelles)
  • CySec (Cyprus)
  • FSAS (Seychelles)
The Good
  • Competitive spreads in their ECN PRIME account (From 0.1 Pips)
  • MT4 & 5 platforms offered
  • Multiple intuitive platforms for traders with different levels of experience
  • Several payment methods for deposits and withdrawals
  • No commission for standard accounts
  • Trade Assistant tool is great for beginners opening their first trade
The Bad
  • Their standard asset offering is very low (over 300 instruments)
  • Share trading requires a separate platform with a different onboarding
  • Commissions are above average and share trading fees are a mystery
  • Doesn’t allow deleveragred trading or customizable leverage
  • Charges commission on forex and spot metal trading for premium accounts 
  • Asset offering is not that comprehensive
Status
Operational Operational
Recent News
N/A N/A
Key Data
⌛ Account Opening Time
1 Day 1 Day
📋 Documents Required
  • Valid identity document (Passport, ID Card, etc)
  • Valid proof of residence document (Bank statement, utility bills)

All documents must be under the account holder's name.

  • Valid identity documents (Passport, ID card, etc)
  • Valid proof of residence document (Bank statement, utility bills)

All documents must be under the account holder’s name.

📍 Year Founded
2014 2016
💳 Minimum Deposit
$200 $, €, £ - 100 (Standard, MT4), 5,000 (Premium, MT4 Premium)
💰 Payment Methods
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Bank Transfer
  • Neteller
  • FasaPay
  • China UnionPay
  • Skrill
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Fasapay
  • Webmoney
  • PayRetailers
  • PayTrust
  • Pagsmile
  • Directa
  • NganLuong.vn
  • UnionPay
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Bank Transfer
💵 Account Base Currencies
9 - EUR, USD, GBP, NZD, AUD, SGD, ZAR, JPY, CAD. 5 - EUR, USD, GBP, NOK, SEK.
🗽 Available to U.S Citizens
No No
❌ Restricted Countries
US, CA, SY, IR. US, SY, IR.
📊 STP Account
Yes Yes - depending on product traded, available liquidity and trade size
📊 DMA Account
No No
📊 ECN Account
Yes No
Assets
📚 Available Assets
  • CFDs on shares, currencies, indices, commodities and cryptocurrencies.

CFDs on stocks, currencies, commodities, cryptocurrencies, indices and ETFs

📙 Stocks
23,000 + (Through a separate option which is hard to find) 762
📘 Currency Pairs
64 73
📗 Commodities
15 6
📕 Indices
13 18
📔 ETFs
N/A 45
💸 Cryptocurrencies
8 34
📒 Bonds
N/A N/A
📓 Options
N/A N/A
📗 Futures
N/A N/A
📝 Notes:
All of BlackBull Markets assets are CFDs.

All of Skilling’s assets are CFDs

Trading Experience
📈 Minimum Stock Trade Size
N/A Varies per share - From 0.1 shares (Fractional trading)
📉 Minimum ETFs Trade Size
N/A Varies per ETF (Eg: VanEck Gold Miners 0.1 unit, XLK 1 unit)
📈 Minimum Crypto Trade Size
N/A Varies per Cryptocurrency (Eg: 0.01 BTC, 0.5 LTC)
📉 Minimum FX Trade Size
$1,000 (0.01 Lots) $1,000 (0.01 Lots)
📈 Minimum Commodities Trade Size
N/A Varies per commodity (eg: Gold 0.1 contracts, Silver 10 contracts)
📉 Minimum Bonds Trade Size
N/A N/A
📈 Minimum Futures Trade Size
N/A N/A
📉 Minimum Options Trade Size
N/A N/A
💪 Retail Leverage
Up to 1:30 Up to 1:30
💪 Professional Leverage
Up to 1:500 Up to 1:500
✍ Customisable Leverage
Yes No
🎲 Deleveraged Trading
No No
🎓 Demo Account
Yes Yes
📱 IOS App
Yes (only for share trading) Yes
📱 Android App
Yes (only for share trading) Yes
📺 MetaTrader 4
Yes Yes
📺 MetaTrader 5
Yes No
💻 Web trader
Yes (MT4 & 5) Yes
💻 TradingView Platform
No Yes
💻 Proprietary Platform
Yes (only for share trading) Yes
📊 Multi-chart Tools
Yes Yes
👬 Copy Trading
Yes Yes
👫 Social Trading
Yes No
🔑 Guaranteed Stop-loss
No No
🔨 Trailing Stop-loss
No Yes, for cTrader, MT4 and MT4 Premium accounts
Fees
💰 Inactivity Fee
No No
💰 Deposit Fees
No No
💰 Withdrawal Fees

Yes, $5 for card withdrawals and $20 for international bank transfer withdrawals.

No
💰 Commissions
  • ECN Standard has no fees.
  • ECN PRIME has a $6 commission per lot round turn

In the case of share trading, their fees start from NZD $12 per transaction yet they’re not clearly explained anywhere on their website.

Skilling charges commission on its forex pairs and spot metals for its premium account. The commission starts from $35 per million USD traded (eg: EUR/USD $35, GBP/USD $40 and Gold $60)

Spreads
📈 EUR/USD
From 0.4 Pips to 1.61 Pips Dynamic - From 0 to 1.3 Pips
📉 SP500
From 5.5 Pips Dynamic - From 120 Pips
📈 GOLD
From 16 Pips Dynamic - From 36 Pips
📉 TSLA (Stock CFD)
Dynamic - Market Spread Dynamic - From $4.62
📈 XLK (ETF - CFD)
Dynamic - Market spread Dynamic - From $0.84
📉 BTC
N/A Dynamic - From $131.8
Research and Analysis
⭐ Watchlists
Yes Yes
🔭 Stock Screener
No No
🗓 Economic Calendar
Yes Yes
📜 Integrated Newsfeed
No Yes
📡 Reuters Feed
No No

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