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Blackstone Futures Review

FX Scouts By Jeffrey Cammack Updated: May 22, 2020
Overall Rating
4.18 / 5
Min. DepositZAR 1000
Max. Leverage400:1
Min. Spread0.6 pips
Regulators FSCA
Regulator Origin FSCA
Trading Desk Type

Summary

Founded in 2009, BlackStone Futures is an established FSCA-regulated broker based in Johannesburg. It offers both ZAR and USD accounts on MT4 and the proprietary CloudTrade platforms, and STP execution ensures no conflict of interest. Beginner traders are well-catered for with excellent educational support, really emphasising the duty of care BlackStone Futures feels for their clients. Spreads are tight and leverage is kept sensibly low until traders can prove their ability, thereby limiting the chance of account wipe out for beginners.

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Trust Rating
Trading Conditions
Trading Platforms
Deposit & Withdrawal
Education & Research
Assets Available
Customer Service
Beginner Friendly Standard
Bonuses 30% Welcome Bonus
Our Review Process

Trading Conditions

Minimum DepositZAR 1000
Base currenciesZAR, USD
Number of FX Pairs32
Hedging Allowed Yes
Scalping Yes
Islamic Account No

Average Spreads

EUR / USD0.6
GBP / USD0.8
USD / JPY1

Company Details

Company nameTrade Nation Financial (Pty) Ltd
Founded2009
Website blackstonefutures.co.za
Type STP
Regulators FSCA
Office locations South Africa

Deposit & Withdrawal Methods

Supported Platforms for Blackstone Futures

Is BlackStone Futures Safe?

BlackStone Futures has been operating in South Africa since 2009 and is the trading name of Trade Nation Financial Pty Ltd, which is the South African subsidiary of FINSA Europe, an FCA and ASIC regulated broker based in London, UK. FINSA Europe is better known as the operator of the Core Spreads brokerage service, which also has operations in South Africa under the Trade Nation Financial umbrella.

Trade Nation Financial Pty Ltd has been regulated by the FSCA in South Africa since June 2019 with the FSP 49846, though from 2009-2019 BlackStone Futures was regulated by the FSCA as BlackStone Marketing Pty Ltd.

BlackStone Futures has not won any awards, but all clients are offered negative balance protection and, as an STP broker, will never be counterparty to your trades – removing any conflict of interest.

Because BlackStone Futures is based in South Africa, all client deposits are kept in South African banks and FSCA regulation means that the repayment of funds in case of broker bankruptcy is much simpler.

Trading Conditions

BlackStone Futures advertises itself proudly as an STP only broker, which allows for near-instant execution on both its ZAR Account and USD Account. Both accounts have the option of using either BlackStone’s proprietary online platform Cloudtrade or MT4, though trading conditions vary depending on your platform choice.

BlackStone Futures

Account Types

Demo Account – Demo Accounts are available for both account types and both platforms. Demo Accounts are not time limited and will only be disabled after 30 days on inactivity.

ZAR Account – For South African traders, there are many benefits to trading with the ZAR Account, not least the significantly lower risk per point when compared to the USD Account. ZAR Account holders will also be immune from the exchange rate risk associated with USD Accounts and deposits and withdrawals and deposits will be quicker.

The minimum deposit on this account is 1000 ZAR and it’s available on both the MT4 and CloudTrade platforms.

 USD Account – BlackStone’s USD Account is recommended for more experienced traders who are willing to bear the exchange rate risk and trading risk associated with this account. With a 100 USD minimum deposit, this account also has a much higher minimum deposit and you will also have to deal with delayed deposits and withdrawals.

A Note About Platform Choice

BlackStone Futures offers both CloudTrade and MT4 on both accounts, and trading conditions differ depending on which platform you use. While CloudTrade offers over 750 tradeable instruments, users will find that leverage is fixed at 100:1 or lower (50:1 on the USD/ZAR for instance).

On the MT4 platform, leverage is also initially limited to 100:1 but can be increased to 400:1 once you have a track record of responsible trading.

We will discuss the two platforms in more detail below.

Spreads and Commission

BlackStone Futures charges no commission on either account, but instead makes it money through the spread. Minimum spreads are tight for a South African broker, down to 0.6 pips on the EUR/USD, 1 pip on the USD/JPY and 10 pips on the USD/ZAR.

Deposit and Withdrawal

BlackStone Futures only allows withdrawals via bank transfer, withdrawals are processed same day if received before 15:00 and will usually post to your bank account in 24-72 hours.

BlackStone Futures supports the following methods for deposits:

  • Bank Transfer: For South African bank accounts this will usually reflect in 24-48 hours
  • Debit/Credit Card: This method is instant but can only be used to fund ZAR Accounts
  • Ozow: Using Ozow to make a bank transfer will reflect instantly in your trading account, but this method can only be used to fund ZAR Accounts.

Bonus

BlackStone offers a 30% bonus on deposits of 1,000-15,000 ZAR with an additional 20% up to 100,000 ZAR. This bonus is offered with no limitations, lock-in periods or minimum lot volumes with full access to your funds and profits.

BlackStone Futures for Beginners

In a refreshing change of pace, BlackStone Futures devotes much of its website to educational material for new traders across several sections – we especially like the focus on helping beginner traders avoid the mistakes that lead to account wipeouts.

Market analysis is also available on a near-daily basis through BlackStone’s Telegram and Instagram accounts.

That BlackStone Futures offers trading accounts in ZAR is a bonus for beginner South African traders too, as trading in ZAR will be cheaper and easier to fund than USD accounts.

Education Material

As mentioned, BlackStone Futures offers a range of educational material across the website. The three main sections are:

  • Masterclass: BlackStone holds regular Masterclasses at its offices in Rosebank, there is no fee to attend and new traders have universally excellent feedback regarding the quality of these sessions.
  • Webinars: Alongside the in-person Masterclass, BlackStone Futures also offers weekly webinars. These are free to register, and all the previous webinars are free to watch on BlackStone Future’s webinar channel.
  • Education: Under the Education header, BlackStone Futures offers a guide to consuming the educational content available with links out to the relevant articles and tools. Particularly useful are the short description under each listing telling traders what they can expect to learn. Also in the education section are short guides to the MT4 and CloudTrade platforms, an FAQ section and links to BlackStone Futures Market Sentiment and Economic Calendar tools.

Overall, this is a very impressive educational offering from BlackStone Futures and something we would like to see replicated by more South African brokers. It shows a real sense of care for the South African trading community and provides traders with the security of knowing that their broker truly wishes them success in the Forex market.

BlackStone Futures Masterclass

Analysis Material

Apart from the Economic Calendar and Market Sentiment tool, BlackStone Futures also offers daily market analysis via its social media channels. Analysis is available in video and text format on the Facebook page and as text across Instagram, Telegram and WhatsApp. The analysis is brief, informal and both useful and thought-provoking for new traders in particular.

While we don’t expect South African brokers to be able to compete with large international brokers in terms of analytical output it is good to see regular guidance on offer, even if it necessarily briefer and less detailed than from BlackStone Future’s larger international peers.

Customer Support

Customer support is available 7am-10pm Monday-Friday and 12pm-10pm on Saturday/Sunday; the trading desk is available 24/5. Both customer support and the trading desk are available by live chat, telephone, email, Telegram, WhatsApp and via a call back service. BlackStone Futures is also very active on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Trading Platforms

BlackStone Futures offers its proprietary browser-based CloudTrade platform and also supports MT4, the industry-standard trading platform.

MetaTrader 4 – The MT4 trading platform is the most widely used Forex trading platform and can also be used to trade other instruments like commodities, cryptocurrency, stock index, and stock CFDs. Though it is now showing its age, MT4 is still very popular for its auto trading features that enables algorithmic trading and strategy backtesting with expert advisors (trading robots).

CloudTrade – BlackStone Future’s browser-based CFD trading platform, CloudTrade is also available as a mobile app and offers an advanced charting package. It has been designed with ease of use, efficiency and simplicity in mind and allows clients to trade multiple asset classes, not just Forex.

Mobile Trading Apps

Both MT4 and CloudTrade are available as mobile apps. The MT4 mobile app offers basic trading, research, and account management functionality. Traders can open/close/edit positions, add stops to open positions and delete working orders. Research and analysis are available on real-time charts, and automated alerts can be used to identify trading opportunities.

The CloudTrade app offers real-time quotes of financial instruments, the full set of trade orders, including pending orders and support of all types of execution modes and your complete trading history.

Evaluation Method

We value transparency and openness in the way we review the partners. To bring transparency to the forefront, we have published our review process that includes a detailed breakdown of the BlackStone Futures offering. Central to that process is the evaluation of the reliability of the broker, the platform offering of the broker and the trading conditions offered to clients, which are summarised in this review. Each one of these is graded, and an overall score is calculated and assigned to the broker.

Risk Statement

Trading Forex is risky, and each broker is required to detail how risky the trading of Forex CFDs is to clients. BlackStone Futures would like you to know that: Trading foreign exchange and/or contracts for difference on margin carries a high level of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Before deciding to trade the products offered by BlackStone Futures you should carefully consider your objectives, financial situation, needs and level of experience. You should be aware of all the risks associated with trading on margin.

Overview

BlackStone Futures is a proudly South African broker with a long history of responsibly assisting traders to launch successful Forex trading careers. With a low minimum deposit and tight spreads on its ZAR Account and a clear focus on its educational support, BlackStone Futures is a great choice in a broker for South African beginner traders.

With MT4 and CloudTrade both supported and USD Accounts available for those with higher deposits, there is enough flexibility here to recommend BlackStone Futures to more experienced traders too.

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  • Tshepo says:

    Good I like to open an account, I will prefer using cTrade Trading platform, is it possible

    • Chris Cammack says:

      Hi Tshepo – unfortunately, Blackstone do not currently offer cTrader. cTrader is exclusively for use as an ECN platform, so you will need to work with an ECN broker if you wish to use it. For our list of recommended cTrader brokers, please check here: https://tradeforexsa.co.za/forex-brokers-south-africa/best-ctrader-brokers/

      • Tshepo says:

        Hi Chris, thanks for the feedback, I am just worried about Slippages,
        Delay in Executions particularly with Brokers using MT4 and MT5,s

        I will appreciate your feedback
        Thanks

        • Chris Cammack says:

          Hi Tshepo,

          Slippages and delays are less to do with the platform and more to do with how a broker connects to the interbank market.

          Even with brokers that use excellent liquidity integration firms, it can still be a problem at times of high volatility or low liquidity. You’re right, it is more of a feature with MT4/5 than with cTrader but traders will still experience it across all platforms.

          The best way to avoid it is to make sure your broker is well-regulated and is therefore required by law to have a best execution policy, and to also be careful to trade at times of good liquidity in the market (see our piece on Forex market hours for SA https://tradeforexsa.co.za/forex-trading-hours-in-south-africa/) and to take extra care when big news events hit the market.

      • Thabiso says:

        Hello CHRIS,would like to know about status of JP Markets broker . Are they regulated and whether safe to sign with.

        • Chris Cammack says:

          Hi Thabiso, thanks for your comment! Our team are currently reviewing JP Markets and we should have a write-up soon, I’ll you know once it’s live.

          • David myburgh says:

            Would be interested to see what you say about JP markets. I’m currently searching for a new broker as they’re customer service is really not good. So far in turn between IG index and Blackstone futures.

  • Tyrant says:

    Hi…i was wondering what the leverages are for indices if i started a ZAR account using MT4? what will the initial leverage limit and final limit (after I’ve proven to be a responsible trader) be?

    • Chris Cammack says:

      Hi Tyrant, leverage on indices varies depending on the index you wish to trade. Trades on the US SPX 500, for instance, have leverage of 1:200 but leverage on the SA40 will be restricted to 1:50. As you say, leverage levels can be increased depending on your experience and trading volume, but that will be something to be agreed between you and the Blackstone Futures trading desk. Sorry we can’t answer your question completely but I hope that helps.

  • Tshepi says:

    I want to trade but have no experience. Can’t someone trade on my behalf.

  • Mxolisi says:

    Hi, I want to start forex trading but I’m not sure where to go or to contact for guidance.. Plz assist.

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