Plus500 Review

Author By Jeffrey Cammack Author Information Updated: October 27, 2020
Overall Rating
3.69 3.69 / 5
Rated #37 of 49 Recommended Brokers
Min. Deposit
ZAR 1500
Max. Leverage
300:1
Min. Spread
Not Disclosed pips
Regulators
Regulator Origin
Trading Desk Type
AlertAll information presented is verified as of the date of the review.Most retail CFD accounts lose money. Your capital is at risk.

Summary

Founded in 2008, and with over 300,000 active customers, Plus500 is a leading CFD provider in the CFD trading industry mainly due to the simplicity of their trading platform, and the appealing trading conditions. Educational and analytical material are limited, the Plus500 trading platform very easy to use and reliability and security are absolute priorities.  Note that the Plus500 is not a suitable choice for beginners/inexperienced traders. 

Reviews

Regulation
111104/ 5
Trading Conditions
111003/ 5
Trading Platforms
111104/ 5
Deposit & Withdrawal
11110.54.5/ 5
Education & Research
10.50001.5/ 5
Assets Available
11110.54.5/ 5
Customer Service
11110.54.5/ 5
Beginner Friendly
Poor
Bonuses
Tiered Welcome Bonus

Trading Conditions

Min. Deposit
ZAR 1500
Base Currencies
AUD, EUR, USD
Fx Pairs
70+
Hedging Allowed
No
Scalping Allowed
No
Swap Free Accounts
Yes

Average Spreads

Euro/USD
Unpublished spreads
GBP/USD
Unpublished spreads
USD/JPY
Unpublished spreads

Company Details

Company Name
Plus500 AU Pty Ltd
Founded
2008
Type
Regulators
Office Locations
Israel

Is Plus500 Safe?

Plus500 was founded in 2008 in Israel and has grown into one of the largest online brokers in the world – not only is the company publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange, meaning an additional level of scrutiny, it’s subsidiaries are regulated by seven national authorities:

  • Plus500UK Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 509909).
  • Plus500CY Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC Licence No. 250/14).
  • Plus500AU Pty Ltd holds AFSL #417727 issued by ASIC, FSP No. 486026 issued by the FMA in New Zealand and Authorised Financial Services Provider #47546 issued by the FSCA in South Africa.
  • Plus500SG Pte Ltd (UEN 201422211Z) holds a capital markets services license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore for dealing in capital markets products (License No. CMS100648-1).
  • Plus500IL Ltd is registered in Israel and licenced to operate a trading platform

As per regulations, all client funds are kept segregated from the brokers own and Plus500 also offers negative balance protection, ensuring that clients cannot lose more than they have in their account.

Plus500 does not highlight any industry recognition it has received, but the company did win the Best Trading App Award from Daytrader.com in 2019.

Trading Conditions

Plus500 is a market maker which mean that Plus500 makes the market and trades are not passed on to the international currency markets. Because the market is a closed system, Plus500 is the counterparty to every trade – there are few requotes and fast trade execution.

Plus500 makes a profit from the difference in the buy and sell spreads, and additional commission is not charged on trades.

Spreads at Plus500 are variable and always changing. The Plus500 prices used in this review are are taken on 29.09.2020 12:00h. For more accurate information, check their website.

Account Types

There are two account types – a demo account with play money, and a live account where clients can deposit real funds once the account is verified but Plus500 staff. There are no functionality limitations on the demo account.

Display Name
Min Deposit
Max Leverage
Min Spread
Commission
Brokers
Standard
USD 100
300:1
Variable
None
Account Details

Plus500 is a CFD Service. Your capital is at risk

Demo Account

The demo account gives the trader a practice area before you put up any money. The Plus500 platform is different from other brokers, so I would strongly advise you to have a good look around before you commit with a deposit. Some traders will enjoy the Plus500 platform, but others will prefer a more traditional layout.

Live Account

Besides the demo account, Plus500 only offers one other type of account with a minimum 1500 ZAR deposit amount. Nothing really with this account – very cut and dry with standard technical charts and fundamentals available.

Spreads and Commissions

Trades at Plus500 are commission-free. Plus500 generates all revenue on the bid/ask variable spreads. The currency pricing used at Plus500 is taken from a 3rd party and reflects actual market value, and then a spread is added on top of the price to create a Plus500 price that the clients can trade. Spreads are published alongside the instrument on the platform.

**This is only illustrative of what you can expect of the Plus500 platform. No actual.**

Deposit & Withdrawal Fees

Plus500 charges no fees for deposits or withdrawals unless the maximum number of five withdrawals per month has been exceeded. In this extreme case, the client will be charged USD 10 or equivalent per withdrawal.

Fees at Plus 500
Zero Fees Charged By Plus500

Note that your bank or credit card company may charge your fees for moving money between Plus500 and your bank, but no fees are charged for this service by Plus500.

Inactivity Fee

Should a client not log into the trading account for three months, a fee of USD 10 will be charged. Should you not log into your account for six months, a total charge for those six months will be USD 20.

**This is only illustrative of what you can expect of the Plus500 platform. No actual.**

Customer Support

Plus500 offers 24/7 customer support via email, online chat and WhatsApp message in 31 different languages. This is a much higher level of service than is commonly available.

The only way the customer support could be improved is by offering phone support for more complex queries and troubleshooting.

Trading Platform

The Plus500 platform can be downloaded an installed on a computer, or a trader can use the Webtrader interface on a browser. Both retail and professional traders use the same desktop and mobile applications.

Mobile Apps

Plus500 mobile apps are free for Windows, Android and IOS. They offer all of the features of the web and downloaded version of the trading suite, and make a convenient on-the-go trading solution.

**This is only illustrative of what you can expect of the Plus500 platform. No actual.**

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 Plus500 offer. 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.

Plus500 Risk Statement

Trading Forex is risky, and each broker is required to detail how risky the trading of Forex CFDs is to clients. Plus500 would like you to know that: CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76.4% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Overview

Plus500 is a leading brand in the CFD trading industry and has a loyal following of traders, with a lot of focus on making the trading platform easy to understand and a focus on trying to get the best trading conditions possible. While the education and research area could be developed further, note that the platform is not suitable for beginners/inexperienced traders.

AlertAll information presented is verified as of the date of the review.Most retail CFD accounts lose money. Your capital is at risk.
Overall Rating
Min. Deposit
Regulation
Trading Desk Type
Trading Instruments
Forex Pairs
Crypto Pairs
Pros
Cons
Regulation
Trading Conditions
Trading Platforms
Deposit & Withdrawal
Education & Research
Assets Available
Customer Service
% Lose with this broker
Leverage
Spread
Hedging
Scalping
Account Types
Islamic Account
Trading Platforms
Funding Methods
Trading Commission
1110.503.69/ 5
ZAR 1500
Market Maker
Commodities, Cryptocurrencies, Equities, ETFs
70+
9
  • Well regulated
  • Wide range of assets
  • Limited education
  • Limited account options
111104/ 5
111003/ 5
111104/ 5
11110.54.5/ 5
10.50001.5/ 5
11110.54.5/ 5
11110.54.5/ 5
76.4% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider
300:1
Not Disclosed pips
No
No
Standard
Yes
Plus500
Bank Transfer, Mastercard, Skrill, Paypal
Fees Included in Spread
1110.503.33/ 5
USD 200
Market Maker
Commodities, Cryptocurrencies, Forex, Equities
47
16
  • Well regulated
  • Good for beginners
  • Innovative trading tools
  • Limited education
  • Wide spreads
11110.54.5/ 5
110.5002.5/ 5
111104/ 5
110002/ 5
10.50001.5/ 5
111104/ 5
111104/ 5
62% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider
400:1
1.0 pips
Yes
Yes
Professional, Standard
Yes
etoro
Mastercard, Neteller, Skrill, Paypal
Fees Included in Spread
1110.503.24/ 5
USD 500
Market Maker
Commodities, Forex, Equities, ETFs
48
0
  • Good range of accounts
  • Wide range of assets
  • Wide spreads
  • Limited education
  • Limited market analysis
  • High minimum deposit
1110.503.5/ 5
110002/ 5
111104/ 5
11110.54.5/ 5
10.50001.5/ 5
11110.54.5/ 5
111003/ 5
67.95% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider
400:1
1.8 pips
Yes
Yes
Gold, Islamic, Mini, Platinum
Yes
MT4, Sirix
Mastercard, Maestro, Skrill, Neteller
Fees Included in Spread
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AlertAll information presented is verified as of the date of the review.Most retail CFD accounts lose money. Your capital is at risk.

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