By Chris Cammack Author Information Updated: September 28, 2020

Forex brokers in Namibia remain largely unregulated, with no attempt by the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (NAMFISA) to force international brokers to gain local regulation. This means that new traders should choose an internationally regulated Forex broker with the processes in place to protect customer funds.  Since there is no single best broker for every trader, we have put together a shortlist of the best brokers available.  Each broker is well-regulated, suitable for beginner traders and has fair trading conditions.

These are the best Forex brokers in Namibia for 2020.

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  • Broker
    AvaTrade

    AvaTrade  - Best Forex Broker in Namibia

    REGULATED BY
    ASIC ASIC
    FSCA FSCA
    B.V.I FSC B.V.I FSC
    FSA FSA
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11111
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 100
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    AvaTrade is one of the largest brokers in the world, with more than 200,000 registered clients globally and regulation from ASIC and the South African FSCA. Trading conditions are uniformly excellent, with a wide range of assets to choose from and spreads starting at 0.9 pips on the EUR/USD and 1.1 pips on the USD/JPY. A minimum deposit of 100 USD is required to open the single account, but higher minimum deposits grant access to a personal account manager, 20% deposit bonus and the DupliTrade copy trading platform.

    AvaTrade has full support for MT4, with hedging, scalping and the use of EAs and other trading robots all allowed. Deposit and withdrawals are fast and free, withdrawal times to e-wallets will take a maximum of 24 hours, though are often much quicker. AvaTrade also offers clients with deposits of more than 500 USD access to AutoChartist, a powerful pattern recognition tool which seeks out trading opportunities based on deep technical analysis of markets.

    Swap-free accounts are also available for Muslim clients and with low fees, tight spreads, a range of trading tools and great customer service, AvaTrade is an easy broker to recommend to Namibian traders.

    Pros

    • Good for beginners
    • Well regulated
    • Low minimum deposit

    Cons

    • Dealing desk
    • Limited education
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Islamic 1.2 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
    Professional 0.9 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
    Retail 0.9 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
  • Broker
    FXTM

    FXTM  - Most Internationally Regulated Broker in Namibia

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    FCA FCA
    FSCA FSCA
    FSC FSC
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    1110.50
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 10
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    FXTM is regulated by the FCA, CySEC and the FSCA in South Africa and the educational material offered is first-class. By keeping the focus on beginners looking for reasonable trading conditions, the FXTM team of educators and analysts have succeeded in creating a welcoming environment for new traders. Additionally, FXTM are one of the few brokers with 24/7 support, allowing new traders to get set up on weekends or holidays.

    For the absolute beginner, FXTM has a great deal of training material to help new traders get started. Materials include articles, videos, webinars and a searchable glossary of new vocabulary. This is an excellent resource and many hours can be spent covering the basics of Forex Trading. There is an additional set of videos that cover analysis topics, and more detail on chart reading techniques.

    FXTM has an open “Daily Market Analysis” section on their website where research analysts post bulletins that connect daily news items with analysis and actionable trading ideas. This can be combined with other sources to achieve a more comprehensive view of global events and the trading opportunities they represent.

    The Standard Account has a minimum deposit of 100 USD and spreads start at 1.3 pips. FXTM also offers a Cent Account where the minimum deposit if only 10 USD but the spreads will be wider. If you can afford it, I would recommend starting with the Standard Account.

    Pros

    • Good for beginners
    • Excellent education
    • Well regulated
    • Low minimum deposit

    Cons

    • Expensive withdrawals
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Cent Account 1.5 pips None Instant USD 10 Account Details
    Standard Account 1.3 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
    ECN Zero Account 1.5 pips None Market USD 200 Account Details
    ECN Account 0.1 pips $2.00 Market USD 500 Account Details
    FXTM Pro Account 0.0 pips None Market USD 25000 Account Details
  • Broker
    Blackstone Futures

    Blackstone Futures  - Best African Broker

    REGULATED BY
    FSCA FSCA
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110.5
    Minimum Deposit
    ZAR 1000
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    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.

    Pros

    • ZAR accounts
    • Tight spreads
    • Fast and free withdrawals

    Cons

    • Limited platform choice
    • Local regulation only
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    USD Account 0.6 pips None Market USD 100 Account Details
    ZAR Account 0.6 pips None Market ZAR 1000 Account Details
  • Broker
    MarketsX

    MarketsX  - Most Trusted Broker

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    ASIC ASIC
    FSCA FSCA
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110.5
    Minimum Deposit
    ZAR 2500
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    Marketsx is a premium trading platform. It’s operated by Markets.com and offers traders fast, low-cost trading on over 2,200 financial instruments. Marketsx provides CFD trading on global stock, forex, commodity, indices, cryptocurrency, ETF and bond markets. Clients in the UK can also use spread bets on applicable instruments.

    The proprietary Marketx trading platform is packed full of features and trading tools and is optimised for lightning execution. As well as in-depth charting and asset comparison tools, Marketsx also gives traders a wealth of decision-supporting data with sentiment tools, tutorials, and regular live-streamed, expert analysis.

    Owned by Tradetech Markets (South Africa) Pty Ltd., a subsidiary of Playtech PLC, Markets.com (South Africa) SA is one of the best-recognised Forex brands.

    Pros

    • Well regulated
    • Tight spreads
    • Wide range of assets
    • Fast and free withdrawals

    Cons

    • High minimum deposit
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Live 0.9 pips None Instant USD 250 Account Details
  • Broker
    Khwezi Trade

    Khwezi Trade  - Best Education

    REGULATED BY
    FSCA FSCA
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11100
    Minimum Deposit
    ZAR 2000
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    Khwezi Trade is a South African FSCA regulated broker headquartered in Cape Town. As is common with other STP brokers, Khwezi Trade uses MetaTrader 4 as their single choice of platform, as it provides fast and reliable market execution.

    Khwezi Trade offers four account types depending on minimum deposit but all accounts come with a personal account manager.  Leverage is less than is offered by other international brokerages, and currency pairs are more limited, but the clear appeal with Khwezi Trade is their competitive trading conditions that rival other local players.

    For beginner traders with higher deposits above R15,000, Khwezi Trade awards clients five trading sessions led by a professional trader as well as more profitable trading conditions. For deposits over R50,000 unlimited training is provided.

    For a South African trader looking for a genuinely local broker, Khwezi Trade has local regulation, local offices, local staff and uses local banks.

    Pros

    • ZAR Accounts
    • Fast and free withdrawals

    Cons

    • Local regulation only
    • No swap-free account option
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Basic Normal pips None STP ZAR 2000 Account Details
    Standard Competitive pips None STP ZAR 15000 Account Details
    Premier Tight pips None STP ZAR 30000 Account Details
    VIP Institutional pips None STP ZAR 50000 Account Details
  • Broker
    CM Trading

    CM Trading  - Most CFD Trading Assets

    REGULATED BY
    FSCA FSCA
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    110.500
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 250
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    CM Trading is a well-regarded South African broker, regularly cited as the largest in the country, and headquartered in Sandton, Johannesburg.

    CM Trading is a market-maker, but offers competitive spreads and is a good choice for new traders due to their great educational material and the CopyKat copy-trading system. Maximum leverage is 200:1 and both MetaTrader 4 and Sirix Webtrader platforms are available, allowing for some flexibility.

    Customer service is generally excellent and, while deposit and withdrawal costs are high, many customers will find comfort in working with a good local broker.

    Pros

    • Good for beginners
    • Great customer support
    • Copy trading accounts

    Cons

    • Expensive withdrawals
    • Local regulation only
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Bronze 1.5 pips None Instant USD 250 Account Details
    Silver 1.2 pips None Instant USD 1000 Account Details
    Gold 0.9 pips None Instant USD 10000 Account Details
    Premium Not Published pips None Instant USD 25000 Account Details
  • Broker
    HotForex

    HotForex  - Best Educational Material for Beginners

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    FCA FCA
    FSCA FSCA
    DFSA DFSA
    FSC FSC
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110.5
    Minimum Deposit
    ZAR 70
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    Listed as on the Top 100 Companies by World Finance Magazine and the award for Business Excellence 2015 (World Confederation Of Businesses) HotForex is not just recognized for their integrity by their industry peers, but also in the financial industry as a whole.

    As an STP broker regulated by multiple major international organizations including the FCA, CySEC and the FSCA, HotForex has built a reputation among traders for achieving a stable, fair, secure and transparent trading environment for both the beginning and expert level trader.

    Pros

    • Low minimum deposit
    • Tight spreads
    • Well regulated
    • Good range of accounts

    Cons

    • Limited base currencies
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Micro 1.0 pips None Market USD 5 Account Details
    Islamic 1.0 pips None Market USD 100 Account Details
    Premium 1.0 pips None Market USD 100 Account Details
    Auto 1.0 pips None Market USD 200 Account Details
    Zero 0.0 pips $3.00 Market USD 200 Account Details
    HFCopy 1.0 pips None Market USD 300 Account Details
    Premium Pro 1.0 pips None Market USD 5000 Account Details
  • Broker
    REGULATED BY
    FCA FCA
    CySEC CySEC
    FSCA FSCA
    DFSA DFSA
    SCB SCB
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110.5
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 100
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    With over 870,000 client accounts, FxPro is one of the biggest international brokers regulated in South Africa. Major awards shows and institutions are continually showering FxPro with honours including top accolades like Best Broker 2018 and Best Forex Trading Experience 2018, which is the pinnacle of success.

    The account options at FxPro are arranged by platform, which is not the case at most other brokers. Accounts are available with either MT4, MT5 and cTrader, where all accounts have a demo option, and the same minimum deposit of 100 USD and a spread as low as 0.6 pips.

    The education section is smaller than that of other leading brokers. Despite the lack of structure and depth, the material that is offered is updated and honest and hosted webinars are free to join a couple of times a week.

    FxPro is the broker choice for traders who need a reputable international broker while still being FSCA regulated, supporting a broad platform choice and a reasonable minimum deposit.

    Pros

    • Well regulated
    • Great platform choice
    • Tight spreads

    Cons

    • Limited education
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    FxPro cTrader 0.45 pips $4.50 Market USD 100 Account Details
    FxPro MT4 1.2 pips None Market USD 100 Account Details
    FxPro MT5 1.52 pips None Market USD 100 Account Details
    Islamic 1.2 pips Variable Market USD 100 Account Details
  • REGULATED BY
    FCA FCA
    ASIC ASIC
    DFSA DFSA
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110.5
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 200
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    Pepperstone is a leading Australian ECN/STP Forex broker who has recently started gaining a lot of international recognition for their quality of service, culminating in winning the award for Best Forex ECN broker 2018 at the UK Forex Awards 2018.

    Supporting more major trading platforms - MT4, MT5 and cTrader - than most other brokers, on two straightforward account types with a minimum deposit on both of 200 USD, Pepperstone offers a simple but attractive product.

    Standard Account - 1.0 pip spread, STP execution and no commission on trades.
    Razor Account - 0.0 pip minimum spreads, ECN execution, and commission on trades.

    Unlike other brokers, traders who choose Pepperstone will be supported by award-winning 24-hour customer support, the best trading conditions possible, a reliable starter education and a 50K USD Free Demo Account.

    Pros

    • Well regulated
    • Tight spreads
    • Great platform choice
    • Wide range of assets

    Cons

    • High minimum deposit
    • Limited market analysis
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Razor 0.0 pips AUD$ 7 ECN USD 200 Account Details
    Standard 1.0 pips None ECN USD 200 Account Details
    Swap-free 1.0 pips None ECN USD 200 Account Details
  • Broker
    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    ASIC ASIC
    IFSC IFSC
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110.5
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 5
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    XM Group has achieved substantial growth since 2009, earning 1.5 million clients living in 196 countries. Regulated by three major regulators and the recipient of many industry awards, XM Group stands out from a crowded field of market maker brokers for their customer service and educational support.

    XM Group has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the global financial markets. XM’s operational philosophy is aimed at client satisfaction and low client turnover; they earn client loyalty through award-winning 24/5 personal customer service, varied account types and competitive trading conditions.

    Pros

    • Well regulated
    • Excellent education
    • Wide range of assets
    • Fast and free withdrawals

    Cons

    • Dealing desk
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Micro 1.0 pips None Instant USD 5 Account Details
    Standard 1.0 pips None Instant USD 5 Account Details
    XM Ultra Low 0.6 pips None Instant USD 50 Account Details
    XM Zero 0.6 pips $7.00 Instant USD 100 Account Details
  • REGULATED BY
    ASIC ASIC
    CySEC CySEC
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110.5
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 100
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    FP Markets is an ASIC-regulated, STP broker with simple account options and an exciting set of tools for traders with higher minimum deposits. Spreads are tight, even on the Standard Account, and the lack of dealing desk intervention for all accounts removes any concern over conflict of interest.

    Trader education and market analysis are slightly weaker than other brokers, but the material presented is well-structured and useful. Overall, FP Markets is an excellent choice for beginner and more experienced traders alike.

    Pros

    • Well regulated
    • Tight spreads
    • Good range of accounts
    • Great customer support

    Cons

    • Expensive withdrawals
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Standard IRESS N/A pips $10 AUD min, then 0.1% STP USD 1,000 Account Details
    Platinum IRESS N/A pips $9 AUD min, then 0.09% STP USD 25,000 Account Details
    Premier IRESS N/A pips No min, then 0.08% STP USD 50,000 Account Details
    RAW 0.0 pips $3.50 STP USD 100 Account Details
    Standard 1.0 pips None STP USD 100 Account Details
  • REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    ASIC ASIC
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110.5
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 200
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    A hugely respected ECN broker, IC Markets has invested heavily to provide traders with the lowest spreads and fastest execution speeds possible - and has seen huge success as a result. ASIC and CySEC regulated and with support for MT4, MT5 and cTrader, this broker is serious about providing the best possible trading environment for its client base. 

    Headquartered in downtown Sydney, IC Markets represents the best of the Australian Forex industry; beginner traders will welcome IC Markets' simple account structure and responsive and informed customer service; the company understands customer retention involves a combination of tight spreads, cutting edge technology, fast trade execution and specialised support. 

    Pros

    • Well regulated
    • Tight spreads
    • Wide range of assets
    • Great platform choice

    Cons

    • High minimum deposit
    • Limited market analysis
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    RAW - cTrader 0.0 pips $3.00 Market USD 200 Account Details
    RAW - MetaTrader 0.0 pips $3.50 Market USD 200 Account Details
    Standard - MetaTrader 1.0 pips None Market USD 200 Account Details

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The Forex Industry in Namibia

While the NAMFISA plays a minimal role in regulation of Forex brokers in Namibia, though they do post notices warning the public away from unregulated brokers or trading through third parties.

Recent events have forced the Bank of Namibia to clarify its rules on currency regulation though. In September 2019, the Forex trading community in Namibia was shaken by the arrest of Michael Amushelelo and his business partner Gregory Cloete, who have been accused of running a pyramid scheme.

Amushelelo, a self-described Forex trader, has been accused of fraud and money laundering and is currently awaiting a trial date. He protests his innocence, though the red flags of a scam are all present and correct (the promise of high returns, unregistered investments, referral requests, etc.) 

Namibian Forex Regulation

While Amushelelo’s scam has little to do with CFD Forex trading, it did put the Namibian Forex industry under the spotlight and highlighted the lack of regulation around it. Since the arrest, the Bank of Namibia has clarified its Forex trading rules, though these will have little effect on CFD Forex trading as the underlying asset is never actually owned by the trader. 

While we can’t expect NAMFISA or the Bank of Namibia to enforce regulation for the local industry any time soon, we do hope that the Amushelelo case will raise awareness enough to make it a policy priority over the coming years. In the meantime, the best advice is to heed NAMFISA’s warnings and only trade with well-regulated international brokers and never trade via a third party.

How we choose the best Forex Brokers in Namibia

Though most brokers might appear to be similar at first, they are quite different once you dig a little deeper. To make an effective comparison, our research team judges every Forex broker by the same standards. This makes it easier to spot the poor-quality brokers and makes it easier for you to compare them. The main areas we look at are:

  • Regulation: Your funds will only be safe with properly licenced brokers
  • Cost: What kind of fees you will be charged by a broker
  • Trading Conditions: How a broker’s business model will affect your trading experience
  • Customer Support: How well does a broker treat its clients who need help
  • Trading Platforms: What kind and how many trading platforms does a broker offer

We also look at a few other things, but these are the most important to consider when choosing a Forex broker. We will go through each of these areas in more detail and then jump into a few FAQs.

1. Regulation: How to Avoid Scam Brokers

The single most important aspect of judging a Forex broker. Regulation ensures the security of your funds and offers protection against fraud, broker manipulation and broker bankruptcy.

Simply put, having a regulated broker is not optional.

Some traders believe that unregulated brokers are rare, but sadly this is not the case. Unregulated brokers will often claim to be regulated, so you should always check what they say is true. We know that unregulated brokers like to contact people on Facebook and via messaging apps, so be especially careful if this happens.

Checking a broker’s regulatory status is a similar process for all the major regulators and only takes a couple minutes (and could save you a lot of money and heartache!)

In this section we will have a brief look at the most common regulators in the Forex industry and how to find out if a broker is regulated. Once you are finished reading this section you will be able to check if a broker is licenced with all the following regulators:

  • The South African Financial Services Conduct Authority (FSCA)
  • The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)
  • The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC)

South African Financial Services Conduct Authority (FSCA)

The South African FSCA is well-regarded but is not considered one of the best international regulators. Many Namibian traders like to work with FSCA regulated brokers as this provides the closest possible thing to local protection and requires the broker to have a South African office and bank accounts.

Checking if a broker is regulated by the FSCA is easy. The FSCA offers a search tool for all authorised Financial Service Providers (FSPs) here: https://www.fsca.co.za/Fais/Search_FSP.htm.

This is what the search window looks like:

FSCA Search

The best way to use this search function is to input the brokers FSP number, which they are legally required to display at on their website.

For instance, here is Khwezi Trade’s FSP notice and number at the bottom of its webpage:

KhweziTrade FSP

You will notice that Khwezi Trade is not the name of the Financial Services Provider regulated by the FSCA, but is actually Khwezi Financial Services. This is quite common as brokers are often part of a larger financial company. It does mean that searching by broker name using the FSCA’s search tool can be quite tricky, so use the FSP number if you can.

Using this information from Khwezi Trade’s website we can then search the FSCA database. Here we can see that Khwezi Financial Services is indeed an authorised FSP:

KhweziTrade FSP Entry

We can also see that Khwezi Financial Services is approved to offer derivative instruments. This is important as all Forex CFD trading is derivative trading.

Khwezi Products Approved

Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

The Australian financial regulator has an excellent global reputation and is continually active in combatting broker fraud and manipulation. Many of the most respected Forex brokers in the world are Australian, and ASIC is an important part of their reputation for trustworthiness.

Checking a broker’s regulatory status with ASIC is a very similar process to the South African FSCA’s, the ASIC search tool can be found here: https://connectonline.asic.gov.au/.

Unfortunately, detailed information on each company in the ASIC database is only available via purchase. See below for Pepperstone’s ASIC entry:

Pepperstone ASIC Entry

Like the FSCA, all ASIC regulated brokers are required to publish their ASIC licence on their homepage. We have had a few reports of unregulated brokers claiming to be based in Australia and using the names of regulated financial companies, so it is always best to check thoroughly.

UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority is seen as the best financial regulator in the world. It’s no surprise that their search function is the easiest to use and the most thorough, you can access it here: https://register.fca.org.uk/s/.

Like other major regulators, all brokers with an FCA licence are required to publish their FCA reference number on their website, here is AxiTrader’s FCA number at the bottom of their website:

AxiTrader FCA Number

Like Khwezi Trade in South Africa, AxiTrader is the trading name of a larger financial group, in this case, the FCA licence holder is AxiCorp Limited. Using the FCA reference number, we can search the FCA’s database of registered companies and find AxiCorp Limited’s entry:

AxiTrader FCA Entry

Notice that the FCA also warns of unregulated brokers that are attempting to use AxiCorp’s identity to scam unwary traders.

Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC)

CySEC is the foremost regulator in the EU and Cyprus has a long history of regulating online Forex brokers. As a European regulator, all brokers with a CySEC licence must abide by the EU’s MiFID II legislation. Among other things, this requires limits on leverage and the removal of trading bonuses.

CySEC’s broker search tool functions much like the FCA’s and all CySEC licenced brokers are required to publish their licence number on their website. CySEC’s database and search tool can be found here: https://www.cysec.gov.cy/en-GB/entities/investment-firms/cypriot/

Below, we can see the entry for AFX Capital Markets, which went bankrupt last year and is suspected of several wrongdoings, including using client money to cover operational costs.

AFX Capital Markets CySEC Entry

CySEC make it clear that AFX Capital Market’s licence has been suspended. A clear sign not to trust a broker.

Other Regulators

There are many other small regulators around the world, and Forex brokers will hold licences with them to avoid the restrictions placed on them by ASIC, CySEC and the FCA.

Commonly seen small regulators include the Seychelles FSA, the Mauritius FSC, the St Vincent and Grenadines FSA, the Belize IFSC and the Bahamas SCB. While being regulated by one of these smaller regulators does not mean that a broker is bad, it does mean that traders are not as well protected.

The best and most trustworthy brokers are regulated by at least one of the three major regulators (FCA, CySEC, ASIC) or the FSCA. It is common for brokers to have multiple regulators, one for each region in which they operate. A good example of this is FXTM, below is a screenshot from the bottom of their website:

FXTM Regulation

We can see that FXTM and its subsidiary companies are regulated by CySEC, the FSCA, the FCA and the Mauritius FSC. This allows FXTM to offer its services to traders all over the world.

IOSCO Investor Alerts Portal

There is one final tool which you might find useful. The International Organization of Securities Commission (IOSCO) maintains a list of every investor warning issued by every regulator in the world, and this is available here: https://www.iosco.org/investor_protection/?subsection=investor_alerts_portal

This list contains a huge number of entries so the easiest way to search is using the keyword option, see below:

IOSCO Search

We recently had a question from a trader regarding a broker called RedfordFX, they had contacted him out of the blue and he was suspicious. So, let us run a search for this company using the IOSCO keyword tool.

IOSCO RedfordFX

As you can see, the CNMV (the Spanish financial regulator) released a warning about RedfordFX on August 3, 2020. Obviously, not a broker to trust!

If you are concerned about a broker for whatever reason, do check this database before you part with any funds.

2. How Much Does It Cost to Trade Forex?

Forex trading is famously low-cost, but Forex brokers still charge fees for their services. The most obvious fee is the spread (the difference between the buy and sell price) and some brokers also charge a commission per trade. But brokers also charge rollover fees, and some charge deposit and withdrawal fees. Finally, there is also the minimum deposit to consider.

To have a good idea how much it will cost you to trade with a broker you will need a clear understanding of these fees and how they will affect your profits.

The Spread

The spread is the difference between the buy and sell price of a currency pair and is measured in pips (the smallest amount by which a currency can change). The lower (or “tighter”) the spread, the less of your own money you will be spending when you trade.

All good brokers will publish their spreads for all the currency pairs they offer. A good example is AvaTrade’s product information sheet below:

AvaTrade Spreads

Here we can see that AvaTrade’s spread on the EUR/USD is 0.9 pips. Avatrade also publishes the exact buy and sell price for each currency pair as well as the daily change in the price of each currency pair. You will also see the leverage and margin listed, which we will discuss later.

Now that we know what AvaTrade’s spreads are, let us have a look at IG Markets’ spreads so we can compare the two.

IG Markets has floating spreads which means that they can get lower or higher (“tighter” or “wider”), depending on market movements.

IG Markets Spreads

IG Markets also presents us with more information than AvaTrade did, but the figure we are interested in is the Average spread (00:00-21:00) for the EUR/USD.

We can see that the average spread on the EUR/USD for most of the trading day is 0.86 pips, not much of a difference with the 0.9 pips at AvaTrade. But we can also see that sometimes spreads are as low 0.6 pips, which is quite a gap. What we can say from this research is that both AvaTrade and IG Markets are good brokers with tight spreads.

When researching a broker, you want to make sure that they publish their spreads and that the spreads are low for the currency pairs you want to trade. If you find a broker that does not publish its spreads, or does not publish its spreads in detail, you should be instantly suspicious.

Brokers that do not publish their spreads often have something bad to hide and brokers with wide spreads are often just greedy.

Brokers with wide spreads or unpublished spreads are marked down in our reviews.

Commission

Another fee that brokers can charge is a commission per trade. Known as ECN brokers, these brokers provide direct market access and will have incredibly low spreads (sometimes as low as 0 pips). The commission varies between brokers, but the cost is usually between 4-7 USD per 100,000 USD traded.

Some brokers will offer both standard accounts (with no commission and a wider spread) and ECN accounts (with a commission and a tight spread).

A good example of this is Tickmill, let’s have a look at their account types:

Tickmill Commission

As you can see, the Tickmill Classic Account charges no commission, but spreads start at 1.6 pips. But the Pro Account has spreads starting from 0 pips (no difference between the buying price and selling price) but commission is charged at 2 USD per side per 100,000 traded (2 USD for opening the position and 2 USD for closing the position, so 4 USD in total).

If you decide to trade with an ECN account, you will want a low commission (like Tickmill’s above) and an average spread close to 0 pips.

ECN brokers who charge more than 7 USD total commission and have average spreads over 0.3 pips should be avoided and we mark them down in our reviews.

Rollover Fees

The rollover fee or swap rate is a small fee charged by brokers for holding a trading position overnight and is usually charged at 17:00 EST (New York time). This fee is based on the interbank interest rate for each currency in a currency pair. Sometimes these interest rates can work in your favour and you will gain interest on your position rather than be charged by the broker.

All brokers will charge rollover fees, they are an inescapable part of trading and can only be avoided by opening and closing your trades on the same day.

Deposit and Withdrawal Fees

The best brokers will charge no fees for deposits and withdrawals, and the worst brokers use them as major cash-making operations. Instead of charging a flat fee, some brokers will charge a percentage of the amount, which can get expensive if you are planning on making large deposits and withdrawals.

Most brokers will charge no fees for transactions via online payment systems like Skrill, Neteller or Ozow. Credit and debit card transactions are also often free, but bank wires will usually be charged by your bank for both deposits and withdrawals. 

One of the best Forex brokers when it comes to deposits and withdrawals is FxPro. In the screenshot below you can see that FxPro charges no fees for deposits and withdrawals – though processing times vary depending on the method.

FXPro Deposit and Withdrawal

Beware of brokers who charge large amounts for withdrawals. The most infamous example is eToro, who used to charge 25 USD for every withdrawal. They have now reduced this to 5 USD per withdrawal, but this is still expensive compared to eToro’s competitors.

eToro Withdrawal Fees

When you are looking for a new broker, always make sure to check the fees for deposits and withdrawals for your preferred payment method. Just because a broker charges fees does not mean that they are bad, but it is always something to be aware of.

Brokers that charge high fees or take a long time to process withdrawals are marked down in our reviews.

Minimum Deposit

Aside from the fees listed above, most brokers will also require a minimum deposit to open a live trading account. For some brokers this will be R70, for others, it may be R1500 or even R3000 where larger deposits unlock improved trading conditions. 

A good example of this improvement in trading conditions with higher minimum deposits is the HotForex accounts structure:

HotForex Accounts

As you can see, with each increase in minimum deposit there is some benefit. From Micro to Premium you have can have more simultaneous open orders. From Premium to Zero Spread you have a sharp drop in the spread and another increase in open orders.

What level of minimum deposit you are comfortable with is a very personal choice.  But it is unfair for a beginner trader to be expected to part with large amounts of money to open an account when they are just starting out.

We do not mark down brokers for having accounts with higher minimum deposits, but we do think it is important for beginner traders to have an account that is not too expensive to open. 

3. Trading Conditions: Not All Forex Brokers Are Created Equal

Apart from the spread, there are several other trading conditions which will affect your trading experience. One of the most important to consider is the leverage offered by a Forex broker.

Leverage is how much you can borrow from a broker to make a trade; this is a risky but necessary aspect of Forex trading. Leverage also directly affects the margin, or the amount of your own money you must risk when opening a trading position.

Other trading conditions to consider are the broker’s execution method and speed, the base currency of your trading account, what assets are available to trade and whether scalping and hedging are allowed.

Leverage: Risky Business

Leverage is money borrowed from your Forex broker to increase the size of a Forex trade. Leverage is essential in Forex trading because the movements of the market are too small to make a decent profit unless you place thousands of dollars on each trade.

Leverage is always presented in a ratio format, such as 30:1, 100:1, 300:1, etc. With 300:1 leverage if you put 10 USD of your own money into a trade you can borrow 300 times that amount and your actual trading position will be 3000 USD.

While this does mean you can make large profits with little investment, it also means that you can quickly lose more than your original investment.

You are still personally responsible for the full amount of your trade (all 3000 USD of it!) and if you cannot cover your losses, the broker will take any unused money in your trading account to do so. If this is still not enough to cover your losses, you may end up owing your Forex broker money, unless they offer negative balance protection.

In the example below, we can see the amount of leverage OctaFX offers changes depending on which account you have and which asset you are trading. Notice that cryptocurrencies have exceptionally low levels of leverage, this is because they are so volatile that the risk involved is extremely high for both the trader and the broker.

OctaFX Leverage

Because using high leverage significantly increases risk, some regulators like CySEC and the FCA now restrict leverage to 30:1 in Europe and the UK. Brokers in the EU and the UK are also required to offer negative balance protection.

In Namibia there are no restrictions on leverage and negative balance protection is not mandatory, so it is important to be careful. Always check with your broker that they provide negative balance protection before you start trading.

Maximum leverage varies among brokers. When you are thinking about signing up with a broker, you want to see that they offer enough leverage to make Forex trading profitable, but not so much that it is dangerous. If a beginner trader opens an account with 5 USD and 1000:1 leverage, it is likely they will lose all their money very quickly.

There is a fine line between sufficient and excessive leverage and the best brokers will restrict high leverage to experienced traders or those with larger account balances. A good example of this kind of responsible behaviour is Blackstone Futures, a South African Forex broker with a track record of supporting their traders. At Blackstone Futures, maximum leverage for new traders is 100:1, and will only be increased after a trader has a history of responsible trading.

Execution Speeds and Execution Methods: Market Makers vs ECN and STP

Execution speed is how fast a broker will place your trade and is often linked to execution method. Many brokers will offer instant execution, thus preventing changes in price while your trade order is processed (slippage) or the rejection and return of your trade order (requotes).

Brokers who offer instant execution are known as market maker brokers. When you trade with a market maker broker, they do not place your trade on the Forex market, but instead, act as counterparty to your trade. While there is a conflict of interest in this business model (because when a trader loses, the broker profits) market makers take their prices from the large banks and regulation prevents them from manipulating market data.

Brokers who offer market execution are either ECN (Electronic Communication Network) brokers or STP (Straight Through Processing) brokers. ECN brokers operate as a hub for a network of liquidity providers and will automatically find the best price for your trade from the members of their network. STP brokers have more control over which liquidity provider to use and generally have faster execution speeds. Some market execution brokers are hybrid ECN/STP brokers, though this is rare.

All types of market execution brokers can often suffer from both slippage and requotes, especially in times of high market volatility or low market volume. The best market execution brokers have invested in expensive infrastructure and have multiple liquidity providers to prevent this.

One such is broker is XM, an STP broker famous for its high-speed execution. XM never offers requotes, despite offering market execution only:

XM Execution Policy

While we do not mark brokers down in our reviews for their execution method, we always mention it as many traders have a strong preference for either market execution or instant execution.

Base Currency: USD or ZAR?

The base currency, also called trading account currency, is the currency that your money in your trading account will be held in. The most common base currency is the US Dollar (USD). Many brokers will also offer Euro (EUR) or Pound Sterling (GBP) accounts too.

Some brokers have a wide range of base currency options. The Micro Account at IronFX has no less than 11 base currencies to choose from:

IronFX Base Currencies

But in Namibia, one of the questions you should ask is whether a broker offers Namibian Dollar (NAD) as a base currency. Note that very few brokers will offer this, and most likely it will only be the South African brokers that offer this option if at all.  In the case that you find local Namibian broker this should help you further. 

The advantages of having NAD as base currency in Namibia are:

  • You will not have to pay any broker conversion fees when sending money from your local account
  • You will not have to pay any conversion fees that your bank or credit card may charge when making a fund transfer or withdrawal
  • Brokers with NAD accounts usually use Namibian bank accounts, so withdrawals and deposits are much faster and often happen instantly.

While we do not mark brokers down in our reviews for not having NAD accounts, it is something we will highlight as we know how important it is for Namibian traders.

Trading Assets: It is not always about Forex

In principle, the number of currency pairs you could trade is only limited by the number of currencies in the world. The reality is that most Forex brokers only offer a small portion of these. But it is important that a Forex broker offers you a real choice. A good Forex broker will offer at least 50 different Forex pairs to trade.

Many Forex brokers are also multi-asset brokers, especially the larger ones. This means that you can also trade other financial instruments such as cryptocurrencies, equities, commodities, precious metals, indices, and bonds.

We think that a good Forex broker should have 50+ Forex pairs to trade and those that have less will be marked down in our reviews. We also mark down brokers who do not offer at least a few other financial instruments to trade.

Hedging and Scalping

A Forex scalping strategy is where a trader seeks to profit from rapid price changes in a short period. Scalping opportunities are usually created when significant unexpected news events happen, or when the equity markets open. A scalper, a trader who employs a scalping strategy, enters and exit trades several times a day, and closes all trades on the day they were opened. Not all brokers allow scalping, but those that do must have fast execution.

Hedging is protecting yourself against adverse price movements that would affect open trades and is a form of insurance. Direct hedging is a common strategy, where a trader buys a currency pair and then sells the same pair at the same time. Not all brokers allow hedging on their platforms, but most market execution brokers do.

4. Customer Support

Having a Forex broker with great customer support is crucial. It is one of those things that you hope you never need; but when you do need it, it must be easily available, fast, and genuinely helpful. When your money is on the line, you need your problem fixed as soon as possible.

The best Forex customer support will be available 24 hours a day (Monday-Friday) via live chat, telephone, messaging services and email. It is also important that a broker has great IT support, as setting up a trading platform can be tricky for new traders. Many new traders cannot find the time during the workweek to get set up, so weekend support can be invaluable but is rare.

Nambian traders also value having local customer support – not least because some local customer support teams can assist in Xhosa, Zulu, and Afrikaans. 

Aside from local customer support, we also highly rate brokers that offer 24-hour support and weekend support.

5. Platform Choice

Brokers will always offer you a trading platform to access the Forex market. Some brokers have their own software, but many use programs like MT4MT5 or cTrader that you can download to your computer or mobile phone.

One of the brokers with the widest range of platforms is IC Markets, which offers MT4, MT5 and cTrader across all devices:

IC Markets Platforms

MetaTrader 4 is the most common Forex trading platforms however, its older interface and complex setup make it less accessible to beginners. MetaTrader 5 and cTrader, on the other hand, have a more modern interface and are easier for beginner traders to set up.

If you are an experienced trader with a particular software choice in mind, or if you are a beginner seeking to learn more about platform options, we have put together a list of the best Forex trading platforms for traders and the brokers that support them.

All brokers have mobile trading apps, and some will have developed proprietary apps, but a vast majority rely on the MetaTrader app for IOS and Android.

We know that Forex traders value choice and when we judge brokers, those with a full range of platforms will be rated higher in our reviews.

6. Other Things to Consider

So, we have looked at Regulation, Fees, Trading Conditions, Customer Support and Platform Choice – but there are a few other things to think about when choosing a broker.

  • Brokers for Beginners: Some brokers are better than others for beginners. The best brokers for beginners will have clear and practical educational material, insightful market analysis and top-notch customer support. Some brokers will also offer one-on-one training, live webinars and real-world seminars.
  • Demo Accounts: It is important for beginner Forex traders to also have a demo account that will not expire, so you can be completely comfortable with the market and the trading platform before you start trading with your own money.
  • Swap-Free (Islamic) Accounts: Islamic accounts, or swap-free accounts, are an optional trading account type which allows Forex traders to be compliant with the principles of Sharia law. In Sharia law interest is prohibited, so swap-free accounts do not pay or earn overnight interest (rollover fees) on open positions.
  • Managed Accounts: Some brokers will operate a managed account for you, but this is rare. There are independent money managers who can manage your account while they are trading for themselves. It is vital that you read our article on managed accounts and understand the minimum deposit requirements and additional risks involved when trading CFDs.

FAQs

What is the best Forex broker in Namibia?

The best brokers in Namibia are AvaTrade, FXTM and BlackStone Futures. AvaTrade is a great all-round broker with low fees and tight spreads. FXTM is trusted by thousands of traders across Africa and has a great range of account types. BlackStone Futures is the best local broker, with great customer support and education for new traders.

I am a beginner trader, what should I look for in a broker?

As a beginner trader, choose a broker with an unlimited demo account, as this will give you the opportunity to practice before making a deposit. Limited demo accounts usually expire after 1-3 weeks, which is not enough time to learn how to profit from CFD trading.

Beginner traders should get educational support when starting, and each broker varies significantly in what material they provide. The minimum you should accept is some general videos and articles, but some brokers have invested in creating small trading universities that include video material as well as live webinars hosted by experts.

Each of our reviews has a section on the educational content to help beginner traders decide the best path forward.

Which is the best Forex brokers for beginners?

The Forex broker for beginners is XTB.  Customer service is available 24/7 with both one-on-one mentoring and dedicated account managers provided for new traders. Educational material is excellent and is presented via XTB’s Trading Academy, which is both well-structured and clear. Finally, minimum deposit requirements are low, and spreads are tight.

How do you trade Forex in Namibia?

To trade Forex in Namibia you will need a trustworthy Forex broker, which you can find here at TradeForexSA. Before you start trading, you should open a demo account with the broker so you can gain experience with the Forex market and with the broker’s trading platform. Once you have gained enough experience you will need to deposit funds with the broker via bank transfer or a payment system like Ozow or Neteller. Once your live account is funded, you will be able to start trading.

Is Forex trading legal in Namibia?

Yes, Forex trading is legal in Namibia and you can trade with any Forex broker in the world.

How do I know I can trust a Forex broker?

Four things should be considered when determining if a broker may be trusted – regulation, trade execution method, client funds management, and industry recognition of their achievements.

The more major regulators the broker group is regulated by, the more oversight the group has. The number of regulators overseeing their processes gives a strong indication of the level of trust the government regulatory agencies have in them.

The execution method of trades is another component because if the broker profits from your loss – as is the case with market maker brokers – this can be seen as making the broker less trustworthy.

This is more of a concern if fewer major regulators regulate a market maker. Therefore, a heavily regulated market maker is considered more reputable than one with lesser regulation. It is noteworthy that some market makers have strong reputations and lots of client resources.

Most regulators require strict processes to keep client funds safe. This process includes placing client funds in segregated accounts at major banks in the local jurisdiction. Segregated bank accounts that are audited every evening means that client funds are protected against any bankruptcy.

Industry awards are given to brokers from journalists, financial watchdog organisations and their peers. While it can be argued that these award ceremonies are biased, they remain the best gauge industry recognition.

Do brokers trade against you?

If the broker is a market maker, then they are the market and will be trading against you by being the counterparty to your trade to create the liquidity you need. Since a vast majority of trades by retail traders are lost, a market maker is making money in most client trades. DMA brokers do not have any conflict of interest and do not trade against you.

How do brokers make money?

Market Makers will make money only from the spread – the difference between the buying and selling price of the currency pair. Since a Market Maker will become the counterparty to any trade, they will also make money when clients lose trades.

DMA brokers will make money from a tight spread and a commission, which is calculated on a per lot amount.

How to deposit with a broker?

Each broker is going to have different deposit methods, but all will have a deposit by credit/debit card and bank transfer option. Most brokers will also accept Neteller or Skrill, which are favoured by many traders because deposits and withdrawals are instant and usually free.

Some will accept regional payment methods, but local deposit methods have not yet been adopted in Namibia. On occasion, brokers will accept Bitcoin deposits, and PayPal in addition to standard currency.

Which broker should I choose?

Traders have different requirements of Forex brokers, and thus there is no single best choice. This is how we compare them, and we offer insight into your choices. At the top of this article, there is a list of those that we believe are the best brokers for traders based on their reputation, platform, trading conditions and resources available to beginners.

How can I report scam brokers?

If you believe you have been scammed by your broker, the first thing to do is warn others and tell your story.  We have a report a scam broker form which we use to gather information so that we get the word out.  If you have been scammed, please complete the form.

Forex Risk Disclaimer

Trading Forex and CFDs is not suitable for all investors as it carries a high degree of risk to your capital: 75-90% of retail investors lose money trading these products. 

Forex and CFD transactions involve high risk due to the following factors: Over-leveraging, unpredictable market volatility, slippage arising from a lack of liquidity, inadequate trading knowledge or experience, and a lack of regulatory protection for clients.

Traders should not deposit any money that is not disposable. Regardless of how much research you have done, or how confident you are in your trade, there is always a substantial risk of loss. (Learn more from the FCA or from ASIC)

Our Rating & Review Methodology

Our State of the Market Report and Broker Directory are the result of extensive research on over 100 Forex brokers. The explicit goal of these resources is to help traders find the best Forex brokers – and steer them away from the worst ones – with the benefit of accurate and up-to-date information.

With over 150 data points on each broker and over 3000 hours of research and review writing, we believe we have succeeded in our goal. 

In a world where trading conditions and customer support can vary based on where you live, our broker reviews focus on the local trader and give you information about these brokers from your perspective.

All research has been conducted by our in-house team of researchers and writers, gathering information from various company representatives, websites and by sifting through the fine print. Learn more about how we rank brokers.

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Trading Forex and CFDs is not suitable for all investors and comes with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 75-90% of retail investors lose money trading these products. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
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