AuthorBy Jeffrey Cammack
Updated: March 18, 2021

MetaTrader 5 (MT5) is the most recent version of the industry-standard MetaTrader Forex trading platform and the first to use multi-asset functionality for stocks, futures and Forex trading. Though still not as popular as the previous MT4 version, MT5 is supported by a growing number of brokers, giving traders a wider trading platform choice.

To test these brokers, we downloaded the MT5 software from our trading account and connected the platform to our live trading accounts. As part of our test, in addition to trading currency pairs, we traded indices, stocks and commodities, which is impossible with previous MetaTrader versions, traded with the expanded set of indicators in unlimited chart windows and installed MQL5 scripts to enable automated trading.  These are the best MT5 brokers in South Africa for 2021, according to our testing and our research.

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Best MT5 Forex Brokers 2021

Last updated on 18 Mar 2021
Updated 18 Mar 2021
by Editorial Director Jeffrey Cammackby Jeffrey Cammack
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AvaTrade
Min. Deposit
USD 100
4.184.18
Min. Spread
0.90 pips
Trading Platforms
Fx Pairs
50+
Overall Rating
11110.54.18/ 5
AlertAccepts South African Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 0.90 pips on trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 30:1. Islamic account available. MT4 & MT5 platforms supported. AvaTrade Group regulated by ASIC, FSCA, B.V.I FSC & FSA.
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AvaTrade is an internationally and FSCA regulated CFD broker offering trading on Forex, cryptocurrencies, commodities, indices, stocks, bonds and EFTs. AvaTrade has one of the best mobile trading applications in the industry and, unlike many global brokers, offers a local South African customer support team. 

AvaTrade has over 200,000 active traders on the MT4, MT5, and AvaGo platforms and provides free access to trading tools like Autochartist, Duplitrade and AvaProtect, its own innovative risk management system.

While AvaTrade is a dependable broker for beginners, professional traders looking for advanced educational material and industry-leading market research will be underwhelmed.

Pros
  • Good for beginners
  • Well regulated
  • Low minimum deposit
Cons
  • Dealing desk
  • Limited education
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FXTM
Min. Deposit
USD 10
4.174.17
Min. Spread
0.10 pips
Trading Platforms
Fx Pairs
59
Overall Rating
11110.54.17/ 5
AlertAccepts South African Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 1.90 pips on trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage Flexible. Islamic account available. MT4 & MT5 platforms supported. Leverage offered can vary depending on country of residence, and your trading knowledge and experience. FXTM is regulated by CySEC, FCA, FSCA, and the FSC.
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FXTM is a multi-regulated FSCA registered CFD broker offering clients trading on Forex, cryptocurrencies, indices, metals and stocks. With a complete education and market analysis section, and the unique FXTM Invest copy trading platform, FXTM is plagued by unfavourable trading conditions and platform choice limits on their entry-level accounts and charging withdrawal fees.

Beginners at FXTM will find a good overview of how Forex trading works and the basics of a beginners course in their guides and tutorials, webinars, ebooks, trading glossary and videos that cover beginner and intermediate topics. Daily market analysis will help beginners understand the real-world implications of news events on the Forex market and where the opportunities lie. However, Serious beginners should consider the ECN Account (minimum deposit 500 USD) or the ECN Zero Account (minimum deposit 200 USD) as trading conditions dramatically improve to fall in line with industry averages.

Pros
  • Good for beginners
  • Excellent education
  • Well regulated
  • Low minimum deposit
Cons
  • Expensive withdrawals
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BDSwiss
Min. Deposit
USD 100
4.324.32
Min. Spread
1 pips
Trading Platforms
Fx Pairs
50+
Overall Rating
11110.54.32/ 5
AlertAccepts South African Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 1.60 pips on trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 30:1. Islamic account available. MT4 & MT5 platforms supported. BDSwiss is regulated by CySEC, FSC, and the FSA-Seychelles.
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BDSwiss is a European CFD broker regulated by CySEC, the FSC (Mauritius) and the FSA (Seychelles). BDSwiss offers trading on Forex, commodities, shares, indices, and cryptocurrencies. While trading costs on the entry-level Classic account are slightly above the industry average, the trading platform choice and the industry-leading education and market analysis material make up for it. A professional 5000 USD Raw account is also available with industry-competitive trading costs of 8 USD per EURUSD lot traded.

BDSwiss offers MT4, MT5 and a bespoke BDSwiss Web Trader application – the star attraction for new traders – with an intuitive and modern interface, an extended set of technical analysis tools, and advanced charting. The BDSwiss trading academy and market analysis are some of the best in the industry, with structured courses for all levels, frequent strategy webinars, and insightful market analysis headlined by a detailed daily market preview.

Pros
  • Tight spreads
  • Good for beginners
  • Wide range of assets
Cons
  • Expensive withdrawals
  • Limited market analysis
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XM
Min. Deposit
USD 5
4.384.38
Min. Spread
0.60 pips
Trading Platforms
Fx Pairs
57
Overall Rating
11110.54.38/ 5
AlertAccepts South African Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 1.60 pips on trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 30:1. Islamic account available. MT4 & MT5 platforms supported. XM Group regulated by CySEC, ASIC, and the IFSC.
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XM is a reliable multi-regulated CFD broker offering trading in Forex, stocks, commodities, indices, metals, and energies. XM leads the Forex industry in terms of education and market analysis, but with customer service closed on the weekend, beginner traders with technical issues could face difficultly.

With support for MT4 and MT5, trading costs below the industry average on both introductory and professional accounts, and a low minimum deposit of 5 USD (70 ZAR), XM Group stands out from a crowded field of market maker brokers.

Pros
  • Well regulated
  • Excellent education
  • Wide range of assets
  • Fast and free withdrawals
Cons
  • Dealing desk
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HotForex
Min. Deposit
USD 5
4.494.49
Min. Spread
0 pips
Trading Platforms
Fx Pairs
51
Overall Rating
11110.54.49/ 5
AlertAccepts South African Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 1 pips on trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 30:1. Islamic account available. MT4 & MT5 platforms supported. HF Markets Group regulated by the FSCA, FCA, FSC, CySEC and the DFSA.
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HotForex is a global CFD broker with FSCA regulation offering a variety of trading products including Forex, commodities, indices, shares and crypto. Trading conditions are unusually good on the 5 USD (5 USD) introductory account, with fast market execution and competitive spreads. Experienced traders will be interested in HotForex’s professional account with EUR/USD spreads starting at 0 pips pips and a 6 USD commission.

HotForex supports both the MT4 and MT5 platforms and provides 18 trading tools to further assist traders. Unfortunately, access to better trading tools like Autochartist, which other brokers offer as a free service, requires an account balance of 6500 ZAR – well above the required minimum deposit.

HotForex offers a structured beginner course and webinars to help newcomers get started, but customer support is closed on the weekend, leaving novices stranded when they may need help the most.

Pros
  • Low minimum deposit
  • Tight spreads
  • Well regulated
  • Good range of accounts
Cons
  • Limited base currencies
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Axitrader
Min. Deposit
USD 5
4.344.34
Min. Spread
0 pips
Trading Platforms
Fx Pairs
80+
Overall Rating
11110.54.34/ 5
AlertAccepts South African Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 1.20 pips on trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 500:1. Islamic account available. MT4 & MT5 platforms supported. Axi Group is regulated by the FCA, ASIC and the DFSA.
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Axi (formerly Axitrader) is an Australian CFD broker regulated by ASIC, the FCA and the DFSA, and an FSCA application pending approval. Axi offers clients trading on Forex, metals, cryptocurrency, commodities, and indices. Axi accounts seem to offer clients industry competitive trading costs – the Standard Account (from 0.4 pip EURUSD) and the Pro Account (0.0 pips EURUSD + 7 USD commission) – but unnecessarily dodges transparent practices by not publishing their average spreads.

Although Axi limits its platform choice to MT4, it offers traders free use of various powerful platform-integrated technical analysis tools, including Autochartist, MyFxBook, PsyQuation, to help professional or serious newcomer traders make better trading choices. Beginners to Axi have structured learning material and frequent market analysis, making them a front-runner in the education space only empowered by their powerful trading tools.

Pros
  • Low minimum deposit
  • Wide range of assets
  • Well regulated
  • Tight spreads
Cons
  • Poor customer service
  • Limited demo account
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Exness
Min. Deposit
USD 1
4.324.32
Min. Spread
0.10 pips
Trading Platforms
Fx Pairs
120
Overall Rating
11110.54.32/ 5
AlertAccepts South African Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 0.70 pips on trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 2000:1. Islamic account available. MT4 & MT5 platforms supported. Exness is regulated by CySEC, FCA, and the FSC.
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Exness is an FSCA and internationally regulated CFD broker offering trading in Forex, cryptocurrencies and metals. Exness has some of the tightest spreads in the industry and a relatively low minimum deposit, but its selection of financial instruments is limited compared to similar brokers.

Exness has market and instant execution accounts and full support for MT4 and MT5 on both standard accounts. An optional ZAR account is available to South African traders, deposits and withdrawals are free of charge, and customer service is 24/7.

While Exness’ trading costs are well below the industry average, its education and market analysis are poor compared to other major brokers.

Pros
  • Well regulated
  • Tight spreads
  • Wide range of assets
  • 24/7 customer service
Cons
  • Limited education
  • Limited market analysis
  • Unavailable in Europe
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Eightcap
Min. Deposit
USD 100
4.074.07
Min. Spread
0 pips
Trading Platforms
Fx Pairs
40
Overall Rating
11110.54.07/ 5
AlertAccepts South African Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 0.00 pips with 7 USD commission round turn on the trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 500:1. Islamic account available. MT4 & MT5 platforms supported. Eightcap Markets is regulated by ASIC & the VFSC.
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Winner of the Award for Best Global MT4 Broker 2020, Eightcap is an ASIC-regulated, no-intervention market maker with variable spreads on two simple account types. Spreads are tight on both accounts, with spreads on the Raw Account often down to 0 pips in exchange for a small commission.

Both MT4 and MT5 are fully supported and deposits and withdrawals are fast and free. Forex education and analysis are not as comprehensive as some of Eightcap’s larger competitors, but customer service is available in 10 languages and is responsive and knowledgeable.

Pros
  • Great platform choice
  • Excellent education
Cons
  • Limited demo account
  • No swap-free account option
  • Extreme leverage
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FP Markets
Min. Deposit
USD 100
4.174.17
Min. Spread
0 pips
Trading Platforms
Fx Pairs
60+
Overall Rating
11110.54.17/ 5
AlertAccepts South African Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 0.1 pips on trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 30:1. Islamic account available. MT4, MT5 & IRESS platforms supported. FP Markets is regulated by CySEC and ASIC.
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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
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FxPro
Min. Deposit
USD 100
4.214.21
Min. Spread
0.60 pips
Trading Platforms
Fx Pairs
70+
Overall Rating
11110.54.21/ 5
AlertAccepts South African Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 1.50 pips on trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 30:1. Islamic account available. MT4, MT5, cTrader and FxPro proprietary trading platform supported. FxPro Group is regulated by FCA, CySEC, FSCA, and the DFSA
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FxPro is one of the most respected Forex brokers in the industry. Regulated by the FCA and CySEC and with over 870,000 client accounts in 173 countries, FxPro is a truly global powerhouse.

FxPro offers a no dealing desk execution model on MT4, MT5, cTrader and a browser-based platform. A reasonable 100 USD opening deposit and outstanding customer service are combined with competitive spreads – often as low as 0.6 pips – to match profitability with security.

Pros
  • Well regulated
  • Great platform choice
  • Tight spreads
Cons
  • Limited education
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ThinkMarkets
Min. Deposit
USD 5
4.184.18
Min. Spread
0 pips
Trading Platforms
Fx Pairs
36
Overall Rating
11110.54.18/ 5
AlertAccepts South African Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 1.20 pips with 0.0 USD commission round turn on the trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Islamic account available. MT4 & MT5 platforms supported. ThinkMarkets is regulated by the FSCA, FCA, and ASIC.
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ThinkMarkets if a retail CFD broker, regulated internationally by two tier-1 regulators – the FCA and ASIC – and regulated by the FSCA in South Africa. ThinkMarkets offers clients trading on Forex, indices, metals, shares and commodities on MT4, MT5 and their inhouse ThinkTrader platform. The ThinkMarkets standard account, with no minimum deposit requirement, has high trading costs compared to the industry average at 12 USD per lot EURUSD. On the other hand, the 500 USD minimum ThinkZero account delivers better pricing at 9 USD per lot EURUSD, which is closer to the industry norm.

The ThinkMarkets education package targets all traders levels and is a good start for novices. Daily market commentary is missing from the website, but real-time news from FX Wire Pro is integrated cleverly into the ThinkTrader platform, along with advanced order management, risk management tools, charts and more.

Pros
  • Low minimum deposit
  • Well regulated
  • Great platform choice
Cons
  • Limited market analysis
  • Non-transparent spreads
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What is MT5?

Released in 2010, MetaTrader 5 (MT5) is the latest version of the market-leading MetaTrader trading software. 

Much like MT4, MT5 allows traders to access the Forex market via a broker, but it also provides additional access to CFDs, stocks and futures. This also means that it is a more valuable asset for brokers as it allows them to reach a broader base of clientele – this has resulted in a noticeable uptick in the number of brokers supporting MT5, sometimes replacing their support for MT4 altogether.

MT5 comes with a new script-writing language, MQL5, which is much more efficient than MQL4, if harder to learn for beginners. 

Though the interface is similar to MT4, MT5 has more advanced charting tools, including 12 more timeframes and more built-in technical indicators. 

MT5 also allows for an unlimited amount of charts to be used, shows Depth of Market and has a built-in Economic Calendar. It also has a larger number of pending order types than MT4 and features an embedded chat system.

MT5 Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Unlike MT4, MT5 allows users to trade centralised markets – such as indices, stocks and commodities.
  • MT5 is more feature complete and comes with an Economic Calendar, Depth of Market indicator, embedded chat function, unlimited chart windows, 80 built-in indicators and 12 more time-frames than MT4.
  • MT5’s new scripting language (MQL5) is a more efficient language and features a powerful built-in script tester.

Cons:

  • MT5 does not allow for hedging as standard, you will need to request it to be enabled from your broker.
  • MT5 scripts are not backwards compatible with MT4 – so anyone making the transition will lose all their EAs, etc.
  • MT5 is a more complex platform than MT4.

MT5 has grown in popularity recently in response to higher demand for multi-asset trading and is now supported by a number of the better brokers.

Should I use MT5?

The answer to this question depends on what you want from your platform and your previous trading experience. 

If you want to trade other CFDs as well as Forex but want to have a standalone client then MT5 is a good choice. If you only want to trade Forex on a simpler platform, then it’s a good idea to start with MT4. 

If you already have some experience with MT4 and are thinking of switching, it really depends on your reasons why. The only significant reason I can think of for switching to MT5 is if you want to trade other markets. The significant reason for not switching is that programmes written for MT4 will not run in MT5, so you will lose all your EAs, indicators and automated scripts in the transition.

The big question is how much longer MT4 is going to be supported by the big brokers. It is unquestionably the industry standard at present and recent upgrades to the MQL4 language have made it almost as easy and efficient as MQL5 to create automated trading scripts.

That said, more brokers are offering MT5 all the time and some have chosen to only support MT5 from now on – if you are just starting out trading there is something to be said for getting used to MT5 before it starts overtaking its older sibling, which has already started happening.

Conclusion

MT5 will eventually overtake MT4 as the industry standard (unless one of the MetaQuotes competitors get there first) it’s just a matter of when.

The fact that MT5 is more feature-complete, supports trading across all financial markets, and allows for advanced script testing makes it very appealing to both brokers and traders. Allowing hedging for non-US users was a removal of a major obstacle to widespread support for MT5.

The only remaining problem is the lack of backwards compatibility with MT4 robots and EAs – and this is a problem that is never going to go away.

If you use MT4 and you love it, stick with it as it’s going to remain the gold standard for some time yet – unless you want to trade other financial markets. If you are new to trading it’s worth considering going straight to MT5.

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