Comprehensive Review dedicated to traders from SA
Accepts South African Clients
Who is AvaTrade?
AvaTrade is an international broker operating in South Africa via its FSCA license. AvaTrade ZA was founded in 2006 and today has a local office in Johannesburg. The company supports in SA trading with up to 1:400 leverage while trading on a free practice demo or a real account that starts from 100$ for South African traders.
Main advantages of the broker
Financial Sector Conduct Authority, based in South Africa, license no 45984.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission, based in Australia, license no 406684.
Central Bank of Ireland, based in Ireland, license no C53877.
Risk warning: Remember that forex and CFDs available at AvaTrade are leveraged products and can result in the loss of your entire capital.
Please ensure you fully understand the risks involved.
Available Deposit & Withdrawal Methods
AvaTrade supports the following deposits and withdrawal methods
Supported Platforms by AvaTrade
AvaTrade supports the following trading platforms
Trading platforms of the broker
AvaTrade offers to South African traders access to two popular trading platforms – MT4 and MT5. Both these platforms can serve for executing trades as well as for technical and fundamental analysis. Among other things, the broker supports scalping and automated trading. You can either create your own Expert Advisors or you can follow and copy traders from the social trading platforms ZuluTrade and DupliTrade.
MT4 and MT5 can be used via a Web-Trader or downloaded to any PC, MAC or smart device. For mobile phones, AvaTrade also offers AvaTradeGO app which features some additional tools like the AvaProtect™ which allows you to protect a specific trade against losses of up to one million dollars over a chosen time frame. I believe this is basically a guaranteed stop-loss that costs a premium.
In total, there are over 700 trading instruments available at AvaTrade to traders from SA (All which are CFDs traded with leverage). These include:
- Forex – AvaTrade supports speculation on 55 currency pairs. Here, you are going to find major, minor and exotic pairs. 2 of the available exotic pairs are traded against the South African rand -USD/ZAR, EUR/ZAR.
- Stocks – In this asset category, you can find 616 stocks. Most of them are American or European.
- Indices – DAX 30, S&P500, NASDAQ 100 and 25 other indices are tradable at AvaTrade.
- Commodities – To trade crude oil, coffee, gold or silver, you can access the commodity section which offers 42 commodities.
- Cryptocurrencies – AvaTrade features in this asset section 14 cryptocurrency pairs, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple.
- ETFs – AvaTrade supports speculation on 59 ETFs that comprise of the world’s most popular titles like S&P 500 SPDR, ProShares UltraPro Short QQQ or Financial Select Sector SPDR.
- Bonds – Currently, here are 2 bonds – Euro-Bund and Japan Govt Bond.
Please note that while all the assets described in this paragraph are available on MT5, the same can’t be said about their availability MT4. To find what assets are can be traded on MT4, visit AvaTrade, click in the menu on Trading info > Financial instruments.
Did you know?
AvaTrade has regulatory licenses across 5 continents with a wide global offices presence (including one in Johannesburg South Africa – Nelson Mandela Square Office towers West, 2nd Floor, Sandton)
Trading fees, deposit bonus
All trading fees are disclosed on the AvaTrade site, but let’s review the most common ones. Among those, we have to mention the spread fee with which you will encounter the most often. AvaTrade spreads are fairly competitive and start on major currency pairs on 0,9 pips, the company charges 0% commission fees.
AvaTrade also does not charge any deposit or withdrawal fees when using credit cards, wire transfers or e-payments. In South Africa, the wire transfers are processed on the broker’s end via ABSA Bank.
If you stay in your position overnight, there is an overnight interest, which differs from an asset to asset. To see all trading-related fees, visit Avatrade > Trading info > Financial Instruments, here select an asset you want to trade and see all applicable fees.
Currently, AvaTrade runs a campaign during which it offers to South African traders a deposit bonus. The smallest amount you have to deposit to get a deposit bonus is 100 USD, which is also the AvaTrade minimum deposit required to start real trading. Here is the breakdown of deposit amounts and appropriate rewards.
100-599 USD = 30 USD Bonus
600-999 USD = 200 USD Bonus
1000-1999 USD = 300 USD Bonus
2000-2999 USD = 450 USD Bonus
3000-3999 USD = 600 USD Bonus
To see the availability of deposit bonuses as well as applicable terms and conditions, please visit AvaTrade > About > Trader Benefits.
South African traders can trade with AvaTrade with up to 1:400 financial leverage. Here is the breakdown of maximum leverage that can be used at AvaTrade depending on what asset category you trade.