Is Plus500 available in SA?
First things first, many locals ask about the availability of Plus500 to clients residing in the country, and the answer is yes, Plus500 opens trading accounts to clients who live in South Africa. Moreover, the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) of SA regulates this broker.
What is Plus500?
Plus500 is a CFD trading platform allowing customers to trade more than 2,500 different underlying global financial instruments, comprising equities, indices, commodities, options, ETFs, Forex and cryptocurrencies.
Plus500 retains operating licences and is regulated in the UK, Australia, Cyprus, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore and Seychelles. Plus500 shares are listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (symbol: PLUS) and are a constituent of the FTSE 250 index (Britain's preeminent shares index). According to the co's Financial Report issued at the end of the 2020, the platform had over 430k active traders.
The trading platform is accessible from multiple operating systems (Windows, iOS, Android and Surface) and web browsers.
South African Financial Assets offered by Plus500
Forex: Plus500 offers the USDZAR, EURZAR, and GBPZAR pairs.
Stocks: Plus500 offers commission-free trading on CFDs on shares listed at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange like Anglo American, Sasol, Sanlam, MTN Group, Nedbank Group, Old Mutual, Aspen Pharmacare, Capitec Bank, FirstRand, Shoprite, Naspers, AngloGold Ashanti, Absa Group, Impala Platinum, Bid Corp, Northam Platinum, Clicks, Gold Fields, Anglo American Platinum, Kumba Iron Ore, Bidvest Group, and NEPI Rockcastle.
International Financial Instruments offered by Plus500
Forex: +70 CFDs on currency pairs – Majors, minors, and exotics.
Stocks: +1,500 CFDs on Stocks from 17 major Stock Exchanges, among which there are the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, London Stock Exchange and Xetra, four of the most popular Stock Exchanges among investors.
ETFs: 86 CFDs on ETFs from iShares, Vanguard, Invesco, VanEck, SPDR, ProShares, Direxion, among other asset managers.
Commodities: CFDs on 22 commodities, including Gold and Oil, the most popular among traders.
Indices: Plus500's offering on indices' CFDs divides into 27 CFDs on stock exchanges indices and four industrial indices (Cannabis, Real Estate, Crypto, and NYSE FANG+).
Options: CFDs on 20 options (Underlyings: Commodities, Indices and 10 CFDs on Shares' Options).
Cryptocurrencies: CFDs on eight coins and crypto pairs.
Is Plus500 a trustworthy broker?
A way to understand if a Broker is reliable is through the Public entities that regulate its operations. Plus500 is governed in the following jurisdictions:
Plus500CY Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (Licence No. 250/14).
Plus500UK Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 509909).
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.
Plus500SEY Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Seychelles Financial Services Authority (Licence No. SD039).
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).
Bearing in mind that stringent government bodies regulate and supervise Plus500, we can state with certainty that it is a reliable firm, given that it has to comply with heavy regulations.
How to Open a Trading Account with Plus500 from SA
Opening an investment account with Plus500 from South Africa is a process that is completed online and requires:
Register, and upload an ID and a proof of address (electricity, water bills, etc.), through the Broker's App.
Once their administration team approves your account, it's time to deposit cash. The depositing and withdrawing money methods are usually Credit Cards, Bank Transfers or eWallets (PayPal, and Skrill).
Once Plus500 applies your funds to the account, you are ready to trade.
Is it easy to trade with Plus500?
Plus500 allows investing in financial markets, straightforwardly through an optimised trading app called WebTrader. Designed in a way that the investor can learn and start trading very quickly, without the need for much prior knowledge, to buy CFDs on shares of, for example, Apple, or Capitec, you have to:
open the trading account as explained before,
Search for "Apple" or "Capitec" on Plus500's Trading platform, and
press the "Buy" button.
And, done, you are officially trading in financial assets with Plus500.
Plus500's Minimum Deposit in South Africa
We have saved some good news for the last paragraph: Opening an account with real funds requires USD 100 (Or the equivalent in Rand) only.
Plus500, an international, reliable and robust trading platform, provides you with live access to global markets in the form of CFDs on multiple asset classes, quickly and straightforwardly. Good luck and trade safely.