Plus 500 – CFD provider – review
72% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
In September 2018 Plus500 became a component of the FTSE 250 index making it one of the most highly reputable online retail forex and CFD brokerages. Founded in 2008, and becoming publicly listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in 2018, its market capitalization has now surpassed a valuation of over $1 billion. Plus500 Ltd is headquartered in Israel and operates offices in the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Israel, Singapore, and Australia.
Plus500UK Ltd is authorized & regulated by the FCA (# 509909). Plus500CY Ltd is authorized & regulated by CySEC (# 250/14). Plus500SG Pte Ltd, licensed by the MAS (#CMS100648-1) and IE Singapore (#PLUS/CBL/2018). Plus500AU Pty Ltd (ACN 153301681), licensed by: ASIC in Australia, AFSL # 417727, FMA in New Zealand, FSP # 486026; Authorised Financial Services Provider in South Africa, FSP # 47546. You do not own or have any rights to the underlying assets.
Plus500 provides its customers over 2,000 CFD products to trade. Tradable assets include CFDs on shares, CFDs on indices, CFDs on commodities, CFDs on ETFs, CFDs on options, and CFDs on digital assets. Also included are a large selection of CFDs on forex pairs, and CFDs on Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, and IOTA. Below is a list of instruments available for trading at Plus500.
|Number of instruments||Spreads from||Margins from||Leverage Upto|
|Cryptocurrencies||13+||1.1% mkt. price||5%||1:2|
*Disclaimer: above figures are variable values. Availability subject to regulation
Plus500 only offers a standard account to its customers. Also available is a demo account with no time limit so the customers can practice and improve their trading skills. Below is a list of details and features for the standard account.
|Zero spread account||No|
|Min deposit||200 AUD|
All client money is held in segregated client bank accounts in accordance with the Financial Conduct Authority’s client money rules. An overnight Plus500 fee (or credit) is either added to or subtracted from a trader’s account when a position remains open overnight. Plus 500 charges a $10 inactivity fee if there is no activity on the platform for a period of three months. This Plus500 fee only applies to real money accounts and only if the trader has sufficient funds in the account. Traders simply need to log in to their accounts periodically to avoid these fees. Islamic accounts are available.
Funding a Plus500 account can be accomplished via bank transfer, e-wallets, or credit card including MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, and Skrill. Bank transfer transactions may take up to 3 business days.
Opening an account with a Plus500 is usually completed within 3-business days. Documents required are a valid ID (i.e. passport, driver’s license, or national ID), and proof of address (i.e. bank statement, utility bill, or tax invoice dated within the last three months and issued to your name and address).
Does not accept clients from the following countries: USA, Canada, Belgium, China, Philippines
Web & Desktop Trading Platforms
Plus500 offers its clients a desktop, web, and mobile proprietary trading platform. The platform is very straight-forward and user-friendly.
Plus500 Trading Platform
The platform displays charts with technical analysis indicators, and the assets available for trading can be seen in the upper part of the screen. The time frame of the chart can also be adjusted from “tick” view to 1-week view. Although the platform is simple to use, it does not have the sophisticated trading tools the Meta Trader (MT4) provides. The web version of the platform combines Java and html features within a sleek user interface design, adding a more streamlined layout than the desktop version. The platform includes over 100 technical indicators available, and traders have the ability to save chart templates. A Plus500 mobile app is also available and is very similar to the web and desktop versions. Below is a table that summarizes the important trading features included in the platforms.
|Platform Feature||Plus500 platform|
|Stop loss Orders||Yes|
|Expert advisors (EAs)||No|
|Virtual private server||No|
|Direct market access||No|
Plus500 doesn’t offer any educational courses, videos or market commentary on its website. Plus500 does provide an economic calendar powered by Dow Jones.
- Plus500 Ltd. is a publicly listed company
- Regulated in the UK by the FCA
- The trading platform is easy to use and gets great reviews from its clients.Offers a mobile trading platform that looks and functions well
- Offers its clients low spreads
- Only offers CFDs and their product portfolio isn’t as large as some of the other CFD-specific brokers
- For clients that want to employ ‘scalping’ trading strategies, Plus 500 isn’t the right broker. They may ban any client who opens and closes a trade in two minutes or less
Expert advisors (EAs)
Virtual private server
Direct market access
Major Stock markets (US UK Germany)
Hong Kong stocks
Listed on Stock Exchange
Zero spread account