Plus500 Review

Author By Jeffrey Cammack Author Information Updated: October 28, 2020
Overall Rating
3.69 3.69 / 5
Rated #37 of 49 Recommended Brokers
Min. Deposit
AUD 200
Max. Leverage
300:1
Min. Spread
Variable pips
Regulators
Regulator Origin
Trading Desk Type
AlertAll information presented is verified as of the date of the review.Most retail CFD accounts lose money. Your capital is at risk.

Summary

With 50+ Forex CFD pairs available, tight spreads and fast execution, Plus500 is a popular broker with both its new and long-standing customers.  Even though a lot of effort has been put into creating a user-friendly platform, CFDs are complex financial products, and thus the platform is not suitable for inexperienced traders.

Award-winning customer service is available 24/7 and the Plus500 platform is web-based with no need for any downloads or setup, making this a good provider for those starting out who want to keep it simple. 

Plus500 has one account with a 100 USD minimum deposit requirement and keeps simplicity at the core of its business.

Reviews

Regulation
111104/ 5
Trading Conditions
111003/ 5
Trading Platforms
111104/ 5
Deposit & Withdrawal
11110.54.5/ 5
Education & Research
10.50001.5/ 5
Assets Available
11110.54.5/ 5
Customer Service
11110.54.5/ 5
Beginner Friendly
Poor
Bonuses
Variable New Customer Deposit Bonus

Trading Conditions

Min. Deposit
AUD 200
Base Currencies
AUD, EUR, USD
Fx Pairs
70+
Hedging Allowed
No
Scalping Allowed
No
Swap Free Accounts
Yes

Average Spreads

Euro/USD
Unpublished spreads
GBP/USD
Unpublished spreads
USD/JPY
Unpublished spreads

Company Details

Company Name
Plus500 AU Pty Ltd
Founded
2008
Type
Regulators
Office Locations
Sydney,Australia

Is Plus500 Safe?

Yes, Plus500 is a safe CFD provider.

Founded in 2008, 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, because this is CFD trading. Please refer to the Disclosure documents available on the Plus500 website to understand more.

Plus500 does not highlight any industry recognition it has received, but the company did win the Best Trading App Award from Daytrader.com in 2019.

Trading Conditions

Plus500 is a market maker which mean that Plus500 makes the market and trades are not passed on to the international currency markets. Because the market is a closed system, Plus500 is the counterparty to every trade – there are few requotes and fast trade execution.

Plus500 makes a profit from the difference in the buy and sell spreads, and additional commission is not charged on trades.

Spreads at Plus500 are variable and always changing. The Plus500 prices used in this review are are taken on 29.09.2020 12:00h. For more accurate information, check their website.

Account Types

Display Name
Min Deposit
Max Leverage
Min Spread
Commission
Brokers
Standard
USD 100
300:1
Variable
None
Account Details

Plus500 is a CFD Service. Your capital is at risk

Plus500 offers a single account with a minimum deposit of 200 AUD.  Note that because Plus500 is a CFD Service, your capital is at risk.

There is no account choice at Plus500, which is concerning as most of its serious competitors have a number of account types with tighter spreads linked to higher deposit requirements.

Spreads and Commission

The spreads at Plus500 are variable with EURUSD spreads often below 1 pip.  As spreads are dynamic, expect them to be higher in times of low liquidity and for non-major currencies.

Leverage up to 1:300 is available and no commission is charged on any trades.

**This is only illustrative of what you can expect of the Plus500 platform. No actual.**

Deposits and Withdrawals

Deposits and withdrawals are generally commission-free, though a 10 USD withdrawal fee is charged after more than five withdrawals have been made in a single month. Withdrawals via bank transfer may also incur a 6 USD charge.

Plus500 also requires a minimum withdrawal amount of 50 USD for Skrillex and Paypal and 100 USD for bank transfers and credit card. Withdrawals below this amount incur a 10 USD fee.

Withdrawal takes 3-7 days depending on the payment method.  This is slower than expected, as most brokers process all withdrawals within one working day.

Deposit and withdrawals methods include Credit Card, PayPal, Skrill, and bank transfer.

Inactivity Fee

Plus500 charge an inactivity fee of 10 USD per month after 3 consecutive months of inactivity.

Customer Support

Plus500 offers 24/7 customer support via email, online chat and WhatsApp message in 31 different languages. This is a much higher level of service than is commonly available.

The only way the customer support could be improved is by offering phone support for more complex queries and troubleshooting.

Trading Platform

Unlike most Forex brokers, Plus500 only offer their proprietary trading platform. This could be a concern as most similar providers also offer MetaTrader 4 or 5 in conjunction with any first-party software.

The Plus500 platform is web-based and obviously made to appeal to new traders who want to avoid the complexity of more common platforms.  The platform looks fantastic, is very easy to use and has a solid reputation in the trading community. Exceptionally, it is available in over 30 languages.

Unfortunately, the platform is not customisable so traders used setting up their own charts over a bespoke workspace will be disappointed.

Trading Tools

Plus500 offers a few basic trading tools within the platform.

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for illustrative purposes only

You can set automated price and percentage alerts which will inform you when a certain price has been reached or when a price has increased or decreased by a chosen percentage.

You can also view trader sentiment and set alerts to inform you when a predefined percentage of traders are buying or selling an instrument.

All of these alerts can also be sent via email and SMS.

Mobile App

Available on iOS and Android, Plus500’s mobile application offers all the same functions as the web-based platform and is similarly user-friendly and uncomplicated.

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**This is only illustrative of what you can expect of the Plus500 platform. No actual.**

Cryptocurrency CFD Trading

Cryptocurrency trading at Plus500 is an area where they have excelled. It is common for providers to offer USD Cryptocurrency pairs, but Plus500 has gone one step further to offer fully crypto pairs like Ethereum-Bitcoin (ETCHBTC).  I look forward to seeing more of these from Plus500.

USD crypto pairs offered are Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, Neo, Ripple, IOTA, Monero, and EOS.

 

A note on cryptocurrency spreads.  The spreads are much wider than traditional currency pairs due to the high risk of extreme market volatility.

Evaluation Method

We value transparency and openness in the way we review the partners. To bring transparency to the forefront, we have published our review process that includes a detailed breakdown of the Plus500 offer. Central to that process is the evaluation of reliability, the platform offering and the trading conditions offered to clients, which are summarised in this review. Each one of these is graded, and an overall score is calculated and assigned.

Plus500 Risk Statement

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76.4% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Conclusion

Plus500 is a leading brand in the CFD trading industry and has a loyal following of traders, with a lot of focus on making the trading platform easy to understand and a focus on trying to get the best trading conditions possible. While the education and research area could be developed further, note that the platform is not suitable for beginners/inexperienced traders.

AlertAll information presented is verified as of the date of the review.Most retail CFD accounts lose money. Your capital is at risk.
  • Trevor foster says:

    These Mob are bunch of scammers lost 23000 in seconds and couldn’t close the order they are quick to take your money and ridiculously slow to contact….via email every one out there don’t trade through these thieves!!

  • Overall Rating
    Min. Deposit
    Regulation
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Instruments
    Forex Pairs
    Crypto Pairs
    Pros
    Cons
    Regulation
    Trading Conditions
    Trading Platforms
    Deposit & Withdrawal
    Education & Research
    Assets Available
    Customer Service
    % Lose with this broker
    Leverage
    Spread
    Hedging
    Scalping
    Account Types
    Islamic Account
    Trading Platforms
    Funding Methods
    Trading Commission
    1110.503.69/ 5
    AUD 200
    Market Maker
    Commodities, Cryptocurrencies, Equities, ETFs
    70+
    9
    • Well regulated
    • Wide range of assets
    • Limited education
    • Limited account options
    111104/ 5
    111003/ 5
    111104/ 5
    11110.54.5/ 5
    10.50001.5/ 5
    11110.54.5/ 5
    11110.54.5/ 5
    76.4% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider
    300:1
    Variable pips
    No
    No
    Standard
    Yes
    Plus500
    Bank Transfer, Mastercard, Skrill, Paypal
    Fees Included in Spread
    1110.503.33/ 5
    AUD 50
    Market Maker
    Commodities, Cryptocurrencies, Forex, Equities
    47
    16
    • Well regulated
    • Good for beginners
    • Innovative trading tools
    • Limited education
    • Wide spreads
    11110.54.5/ 5
    110.5002.5/ 5
    111104/ 5
    110002/ 5
    10.50001.5/ 5
    111104/ 5
    111104/ 5
    62% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider
    400:1
    1.0 pips
    Yes
    Yes
    Professional, Standard
    Yes
    etoro
    Bank Transfer, Skrill, Paypal
    Fees Included in Spread
    1110.503.24/ 5
    AUD 500
    Market Maker
    Commodities, Forex, Equities, ETFs
    48
    0
    • Good range of accounts
    • Wide range of assets
    • Wide spreads
    • Limited education
    • Limited market analysis
    • High minimum deposit
    1110.503.5/ 5
    110002/ 5
    111104/ 5
    11110.54.5/ 5
    10.50001.5/ 5
    11110.54.5/ 5
    111003/ 5
    67.95% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider
    400:1
    3.0 pips
    Yes
    Yes
    Gold, Islamic, Mini, Platinum
    Yes
    MT4, Sirix
    Bank Transfer
    Fees Included in Spread
    Visit Broker
    AlertAll information presented is verified as of the date of the review.Most retail CFD accounts lose money. Your capital is at risk.

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