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Best Forex Brokers Malaysia for 2022

Steven Hatzakis

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Trading forex in Malaysia has become increasingly popular in recent years, and has also come under closer regulatory scrutiny.

While many internationally regulated forex brokers accept clients from Malaysia, it is an additional benefit to also hold a Capital Markets Services License (CMSL) from the Securities Commission of Malaysia, or SCM, the country's financial regulatory body. Numerous brokers, including some well-established international firms, have received warnings from SCM for operating without a local license, though practical implications for the brokers remain unclear.

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Regulation is intended to help forex investors avoid scam brokers, which are plentiful and can be persuasive. Our guide will help you choose a trusted and reputable broker for trading forex. Additionally, we recommend Malaysian residents follow the SCM on Twitter: @SecComMY.

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Best Forex Brokers Malaysia

ForexBrokers.com 2022 Review

To find the best forex brokers in Malaysia, we created a list of all brokers that accept new customers from Malaysia and ranked them by their Overall ranking, calculated during our in-depth annual review of forex brokers. This exacting analysis of more than 100 variables includes our proprietary Trust Score (more on Trust Score below).

Here is our list of the top forex brokers in Malaysia.

Malaysian Forex Brokers Comparison

Compare Malaysian authorised forex and CFDs brokers side by side using the forex broker comparison tool or the summary table below. This broker list is sorted by the firm's ForexBrokers.com Overall ranking.

In addition to our top picks above, we've reviewed and rated several more brokers who accept residents of Malaysia as clients, as shown in the table below.

Forex BrokerAccepts MY ResidentsAverage Spread EUR/USD - StandardMinimum DepositOverallVisit Site
IGYes0.828£250.00 5 Stars Visit Site
Saxo BankYes0.800$2,000.00 5 Stars N/A
Interactive BrokersYes0.600$0 5 Stars N/A
FOREX.comYes1.100$100.00 4.5 Stars Visit Site
XTBYes0.900$0.00 4.5 Stars N/A
AvaTradeYes0.910$100.00 4.5 Stars N/A
Admiral MarketsYes0.800100 4.5 Stars N/A
IC MarketsYes0.620$200 4.5 Stars N/A
OANDAYes1.400$0.00 4.5 Stars N/A
Capital.comYes0.800$20.00 4.5 Stars N/A
XM GroupYes1.600$5 4 Stars N/A
FP MarketsYes1.200$100 AUD 4 Stars N/A
TickmillYes0.270$100.00 4 Stars N/A
HYCMYes0.600$100 4 Stars N/A
BDSwissYes1.500$100-$5000 (depending on account type) 4 Stars N/A
HFM (HF Markets)Yes1.200$5 4 Stars N/A
VantageYes1.220$200 4 Stars N/A
Moneta MarketsYes1.220$50.00 4 Stars N/A
VT MarketsYes1.200$200 4 Stars N/A
EightcapYes$100 4 Stars N/A
ACY SecuritiesYes1.200$50 4 Stars Visit Site
Trade NationYes0.60$0 4 Stars N/A
BlackBull MarketsYes0.845$200 4 Stars N/A
OctaFXYes0.600$25 3.5 Stars N/A
LegacyFxYes0.00$500 3.5 Stars N/A

Is your broker safe?

Choosing a regulated broker is important for avoiding scams, and the country where your broker is regulated is equally important. Our Trust Score, a proprietary algorithm, ranks regulatory agencies into three groups, with Tier 1 indicating the most trusted financial centers and Tier 3 the least. Our data collection on each broker results in a ranking from 1 to 99 of the broker's overall trust. The higher a broker's Trust Score, the better. Learn more about Trust Score here.

How to verify SCM authorisation

To identify if a forex broker is regulated by SCM, the first step is to identify the register number from the disclosure text at the bottom of the broker's Malaysia homepage.

Next, look up the firm on the SCM website to validate the current regulatory status of the broker in Malaysia. Here is the official page with the public register of license holders on SCM.

It's also worth noting that Bank Negara Malaysia, the Central Bank of Malaysia that regulates money service businesses and forex dealers, has issued guidelines for cryptocurrencies with which companies must comply when dealing with crypto assets.

What is the best forex broker in Malaysia?

IG is the best forex broker in Malaysia among all brokers that accept Malaysian residents. IG ranks highly across key categories, including its trust factor (using our proprietary Trust Score) and is the No. 1 pick in Malaysia for 2022. See our full review of IG.

What is forex?

Forex, short for foreign exchange, refers to the trading or exchanging that takes place in international currency markets, in which one currency is bought or sold in return for another foreign currency. The goal for forex traders — and it's a tricky one — is to profit by accurately predicting fluctuations in value.

Commonly traded forex pairs include the euro and U.S. dollar (EUR/USD), British pound and U.S. dollar (GBP/USD), euro and Japanese yen (EUR/JPY), and several others.

There are various types of participants in the forex markets: retail and institutional traders, large corporations, banks, and central banks that help regulate monetary policy, such as when printing money that enters circulation.

There are at least two sides to every forex trade. On one side is a buyer, and on the other side a seller. Forex market participants either have a need for the particular currency, such as for business use or hedging risk; or are speculators taking an investment position expecting the price to move in a favorable direction.

For example, let's say you have U.S. dollars and expect their value to go down and want to sell them in order to buy euros for an upcoming trip to Europe. Or maybe you expect the euro price to go higher relative to the U.S. dollar and are looking at it as an investment.

What is spread in forex?

The spread is a term used to describe the cost when you trade forex. It's the difference between the sell (bid) price and the buy (ask) price of the currency pair you're trading.

Spread when buying: While the spreads may vary across brokers, account types, and forex pairs, the spread will be the same whether you buy or sell. Spreads can also widen due to volatile events such as as economic news announcements.

Spread when selling: Selling is no different in terms of spread. For example, a trader who expects a price drop and creates a sell to open market order will pay the bid price to open a position, and at that moment will also realize the spread. The ask price will be worse (the rate to close the trade at that moment would create a loss for the spread amount if the rate stayed the same) even though the subsequent price update may again cause a deeper loss, break-even or profit, depending on the degree of price change to the rates.

Commissions: Even in a commission-free account, traders still pay the spread, because the moment you place the trade — such as when buying at the ask price — the bid price is worse. Thus your trade reflects the cost of the spread being realized before the next price updates. Any subsequent rate change can result in a deeper loss, break-even, or profits, depending on the degree of price movements and direction after your trade is executed.

Pro tip: While some brokers offer fixed pricing, or may advertise spreads from as low as a certain value, the most meaningful measure is an average spread that is calculated over a time period that shows how consistent the broker's pricing is. Otherwise, a firm may advertise a low rate, but in reality spreads could be much worse on average. So it is important to obtain average spreads as well as the time period when they were measured, such as the month of January 2022 or Q3 2021 for a given forex pair.

Can you trade crypto like forex?

Yes, you can trade cryptocurrency similarly to the way you would trade forex. The same sort of technical and fundamental analysis is applicable to trading crypto derivatives (that is, CFDs) or other crypto securities which allow you to go long (buy) or short (sell). You can also use the underlying asset (long-only) to hold a longer-term position.

Like forex traders, crypto traders can go long or short — that is, trade in either direction to open a new position — and use a combination of technical analysis (historical and current market prices) and economic news, such as unemployment data, GDP and other government or central bank data when placing a position.

A key difference between forex and crypto trading is that some cryptocurrencies don't have enough price history for technical analysis to be meaningful, and fundamental analysis is limited to any on-chain public data about the project, in addition to the project sponsor's website.

Pro tip: Since there are no governing bodies to disseminate official market data — given that crypto is largely decentralized — commentary across social media channels can influence market prices. For example, Elon Musk could make a one-off comment and impact a cryptocurrency price, even though he may not be associated with a particular cryptocurrency project.

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Methodology

For our 2022 Forex Broker Review we assessed, rated, and ranked 39 international forex brokers over a three-month time period resulting in over 50,000 words of published research.

Each broker was graded on 113 different variables, including our proprietary Trust Score algorithm. This innovative scoring system ranks the level of trustworthiness for each broker based on factors such as licenses, regulation and corporate structure. Read more about Trust Score here.

As part of our annual review process, all brokers had the opportunity to provide updates and key milestones and complete an in-depth data profile, which we hand-checked for accuracy.

Ultimately, our rigorous data validation process yields an error rate of less than .1% each year, providing site visitors with quality data they can trust. Learn more about how we test.

Forex Risk Disclaimer

There is a very high degree of risk involved in trading securities. With respect to margin-based foreign exchange trading, off-exchange derivatives, and cryptocurrencies, there is considerable exposure to risk, including but not limited to, leverage, creditworthiness, limited regulatory protection and market volatility that may substantially affect the price, or liquidity of a currency or related instrument. It should not be assumed that the methods, techniques, or indicators presented in these products will be profitable, or that they will not result in losses.Learn more.

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Steven Hatzakis

About the author: Steven Hatzakis is the Global Director of Research for ForexBrokers.com. Steven previously served as an Editor for Finance Magnates, where he authored over 1,000 published articles about the online finance industry. Steven is an active fintech and crypto industry researcher and advises blockchain companies at the board level. Over the past 20 years, Steven has held numerous positions within the international forex markets, from writing to consulting to serving as a registered commodity futures representative.


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IG - 75% 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.

OANDA - CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 77% 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.

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