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Best New Zealand Forex Brokers for 2023

Steven Hatzakis

Written by Steven Hatzakis
Edited by John Bringans
Fact-checked by Joey Shadeck

January 11, 2023

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Trading forex (currencies) in New Zealand (NZ) is popular among residents. Before any fx broker in New Zealand can accept forex or CFD traders as clients, they must become authorised by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA), which is the financial regulatory body in New Zealand. The FMA's website is fma.govt.nz. We recommend NZ residents also follow the FMA on twitter, @FMAmedia.

Financial Markets Authority (FMA) logo

The FMA was formed in May 2011 as part of the Financial Markets Bill passed by New Zealand's Parliament. For a historical breakdown, here's a link to Financial Markets Authority webpage on Wikipedia.

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Best New Zealand Forex Brokers

To find the best forex brokers in New Zealand, we created a list of all FMA authorised brokers, then ranked brokers by their Overall ranking.

Here is our list of the top forex brokers in New Zealand:

  • IG
    - Best overall broker, most trusted
  • CMC Markets - Excellent overall, best platform technology
  • Plus500 - High Trust Score, great for beginners
  • BlackBull Markets

New Zealand Forex Brokers Comparison

Compare New Zealand 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.

Company Accepts NZ Residents Regulated by FMA Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard Minimum Initial Deposit Overall Rating Visit Site
IG logoIG check check 0.86 (September 2022) £250.00 5/5 Stars Visit Site
CMC Markets logoCMC Markets check check 0.51 (August 2022) $0 5/5 Stars
Plus500 logoPlus500 check check 0.6 (as of Aug 2018) €100 4.5/5 Stars
BlackBull Markets logoBlackBull Markets check check 0.827 (August 2022) $0 4/5 Stars
Saxo Bank logoSaxo Bank check 0.9 (September 2022) €2,000 5/5 Stars
Interactive Brokers logoInteractive Brokers check 0.6 (Aug 2022) $0 5/5 Stars
AvaTrade logoAvaTrade check 0.91 (Aug 2020) $100 4.5/5 Stars
Capital.com logoCapital.com check 0.6 (July 2021) $20 4.5/5 Stars
XM Group logoXM Group check 1.6 (Aug 2020) $5 4.5/5 Stars
Admiral Markets logoAdmiral Markets check 0.8 (July 2021) $100 4.5/5 Stars
FP Markets logoFP Markets check 1.2 (August 2022) $100 AUD 4.5/5 Stars
Tickmill logoTickmill check 0.51 (August 2022) $100 4/5 Stars
HFM logoHFM check 1.2 (August 2021) $5 4/5 Stars
FlowBank logoFlowBank check N/A $0.00 4/5 Stars
HYCM (Henyep) logoHYCM (Henyep) check 0.6 (Sept 2021) $100 4/5 Stars
Vantage logoVantage check 1.22 (August 2021) $50 4/5 Stars
Moneta Markets logoMoneta Markets check 1.27 (September 2022) $50 4/5 Stars
ACY Securities logoACY Securities check 1.2 (Sept 2021) $50 4/5 Stars
easyMarkets logoeasyMarkets check 0.9 (as of Mar 2020) $100 4/5 Stars
Libertex (Forex Club) logoLibertex (Forex Club) check -1 $10 3.5/5 Stars

How to Verify FMA Authorisation

To identify if a forex broker is regulated as a Financial Services Provider (FSP) by the FMA, the first step is to identify the register number from the disclosure text at the bottom of the broker's New Zealand homepage. For example, here's the key disclosure text from KVB Kunlun's website,

KVB Kunlun Financial Group of Companies (including KVB Kunlun Pty Limited, KVB Asset Management Limited, KVB Kunlun New Zealand Limited, KVB Kunlun International (HK) Limited, KVB Kunlun Securities (HK) Limited, KVB Kunlun Asset Management (HK) Limited, KVB Kunlun Canada Inc, KVB Global Markets Limited, KVB Global Markets Pty Limited).

Next, look up the firm's NZ entity name on the FMA website to validate its current regulatory status and FSP number. Here is the official FMA page for Financial Services Providers that lists KVB Kunlun New Zealand Limited.

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At ForexBrokers.com, our reviews of online forex brokers and their products and services are based on our collected data as well as the observations and qualified opinions of our expert researchers. Each year we publish tens of thousands of words of research and detailed forex guides, and we monitor dozens of international regulator agencies (read more about how we calculate Trust Score here).

Our research team conducts thorough testing on a wide range of features, products, services, and tools (collecting and validating thousands of data points in the process). We test all available trading platforms for each broker – whether they are proprietary or come from third-party providers – and evaluate them based on a host of data-driven variables.

We also take an in-depth look at each broker’s commissions and fees, such as bid/ask spreads – including the average spread data for some of the most popular forex currency pairs. We research other trading costs, such as inactivity or custody fees, minimum deposit requirements, VIP rebates and/or discounts, and a range of other important fee-based data points.

Some of the other important research categories that are factored into our testing include mobile trading accessibility and capability, availability of market research and educational content, and each broker’s overall Trust Score.

Read our full explanation and accounting of our research and testing process to learn more about how we test.

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About the Editorial Team

Steven Hatzakis
Steven Hatzakis

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. A forex industry expert and an active fintech and crypto researcher, Steven advises blockchain companies at the board level and holds a Series III license in the U.S. as a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA).


John Bringans
John Bringans

John Bringans is the Senior Editor of ForexBrokers.com. An experienced media professional, John has close to a decade of editorial experience with a background that includes key leadership roles at global newsroom outlets. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University, and conducts research on forex and the financial services industry while assisting in the production of content.


Joey Shadeck
Joey Shadeck

Joey Shadeck is the Content Strategist and Research Analyst for ForexBrokers.com. He holds dual degrees in Finance and Marketing from Oakland University, and has been an active trader and investor for close to ten years. An industry veteran, Joey obtains and verifies data, conducts research, and analyzes and validates our content.



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