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Best New Zealand Forex Brokers for 2022

Steven Hatzakis

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

Published January 10, 2022
Last modified August 17, 2022

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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

ForexBrokers.com 2022 Review

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 - Trusted broker, 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 0.828 (September 2021) £250.00 starstarstarstarstar Visit Site
CMC Markets logoCMC Markets check check 0.73 (August 2021) $0 starstarstarstarstar
Plus500 logoPlus500 check check 0.6 (as of Aug 2018) €100 starstarstarstarstar_border
BlackBull Markets logoBlackBull Markets check check 0.845 (October, 2021) $50 starstarstarstarstar_border
Saxo Bank logoSaxo Bank check 0.8 (August 2020) $2,000 starstarstarstarstar
Interactive Brokers logoInteractive Brokers check 0.6 (August 2022) $0 starstarstarstarstar Visit Site
AvaTrade logoAvaTrade check 0.91 (Aug 2020) $100 starstarstarstarstar_border
Admiral Markets logoAdmiral Markets check 0.8 (July 2021) $100 starstarstarstarstar_border
Capital.com logoCapital.com check 0.6 (July 2021) $20 starstarstarstarstar_border
XM Group logoXM Group check 1.6 (Aug 2020) $5 starstarstarstarstar_border
FP Markets logoFP Markets check 1.2 (August 2022) $100 AUD starstarstarstarstar_border
Tickmill logoTickmill check 0.27 (September 2021) $100 starstarstarstarstar_border
HYCM (Henyep) logoHYCM (Henyep) check 0.6 (Sept 2021) $100 starstarstarstarstar_border
HFM logoHFM check 1.2 (August 2021) $5 starstarstarstarstar_border
FlowBank logoFlowBank check N/A $0.00 starstarstarstarstar_border
Vantage logoVantage check 1.22 (August 2021) $200 starstarstarstarstar_border
Moneta Markets logoMoneta Markets check 1.22 (August 2021) $50 starstarstarstarstar_border
ACY Securities logoACY Securities check 1.2 (Sept 2021) $50 starstarstarstarstar_border
easyMarkets logoeasyMarkets check 0.9 (as of Mar 2020) $100 starstarstarstarstar_border
LegacyFX logoLegacyFX check 0 $500 starstarstarstar_borderstar_border

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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About the Author

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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