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Pepperstone Review

Steven Hatzakis

Written by Steven Hatzakis
Edited by John Bringans
Fact-checked by Blain Reinkensmeyer

January 31, 2024

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 74-89% 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.

Pepperstone offers a growing range of tradeable markets, good-quality research, and support for multiple social copy trading platforms.

Pepperstone offers TradingView, cTrader and MetaTrader, and its wide range of available third-party tools and plugins enhances its already-impressive suite of available platforms.

Pepperstone
4.5/5 Stars Overall
  • Minimum Deposit: $200
  • Trust Score: 95
  • Tradeable Symbols (Total): 2342

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Pepperstone pros & cons

thumb_up_off_alt Pros

  • Founded in 2010, Pepperstone is regulated in three Tier-1 jurisdictions, two Tier-2 jurisdictions, and two Tier-4 jurisdictions.
  • Pepperstone won Best in Class honors for our MetaTrader, Algo Trading, and Copy Trading categories in our 2024 Annual Awards.
  • Pepperstone’s dual offering of MetaTrader and cTrader is a great fit for algorithmic traders and copy traders.
  • Pepperstone provides multiple platform add-ons that enhance the MetaTrader experience.
  • Research at Pepperstone is better than the industry average – though it still trails leaders such as IG or Saxo Bank.
  • Pepperstone offers a growing selection of tradeable markets.
  • Pricing is competitive for active traders on Pepperstone's Razor accounts, though trading costs for retail traders are just average.
  • Multiple social copy trading platforms are available.

thumb_down_off_alt Cons

  • The range of educational materials at Pepperstone is close to the industry average – but not as good as category leaders.
  • Does not provide interactive courses, progress tracking, or educational quizzes.

Overall summary

Feature Pepperstone logoPepperstone
Overall Rating info 4.5/5 Stars
Trust Score info 95
Offering of Investments 4/5 Stars
Commissions & Fees 4.5/5 Stars
Platform & Tools 4/5 Stars
Research 4.5/5 Stars
Mobile Trading 4/5 Stars
Education 4/5 Stars

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Is Pepperstone safe?

Trust Score
95
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Pepperstone is considered Highly Trusted, with an overall Trust Score of 95 out of 99. Pepperstone is not publicly traded, does not operate a bank, and is authorised by three Tier-1 regulators (Highly Trusted), two Tier-2 regulators (Trusted), zero Tier-3 regulators (Average Risk), and two Tier-4 regulators (High Risk). Pepperstone is authorised by the following Tier-1 regulators: Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and regulated in the European Union via the MiFID passporting system. Learn more about Trust Score or see where the different Pepperstone entities are regulated.

Feature Pepperstone logoPepperstone
Year Founded info 2010
Publicly Traded (Listed) info No
Bank info No
Tier-1 Licenses info 3
Tier-2 Licenses info 2
Tier-3 Licenses info 0
Tier-4 Licenses info 2

Offering of investments

While there are 2,342 symbols shown in Pepperstone’s MetaTrader 5 (MT5) platform, some of these are actually duplicates. That being said, there are more than 1,000 distinct markets available for trading – including forex and CFDs.

Cryptocurrency: Cryptocurrency trading is available at Pepperstone through CFDs, but not available through trading the underlying asset (e.g. buying Bitcoin). Crypto CFDs are not available to retail traders from any broker's U.K. entity, nor to U.K. residents (except for professional clients).

The following table summarizes the different investment products available to Pepperstone clients.

Feature Pepperstone logoPepperstone
Forex Trading (Spot or CFDs) info Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total) info 2342
Forex Pairs (Total) info 62
U.S. Stock Trading (Non CFD) info No
Int'l Stock Trading (Non CFD) info No
Social Trading / Copy Trading info Yes
Cryptocurrency (Physical) info No
Cryptocurrency (Derivative) info Yes
Disclaimers Note: Crypto CFDs are not available to retail traders from any broker's U.K. entity, nor to U.K. residents (except to Professional clients).

Commissions and fees

Pepperstone is an agency-execution broker that offers excellent pricing on its Razor account when combined with its Active Trader program for high-volume traders. Meanwhile, its Standard account is not as impressive, and features comparably higher spreads.

Razor account: The Razor account can be used with the TradingView platform, MetaTrader (MT4 or MT5) platforms or cTrader platforms, and follows a commission-based pricing structure (in addition to prevailing spreads). Pepperstone listed an average spread of 0.17 pips for the EUR/USD on its Razor account (as of September 2022). When including the commission-equivalent of 0.70 pips, the all-in cost jumps to 0.87 pips – which is slightly higher than the industry average.

Standard account: Pepperstone’s Standard account is commission-free, and has listed an average spread of 0.77 pips on the EUR/USD (as of September 2022). When considering the Razor’s all-in cost of 0.87 pips (including commission), the Standard account stands out as a more affordable option.

Active traders: Pepperstone's Active Trader program will rebate a portion of the spread, depending on your monthly trading volume and the applicable tier.

United Kingdom and EU: Professional clients that trade at least $10 million per month (100 standard lots) of any commodity can be eligible for the Tier One rebate of 5% per lot (rates vary for forex and indices). Tier Four rebates can be negotiated for those who do more than 500 lots monthly.

Australia: For Professional clients, a minimum of 100 lots is required (over a three month period) to qualify for the lowest tier in Pepperstone's Active Trader program. Tier One provides a discount of 5% per standard lot, which reduces the effective spread. Tier Three – available to those who trade more than 200 lots monthly – provides a 15% spread reduction.

Feature Pepperstone logoPepperstone
Minimum Deposit info $200
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard info 0.77 info
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active info 0.87 info
Active Trader or VIP Discounts info Yes
ACH or SEPA Transfers info Yes
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw) info Yes
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw) info Yes
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit) info Yes
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw) info Yes

Mobile trading apps

There are multiple third-party platform options for mobile trading at Pepperstone. While these apps provide a reliable trading experience, our testing has found that proprietary apps are a factor that can set the highest-ranked brokers apart from the competition.

Apps overview: Traders have access to the TradingView app, along with the MetaTrader suite of mobile apps (MT4 and MT5), as well as the cTrader mobile app – all of which are available directly from their respective developers on Google Play (for Android) and Apple App Store (for iOS).

Ease of use: While these third-party apps reliably deliver a good trading experience, our testing has found that the highest-ranked brokers offer proprietary mobile apps.

Feature Pepperstone logoPepperstone
Android App info Yes
Apple iOS App info Yes
Mobile Alerts - Basic Fields info Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields info 7
Watchlist Syncing info Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) info 15
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) info 30
Mobile Charting - Draw Trendlines info Yes
Mobile Charting - Multiple Time Frames info Yes
Mobile Economic Calendar info Yes

Other trading platforms

Though Pepperstone lacks a proprietary platform, it offers nearly every third-party platform available on the market. Overall, I was impressed and Pepperstone earned Best in Class honors forMetaTrader in our 2024 Annual Awards.

Platforms overview: Pepperstone offers the full MetaTrader suite (MT4 and MT5) developed by MetaQuotes Software Corporation, as well as the cTrader platform developed by Spotware Systems – both available for desktop and web, along with the popular TradingView platform. cAlgo is available for algorithmic trading, and traders can use both of Pepperstone’s account types (Standard or Razor) with any platform.

Pepperstone also finished Best in Class for Algo Trading in our 2024 Annual Awards. If you’d like to learn more about algo trading and the best trading platforms for high-frequency traders, check out our high-frequency trading guide.

Charting: Charts are robust on both cTrader and MetaTrader. Both platforms support algorithmic trading, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. cTrader’s web-based platform has an advantage with its broader range of trading tools, though it requires the standalone cAlgo platform to run in parallel, whereas MetaTrader's desktop version contains the algorithmic trading module.

Trading tools: Pepperstone offers a suite of Smart Trader Tools plugins available as an add-on for MetaTrader accounts, alongside access to Capitalise.ai, Autochartist, and API trading. For social copy trading, Pepperstone offers myFxbook for MetaTrader, and DupliTrade for cTrader (though the latter requires a $5,000 minimum balance, and DupliTrade is not available within the EU). Pepperstone finished Best in Class in the Social Copy Trading category for the seventh consecutive year in 2024.

Feature Pepperstone logoPepperstone
Virtual Trading (Demo) info Yes
Proprietary Platform info No
Desktop Platform (Windows) info Yes
Web Platform info Yes
Social Trading / Copy Trading info Yes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4) info Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5) info Yes
DupliTrade info Yes
ZuluTrade info No
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) info 15
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) info 30
Charting - Trade From Chart info Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields info 7
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Market research

Pepperstone delivers a good balance of research content in both video and written format. The quality of Pepperstone’s research offering is a touch above the industry average, yet it’s not quite as robust as what’s offered by category leaders like IG and Saxo Bank.

Research overview: Pepperstone offers traders a combination of in-house content and access to third-party tools from providers like Autochartist (for pattern recognition and trading signals) and Delkos (for risk management). Pepperstone also provides access to a suite of MetaTrader add-ons called Smart Trader Tools, which is available to clients with an account balance of at least AUD 500, and includes useful features like sentiment indicators.

Market news and analysis: Pepperstone's in-house research consists of multiple daily articles and videos which cover technical and fundamental analysis. Content is synced across Pepperstone’s website and YouTube channel, and streaming news headlines can be found in the cTrader platform.

Feature Pepperstone logoPepperstone
Daily Market Commentary info Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) info Yes
Autochartist info Yes
Trading Central (Recognia) info No
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs info Yes

Education

While Pepperstone has a respectable array of archived webinars and videos, it is light on written content compared to education leaders such as FXCM or CMC Markets.

Learning center: Pepperstone has a "trading guides" category that features 40 articles – though they aren’t organized by experience level. Pepperstone offers roughly a dozen platform tutorials, and conducts a handful of webinars each month that are then added to its catalog of archived webinars on its YouTube channel. In addition to its weekly webinars, Pepperstone recently launched a 150 minute online seminar called Pepperstone Talks, featuring industry experts such as John Bollinger, among other prominent industry persons. The webinars are archived which allows you to review them again if you missed the live event.

Room for improvement: Though I found Pepperstone’s educational content to be high-quality, the overall offering was in line with the industry average for this category. Adding interactive courses with progress tracking and quizzes, and organizing articles by experience level would be welcome enhancements.

Feature Pepperstone logoPepperstone
Education (Forex or CFDs) info Yes
Client Webinars info Yes
Client Webinars (Archived) info Yes
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos info Yes
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos info Yes
Investor Dictionary (Glossary) info Yes

Final thoughts

Pepperstone has continued to increase its range of markets for forex and CFD traders (including spread-betting available in the U.K. and Ireland). It offers a rich platform experience for MetaTrader, cTrader, and TradingView – though its lack of a proprietary app holds Pepperstone back from competing with the best forex brokers.

Considering the low minimum deposit requirements, and its robust research and range of support for third-party platforms, Pepperstone is a great option for forex and CFDs traders – regardless of experience level. In 2024, Pepperstone finished best in class for Social Copy Trading, Algo Trading, and MetaTrader.

What is the minimum deposit for Pepperstone?

Though Pepperstone lists a minimum deposit of $200, you can still begin trading if you deposit less than that recommended amount.

How much does Pepperstone cost?

Your trading costs at Pepperstone will mainly depend on what you trade and which type of account you set up. Using the EUR/USD as an example, after factoring in the per-trade commission of 0.7 pips, the effective spreads on the ECN Razor account were similar to the Standard account at 0.93 pips (using September 2021 data).

However, if you are an active trader, there are liquidity rebates available if you surpass certain monthly trading volume thresholds, which can further reduce your trading costs at Pepperstone.

Is my money safe with Pepperstone?

Pepperstone is a trusted broker thanks to its many years of operation, and its regulatory status in Tier 1 jurisdictions including in the U.K., EU, and Australia, in addition to Tier 2 and Tier 3 licenses.

These factors make Pepperstone a safe broker to hold your money, as it reliably processes more than $12.55 billion in daily trading volume and is trusted by more than 300,000 retail traders globally.

Choosing a broker that is well-capitalized - such as Pepperstone - is also important to reduce your counterparty risk, as any compensation fund may not suffice to cover all client losses in the extraordinary case of insolvency (depending on the size of your account balance).

About Pepperstone

Founded in 2010 in Melbourne, Pepperstone is regulated in Australia, the U.K., Cyprus, Germany, Kenya the UAE, and the Bahamas – locations that are also home to Pepperstone offices. Pepperstone processes, on average, $12.55 billion of trades daily for more than 300,000 retail trading accounts.

ForexBrokers.com 2024 Annual Awards

For the ForexBrokers.com 2024 Annual Awards, brokers were evaluated against ForexBrokers.com’s 8 Primary Categories: Commissions & Fees, Offering of Investments, Platforms & Tools, Mobile Trading Apps, Research, Education, Trust Score, and Overall.

Best in Class honors were awarded to the Top 7 forex brokers in each of the following areas: Beginners, Social Copy Trading, Ease of Use, MetaTrader, Algo Trading, Crypto Trading, and Professional Trading.

For more information, see how we test.

Category awards

Pepperstone logoPepperstone Algo Trading MetaTrader Social Copy Trading
Rank #1
Streak #1
Best in Class check check check
Best in Class Streak 3 7 7

2024 Review Methodology

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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.

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Article Resources

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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.

Blain Reinkensmeyer
Blain Reinkensmeyer

Blain Reinkensmeyer has 20 years of trading experience with over 2,500 trades placed during that time. He heads research for all U.S.-based brokerages on StockBrokers.com and is respected by executives as the leading expert covering the online broker industry. Blain’s insights have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Chicago Tribune, among other media outlets.