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Plus500 offers over 2,000 tradeable instruments, including CFDs on forex, shares, ETFs, futures, commodities, indices, and multiple cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin. It offers easy-to-use platforms, yet its limited range of research tools may disappoint seasoned traders.

By Steven Hatzakis / April 4th, 2017 / Updated: May 17th, 2018

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Dislikes
  • Lack of educational content and news headlines
  • No phone support offered
  • Few advanced features or tools available

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Founded in 2008, Plus500 has since grown to become a leading online retail forex and CFD brokerage, surpassing two million monthly transactions by its third year of operation in 2011. Just a few years later, in 2014, Plus500 became listed publicly on the AIM section of the London Stock Exchange and reached unicorn status when its market capitalization surpassed a valuation of $1 billion.

The Plus500 brand serves forex and CFD traders through its regulated subsidiaries that are licensed in major financial hubs in the United Kingdom, Cyprus, and Australia.

Plus500 offers over 2,000 tradable products, including forex pairs and CFDs on shares, indices, commodities, ETFs, options, and digital assets. In 2017, Plus500 launched cryptocurrency CFDs on Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, and IOTA. For trading its product offering, clients at Plus500 can choose between desktop, mobile, tablet, and web-based trading platforms.

Trust Score

Trading with a forex broker that traders can trust is crucial to success. Forex fraud and scams are, unfortunately, common in the industry.

Here at ForexBrokers.com, we maintain the largest independent regulatory database available on the web. Using 28 different variables, we have created a proprietary 1-100 score (higher the better) of overall trustworthiness, which we call, Trust Score. Is Plus500 safe? Here’s our trust summary.

Plus500
Trust Score83
Year Founded2008
Publicly-Traded Company (Listed) Yes
Regulated in Major Hub Yes
Regulated in Emerging Hub Yes
Authorised in the European Union No
CFTC Authorized (USA) No
FCA Authorised (UK) Yes
IIROC Authorised (Canada) No
FINMA Authorised (Switzerland) No
ASIC Authorised (Australia) Yes
SFC Authorised (Hong Kong) No
MAS Authorised (Singapore) No
FSA Authorised (Japan) No
FMA Authorised (New Zealand) No
CySEC Authorised (Cyprus) Yes

Offering of Investments

The following table summarizes the different investment products available to clients of Plus500.

Plus500
Minimum Initial Deposit€100
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)60
CFDs - Total Offered2045
Exchange Traded Securities: US No
Exchange Traded Securities: International No
Cryptocurrency traded as actual No
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD Yes

Commissions & Fees

In terms of commissions and fees, Plus500 offers competitive spreads on most of its major forex pairs. On the EUR/USD, the spread in the platform was listed as fixed at 0.00006 which is 0.6 pips, yet it is important to note that while fixed spreads are not variable, they are subject to adjustments. Bottom line, this was not an official “average” spread from Plus500.

plus500 web eurusd instrument details sentiment

With only a 0.6 pip fixed spread shown in the platform for the EUR/USD, we would like to see Plus500 periodically publish its average fixed spreads for key currency pairs.

Plus500
Average Spread EUR/USD - StandardN/A
All-in Cost EUR/USD - ActiveN/A
Active Trader or Premium/VIP No

Customer Service

It is important to note that Plus500 doesn’t offer formal phone support; instead, it focuses all its customer service support resources on a ticket-based email support system and a fully staffed 24 hour-a-day live chat operation during the trading week. There are, however, extraordinary circumstances in which phone support may be provided, but that would be a very rare situation, as explained by Plus500 staff.

What Plus500 lacks in its phone support it makes up by having an efficient ticket-based email support system and 24/7 live chat. That said, phone is an important customer service channel which many clients prefer. While I was impressed with the overall quality of the Plus500 experience, the lack of a formal phone service negatively impacted the broker’s score in this category.

For our 2018 Forex Review, 129 customer service phone tests were conducted over three months. The data collected is institutional grade. On average, three questions were asked for each test. To score each test, the tests were divided into three separate groups and scores were given for the time taken to connect with each support representative and the ability of each representative to professionally (and thoroughly) answer each question. A Net Promoter Score was also given for the overall experience.

Results:

  • Average Connection Time: >5 minute
  • Average Net Promoter Score: 1 / 10
  • Average Professionalism Score: 0 / 10
  • Overall Score: 0.8 / 10
  • Ranking: 41st (43 brokers)

Research

It was surprising to see there is no research shown within the Plus500 demo in terms of any top-tier news headlines from providers such as Dow Jones, Reuters, Bloomberg, or even technical-related analysis content from the broker itself or third-party sources.

Plus500 did add an economic calendar powered by Dow Jones in 2017, which is a sign that the broker is starting to build out its research; however, this tool is on the site and not yet integrated into the platform. Make no mistake either, economic calendars are industry standard and should be expected by forex traders.

Plus500 economic calendar research

Plus500 does link to Yahoo Finance in the information section of each instrument or to the underlying futures index that that a CFD aims to track. Also, the notification center displays headlines, but these are far and few in between and simply redirects back to the instrument instead of a news story.

Plus500 news notifications

While sentiment data is also shown and charting tools have improved, adding news headlines and tools such as pattern recognition alongside integrating the economic calendar into Plus500’s trading experience would greatly boost the broker’s research offering.

Overall, Plus500 left us wanting much more, and it was no surprise to see the broker finish 42nd out of 43 brokers for Research in our 2018 Review.

Plus500
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) No
Daily Blog Updates No
AutoChartist No
Trading Central (Recognia) No
Delkos Research No
Acuity Trading No
Social Trading / Copy-Trading No
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs No
Trade Ideas - Backtesting No
Client Webinars No
Client Webinars (Archived) No
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos No
Economic Calendar Yes
Calendar Includes Forecasts No

Platforms & Tools

Available for desktop, web, and mobile, the Plus500 platform can be a great choice for casual investors due to its simplicity, as some platforms are very advanced or too complicated for users who either have little trading experience or want software that is easy to navigate and understand.

This positive characteristic of platform simplicity is simultaneously Plus500’s biggest drawback when it comes to the platform’s features, as not much is available beyond the most essential tools needed for trading.

The desktop version of the Plus500 platform running on Windows 10 was a smooth experience from installation through logging in for the first time, and the layout was simple and neatly organized into four tabs.

Plus500 desktop platpform windows

After exploring the default tabs as well as the upper toolbar categories, it was clear the Plus500 platform is very light and not rich with features usually found on the desktop platforms of industry peers.

The simplicity of the design but lack of depth continues across the platform. If you have never traded before, the Plus500 desktop platform could be a place to start before graduating to a more advanced platform. However, for advanced traders there is little here to love beyond the clean user interface.

Moving to the web version of the platform, the Plus500 WebTrader platform combines Java and html features within a sleek user interface design, adding a more streamlined layout than the desktop version – one that is consistent in its overall look and range of features.

Plus500 web platform

WebTrader has an improved design and feels as if everything is packaged more neatly in the layout versus the desktop version. Compared to our review last year, charting saw a nice boost as over 100 new indicators were added along with the ability to save chart templates.

Plus500 web platform charts

All in all, the web version of the Plus500 platform would be my preferred choice over desktop, despite both being cleanly designed and user-friendly. Plus500 has done very well in focusing users’ attention on the process of trading. However, Plus500 is not built for active traders and the range of research and trading tools remains smaller compared to other multi asset brokers.

Plus500 finished 38th out of 43 brokers for Platforms & Tools in our 2018 Review.

Plus500
Virtual Trading (Demo) Yes
Desktop Platform (Windows) Yes
Desktop Platform (Mac) No
Web Platform Yes
Social Trading / Copy-Trading No
Proprietary Yes
MetaTrader4 (MT4) No
MetaTrader5 (MT5) No
cTrader No
Currenex No
ZuluTrade No
MirrorTrader No
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)0
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)103
Watchlists - Total Fields10
Order Type - Trailing Stop Yes

Mobile Trading

The Plus500 mobile app is similar to the web and desktop versions, with a consistent look and feel and a simple design and platform layout.

Like the rest of Plus500’s trading platforms, the simplicity of the layout helps first-time users focus on one thing – trading.

Consistent with the desktop and web platform, Plus500 does well in keeping the mobile app light and easy, while there is still plenty of room for improvement in the mobile app in terms of the number of features, including news, research, and drawing tools for the charts.

plus500 mobile app android

Like the rest of Plus500’s trading platforms, the simplicity of the layout helps first-time users focus on one thing – trading. This theme was consistent in the desktop version and web platform, and seems more strategic than coincidental, as we found it very easy and natural to place and manage trades on all of the Plus500 platforms, including the mobile app.

Charts come with 18 indicators and no drawing tools. One nice feature is that any indicators added to a chart are automatically saved as the default, allowing for efficient analysis across multiple instruments.

plus500 mobile app android charts

Overall, like the desktop and web platforms, Plus 500 does well in keeping the watch list, alerts, and trading functionality easy to access and manage. However, the experience is basic and lacks the advanced tools and all-around functionality to challenge industry leaders.

Plus500
Android App Yes
Apple iOS App Yes
Charting - Draw Trend Lines No
Charting - Can Turn Horizontally No
Charting - Technical Studies/Indicators18
Watch List Syncing Yes
Trading - Forex Yes
Trading - CFDs Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields Yes

Other Notes

In addition to being regulated in Cyprus, Plus500 is licensed in two major regulatory hubs, the UK and Australia, and was applying for a license in Israel around the time of our research in October 2016. It also subsequently received a license from the FSB in South Africa ahead of our review in 2017.

In 2017, Plus500 expanded the number of cryptocurrency CFDs it offers to seven different pairs, including Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and other popular digital assets to cater to growing demand.

Plus500 web platform cryptocurrencies bitcoin ethereum ripple

Final Thoughts

Plus500 can be a good choice for first-time market entrants as the platform is very easy to figure out and its design is centered on making the trading experience simple throughout.

However, client education materials and research content are absent from the Plus500 offering, and the trading platforms available are very light compared to Plus500’s competitors.

Considering the range of tradeable instruments, with over 2,000 CFDs available, including nearly 60 forex pairs, together with a low minimum deposit to open a live account, Plus500 provides new market entrants many choices and an easy way to test the world of online trading.

Methodology

For our 2018 Forex Broker Review we assessed, rated, and ranked 43 international forex brokers. Each FX broker was graded on 140 variables. Learn more.

Forex Risk Disclaimer

There is a very high degree of risk involved in trading securities. With respect to foreign exchange trading, 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 currency pair. 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

Reviewed by 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. Over the past 18 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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Trading CFDs, FX, and cryptocurrencies involves a high degree of risk. All data was obtained from a published web site as of 4/03/2018 and is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. The ForexBrokers.com staff is constantly working with its online broker representatives to obtain the latest data. If you believe any data listed above is inaccurate, please contact us using the link at the bottom of this page.

Plus500UK Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 509909).

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