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Founded in 2008, Plus500 is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange’s (LSE:PLUS) and is part of the FTSE 250 Index. The broker serves forex and CFD traders through its regulated subsidiaries that are licensed in major financial hubs including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, and Singapore.
Plus500 offers over 2,000 tradable products, including forex pairs and CFDs on shares, indices, commodities, ETFs, options, and digital assets. For trading its product offering, clients at Plus500 can choose between desktop, mobile, and web-based trading platforms.
While Plus500 is a trusted global brand that offers an easy-to-use platform, it lacks research, trading tools, phone support, and educational resources desired by both casual and active traders.
- 2,000 products to trade across global markets, including cryptocurrency CFDs.
- Offers guaranteed stop-loss orders for an extra premium.
- Licensed in several regulatory hubs, and publicly listed.
- Lack of educational content and news headlines.
- No phone support offered.
- Few advanced features or tools available.
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|Publicly-Traded Company (Listed)||Yes|
|Regulated in Major Hub||Yes|
|Regulated in Emerging Hub||Yes|
|Authorised in the European Union||Yes|
Commissions & Fees
Plus500 appears to offer competitive spreads on most of its major forex pairs, while minor pairs are a mixed bag.
- Some forex pairs had spreads that were priced competitively, while spreads on other pairs were not discounted as much. For example, in August 2018 the USD/CAD seemed to be priced competitively at Plus500 with an observed spread of 1.3 pips. Meanwhile, other pairs offered, such as the USD/CHF and NZD/USD, had higher spreads than some competitors, with the spread on USD/CHF at 4 pips, and NZD/USD at 3.6 pips.
- 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. During the month of August 2018, the average spread from Plus500 for the EUR/USD was 0.6 pips.
- Because Plus500 doesn’t publish “average” spreads, which can help traders get an idea of what spreads are like at a broker, it is difficult to compare Plus500’s prices to other firms at any given time.
|Minimum Initial Deposit||€100|
|Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard||0.600|
|All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active||N/A|
|Active Trader or Premium/VIP||No|
Platforms & Tools
Available for desktop, web, and mobile, the Plus500 platform can be a great choice for casual investors due to its ease of use; however, the platform offers only the essential basic tools required for trading.
- If you have never traded before, the Plus500 desktop platform could be a place to start before graduating to a more advanced platform. Both the desktop and web-based versions of the platform are cleanly designed and focus on simplicity.
- Charting offers over 100 optional technical indicators alongside the ability to save chart templates.
- MetaTrader is not offered as an alternative platform option.
- Plus500 is not built for active traders and the range of research and trading tools trails most other multi asset brokers.
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|Virtual Trading (Demo)||Yes|
|Desktop Platform (Windows)||Yes|
|Social Trading / Copy-Trading||No|
|MetaTrader 4 (MT4)||No|
|MetaTrader 5 (MT5)||No|
|Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)||103|
|Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)||0|
|Charting - Trade From Chart||No|
|Watchlists - Total Fields||10|
|Order Type - Trailing Stop||Yes|
As far as forex and CFDs research goes, Plus500 leaves much to be desired.
- 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.
- While Plus500 offers an economic calendar powered by Dow Jones on its website, no economic calendar can be found on its platform, which is off given economic calendars are industry standard tools.
- Plus500 does link to Yahoo Finance in the information section of each instrument or to the underlying futures index 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.
|Daily Market Commentary||No|
|Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)||No|
|Trading Central (Recognia)||No|
|Social Trading / Copy-Trading||No|
|Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs||No|
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.
- Consistent with the desktop and web platform, Plus500 keeps the mobile app light and easy-to-use by focusing on watch lists, alerts, and trading.
- 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.
- The mobile app has plenty of room for improvement in terms of the number of features, as news, research, and drawing tools for the charts are all not offered. Overall, the app lacks the advanced tools and all-around functionality to challenge industry leaders.
|Apple iOS App||Yes|
|Trading - Forex||Yes|
|Trading - CFDs||Yes|
|Alerts - Basic Fields||Yes|
|Watch List Syncing||Yes|
|Charting - Indicators / Studies||18|
|Charting - Draw Trend Lines||No|
|Charting - Trend Lines Moveable||No|
|Charting - Multiple Time Frames||Yes|
|Charting - Drawings Autosave||No|
Offering of Investments
The following table summarizes the different investment products available to Plus500 clients.
|Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)||60|
|CFDs - Total Offered||2045|
|Cryptocurrency traded as actual||No|
|Cryptocurrency traded as CFD||Yes|
Plus500 can be a good choice for less experienced traders as the platform is very easy to figure out and its design is centered on making the trading experience simple throughout.
That said, client education materials are largely 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 an easy way to test the world of online forex and CFDs trading.
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About the author: 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. 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.