It’s as if the majority of brokers are looking down on the region, expanding very slowly and carefully. This leads to the appearance of scammers or predatory local brokers who are free to set their conditions.
Luckily, there are still are ways to start
trading on Forex in South Africa without paying an arm and a leg in commissions
With this guide you are going to learn:
- How to find a decent broker in South Africa
- How to determine your trading style and strategy
- How to pick the best account type for you
- How to make money on Forex in South Africa.
How to find a good Forex broker in South Africa
A lot of South African Forex brokers do not offer the best conditions. They act as if the market is niche and they are already doing you a favour by working with you.
Luckily, some international players started to catch on and have entered the region. The best one is JustForex company – a UK-based broker with pretty tight spreads and rather reliable support. Since they are still entering the market, the level of service for South Africa is noticeably better than for the other countries. There is no guarantee that it will last, but right now they are the best.
How to choose a trading style and strategy
There is a
Basically, as a newcomer, you have two
options: scalping and Price Action. There are other strategies too, but they
are more advanced and require experience.
Scalping is a highly demanding strategy that depends on making dozens — if not hundreds — of trades each day. It is also extremely risky and tends to cause a lot of emotional stress. Overall, it is the most profitable strategy, but most people can’t handle it for long periods.
Scalping is based on making a minimum profit
from each trade but compensating with their overall number. The scalpers take
advantage of the newly released economic reports, momentary market trends and
sudden price surges. They need tight spreads — or, ideally, no spreads at all.
They also need a good connection to the brokers’ servers, since even the
slightest slippage in scalping can decide the profitability of the order.
If you want to try your hand in scalping, start with the “lazy river” strategy – it is slower and less profitable than the others but allows for some downtime and is easier on your psyche.
Price Action is a slower but more systematic approach that prioritizes stability before the profit. It is based on recognizing the patterns formed by the candlesticks and moving averages, and trading by them.
Since this is a slower strategy, Price Action
traders often prioritize good leverage options and reliable analytic reports
before the good connection and tighter spreads. However, if you have enough
starting capital to cover the minimal trades and can analyze the market
yourself, the 0-pips spreads definitely won’t hurt.
Leverage is an
ability to trade with larger amounts than your investing capital allows. It
increases risks but also increases the profits. Most Forex brokers offer
leverage up to 1:3000.
There are dozens of Price Action patterns and even more guides. However, you can start by learning about pin-bars, inside/outside bars and false breakouts. They are more common and often are the only ones that you will see for quite a while.
How to open a Forex account in South Africa
Before you open an account, you need to understand which account you need. In South Africa, Forex brokers offer five account types:
- Practice (demo) accounts are funded
with virtual money and are commonly used for training or testing new ideas and
strategies. Every Forex trader should start with a practice account.
- Cent accounts multiply all your
investments by 100 and divide all payments by the same amount. If you want to
trade without leverage and don’t have 100 000 USD — Cent accounts are the best
- Mini accounts have no starting capital
limits and are often used for high-leverage trading. Mini accounts are a good
choice for beginner Price Action traders, but less favorable to scalpers due to
rather loose spreads.
- Standard accounts have a 100 USD
minimum starting capital, provide better trading conditions. are used by the
majority of traders. A lot of scalpers start with the Standard accounts because
they have tighter spreads.
- ECN Zero accounts have a 500 USD
minimum starting capital, provide 0-pips spreads in exchange for a transaction
fee, and are used by the experienced traders with sizable assets. While some
scalpers might be tempted to start on ECN Zero, it is not recommended.
Once you have picked an account type, you
need to sign up at Forex broker’s website. For example Forex broker JustForex. Then, verify your identity by
providing support with a scan of your passport or another government-issued
document. From that point on, you can start trading on a demo account. To trade
on the real-money one, you’ll have to top it up first.
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