Best Day Trading Platform in South Africa in 2020

Which is the best trading platform in South Africa? Is the best trading platform also best for beginners and day trading?

We have, in July-Aug 2020, reviewed a great number of online trading platforms and found the answer in the list below. A few of the best platforms that didn’t make the list were trading platforms from BDSwiss, Nord FX, HotForex, CMC Markets and Saxo Bank. The winner from our comparisons and these reviews: AvaTrade’s trading platform is the best trading platform in South Africa. AvaTrade is great for day trading, and we would say that FXCM has the best trading platform for demo trading. Tradeo and Plus500 also made the top three trading platforms in the South African market.

The wonderful news for you as a trader is that all the ten trading platforms in the list below are completely free. The 10 best trading platforms in South Africa are:

  1. AvaTrade Trading Platform, great for day trading.
  2. Tradeo Trading Platform, offering MetaTrader 4 platform.
  3. Plus500 Trading Platform, great for trading in multiple markets.
  4. XTB Trading Platform, trade more than 4,000 tradable assets.
  5. FXCM Trading Platform, superb demo account trading.
  6. OctaFX Trading Platform, offers MetaTrader and cTrader.
  7. MarketsX Trading Platform, great combination of technical indicators and fundamentals information.
  8. easyMarkets Trading Platform, great for skilled traders with a nice freeze the price feature.
  9. Forex.com Trading Platform, the advanced platform is great for advanced traders.
  10. FXTM Trading Platform, available in 16 languages.

Of course, all the top ten trading platforms are run by brokers that are correctly regulated. The top three, AvaTrade, Plus500 and Tradeo are regulated by South Africa’s local regulatory body, the FSCA. FSCA will protect market participants, ensuring that traders will be treated fairly and also implementing measures to prevent money laundering. The other seven trading platforms are regulated by other well established regulatory bodies such as CySEC and FCA. This means that you can feel safe about your money with all of the trading platforms in our top list. To see FSCA’s warning list of fraudulent forex brokers click here. However, as always with trading, never invest more than you can afford to lose. Below you can read our more in-depth reviews of the best ten trading platforms for the South African market.

1. AvaTrade Trading Platform

Best Trading Platform - AvaTrade

AvaTrade supports a wide variety of trading platforms. The brokers’ proprietary client-side AvaTrader trading platform works on Windows XP, Vista and 7, and a Macintosh version is also available. Of course, all of them are very easy to download and install directly on your desktop or laptop computer.

The screenshot below shows the extensive functionality of AvaTrader, including technical and fundamental analysis, reports, tutorials and account management features.

Also, the AvaOptions Web platform and the MT4 WebTrader allow you to sign in to your AvaTrade account using any Internet browser without having to install it on your computer. Lastly, the AvaTradeGo app allows you to trade in an AvaTrade account using an iPad, iPhone or Android phone and/or tablet so you can manage and view your AvaTrade trading account while away from home. Read more about the AvaTradeGO app here.

In addition to its own AvaTrader trading platforms, AvaTrade nicely also supports the following trading platforms: Metatrader 4, Metatrader 5. DupliTrader, and ZuluTrade. For those already using MetaTrader, AvaTrade also offers their own version of this popular forex trading software to make your account installation easier.


2. Tradeo Trading Platform

Tradeo MT4 Platform

Tradeo’s Web Trader is a fairly standard trading platform, offering decent charting and analysis features.

It supports a handful of drawing tools and technical indicators, as well as 12 time-frames, from one minute to a week. Opening a position through this platform is as easy as clicking the Buy/Sell button, setting the variables, such as trading volume, SL, and TP, and launching the trade.

In no way does the Web Trader compare with the downloadable MT4 platform of the broker. MT4 is a fully customizable trading environment and trading engine, depending on how you use it.

Tradeo’s version seems to support EAs (Expert Advisors). There are a couple of rudimentary EAs preinstalled, but traders are free to install more. The website of the broker does not mention anything about a VPS service, so we have to assume that there is no such option available.

MT4’s charting features are renowned and appreciated. The platform supports several different chart types, as well as scores of time frames, drawing tools, and technical indicators. Traders have the option to register their Tradeo MT4 accounts as sources of trading signals.

Through the MT4 platform, traders can also log into a standard MQL5 Web Terminal, although in some cases, Tradeo’s servers do not support the feature.


3. Plus500 Trading Platform

Best Trading Platform - Plus500

The trading platforms offered by Plus500 are very simple to operate and seem especially suitable for those interested in dealing in multiple markets. From one single screen, traders can obtain quotes in real-time for any of these asset markets and can execute transactions as well.

The Plus500 trading platform is available in a desktop version called Windows Trader and a web-based version called Web-Trader. In addition, a popular mobile version of the Plus500 platform is available that works on Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple Watch. Plus500 apps also exist for mobile devices using the Android and Windows Phone operating systems. Read more about the Plus500 mobile trading app here.

The screenshot shown below displays the functionality of the Plus500 CFD trading platform, which includes trade execution, market pricing overview, a basic chart, position and account balance reports. The platform also has fund management capabilities, which give you as a trader the ability to make deposits and withdrawals from your trading account.

In addition to being able to watch various markets and execute trades, Plus500’s trading platform lets traders easily review past transactions and keep track of current positions. The software also includes a rather basic charting facility with multiple time periods available. Unfortunately, only one chart can be displayed at a time since the system does not support the simultaneous display of multiple charts.

In addition to the functionality provided by offering different versions of the Plus500 trading platform, the broker has also made some nice extra tools available for you as a trader.

One such tool is the Economic Calendar and the platform also offers a Trade Alerts service, as well as a Trader’s Guide.

Nicely there are also several tools available for risk management. Plus500 supports Guaranteed Stops and Trailing Stops, as well as Close at Profit and Close at Loss rates. For your convenience, these tools and their peculiarities are thoroughly explained at the broker’s website.


4. XTB Trading Platform

XTB XStation Trading Platform

XTB supports two trading platforms (three if we count the mobile app): MT4 and XStation5.

MT4 is a great centerpiece for every online trading operation. It is proven, people love it and it offers superb trading tools. XTB’s version of MT4 is no exception either. It comes with scores of technical indicators and drawing tools. It aids technical trading in several ways. Among its special features are:

  • A chart pattern recognition tool. With this tool, you can define Stop-Losses and Take-Profits. You can also set entry- and exit points for your trades, quickly and easily.
  • The Strategy Tester is another superb addition. It allows you to back-test your trading strategies and thus to fine-tune them.
  • Custom indicators. The platform lets you create and purchase custom indicators. Installing these indicators is really quick and simple for you.

If you are looking to trade at XTB through MT4, you can download the software for free. There is also a free browser-based option available.

The XStation5 is the proprietary trading platform of the broker. It is an award-winning piece of software. XStation5 supports a massive range of tradable assets – more than MT4. It is also easy on the eyes.

The platform offers outstanding execution speeds, scores of drawing tools and a superb selection of technical indicators.

XStation5 is available in a web-based and mobile format. The two versions look similar. The web-based one does not require downloading. It works well with all the major browsers.

To sum it up:

  • XStation5 lets you as a trader buy and sell more than 4,000 tradable assets. FX, as well as a wide range of CFDs, are available on a single platform.
  • The featured charts are clear. They lend themselves well to technical analysis.
  • You can set SLs and TPs directly on the charts. There is a built-in trading calculator, which details potential profits and losses.
  • The broker maintains a team of professional traders. This team shares tips and trading signals with users. An Economic Calendar will also help you with fundamental analysis.
  • The sentiment indicator offers a glimpse into how your peers trade a given instrument.

Both platforms support real money- as well as Demo accounts.


5. FXCM Trading Platform

Best Trading Platform - FXCM

The trading platform selection of the broker is superb. It does not feature countless choices. Its two platform options cover all possible needs.

Trading Station is the proprietary web-based platform of the broker that anyone can launch in seconds. The broker offers a superb Demo account, with 50,000 units of virtual money. FXCM considers Trading Station to be its ‘main platform’. Unlike other proprietary trading platforms you might encounter, Trading Station is surprisingly powerful. If features scores of technical indicators, superb charting, and outstanding trading tools, such as Trader Sentiment, Market Depth, and Real Trading Volume indicators.

The platform is fully customizable. Users can add an impressive array of widgets and they can optimize the layout of their trading interface. Trading Station features support for automated trading strategies. In addition to strategy optimization, the platform also offers back-testing for various strategies. Through the Trading Station interface, users can trade directly off the charts. They also have access to technical- as well as fundamental data concerning the asset of their choice.

MT4 is the well-known and liked workhorse of the online FX/CFD trading industry. Charting- and features-wise, MT4 is certainly unbeatable. Those who download FXCM’s version are free to use any trading strategy, like scalping. The broker supports EAs as well as the VPS needed for the proper functioning of the Expert Advisors.

MT4 is also a fully customizable trading environment. Users can download and install it in a few seconds. The broker offers a Demo option for this platform as well.

As far as trading tools go, FXCM is probably one of the top destinations. In addition to access to Trading Central, the broker also offers trading tools such as: Social Trading and ZuluTrade.


6. OctaFX Trading Platform

Best Trading Platform - OctaFX

OctaFX will greatly please many forex traders since it offers support for the very popular MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 online trading platforms and their mobile apps. In addition to trade execution and order placement, these platforms offer extensive charting, technical analysis and portfolio management features. They also allow you as a trader to write your own Expert Adviser that can automate dealing activities.

The screenshot shown above illustrates the basic functions of the OctaFX installation of MetaTrader 4, which includes market monitoring, charts and technical analysis, on-screen trade execution, trade history and account management features.

OctaFX also supports the increasingly popular series of desktop and mobile app trading platforms offered by cTrader, which offers interesting features for you that MetaTrader does not offer.


7. MarketsX Trading Platform

MarketsX Website Screenshot

The go-to trading platform of MarketsX is a proprietary web trader. Besides being surprisingly powerful charting and analysis-wise, this platform is also available in mobile versions, for Android- as well as iOS-based devices.

Scores of technical indicators are included in the MarketsX package and there is a unique feature called a trading cube too. Real-time news feeds are also delivered for those keen on trading the fundamentals in combination with technical analysis.

MT4 is also part of the MarketsX platform offer. The world’s most popular (and arguably: best) trading platform hardly needs an introduction. It offers superb charting and analysis, with scores of technical indicators pre-installed in the freely downloadable version. Traders are free to add additional indicators and those so inclined, can even code their own.

MT4’s favorite feature is its support for EAs and for EA creation. EAs work best when coupled with a proper VPS service.


8. easyMarkets Trading Platform

easyMarkets Platform

EasyMarkets offers a web based trading platform that allows traders to execute deals from just about any online computer in the world with a browser. In addition, the company offers an MT4 trading platform that has its usual extensive support for technical traders.

This platform gives traders access to quote for more than 200+ instruments, including forex, commodities, metals and indexes, all with online access 24/7 and without the need to download and install any software. One click trading is available from the platform’s Market Explorer, which includes advance charting options, news, technical analysis and market sentiment, all on one screen.

The screenshot below illustrates easyMarket’s trading platform that allows traders to execute deals in forex pairs, vanilla currency options, CFDs, commodities, precious metals and indices, as well as perform technical and fundamental analysis functions.

EasyMarkets’ trading platform runs on Internet Explorer’s Version 10 and above, FireFox, version 31 and above, Google Chrome version 31 and higher, Opera version 24 and above, Android version 4.1 and above, Google Chrome for Android version 37, and Safari version 7 and above. Non-supported browsers remain fully functional despite displaying some stylistic elements differently.

EasyMarkets users can unlock a third trading platform: easyTrade. easyTrade can be accessed from the EasyMarkets platform. In the top right corner, there is a Menu button. Hit that and a number of options will roll out, with easyTrade being at the bottom.

In addition to dealCancellation, the broker also offers a unique trading tool called Freeze Rate. This feature lets traders freeze the price they see, thus gaining a few seconds to place their trade. To those skilled enough, such a feature offers a great advantage.


9. Forex.com Trading Platform

Best Trading Platform - Forex.com

Forex.com features no fewer than 3 trading platforms: an Advanced Platform, a Web Trader and a couple of mobile trading apps for Android and iOS.

The Advanced platform is a very fine trading environment indeed. It is aimed at serious traders, but beginners/recreational traders can use it as well. It offers more than 80 built-in technical indicators, as well as fully customizable dashboards, not to mention trading preferences.

The platform also comes equipped with hundreds of templates one can use to create trading strategies.

The Web Trader is almost as advanced as the above described Advanced platform. It features more than 70 technical indicators and some 50 drawing tools traders can use to make heads and tails of various chart/candlestick patterns. Market analysis is also part of the this package, as is a selection of integrated trading tools.

The mobile trading apps may not be visually as appealing as the above discussed two desktop platforms, but they are powerful in their own right too. They support multiple order types and access to the full range of tradable assets allowed by one’s account type.

Market news are delivered in real time through these platforms too and real time alerts are provided as well.


10. FXTM Trading Platform

Best Trading Platform - FXTM

In addition to offering the option of using MT4 or MT5 with your FXTM trading account, FXTM offers customers their proprietary FXTM MT4 WebTrader platform. This web based platform requires no download and can be accessed directly from any browser. The WebTrader platform supports all operating systems and has a simple to use interface available translated into 16 different languages.

In addition to one click trading, which allows a trader to make a transaction with a single mouse click, the web platform offers nine chart time frames with trading available directly from the charts. The web platform, which is based on MT4, has all the advanced analysis tools and can be used in both a live account and a demo account.

The screenshot below shows FXTM’s proprietary MT4 WebTrader page with real time market pricing, deal execution, and tools for technical and fundamental analysis.
FXTM now also provides clients with facilities to conduct copy trading on their series of MetaTrader trading platforms. With the copy trading service, FXTM traders can access a wide array of trading signals they can subscribe to. Once subscribed, every trade executed by the signal provider can be automatically copied. With the copy trading service, even novice traders can begin trading like pros.

Happy trading!

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