Plus500 came to the market in 2008 and currently operates under two branches: It’s UK branch, registered as Plus500UK Ltd and regulated by the FCA and it’s Australian branch, registered as Plus500AU Pty Ltd, and regulated by the ASIC. Plus500 is best described as a no frills broker with access to a large number of white label markets and industry competitive rates. The company’s simple to use trading platform is ideal for beginners and traders who prefer to trade free from distraction. The unlimited demo account is also a good way for beginners to learn the ropes.
Account minimums on Plus500 start at £100 with a leverage of 50:1. The setup process is quick and simple with several different methods to fund an account and everything can be conducted online.
The trading platform Plus500 uses was developed in house and is offered as a web interface, downloadable platform and also a mobile app. The three platforms all operate in an identical fashion which makes trading either one of them easy and straightforward. They are also quick to load up and responsive even during busy periods. The mobile platform is particularly good and was the highest rated CFD app in the Apple store. For the beginner, the platform is easy to use and straightforward and takes much of the distraction out of trading. Yet for some traders, it lacks the features and technical details they rely on. Opening more than one chart simultaneously on Plus500 is not possible, for example, and some popular indicators are missing.
Charts on Plus500 load up quickly and are responsive during busy moments yet lack a few key features provided by other brokers. There is no back test or system capability, some popular indicators are unavailable and opening more than one chart simultaneously is currently not possible.
Plus500 offers a large number of white label products including CFD’s and more than 50 forex markets. By offering CFD’s, Plus500 offers hundreds of listed shares from the UK, Europe, US and Australia as well as commodities and indices. This is more than most brokers on the market offer and spreads are also kept tight with forex spreads starting from just 2 pips.
Support on Plus500 is arguably its biggest let down. Whilst emails are responded to promptly (usually within the hour) there is no telephone number and no option for telephone dealing. What this means is that if the internet happens to go down there is seemingly no way to trade. This could be a big issue for some traders. Additionally, the help pages on the site are not as detailed as some other sites.
- Simple trading platforms
- Mobile app and standalone platform
- Tight spreads
- Good selection of markets
- Unlimited demo
- Simplistic charting package
- No telephone support
Plus500 offers a no frills approach with a simple yet robust trading platform. Yet even the website has a slightly sparse look to it and the lack of telephone dealing means that for some traders, it may simply be too basic. It could be argued that what Plus500 lacks, it makes up for in its tighter spreads, but this is only occasionally true. All in all, Plus500 offers a lot to beginners but is a fairly standard entry into the world of forex trading. Thanks for reading our Plus500 review and if you would like to give us your feedback on the company, please do so below.