FXPesa Review 2020
FXPesa is a popular FX trading platform in Kenya that is regulated with CMA. Their fees is simple & they have local support. But we found some downsides.
FXPesa is a popular forex & CFD trading platform for retail traders in Kenya. They were launched in 2019.
FXPesa is the trading name of EGM Securities Limited (company registration number PVT-AAAAFF7), a Non-Dealing Desk (NDD) broker providing Electronic Communications Network (ECN) execution of Forex and CFD trades and regulated by Capital Market Authority (CMA) of Kenya.
FXPesa is considered safe for Kenyan traders as their parent company is regulated by the CMA & they are well-known FX trading platform in Kenya.
Their platform is mainly for beginner traders – with all-inclusive mobile app, webtrader & MT4 for desktop.
FXPesa Kenya – A quick look
|Our verdict||#4 Forex Broker in Kenya|
|Broker Name||FXPesa Kenya|
|Lowest EURUSD Spread||1.6 pips (with Standard Account)|
|Regulation(s)||Capital Markets Authority of Kenya (CMA)|
|Trading Instruments||Forex pairs, CFDs on Shares, Commodities, Indices|
|Trading Platforms||Webtraders, Android & iOS Apps, MT4|
Is FXPesa Safe?
Yes, they are considered safe for the Kenyan traders.
1. Safety of funds is ensured as EGM Securities, FXPesa’s main company, which is regulated by the local regulator of Kenya i.e CMA.
The broker would be held accountable in case of any wrongdoing or mishandling of funds. They also have a local office and a phone number to reach out to.
2. FXPesa is also considered safe because the parent company pf EGM Securities is Equiti Capital – which is a group of brokers one of which is regulated by Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of UK.
So, they are well regulated & can be considered safe.
FXPesa has a very simple fee structure. The fee charges for FXPesa are as follows:
1. Spread: FXPesa charges a higher spread on standard currency pairs when compared to the other brokers.
For example, a major currency pair like EURUSD, FXPesa’s typical spread/fees charged is 1.6 pips per standard lot. If we compare the same currency pair of EURUSD with Hotforex, they charge 1.2 pips per standard lot. This means that Hotforex provides lower spread when compared to FXPesa. Other brokers like XM Trading, too, have a lower spread of 0.8 pips per standard lot.
2. Commission(s): The only account currently offered on FXPesa is the Executive account, which is no-commission spread only account. So, there are no commissions charged for trading on FXPesa.
3. Deposit and Withdrawal Fee: All local deposit and withdrawals methods are fees free for traders in Kenya.
5. Inactivity Charges: FXPesa will charge an inactivity fee if the account is inactive for 180 calendar days or more. Activity counts as placing or closing of a trade or maintaining an open position on your account. If the account goes inactive, an inactivity fee may be applied to the account at some stage in the future and in accordance with the designated currency of the account.
As per their terms, their parent company ‘EGM Securities’ will notify its clients in advance should such a fee become payable or such closure of the account be affected.
The overall fee structure of FXPesa is simple & clear, although their spread charged on trades is a bit higher than some other brokers. There is no commission and no additional charges/fee are levied by FXPesa – making the costs easy to understand for beginner traders.
Compared to other brokers, the higher spreads is not a concerning factor, one can opt for FXPesa for the ease of trading at transparent cost that they provide.
Account Types at FXPesa
FXPesa has a Standard account and a Demo account.
FXPesa Demo Account:
The Demo Account is for beginner traders where you can gain trading experience. There are many advantages of the Demo accounts. These are just like live accounts with real market pricing, and unlimited usage, access to the MT4, mobile apps and Webtrader platforms.
Note: The trading conditions in the live market may be different from demo. But you can still use demo to practice your strategy & learn.
FXPesa Live Account:
FXPesa offers Standard account. Their Standard account is an executive account that they offer with a spread which starts from 1.5 pips, with a minimum deposit requirement of US$5 and maximum leverage of 1:400.
There is however no negative balance protection with their account.
Trading Instruments at FXPesa
FXPesa has a limited trading instruments. Let us look at them header wise:
The range of instruments EGM Securities provides is way less than its competitors like XM or Hotforex. Let’s see the instruments available with EGM Securities:
Forex: FXPesa has 66 currency pairs available for trading to Kenyan traders, 12 being major pairs, 16 minor pairs and 38 exotic pairs on offer.
Although there are a few global brokers that offer higher number of FX pairs, this is still a wider variety of currencies for Forex trading, compared to many other brokers like XM, FXTM & Hotforex.
The trading currency basics like leverage, spreads, trading hours, margin all are explained in full detail on their website’s instruments page. Holiday schedule is also available in FXPesa’s website.
CFDs on Indices: There are 12 global Indices available. All the information like fixed leverage, contract size, commission, trading hours is available along with the holiday schedule on their website.
CFDs on Commodities: FXPesa offers CFD trading on 8 commodities including Gold, Silver, Oil and Platinum.
Share CFDs: They have a wide variety of US, UK and European shares available as CFDs on their platform.
FXPesa provides a variety of interfaces for all devices:
FXPesa Mobile: FXPesa Mobile is the mobile-based trading. It is available on both Android and iOS, making it a good muli device experience. Through your mobile, you can go to MyFXPesa account management portal for trading a range of products and services.
FXPesa Web Trader: This is a web-based trading platform. It does not require any downloading and installing and gives instant access to your account. The market analysis can be done on web based chart with the technical indicators and drawing tools.
MyFXPesa: This is the comprehensive account management portal, which can be accessed from both FXPesa Trader and FXPesa Mobile. One can access their trading statements, fund their account with their preferred payment partners and set the account as per requirement. Live chat with 24/5 support is also available through the portal for any issues faced.
MT4: MT4 is the most popular trading platform across the globe for online forex trading. FXPesa also has MT4 platform. This has multiple functionalities and quick and stable environment for trading. MT4 makes online trading experience an easy experience.
MT4 includes automated trading and signals, advance charting tools, research and analysis tools and multi-device supports. They do not have MT5 trading platform as of yet.
FXPesa has a 24/7 support in place. There are three ways one can contact them:
1. Live Chat: Live chat is available on their website & through the MyFXPesa account platform.
We tested their live chat during normal business hours. They have chat with 2 option “EQJO” & “Kenya support”. Their Kenya based Live chat is available during normal business hours.
We tested it 3 different times, and found there was a hold time of few minutes, which was higher on weekend. Although the chat responses were slow, but they were accurate for our questions that we asked.
We asked questions about their brokerage model (NDD or market maker), their EURUSD spread, is any any commission etc.
2. Email Support: Our first email was answered within under 1 hour. When we asked them queries over emails, there was an auto response generated and then the query was answered will full details within few hours.
3. Phone: They have a Kenyan phone number i.e. +254 207640727. We did not test their phone support for this review.
4. Local Office: They have a local office in Kenya (Nairobi).
Apart from this, there is a FAQ section where some of the queries are answered. Overall, we find their support to be fair.
Do we Recommend FXPesa?
Yes, we do recommend FXPesa.
One of the most important factor is that FXPesa’s parent company EGM Securities is regulated by CMA, which ensures surety and security for clients in Kenya.
Plus, they have multiple platforms with web-access & mobile app, and easy to use account management portal.
The number of instruments to trade with are not bad. Support is fair, and education section for learning the basics of trading adds to the advantage of trading with FXPesa.
The downsides are the higher spreads for the Forex pairs and the high minimum deposit amount. We feel this could have been lesser since the whole idea for FXPesa was to give easy access to the smaller retail investors.
Additionally, there is no negative balance protection and no ECN accounts.
Overall, we feel FXPesa is a good option to trade with for clients from Kenya.