Hotforex Review

HotForex Review South Africa – Unbiased Pros & Cons Revealed (2020)




HotForex is a Forex and commodities broker in South Africa offering both institutional and retail investors the ability to trade Forex and Derivatives online.

HotForex offers market-maker execution over a variety of account types that vary in commissions, spreads and margin rates.

HotForex provides access to over 100 securities, 49 currency pairs, cryptocurrencies including bitcoin, indices, shares, bonds, gold, silver, energies, commodities and CFDs.

They are a MetaTrader broker and despite offering a small range of markets compared to leading brokers, the majority of customer reviews are positive.

Founded in 2010, HotForex operates under the HF Markets Group of companies who have regulatory status in South Africa, Europe, Seychelles, Mauritius, and St. Vincent and The Grenadines. They are a safe broker (average-risk) for Forex and CDFs trading.

They are considered the best MetaTrader 4 broker and social copy trading for 2020.


Time to open an account Immediate
Bonus Yes
Publicly traded – listed on stock exchange No
Country of regulation South Africa, Europe, Seychelles, Mauritius, St. Vincent, the Grenadines, Dubai, UK,
Trust score 83
Platforms MetaTrader 4, Metatrader 5
Mobile App iPhone, iPad, Android
Copy Trading Yes
Islamic account Yes
Demo account Yes
Base currencies USD, EUR, ZAR
Ave spread EUR/USD From 0.1
Leverage Up to 1:1000
Trading fees (low, average, high) Low
Minimum deposit $50
Withdrawal fee No
Currency pairs 49
Cryptocurrency trading Yes as CFD
Deposit with electronic wallet Yes






Allows EAs, scalping and hedging Not the lowest pricing
Segregated accounts for clients Not available in the US
Fast response from service team Withdrawals can take longer than 48 hours
Negative balance protection Only use MetaTrader platform
Premium trader tools  
Pricing better than industry standard  
Excellent rage of markets  



The safety of a Forex broker can be established by the regulated authorities that a broker like HotForex is beholden to.

Having a regulatory authority in your country of trade is important if there are ever problems or irregularities, you can seek help from the relevant authority.


HOTFOREX Markets (SV) Ltd is registered in St. Vincent & the Grenadine as an International Business Company with the registration number 22747 IBC 2015.

HOTFOREX Markets (Europe) Ltd – authorized by CySEC (Cyprus) registration no. 183/12

HOTFOREX Markets (UK) Limited – authorized by FCA (UK) registration no. 801701

HOTFOREX Markets (DIFC) Ltd – authorized (Dubai) registration no. F004885

HOTFOREX Markets (SV) Ltd – authorized by FSA SVG registration no. 22747 IBC 2015

HOTFOREX Markets (SV) Ltd – authorized by FSC (Mauritius) registration no. C110008214

HOTFOREX Markets SA (PTY) Ltd – authorized by FSCA (South Africa) registration no. 46632

HOTFOREX Markets (Seychelles) Ltd – authorized by FSA (Seychelles) registration no. SD015

HOTFOREX Markets (UK) Ltd is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) under firm reference number 801701.

HOTFOREX Markets (DIFC) Ltd is authorized and regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) under license number F004885.

HOTFOREX Markets SA (PTY) Ltd is authorized and regulated as a Financial Service Provider (FSP) from the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) in South Africa, under the license number 46632.

HOTFOREX Markets (Seychelles) Ltd is incorporated under the laws of the Republic of Seychelles with registration number 8419176-1, regulated by the Seychelles Financial Services Authority (FSA) under Securities Dealer License number SD015.


What we really respect about HotForex is the broker’s attitude to reassure its clients of its safety and its risk management measures.

This includes only using the major banks, top insurance up to €5,000,000, negative balance protection and segregated bank accounts for its clients.



Leverage is in essence “borrowing from the broker” to make larger trades in the market. There are pros and cons to both high and low leverage, with consensus being the lower the better for a beginner Forex trader.

While high leverage has the potential to result in big profits, it can also result in big losses.

What is great about HotForex is you can choose to fix your leverage or use floating leverage, particularly if you are trading smaller size lots.

South African residents can get leverage up to 1:200.

ESMA regulation, states that leverage is capped at 1:30 for Forex instruments and 1:25 for Spot Metals.


HotForex offers a variety of account types to suit the requirements of different Forex traders such as accounts for scalpers, EA traders and automated copy trading.

Here are the most popular accounts:

  1. Micro – small volume trades & beginners

The Micro account is good for beginner traders and those that trade in smaller volumes.

This account has a lower initial deposit of $5, spreads from 1 pip, simultaneous open orders up to 160 and zero commission.

The leverage on the Micro account is high 1:1000, compared to other accounts although we do not recommend going higher than 1:50 if you are a newbie.


  1. Premium – experienced retail traders

On the Premium account the average spreads are 1.2 pips with margin


  1. Zero Spread

On this account typical spreads are 0.3 pips on the EUR/USD and incur a commission of about 0.6 pips per trade, so your all-in cost is 0.9 pips.

While the costs are lower than other accounts, the margin requirements are higher than a Premium account.

  1. Auto

The auto account allows social copy trading for beginner traders access to free and paid trading signals from the MQL5 trading community, allowing you to copy the signals of any Signal Provider.

With spreads from 1 pip, a maximum leverage of 1:500, and $200 minimum deposit the auto account is definitely worth looking at.



HotForex offers seventeen trading tools and over 150 trading products; the company also offers Cryptocurrencies traded as CFD including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple and more.



Product HotForex
Currency pairs in total 49
CFDs offered 104
Financial Instruments Forex, indices, metals, energies, shares, commodities, bonds
Crytocurrencies Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ripple, Ethereum and others




Different fee structures are transparently setout out for different account types depending on the country you are trading from, spreads and margins.

They do not charge commissions or have any hidden fees, so you get total transparency going into your trades.

HotForex ’s broker fees are competitive with very attractive spreads and the company’s only charge to you is in the spread, that is the difference between the bid and ask price.

HotForex does have two other charges to consider and that is a rollover charge to hold your trade open to the next day and a no activity fee after six months of no trading.



HotForex has a variety of methods for you to fund your trading account.

  • Major credit and debit cards
  • e-wallets, including cryptocurrency
  • Wire transfers and domestic transfers available (depending on region)
  • HotForex MasterCard

The minimum deposit depends on which payment method you use, and withdrawals do not incur any fees. Note that wire transfers may incur some fees.



HotForex is a MetaTrader only broker, offering MetaTrader4 and MetaTrader 5 as its trading platform.

The popular MetaTrader platform is served over web, desktop and mobile devices through the HotForex Mobile app to provide excellent trading experiences.

If you are a beginner you will be assured of using an award-winning platform, and if you are an experienced trader already using the MetaTrader platform you will 100% at home with HotForex.



What we really like about HotForex is that you only need to setup your account once, whether you want to try them out on a demo or register for a live account.

The signup process does take a bit of time to fill in the information and answer some questions.

You need to have some knowledge of trading to answer the assessment questions, but if you are serious about trading and you understand the basics, it will be a breeze.

The advantage of signing up and filling these details in from the beginning is that you can easily move from your trading account to the live account without any fuss.

With other brokers you will need to register again once moving from demo to a live trading account.

Your account will be approved practically instantly.


Setup your demo account

Step 1: Go to the client area, Click My HF

Step 2: Insert your username and password that was emailed to you on signup

Step 3: At the top of the navigation Click on My accounts

Step 4: Click on Open Demo Account

Step 5: Choose your trading platform

Step 6: Login to your platform of choice with the MT4 Login and Account Password

Step 7: Voila you are in!




We were impressed with HotForex’s customer service response to an email query we left asking for help with the signup.

It turned out to be a simple user error on our side, but they get a thumbs up for making a fast and personal telephonic follow-up in South Africa. The person we spoke to was South African which is a big bonus in our books.

It is important to trade with a broker who will give you fast, effective support, especially if you are just starting out in Forex trading.

HotForex provides support in 27 languages and they can be reached via email, live chat or on the telephone.



Forex education is one of the most important steps when deciding to become a Forex trader, HotForex has a wealth of information available once you have signed up.

You will have access to HotForex’s exclusive analysis, live webinars, tutorials, news and market outlooks, all intended to make your trading experience an informed and profitable one.

Their copy trading platform called HF Copy also features automated trading, and the ability to copy the trades of some of the most successful professional Forex traders.



Having access to research and the analytical tools that come along with it is critical in Forex trading.

You must become familiar with technical analysis tools; charts need to become your new best bud, and you need to arm yourself with all the best trading strategies.

With HotForex you will get an excellent range of analytical and research tools.

HotForex has some really great Premium tools as well as a Virtual Private Server (VPS) which is free when you deposit $5000 or more.



The accumulation of over 35 industry awards over its ten-year history is no easy feat and we have to give HotForex a big thumbs up.

When you consider their Unique Selling Proposition – Honesty. Openness. Transparency – and you add the awards it just proves that HotForex walk the talk.

We have handpicked the best accolades from 2019:

Top 100 Companies – World Finance Magazine

Best Client Funds Security Global – Global Brands Magazine

Best Global Forex Copy Trading Platform – Global Forex Awards 2019

Best Forex Customer Service Provider Latin America – Global Banking & Finance Review Awards

Beyond Success Award – World Confederation of Business

Best Partners Program Middle East – Egypt Investment Expo 2019

Fastest Growing Forex Broker Mena 2019 – International Business Magazine

Best Forex Broker Asia 2019 – International Business Magazine

Best Forex & Commodities Broker – Latin America – International Finance Awards 2019

Best Forex Affiliate Program 2019 – International Finance Awards 2019

Best Forex Mobile Application – Forex Awards

Most Reliable Online Trading Platform 2019 – International Business Magazine



When it comes to trust and credibility HotForex shines. Making the list of top 100 companies in World Finance Magazine deserves a five-star rating in our book.

But a broker is more than its awards and we are glad to say that HotForex also shines on this front; it is well regulated, provides excellent service and some of the best trading conditions in the market.

HotForex’s pricing is also very competitive and their risk management practices make them one of the best choices in South Africa, Africa and the other regions where they operate.