Is eToro available in ZA?
First things first, eToro accepts clients based in South Africa. Although they stopped opening accounts in ZA in 2021, they restarted their local client acceptance in 2022.
What is eToro?
eToro is an online broker that offers one of the top trading platforms worldwide. Founded in 2007, the company is headquartered in Cyprus. eToro is the most important Social Trading platform: It allows investors to research other users' investment strategies. When saying investment strategies, we are not only referring to general parameters but practically all traders' investment history, orders, traded financial assets, and track records (Earnings or historical losses). With all this available info, eToro then allows users to "Copy" other users' portfolios and, in turn, allows one to be copied by other users (as long as the profile is set up as public). This means that you may attract traders to invest in your trading strategies, which in turn generates money in the form of commissions.
Is eToro a trustworthy broker?
eToro is regulated in the UK, US, Cyprus and Australia:
eToro (UK) Ltd. is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA),
eToro (Europe) Ltd. is regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) and retains a cross-border license from the CySEC to offer its services in member states of the European Economic Area, and outside of it.
Member of the NFA (National Futures Association).
eToro USA is operated by eToro USA LLC, registered with FinCEN as a Money Services Business.
eToro Australia Pty Ltd is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC).
UK's FCA is considered the strictest regulator globally, implying that eToro is a very reliable Broker, since it has to comply with robust regulations on its operation and customer care.
eToro's CopyTrader Platform
Since eToro's Social Trading platform was launched in 2010, the Broker has incorporated many improvements to its platform, including the possibility of choosing the leverage level of each trade, the possibility that any average Joe may receive commissions when copied by other investors [By becoming a 'Popular Investor']. eToro's Trading platform also allows 'copying' thematic portfolios in the "CopyPortfolios" section. Among some of the thematic portfolios available, some invest in Cryptocurrencies, Medicinal Cannabis, Travel Industry, BioTech, Internet, and Drones, among many others.
Bid and Ask order types available on eToro's Platform
When trading any financial instrument, eToro's Trading platform allows the following functionalities:
Take Profit: When using this functionality, you may specify a maximum value when the trade should be closed automatically. In other words, if a financial asset rises, the trader can "protect the profits" by cashing in the profits.
Stop Loss: Alternatively, when using the Stop Loss functionality, a minimum price should be specified at which the position traded on the financial instrument should be closed automatically. In other words, if the financial asset's price falls, the trader can minimise the losses of the trade to the specified price level.
Limit Order: You may use a limit to buy or sell a stock at a specific price or better. A buy limit order is executed at the limit price or lower, and a sell limit order is completed at the limit price or higher.
Leverage Level: eToro's platform allows Traders to choose each trade's leverage level. Depending on the instrument, the level of available leverage will vary. In particular, when you select leverage level 1 for equity markets, you are acquiring an instrument as you would obtain the actual stock.
CFD instruments offered by eToro
Forex: +47 currency pairs – Majors, minors, and exotics, including ZARJPY and USDZAR.
Stocks: eToro offers +1,800 CFDs on Stocks from 12 major Stock Exchanges, among which there are the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, London Stock Exchange and Xetra, four of the most popular Stock Exchanges among investors.
ETFs: CFDs on 145 ETFs from iShares, Vanguard, PIMCO, Invesco, Market Vectors, and Horizons, among other asset managers.
Commodities: CFDs on 13 commodities, being Gold and Oil the most popular among traders.
Indices: 13 major stock exchange indices.
Cryptocurrencies: CFDs on 17 cryptocurrencies.
Thematic Portfolios: eToro offers CFDs on 19 Trading ideas [Portfolios] like Food And Drink, eSports, 5G among others.
Social Trading: As mentioned before, eToro offers the possibility of acquiring portfolios developed by other traders using the platform via its 'CopyPortfolio' feature.
eToro's trading platform is simple to use and has an excellent user experience.
Opening a CFD trading account with eToro
Similarly to any other online service, opening an account with eToro is a process that takes only a few minutes and requires uploading the National ID or Passport and proof of address (electricity, water bills, etc.) through the platform.
Should everything be approved by eToro, the account would be operational in less than a day. You may deposit and withdraw money through:
International Bank Transfer
Mobile Payments like MTN
eWallets like PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, WebMoney, UnionPay
Opening a Demo Account is free, so you may try the Demo, test it, and then decide whether you will deposit funds or not.
Trading with eToro from South Africa
Let me guess: You've probably gone into Google and searched for "eToro ZAR" or "eToro SA" in the hope of a response to the question:
"Is eToro, the Social Trading Platform, available to residents in the country?"
In this article, we answer your question.
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