Exness is a Forex and CFD broker offering CFDs on forex, precious metals, energies, indices, stocks and cryptocurrencies for both individual and institutional traders.
Exness was founded in 2008 and regulated in South Africa. As a regulated Forex broker, Exness is authorised by Multiple Top-Tier Financial Regulators to provide services for trading Forex & CFDs on financial instruments. Their website provides access to real-time charts for all instruments.
This review covers the Exness platform features including regulation, available tradable instruments, leverage, customer support, trading and non-trading fees, account types, and deposits/withdrawals options.
|Exness Review Summary|
|🏢 Broker Name||Exness ZA (PTY) Ltd|
|📅 Establishment Date||2008|
|🏢 Address||Exness ZA (Pty) Ltd, Offices 307&308 Third Floor, North Wing, Granger Bay Court, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town|
|🏦 Minimum Deposit||$10|
|⚙️ Maximum Leverage||1:2,000|
|📋 Regulation||FSCA, CySEC, FCA, FSA Seychelles, FSC Mauritius|
|💻 Trading Platforms||MT4 & MT5 for PC, Mac, Web, Android, iOS and Exness Trader for Web, iOS and Android|
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- Regulated in South Africa by the FSCA
- Offers commission-free trading
- Has ZAR account currency
- Accepts deposits/withdrawals to South African banks
- Has negative balance protection
- No inactive account fees
- 24/7 live chat support
- Slow email support
- Has unlimited leverage, which means higher risk
- Has a limited range of instruments
Is Exness Safe for Traders?
Exness is considered a low-risk Forex broker for South African traders because it is licensed in multiple jurisdictions under different names and authorised by Top-Tier financial regulatory organisations. Some of the regulations of Exness are listed below:
1) Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), South Africa: Exness is regulated in South Africa as Exness ZA (Pty) Ltd, by the FSCA and authorised as a Financial Service Provider (FSP), with FSP registration number 51024, issued in 2020.
2) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), United Kingdom: Exness is licensed by FCA, a Tier 1 regulator, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain (UK) as Exness (UK) Ltd, which is registered as an Investment firm with Financial Services Register number 730729. The Exness UK website is www.exness.uk.
3) Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC): Exness is authorised by CySEC, a Tier 2 regulator, in Cyprus as an Investment Firm with license number 178/12. Registered as Exness (Cy) Ltd, and their website of operations is www.exness.eu.
4) Financial Services Authority (FSA), Seychelles: Exness is a registered Securities Dealer in Seychelles and regulated by the FSA in Seychelles as Exness (SC) Ltd with license number.
5) Financial Services Commission (FSC), Mauritius: Exness is regulated by FSC in Mauritius as Exness (MU) Ltd, an investment dealer.
Exness offers unlimited leverage for trading, for all account types, including 2 Standard Accounts and 3 Professional Accounts. This means that you can open a trade position worth 1,000 times or more than your deposit.
For example, with a deposit of R100, you can open a trade position worth R100,000 or more, without any limits on the leverage. Depending on your risk appetite and the amount of leverage you want to use, higher leverage means that the chances of loss are higher too.
However, some instruments have preset leverage, which is fixed and you cannot change it. Before you access the unlimited leverage, you must close at least 10 trades, otherwise, you will have a maximum leverage of 1:2,000.
Leverage on Exness depends on your equity as well. Accounts with equity of less than $1,000 have unlimited leverage, while accounts with equity of up to $4,999 have maximum leverage of 1:2,000 while accounts with equity between $5,000 and $29,999 have a maximum leverage of 1:1,000, and accounts with more than $30,000 have a leverage limit of 1:500.
Note: All instruments on Exness trade at a maximum leverage of 1:200 during weekends and holidays. It is important that you do not use high leverage as it increases your risk and you can lose all your money. You should avoid CFDs and leveraged products trading unless you understand them and have experience.
Exness Account Types
Exness trading account types are categorised into 2; Standard and Professional Accounts, accessible with the MT4, MT5, and Exness Trader trading applications.
Your account type on Exness determines the tradeable instruments available to you and the fees you will pay. Both the Standard and Professional Accounts have sub-categories of accounts. Details of the different account types offered by Exness are described below:
Exness Standard Accounts
Exness offers 2 Standard Account types, the Standard Account and Standard Cent account.
1) Standard Account: This account type is designed for all types of traders, and the tradeable instruments on Standard Accounts are Forex, metals, energies, stocks, indices, and cryptocurrencies, accessible on the MT5 platform.
There are no commission charges with this account, spreads start at 1 pip for majors like EURUSD, and you pay swap fees whenever you keep a trade position open past the market closing time.
You can trade with unlimited leverage, a maximum lot size of 200 and a minimum lot size of 0.01. The minimum deposit on this type of account is $10.
This account has negative balance protection which means you cannot lose more than the money deposited. If you suffer a loss on a trade position and your account balance goes negative, the negative balance will be reset to zero.
2) Standard Cent Account: The Exness Standard Cent Account is a subcategory of the Exness Standard Account, designed to suit new traders. This account allows you to trade only Forex and metals and is accessible only on the MT4 platform.
Standard Cent Account is also commission-free, spreads start at 1 pip for majors like EURUSD, and you pay swap fees if your open trade rolls over to the next trading day before you close it.
The account has unlimited leverage as well. The minimum trade lot size is 0.01 and the maximum is 200 with 1,000 maximum open orders.
The required minimum deposit is $10 and the account also has negative balance protection.
Exness Professional Accounts
The Exness Professional Accounts are designed for experienced traders, this account type has 3 subcategories. The features of Exness Professional Account types are shown below:
3) Raw Spread Account: The Exness Raw Spread Account can be accessed on all trading platforms. Tradeable instruments on this account are Forex, cryptoсurrencies, energies, metals, stocks, and indices.
Spreads start at 0.0, and commission charges are about $3.5 per side lot (which makes it $7 for a round turn) for major pairs like EURUSD. You also pay swap fees for overnight positions.
The account features unlimited leverage, and an unlimited number of open positions, with minimum and maximum lot sizes of 0.01 and 200 respectively and requires a minimum deposit of $500.
This account also has negative balance protection on Exness.
4) Zero Account: The Exness Zero Account can be accessed on all trading platforms and features zero spreads for the 30 major instruments. Tradeable instruments on this account are Forex, cryptoсurrencies, energies, metals, stocks, and indices.
Commission charges on Exness Zero Account are from $0.2 per side lot and up to $3.5 per side ($7 per round turn) for major pairs like EURUSD. Spreads start from 0.0 pips, and you pay swap fees for keeping a position open past the market closing time.
There is no maximum leverage on this account and no limit to the number of open orders. You need to trade a minimum lot size of 0.01 lot and a maximum of 200, with a minimum deposit of $500 and you have negative balance protection as well.
5) Pro Account: The Exness Pro Account can also be accessed on all trading platforms. Tradeable instruments on this account are Forex, cryptoсurrencies, energies, metals, stocks, and indices.
This is a spreads-only account, with no commission charges for opening or closing trade positions. Spreads start from 0.1 pips for major and you will be charged overnight funding costs if you keep a trade position open overnight into a new trading day.
The maximum lot size is 200 with a minimum of 0.1, with unlimited leverage and a required minimum deposit from traders of $500.
This account offers unlimited open positions and negative balance protection.
6) Swap-free Account: Exness offers Interest-free Islamic Accounts to Muslim traders for all account types. With this account, you do not pay any swap fees for keeping a trade position open overnight.
If you want a swap-free Islamic Account on Exness, first open a standard or professional account, then contact customer support to change the status of your account to Islamic Account.
Note that for countries that have Islam as the predominant religion, swap-free status is applied automatically.
Exness Base Account Currency
Exness supports many base account currencies, depending on the account type. The Standard Cent account has the lowest number of supported currencies.
Exness has ZAR (Rand) as account base currency for all account types except the Standard Cent Account. South Africans can open Exness Rand accounts, make deposits in Rand, and withdraw in Rand to their South African bank accounts.
It is important to note that when you first open an Exness account, you are assigned a general account that has United States Dollar (USD) as base account currency, you will have to click on Open New Account on your dashboard, to open a specific type of standard or Professional Account, and then select ZAR as your base currency. See a screenshot of this below:
Exness Overall Fees
Fees on Exness depend on the account type, although there are some general fee rules. Details of the trading and non-trading of Exness are shown below:
1) Spreads: Typical spread starts from 0.0 pips for the Professional Account types and 0.3 for the Standard Account types. The typical average spread for majors like EURUSD on the Standard Account is 1 pip. Note that the spreads on Exness are dependent on the account type of the trader and the instrument you are trading.
Find the average spreads for majors on Exness on the table below:
|Instrument/Pair||Standard Account||Raw Spread Account||Zero Account||Pro Account|
|EUR/USD||1 pip||0 pips||0 pips||0.6 pips|
|GBP/USD||1.2 pips||0.1 pips||0 pips||0.7 pips|
|EUR/GBP||1.6 pips||0.4 pips||0 pips||1 pip|
|XAU/USD||20 pips||6.3 pips||0.0 pips||12.5 pips|
2) Commission fees: Most account types on Exness charge no commission on trades. Only the Professional Account (Raw Spread and Zero) have commission charges starting from $0.2 and up to $3.50 for each side lot for major pairs like EURUSD, which makes it $0.4 to $7 for a round turn. Other pairs have higher commissions on the Zero Account while Raw Spread has a fixed commission per side lot of $3.50.
Commission fees are charged whenever you open and close a trade position with the Raw Spread and Zero Accounts.
3) Swap fees: Anytime you keep a trade position open past the closing time of the market closing time (10 PM GMT +0), you are charged swap fees which are added to your profit or loss at the time you close the trade.
The swap fee is calculated based on the size of the instrument you are trading, the spread, the number of days you keep the position open, and whether your position is a long swap (buy) or short swap (sell).
If your position is a buy (long swap), you may get interests added to your profit instead of a fee. You can estimate the fees you will pay by using the calculator on the Exness website.
Note that Islamic Accounts do not pay swap fees, and some instruments like cryptocurrencies, stocks, indices, and XAUUSD (Gold) are not charged swap fees for all account types.
1) Deposit and Withdrawal fees: Exness charges zero deposit fees and zero fees for withdrawals from the platform. This applies to all account types. Exness also covers any third part fees by your payment processor, with the exception of cryptocurrency miners’ fees or deposits via Perfect Money and Skrill.
2) Account Inactivity charges: No inactivity fees are charged on Exness accounts that have been inactive or dormant for any period of time.
How to Open Exness Account in South Africa
To start trading on the Exness platform, you need to open a live account. Follow these steps to open an account on Exness:
Step 1) Go to the Exness website home page at www.exness.com and click on the ‘Open Account’ button, highlighted at the middle of the page or the golden colour button at the top right side of the home page.
Step 2) Fill in your country of residence, email address and create a password for your account, check the box below the form fields to confirm you are not a US citizen or resident, then click ‘Continue’ to proceed.
Step 3) Choose if you are opening a live account or demo account, select ‘Real Account’.
Step 4) You will be redirected to your dashboard/personal area page that shows deposit options, and a notification highlighted in blue, requesting that you complete your profile to make deposits and start trading. Click on ‘Become a Real Trader’ to proceed.
Step 5) Verify your email address and phone number, click on send me code, type the code in the field provided, and click on ‘Continue’ to proceed.
Step 6) Provide personal information like name, date of birth, and address, then click continue to complete your registration.
Step 7) After the registration is complete, you can choose to make a deposit immediately, this will take you to your Exness personal area or you can choose to complete verification by uploading some identity documents.
If you proceed to deposit without completing verification, you have a maximum deposit limit of $2,000. You need to verify your identity to access the full features of the platform.
Exness Deposits & Withdrawals
Payment methods supported by Exness for deposits and withdrawals are bank transfers and cards. Here is the summary of the deposits and withdrawal options on Exness in South Africa.
Exness Deposit Methods
Here is a summary of payment methods accepted by Exness for deposits.
|Deposit Methods||Availability||Charges||Processing time|
|Internet Banking/Online Bank Transfer||Yes (ZAR)||Free||Within 24 hours to 7 business days|
|Cards||Yes||Free||Within 30 minutes to 5 business days|
|E-wallet||Yes (OZOW, Skrill, and others)||Free||within 30 minutes to 5 business days|
|Cryptocurrency||Yes (USDT & BTC)||Free||Within 24 hours to 3 business days|
Exness Withdrawal Methods
Here is a summary of payment methods for withdrawals accepted on Exness.
|Withdrawal Methods||Availability||Charges||Processing time|
|Internet Banking/Online Bank Transfer||Yes (ZAR EFT)||Free||up to 7 business days|
|Cards||Yes||Free||up to 10 business days|
|E-wallets||Yes (Neteller, Skrill, and others)||Free||up to 2-7 business days|
|Cryptocurrency||Yes (USDT & BTC)||Free||up to 3 business days|
What is the minimum deposit for Exness?
The minimum deposit on Exness is $10 for ZAR online bank transfers, bank cards, e-wallets, and cryptocurrency. Wire transfers require a minimum deposit of $10,000 and are processed within 3 business days.
How do I Deposit Funds?
Follow the steps below to deposit funds into your Exness Account:
Step 1) Log in to your Exness Personal Area by visiting www.exness.com and clicking ‘Sign In’ on the top right side to log in or go to my.exness.com/accounts/sign.
Step 2) Once you’re logged into your personal area (dashboard), click on ‘DEPOSIT’, which is on the left side column menu, and select Online Bank.
Step 3) Next, you select the trading account you want to deposit funds into and enter the amount of money you want to deposit, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete your deposit.
What is Exness Minimum withdrawal?
The minimum withdrawal amount on Exness is $1 for Webmoney, $2 for PerfectMoney, $4 for Neteller and ZAR online bank, $10 for Skrill. Minimum withdrawals for crypto on Exness are $100 for USDT and $10 for BTC.
How to Withdraw Funds from Exness in South Africa?
Follow the steps below to withdraw money from your Exness Account:
Step 1) Log in to your Exness Account dashboard.
Step 2) Click on ‘WITHDRAWAL’, which is on the left side column menu, and select the method you want to use.
Step 3) Select the trading account you would like to withdraw funds from, then enter the amount of money you want to withdraw in the field provided and follow the on-screen instructions to complete your withdrawal.
Exness Trading Instruments
You can trade any of the following instruments with Exness.
|Forex||Yes||99 currency pairs (8 majors, 26 minors, and 65 exotics)|
|Energies||Yes||3 Energies on Exness (Brent, Crude Oil, and NatGas)|
|Metals||Yes||10 pairs of Metals on Exness (including pairs Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Palladium to USD and EUR)|
|Indices||Yes||10 Indices on Exness (Dow Jones, S&P 500, US Wall Street, France 40, EU Stocks, and others)|
|Stocks||Yes||98 Stocks on Exness (including, Google, Apple, AliBaba, Adobe, Cisco Systems, Amazon, etc)|
|Crptocurrencies||Yes||35 pairs of Cryptocurrencies on Exness (including ETH, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Ripple, Houbi, BTC, etc.)|
Exness Trading Platforms
Exness supports the following trading platforms:
- MetaTrader 4 & MetaTrader 5: Exness supports the MT4 and MT5 trading applications for trading financial markets. You can access the applications on the web, desktop and mobile devices (Android & iOS).
- Exness Trader: This is the proprietary Exness trading platform, developed by Exness. You can access it via the Exness Terminal on the web and mobile Exness Trader App for Android and iOS devices.
Exness South Africa Customer Service
Exness offers customer service to clients via the following channels:
1) Live chat support: Exness has a live chat that is available 24/7, sometimes they have long waiting queues. When you first click the live chat button, the Exness Virtual Assistant bot starts by sending you quick messages about account types and other Exness related info, you can then type ‘chat agent’, to be transferred to a chat agent.
Note that the Exness Assistant will request your email address before transferring you to a live chat agent. If left idle for a while, the chat closes automatically. When our team tested, the wait time was under 2 minutes.
2) Email support: The email support is relatively slow, compared to the email support of other brokers. When our team sent them an email, it was replied to after several hours. We sent a follow-up email and it also took hours to get a response.
The answer provided was relevant and they recommended live chat for faster response in the mail, with a link to it. The Exness email address is [email protected].
3) Phone support: Exness does not have phone support for traders in South Africa. It has international phone support is in Cyprus. The Exness phone number is 021 200 6985. When our team tried calling, it did not connect.
Do we Recommend Exness?
Exness is considered low-risk because the broker is multi regulated, including the FSCA South Africa and other Top-tier regulations jurisdictions. The broker also offers negative balance protection which makes the platform safer for trading as you cannot lose more than your deposit.
The fees on Exness are moderate low when compared to some brokers, but are not the lowest. You can choose from the different account types depending on whether you prefer to pay more spreads or commissions.
The customer support of Exness is not robust, as their live chat is the most reliable contact medium. Exness website is easy to navigate with lots of information and the account creation process was fast.
We recommend that you visit the broker website and probably chat with live agents to answer your questions to help you decide if the broker is right for you and the account type you prefer.
Exness South Africa FAQs
Is Exness regulated in South Africa?
Exness is regulated in South Africa as Exness ZA (Pty) Ltd, by the FSCA and authorised as a Financial Service Provider (FSP), with FSP registration number 51024, issued in 2020.
Is Exness a trusted broker?
Exness is considered a trusted broker because they are regulated by Tier 1 and Tier 2 financial regulators to protect client funds. Exness also has negative balance protection and offers commission-free trading with some account types.
Which Exness account is best?
The best Exness account would be the Standard account, which has no commission fees, allows you trade multiple instruments and has competitive spreads. If you prefer to pay commissions with lower spreads, then the Exness Zero or Raw spread account will be best for you.
Thus the best Exness Account depends on your preference of the fees to pay and the instruments to trade..
Which country is Exness?
Exness is authorised to offer their services in multiple countries including South Africa, the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Mauritius and Seychelles. The broker has offices in these countries and is regulated by their financial regulators.
How long does Exness withdrawal take?
Exness withdrawals take about 7 business days for withdrawals to a South African bank account via online transfer. Withdrawals to e-wallets take up to 5 business, while withdrawals to crypto wallets take 3 business days, and bank cards take up to 10 business days.
What is the minimum deposit of Exness?
The minimum deposit for Exness is $10 or the equivalent in ZAR.
Note: Your capital is at risk