Best Forex Brokers In Botswana 2024

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Forex trading has gained popularity in Botswana, with investors looking to speculate on the Botswanan Pula (BWP), as well as currencies from neighbouring African countries and further afield.

Forex trading is overseen by the Non-Bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (NBFIRA) and Bank of Botswana (BOB), however traders in Botswana mostly rely on international brokers for their superior platforms, pricing, regulation and availability.

We’ve evaluated the best forex brokers in Botswana, all accepting local traders and offering convenient deposit options like PayPal, which has partnered with Botswana’s First National Bank (FNB).

10 Top Forex Brokers In Botswana

Our analysis of hundreds of online brokers shows that these are the top 10 forex platforms for traders in Botswana:

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  1. 1
    Vantage
    50% Welcome Deposit Bonus, earn redeemable rewards in the Vantage Rewards scheme

    Ratings
    4.6 / 5
    4.5 / 5
    4.5 / 5
    4.4 / 5
    4.3 / 5
    4.4 / 5
    4 / 5
    4 / 5
    3.6 / 5
    3.9 / 5

    $50
    0.01 Lots
    1:500
    FCA, ASIC, FSCA, VFSC
    CFDs, Forex, Stocks, Indices, Commodities, ETFs, Bonds
    ProTrader, MT4, MT5, TradingView, DupliTrade
    Skrill, BPAY, JCB Card, AstroPay, Visa, Swift, Neteller, Wire Transfer, Credit Card, Debit Card, UnionPay, FasaPay
    USD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, NZD, JPY, HKD, SGD, PLN
  2. 2
    IC Markets

    Ratings
    4.6 / 5
    4 / 5
    3.5 / 5
    4.6 / 5
    4 / 5
    4.5 / 5
    4 / 5
    3.5 / 5
    3.1 / 5
    4.2 / 5

    $200
    0.01 Lots
    1:30 (ASIC & CySEC), 1:500 (FSA), 1:1000 (Global)
    ASIC, CySEC, FSA, CMA
    CFDs, Forex, Stocks, Indices, Commodities, Bonds, Futures, Crypto
    MT4, MT5, cTrader, TradingView, TradingCentral, DupliTrade
    PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, Visa, UnionPay, Wire Transfer, Rapid Transfer, Mastercard, POLi, BPAY, Credit Card, Klarna, Swift, SafeCharge
    USD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, NZD, JPY, CHF, HKD, SGD
  3. 3
    AvaTrade
    20% Welcome Bonus up to $10,000

    Ratings
    4.8 / 5
    4.3 / 5
    4.5 / 5
    3.8 / 5
    4.3 / 5
    4.3 / 5
    4.3 / 5
    4.5 / 5
    4.3 / 5
    4 / 5

    $100
    0.01 Lots
    1:30 (Retail) 1:400 (Pro)
    ASIC, CySEC, FSCA, ISA, CBI, FSA, FSRA, BVI, ADGM
    CFDs, Forex, Stocks, Indices, Commodities, ETFs, Bonds, Crypto, Spread Betting, Futures
    WebTrader, AvaTradeGO, AvaOptions, AvaFutures, MT4, MT5, AlgoTrader, TradingCentral, DupliTrade
    Skrill, Wire Transfer, FasaPay, Mastercard, Perfect Money, Swift, MoneyGram, Credit Card, WebMoney, JCB Card, Debit Card, Neteller, Boleto
    USD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD
  4. 4
    Pepperstone
    CFDs and FX are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Between 74-89% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs.

    Ratings
    4.6 / 5
    4 / 5
    3.8 / 5
    4.4 / 5
    4.4 / 5
    4.6 / 5
    4.3 / 5
    4 / 5
    4.4 / 5
    4.1 / 5

    $0
    0.01 Lots
    1:30 (Retail), 1:500 (Pro)
    FCA, ASIC, CySEC, DFSA, CMA, BaFin, SCB
    CFDs, Forex, Currency Indices, Stocks, Indices, Commodities, ETFs, Crypto, Spread Betting
    MT4, MT5, cTrader, TradingView, AutoChartist, DupliTrade
    Visa, Mastercard, Credit Card, Debit Card, PayPal, Wire Transfer, POLi, UnionPay, BPAY, Neteller, Skrill
    USD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, NZD, JPY, CHF, HKD, SGD
  5. 5
    XM
    $30 No Deposit Bonus When You Register A Real Account

    Ratings
    4.3 / 5
    4.5 / 5
    4.3 / 5
    4.3 / 5
    4 / 5
    4.5 / 5
    4.5 / 5
    4.5 / 5
    4.7 / 5
    3.9 / 5

    $5
    0.01 Lots
    1:1000
    ASIC, CySEC, DFSA, FSC, FSCA, CNMV, AMF
    Forex, Stock CFDs, Turbo Stocks, Indices, Commodities, Precious Metals, Energies, Shares, Crypto, Futures
    MT4, MT5
    Credit Card, Debit Card, Skrill, Neteller, Wire Transfer, Perfect Money, Apple Pay, Google Wallet, TransferWise, Visa, M-Pesa
    USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, JPY, ZAR, CHF, SGD, PLN, HUF
  6. 6
    Eightcap

    Ratings
    4.3 / 5
    4 / 5
    3.6 / 5
    3.8 / 5
    4.3 / 5
    4 / 5
    3.5 / 5
    3 / 5
    4.8 / 5
    4.4 / 5

    $100
    0.01 Lots
    1:500
    ASIC, FCA, CySEC, SCB, CNMV
    CFDs, Forex, Stocks, Indices, Commodities, Crypto
    MT4, MT5, TradingView
    Neteller, Skrill, Visa, UnionPay, Credit Card, Debit Card, Bitcoin Payments, Wire Transfer, FasaPay, BPAY, PayPal, Dragonpay, PIX Payment
    USD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, NZD, SGD
  7. 7
    PrimeXBT
    $100 Deposit Bonus

    $0
    0.01 Lots
    1:1000
    CFDs, Cryptos, Forex, Indices, Commodities, Futures
    Own
    Bitcoin Payments, Ethereum Payments, Credit Card, Debit Card
    USD, EUR, GBP
  8. 8
    IQ Option
    RISK WARNING: YOUR CAPITAL MIGHT BE AT RISK

    $10
    0.001 Lots
    1:500
    CFD, Forex, Crypto, Stocks, Digital Options
    Own
    Skrill, Yandex Money, QIWI, Wire Transfer, Alipay, Perfect Money, MoneyGram, Credit Card, Vietcombank Transfer, Volet, Maestro, Sofort, GlobePay, Boleto
    USD, EUR, GBP, ZAR
  9. 9
    IG
    Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 70% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

    Ratings
    4.9 / 5
    4 / 5
    4.5 / 5
    3.5 / 5
    4.8 / 5
    4.5 / 5
    4.9 / 5
    5 / 5
    4.6 / 5
    4 / 5

    $0
    0.01 Lots
    1:30 (Retail), 1:250 (Pro)
    FCA, ASIC, NFA, CFTC, DFSA, BaFin, MAS, FSCA, FINMA, CONSOB
    CFDs, Forex, Stocks, Indices, Commodities, ETFs, Futures, Options, Crypto, Spread Betting
    Web, ProRealTime, L2 Dealer, MT4, AutoChartist, TradingCentral
    PayPal, Wire Transfer, Mastercard, Credit Card, Visa, Debit Card
    USD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, JPY, ZAR, SEK, DKK, CHF, HKD, SGD
  10. 10
    FxPro

    Ratings
    4.5 / 5
    3.8 / 5
    4.2 / 5
    4.3 / 5
    4.5 / 5
    4.1 / 5
    4.4 / 5
    4.3 / 5
    4.7 / 5
    4.3 / 5

    $100
    0.01 Lots
    1:30 (Retail), 1:500 (Pro), 1:1000 (Via Prime Ash Capital Limited)
    FCA, CySEC, FSCA, SCB, FSC
    CFDs, Forex, Stocks, Indices, Commodities, Futures
    FxPro Platform, MT4, MT5, cTrader, AutoChartist, TradingCentral, DupliTrade
    Wire Transfer, Credit Card, PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, Maestro, Mastercard, Visa
    USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, JPY, ZAR, CHF, PLN

Here is a short summary of why we think each broker belongs in this top list:

  1. Vantage - Vantage offers 55+ currency pairs - above the industry average, so experienced traders can explore plenty of opportunities. Vantage's deep liquidity pool provides forex spreads from 0.0 pips in the ECN account, lower than many alternatives. There are also no commissions, deposit fees or hidden charges.
  2. IC Markets - IC Markets maintains its commitment to providing exceptionally tight 0.0-pip forex spreads on major currency pairs such as EUR/USD. This makes it an excellent option if you are seeking superior execution, with an average of 35 milliseconds. Additionally, if you are a high-volume trader, you can benefit from rebates of up to $2.50 per forex lot.
  3. AvaTrade - AvaTrade offers 50+ currency pairs with competitive spreads from 0.9 pips and zero commissions. You can trade majors, minors and exotics around the clock on industry-leading platforms, including MT4 and MT5. Traders can also access beginner-friendly trading tools and comprehensive forex education.
  4. Pepperstone - Pepperstone offers ultra-competitive forex spreads averaging 0.12 pips on EUR/USD in the Razor account, accompanied by a diverse portfolio comprising 100+ currency pairs - an extensive selection surpassing most competitors. Additionally, Pepperstone distinguishes itself by offering three currency indices (USDX, EURX, JPYX), not commonly found among alternative platforms. Pepperstone has now won our annual 'Best Forex Broker' award twice.
  5. XM - XM offers ultra low spreads across a wide range of forex assets with no re-quotes or hidden charges. Over 50 currency pairs are available, which is above the market average and is in line with one of our top award-winners, AvaTrade.
  6. Eightcap - Eightcap offers 50+ currency pairs in line with the industry average but trailing category leaders like CMC Markets with its 300+ currency pairs. However, Eightcap stands out with institutional-level spreads from 0.0 pips on major pairs like the EUR/USD, alongside low $3.50/side commissions. The broker also offers rich forex data to inform trading decisions, including key fundamentals, bullish/bearish indicators and a calendar that tracks key events in the foreign exchange market.
  7. PrimeXBT - PrimeXBT offers 50 forex pairs, which is above the industry average and covers a good range of majors, minors and exotics. Traders can enjoy trading via margin with zero commissions. Additionally, the broker’s copy trading service allows you to explore various currency trading strategies.
  8. IQ Option - IQ Option offers CFD trading on 24 forex assets, including major pairs and some minors. EU traders can access a maximum of 1:30 leverage in line with local regulations. The broker offers commission-free trades but spreads are on the high side so the brand does not excel in this area.
  9. IG - IG offers an above-average suite of 80+ currency pairs on its proprietary web platform, mobile app or MetaTrader 4, with more advanced charts and forex analysis tools available on the ProRealTime software. Forex spreads are competitive based on tests, starting from 0.1 pips on majors like the EUR/USD.
  10. FxPro - FxPro offers 70+ currency pairs with ultra-fast execution speeds and tight spreads from 0.46 pips on EUR/USD. The range of forex assets outranks many rivals, including our award winner, AvaTrade. Various short-term forex strategies are permitted, including EA trading and hedging.

Best Forex Brokers In Botswana 2024 Comparison

Best Forex Brokers In Botswana 2024 Comparison
Broker Forex Assets EUR/USD Spread Forex App Rating Minimum Deposit Regulator
Vantage logo
55+ 0.0 4 / 5 $50 FCA, ASIC, FSCA, VFSC
IC Markets logo
75 0.02 4.8 / 5 $200 ASIC, CySEC, FSA, CMA
AvaTrade logo
50+ 0.9 4.3 / 5 $100 ASIC, CySEC, FSCA, ISA, CBI, FSA, FSRA, BVI, ADGM
Pepperstone logo
100+ 0.1 4.7 / 5 $0 FCA, ASIC, CySEC, DFSA, CMA, BaFin, SCB
XM logo
55+ 1.6 4.7 / 5 $5 ASIC, CySEC, DFSA, FSC, FSCA, CNMV, AMF
Eightcap logo
50+ 0.0 3.6 / 5 $100 ASIC, FCA, CySEC, SCB, CNMV
PrimeXBT logo
45+ Variable 3 / 5 $0 -
IQ Option logo
60+ 14 pips 4.5 / 5 $10 -
IG logo
80+ 0.8 4.9 / 5 $0 FCA, ASIC, NFA, CFTC, DFSA, BaFin, MAS, FSCA, FINMA, CONSOB
FxPro logo
70+ 1.58 pips (Ave) 2.5 / 5 $100 FCA, CySEC, FSCA, SCB, FSC

Vantage

"Vantage remains an excellent option for CFD traders seeking a tightly-regulated broker with access to the reliable MetaTrader platforms. The fast sign-up process and $50 minimum deposit make it very straightforward to start day trading quickly."

Jemma Grist, Reviewer

Vantage Quick Facts

Bonus Offer50% Welcome Deposit Bonus, earn redeemable rewards in the Vantage Rewards scheme
GBPUSD Spread0.5
EURUSD Spread0.0
EURGBP Spread0.5
Total Assets55+
Leverage1:500
PlatformsProTrader, MT4, MT5, TradingView, DupliTrade
Account CurrenciesUSD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, NZD, JPY, HKD, SGD, PLN

Pros

  • There are no short-term strategy restrictions with hedging and scalping permitted
  • The low minimum deposit of $50 and zero funding fees make this broker a great choice for new traders
  • There’s an excellent suite of day trading software, including the award-winning platforms MT4 and MT5

Cons

  • The average execution speeds of 100ms to 250ms are slower than alternatives based on tests
  • Unfortunately, cryptos are only available for Australian clients
  • A steep $10,000 deposit is needed for the best trading conditions, which include the $1.50 commission per side

IC Markets

"IC Markets offers superior pricing, exceptionally fast execution and seamless deposits. The introduction of advanced charting platforms, notably TradingView, and the Raw Trader Plus account, ensures it remains a top choice for intermediate to advanced day traders."

Christian Harris, Reviewer

IC Markets Quick Facts

GBPUSD Spread0.23
EURUSD Spread0.02
EURGBP Spread0.27
Total Assets75
Leverage1:30 (ASIC & CySEC), 1:500 (FSA), 1:1000 (Global)
PlatformsMT4, MT5, cTrader, TradingView, TradingCentral, DupliTrade
Account CurrenciesUSD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, NZD, JPY, CHF, HKD, SGD

Pros

  • IC Markets offers fast and dependable 24/5 support based on firsthand experience, particularly when it comes to accounts and funding issues.
  • You have access to over 2,250 CFDs across various markets, including forex, commodities, indices, stocks, bonds, and cryptocurrencies, allowing for diversified trading strategies.
  • IC Markets offers among the tightest spreads in the industry, with 0.0-pip spreads on major currency pairs, making it especially cost-effective for day traders.

Cons

  • There are fees for certain withdrawal methods, including a $20 wire charge, which can eat into profits, especially for frequent withdrawals.
  • While IC Markets offers a selection of metals and cryptos for trading via CFDs, the range is not as extensive as brokers like eToro, limiting opportunities for traders interested in these asset classes.
  • The breadth and depth of tutorials, webinars and educational resources still need work, trailing alternatives like CMC Markets and reducing its suitability for beginners.

AvaTrade

"AvaTrade offers the full package for short-term traders. There is powerful charting software, reliable execution, transparent fees, and fast account opening with a low minimum deposit."

Jemma Grist, Reviewer

AvaTrade Quick Facts

Bonus Offer20% Welcome Bonus up to $10,000
GBPUSD Spread1.5
EURUSD Spread0.9
EURGBP Spread1.5
Total Assets50+
Leverage1:30 (Retail) 1:400 (Pro)
PlatformsWebTrader, AvaTradeGO, AvaOptions, AvaFutures, MT4, MT5, AlgoTrader, TradingCentral, DupliTrade
Account CurrenciesUSD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD

Pros

  • Automated trading is supported through MetaTrader Expert Advisors (EAs), as well as the AvaSocial and DupliTrade tools
  • The broker’s unique risk management tool, AvaProtect, protects against losses up to $1 million and is easy to activate in the platform
  • WebTrader is well-suited to beginners and features a strong suite of technical analysis tools and market research for day traders

Cons

  • There’s an above-average $50 inactivity fee after three months, though this won't impact active day traders
  • A high $2000 minimum investment is required to use DupliTrade, which will be out of reach for many beginners
  • There is no ECN account with raw spreads

Pepperstone

"Pepperstone stands out as a top choice for day trading, offering razor-sharp spreads, ultra-fast execution, and advanced charting platforms for experienced traders. New traders are also welcomed with no minimum deposit, extensive educational resources, and exceptional 24/7 support."

Christian Harris, Reviewer

Pepperstone Quick Facts

GBPUSD Spread0.4
EURUSD Spread0.1
EURGBP Spread0.4
Total Assets100+
Leverage1:30 (Retail), 1:500 (Pro)
PlatformsMT4, MT5, cTrader, TradingView, AutoChartist, DupliTrade
Account CurrenciesUSD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, NZD, JPY, CHF, HKD, SGD

Pros

  • Pepperstone boasts impressive execution speeds, averaging around 30ms, facilitating fast order processing and execution that’s ideal for day trading.
  • Award-winning customer support is available via telephone, email or live chat with response times of <5 minutes during testing.
  • Now offering spread betting through TradingView, Pepperstone provides a seamless, tax-efficient trading experience with advanced analysis tools.

Cons

  • Despite enhancements to its range of markets, crypto offerings are relatively limited compared to other brokers such as eToro, with no option to invest in real coins.
  • Pepperstone’s demo accounts are active for only 30 days, which may not be not long enough to familiarize yourself with the different platforms and test trading strategies.
  • There’s no simplified proprietary trading platform, nor are there any social trading features, which could be a disadvantage if you are new to day trading.

XM

"XM is one of the best forex and CFD brokers we have tested. The flexible account types will suit a variety of short-term trading styles while the $5 minimum deposit and smooth sign-up process make it easy to start trading."

William Berg, Reviewer

XM Quick Facts

Bonus Offer$30 No Deposit Bonus When You Register A Real Account
GBPUSD Spread1.9
EURUSD Spread1.6
EURGBP Spread1.8
Total Assets55+
Leverage1:1000
PlatformsMT4, MT5
Account CurrenciesUSD, EUR, GBP, AUD, JPY, ZAR, CHF, SGD, PLN, HUF

Pros

  • XM continues to deliver diverse and multilingual educational materials and offers a useful live education schedule for its webinars and insights
  • Transparent and low fees with spreads from 0.0 pips that will help protect day trading profit margins
  • XM is a hugely respected broker authorized by tier-one regulators

Cons

  • PayPal deposits are not supported
  • There is weak regulatory oversight through the global entity
  • There's $5 inactivity fee after only 3 months, though this won't affect active traders

Eightcap

"Eightcap delivers in every area for day traders with a growing selection of charting platforms and AI-powered tools. Now sporting 250+ crypto CFDs and the Crypto Crusher market scanner, it's also become a stand-out choice for crypto trading, winning our 'Best Crypto Broker' award two years in a row."

Christian Harris, Reviewer

Eightcap Quick Facts

GBPUSD Spread0.1
EURUSD Spread0.0
EURGBP Spread0.1
Total Assets50+
Leverage1:500
PlatformsMT4, MT5, TradingView
Account CurrenciesUSD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, NZD, SGD

Pros

  • Eightcap stands out with a selection of powerful trading tools, including MT4 and MT5, the innovative algorithmic trading platform Capitalise.ai, and more recently the 50-million strong social trading network TradingView.
  • With tight spreads from 0 pips, low commission fees, and high leverage up to 1:500 for certain clients, Eightcap provides cost-effective and flexible trading conditions that can accommodate an array of strategies, including day trading and scalping.
  • After bolstering its roster in 2021, Eightcap offers one of the most extensive selections of cryptocurrency CFDs in the market, with crypto/fiat pairs, crypto/crypto pairs, plus crypto indices for broader exposure to the market.

Cons

  • The demo account expires after 30 days and can only be extended upon request - a notable inconvenience compared to the likes of XM with its unlimited demo mode.
  • Eightcap needs to continue bolstering its suite of instruments to match category leaders like Blackbull Markets with its 26,000+ assets, featuring a particularly weak selection of commodities.
  • Despite a useful library of educational guides and e-books, Eightcap still trails IG’s comprehensive toolkit for aspiring traders with its dedicated IG Academy app and 18 course categories.

PrimeXBT

"PrimeXBT is good for beginners looking to trade crypto derivatives among traditional assets like forex and indices. There's also a proprietary copy trading solution for novices looking to learn from more experienced investors. With that said, the lack of regulation means traders will receive limited safeguards."

William Berg, Reviewer

PrimeXBT Quick Facts

Bonus Offer$100 Deposit Bonus
GBPUSD SpreadVariable
EURUSD SpreadVariable
EURGBP SpreadVariable
Total Assets45+
Leverage1:1000
PlatformsOwn
Account CurrenciesUSD, EUR, GBP

Pros

  • The broker offers 24/7 customer support via live chat, as well as an extensive help centre
  • There’s a range of additional trading opportunities on offer, including demo contests and a copy trading solution
  • The broker delivers ultra-fast trade execution speeds, averaging <7.12 ms - ideal for active day traders

Cons

  • The total selection of 110+ assets is far fewer than top competitors, including OKX with 400+
  • It’s a shame that there are no popular third-party platforms on offer such as MT4
  • The lack of reputable regulatory oversight is a security concern, though this is common in the crypto trading industry

IQ Option

"IQ Option is a good broker for beginners with a slick platform and low minimum investment. New users can also open an account in three easy steps."

William Berg, Reviewer

IQ Option Quick Facts

GBPUSD Spread5 pips
EURUSD Spread14 pips
EURGBP Spread15 pips
Total Assets60+
Leverage1:500
PlatformsOwn
Account CurrenciesUSD, EUR, GBP, ZAR

Pros

  • Access to IQ Option community
  • Reliable 24/7 multilingual support
  • High payouts on binary options

Cons

  • No MetaTrader 4 integration
  • €10 inactivity fee after 90 days

IG

"IG continues to provide a comprehensive package with an intuitive web platform and best-in-class education for beginners, plus advanced charting tools, real-time data, and fast execution speeds for experienced day traders."

Christian Harris, Reviewer

IG Quick Facts

GBPUSD Spread0.9
EURUSD Spread0.8
EURGBP Spread0.9
Total Assets80+
Leverage1:30 (Retail), 1:250 (Pro)
PlatformsWeb, ProRealTime, L2 Dealer, MT4, AutoChartist, TradingCentral
Account CurrenciesUSD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, JPY, ZAR, SEK, DKK, CHF, HKD, SGD

Pros

  • As a well-established broker, IG operates under strict regulatory guidelines in multiple jurisdictions, maintaining a high level of trust
  • The ProRealTime advanced charting platform is free as long as certain modest monthly trading activity requirements are met
  • The IG app offers a superb mobile trading experience with a clean design that helped it secure Runner Up at our Best Trading App award

Cons

  • Stock and CFD spreads still trail the cheapest brokers like CMC Markets based on tests
  • IG has discontinued its swap-free account, reducing its appeal to Islamic traders
  • Beginners might find IG’s fee structure complex, with various fees for different types of trades or services, potentially leading to confusion or unexpected charges

FxPro

"FxPro is best for experienced traders looking for wide market access, premium research tools and advanced charting platforms. The competitive fees and fast execution will serve serious short-term traders, whilst the BnkPro investment service will appeal to those looking for long-term e-money solutions."

William Berg, Reviewer

FxPro Quick Facts

GBPUSD Spread2.39 pips (Ave)
EURUSD Spread1.58 pips (Ave)
EURGBP Spread1.74 pips (Ave)
Total Assets70+
Leverage1:30 (Retail), 1:500 (Pro), 1:1000 (Via Prime Ash Capital Limited)
PlatformsFxPro Platform, MT4, MT5, cTrader, AutoChartist, TradingCentral, DupliTrade
Account CurrenciesUSD, EUR, GBP, AUD, JPY, ZAR, CHF, PLN

Pros

  • There's an interactive learning center for beginners with tests, courses, video tutorials and webinars
  • Comprehensive analysis and trading tools are available for seasoned traders, including signals powered by Trading Central and VPS hosting
  • There are 4 superior day trading platforms, including a proprietary solution with over 50 indicators, 7 chart types and an impressive 15 chart time frames

Cons

  • The broker charges a $10 inactivity fee after 6 months of account dormancy, though this is more lenient than many brokers
  • There are only a handful of payment methods available, compared to the 10+ offered at top competitors like AvaTrade
  • FxPro's services are mainly geared towards experienced investors and beginners may find the broker's fees and accounts complex

How We Rate Forex Brokers In Botswana

There are several factors that we consider when rating forex trading platforms, and recommend you do too:

Trust

Select a trusted forex broker to protect your funds, a crucial step due to the rise in scams targeting Botswana traders. The NBFIRA has warned against foreign exchange firms ‘promising quick and high returns’.

Our advice is to choose a regulated and established broker – this is the best indication that a firm can be trusted. For most forex traders in Botswana, this will mean opening an account with a global brokerage, as the number of locally registered firms is limited. That said, your local tax rules in Botswana may still apply.

We frequently verify brokers’ regulatory credentials, years in the industry, and track record of treating customers fairly and paying out withdrawals.

  • Vantage continues to earn the trust of our experts, with over 15 years in the forex industry and authorization from respected regulators, including South Africa’s FSCA and Australia’s ASIC.

Currency Pairs

Choose a broker offering the currency pairs you’re interested in. For traders in Botswana, this may be exotics like the USD/BWP and EUR/BWP or crosses like the BWP/ZAR and BWP/NGN for exposure to regional influences.

However, given their low trading volumes and the make-up of the foreign exchange market in Botswana, these pairs are not commonly available on trading platforms.

That’s why we look for forex trading platforms with a wide selection of currency pairs from many regions, typically 50+, ensuring traders still have the opportunity to build a diverse portfolio.

Currency pairs available to trade at Pepperstone forex broker
Pepperstone – Forex Assets

We also look for instruments tailored to short-term traders, such as contracts for difference (CFDs). These allow you to speculate on rising and falling prices with leverage, increasing position sizes and potential returns or losses.

  • Pepperstone stands out with its huge range of over 90 currency pairs spanning majors, minors, crosses, exotics, and NDFs, including exposure to currencies in Africa.

Trading Fees

Choose a forex broker with low trading fees, something especially crucial for day traders who face significant costs from frequent transactions.

We regularly evaluate spreads on forex assets, including average spreads during peak trading hours where possible, for a more accurate cost assessment.

Additionally, we consider how these fees balance with the broker’s overall offering, including platform usability, market coverage, customer support, and other aspects impacting the forex trading experience.

  • IC Markets offers some of the best forex pricing in the industry with spreads from 0.0 pips, no requotes and deep liquidity. There are also no inactivity penalties or deposit/withdrawal charges.

Forex Platforms

Choose a forex trading platform you enjoy using with the tools you need.

You generally have two options: Proprietary, often web-based and user-friendly for beginners or third-party, most commonly MetaTrader 4 (MT4), built for forex trading with excellent charting and algo trading support, despite its dated interface.

Forex trading African currencies on AvaTrade charting platform
AvaTrade – Forex Platform

Given that platform preference is largely a personal decision, I recommend using a demo account to test the software before trading currencies with real money.

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James Barra
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  • AvaTrade outperforms most rivals here with in-house software we love, plus access to the dependable MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 platforms, catering to all types of forex traders.

Account Minimums

Choose a broker with an affordable minimum deposit.

Our extensive database of online brokers shows that most top platforms accept new traders with an initial deposit of <$100 (~1,400 BWP), while some have no minimum deposit, ideal for beginners.

However, our many years in the forex industry have taught us the importance of balancing the initial investment against platform quality, trading tools, market coverage, and the overall trading environment, as paying more can provide better tools for advanced traders, in particular.

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Tip: Consider a forex broker that supports popular payment methods in Botswana like PayPal for convenient deposits and withdrawals. PayPal’s partnership with First National Bank (FNB) enables direct transfers from PayPal to FNB accounts.
  • Trade Nation is a standout option with no minimum deposit, PayPal support, and a great selection of base currencies.

Methodology

To identify the best forex brokers that accept traders from Botswana we leveraged our comprehensive database of nearly 500 trading firms and prioritized several areas:

  • We confirmed they accept forex traders from Botswana.
  • We checked they offer currency pairs of interest to traders in Botswana.
  • We selected brokers with low forex trading fees and no hidden charges.
  • We favored brokers with excellent trading platforms and apps following our hands-on tests.
  • We chose brokers with an accessible minimum deposit of <$100, alongside support for local payment methods.

DayTrading.com broker testing methodology overview

FAQ

Yes, forex trading is legal in Botswana. Residents of Botswana can speculate on the value of currencies using an online broker.

Who Regulates Forex Trading In Botswana?

The Bank of Botswana (BoB) and the Non-Bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (NBFIRA) oversee forex trading in Botswana. The NBFIRA, in particular, is focused on regulating non-bank financial entities, such as brokerages.

However, traders in Botswana often open accounts with international forex trading platforms, many of whom have long track records of 10+ years in the industry, authorization from trusted regulators, and excellent reputations.

How Much Money Do I Need To Start Trading Forex In Botswana?

The amount of money you need to start trading forex in Botswana can vary widely depending on the broker you choose.

That said, we’ve analyzed close to 500 brokers and found most of the best forex platforms accepting traders from Botswana have a minimum deposit of <$100, around 1,400 Botswanan Pula.

Some forex firms also stand out for their zero deposit requirements, such as Pepperstone and OANDA, making them excellent options for beginners.

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