Platform Insight Account Currency USD vs ZAR

Arguably the most asked question; should I trade in USD vs ZAR? What are the benefits, pros, cons and minimum trading volume? Are Forex brokers with ZAR accounts safer options when it comes to trading currency?

BlackStone Futures offer both South African Rand (R/ZAR) and United States Dollar ($/USD) as account base currency. Both offer a wide range of trading assets; Forex. Stocks, Commodities, Indices and Cryptocurrency. Brokers with ZAR account types offer you the same asset class as USD.

View live USD to ZAR exchange rate: USD ZAR

What is the Minimum Lot size?

  • ZAR: 0.01 = R0.01 ($0.0007)
  • USD: 0.01 = $0.10 (R1,14)

As clearly indicated, ZAR based accounts offer a significantly lower risk per pip when compared to the USD alternative.

brokers with zar account in south africa

Leverage and margin requirement is are equal for both account types.

One major benefit with a ZAR based account is the absence of exchange fluctuation and risk you run into with a Dollar account. A broker with ZAR accounts available is not as common as you might think.

A USD account should only be considered if you are an experienced trader with a high deposit value looking to take advantage of a positive currency exchange when depositing and withdrawing. The time between deposits and withdrawals also play a key factor.

Small deposits, low risk per point, frequent withdrawals/deposits without exchange risk are the key benefits to why you should trade in ZAR vs USD. Do not have the misconception that USD is always the superior choice due to being a “stronger” currency. You should highly consider a broker with ZAR account as a base currency.


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