By Jeffrey Cammack Author Information Updated: July 2, 2020

To get started with Forex trading, you will need to choose a broker. Forex trading is a popular form of investment in Malaysia due to its low barrier of entry. Unlike trading equities, Forex trading has low deposit requirements to get started, which is a large part of the appeal.

Forex brokers have different minimum deposit requirements but are also different in other ways. Forex brokers can support different Forex trading platforms, which is the software that connects traders to the Forex market. They also have different trading conditions, which affects how much it costs you to make a trade.

The best Forex brokers will be regulated by one or more regulator. There are a few well-respected international regulators and the Securities Commission of Malaysia (SCM) also offers local regulation. Trading with a broker regulated by the SCM will provide local protection, but Malaysian residents are not required to trade with SCM regulated brokers.

Below is our list of the best Forex brokers in Malaysia. Because no single broker is best for everyone, this list represents the best overall brokers as well as those that excel in specific areas that benefit all traders in 2020.

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  • Broker
    FXTM

    FXTM  - Most Trusted Broker

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    FCA FCA
    FSC FSC
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    1110.50
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 10
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    FXTM is an award-winning ECN/STP broker popular with beginner traders and experienced traders alike. Its popularity is due to the very wide range of accounts types, from instant execution accounts with very low minimum deposits to ultra-low spread ECN accounts - MT4 is supported across all account types and MT5 is available on the ECN accounts. An Islamic option is available for all account types but only on the MT4 platform.

    With recognition from the FCA and CySec, excellent training material, and 24/7 customer support, FXTM is a great broker for all traders.

    Pros

    • Good for beginners
    • Excellent education
    • Well regulated
    • Low minimum deposit

    Cons

    • Expensive withdrawals
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Cent Account 1.5 pips None Instant USD 10 Account Details
    Standard Account 1.3 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
    ECN Zero Account 1.5 pips None Market USD 200 Account Details
    ECN Account 0.1 pips $2.00 Market USD 500 Account Details
    FXTM Pro Account 0.0 pips None Market USD 25000 Account Details
  • Broker
    Tickmill

    Tickmill  - Best Overall Broker

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    FCA FCA
    FSA-Seychelles FSA-Seychelles
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11111
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 100
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    Tickmill offers very low spreads and commission, a 30 USD welcome bonus for all new traders, fast market execution on the MT4 platform and has an excellent reputation in the industry.

    All accounts can be converted to Islamic accounts and all clients have access to free AutoChartist and Copy Trading (via Myfxbook) - great tools for traders of all experience levels. A regular winner of trade execution and trading conditions awards, Tickmill has the reputation, and the performance, traders should look for in a broker.

    Pros

    • Tight spreads
    • Well regulated
    • Fast and free withdrawals
    • Wide range of assets

    Cons

    • MT4 only
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Classic 1.6 pips None Market USD 100 Account Details
    Pro 0.0 pips Variable Market USD 100 Account Details
    VIP 0.0 pips Variable Market USD 50000 Account Details
  • Broker
    OctaFX

    OctaFX  - Best cTrader Broker

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 50
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    OctaFX is a client-focused, international broker with a loyal following of Malaysian traders. The website is fully translated into Bahasa Melayu and OctaFX are always running competitions and promotions for Malaysian clients; these include a 50% first deposit bonus, demo trading contests with cash prizes and frequent lottery giveaways (prizes include scooters, laptops and other gadgets).

    An Islamic option is available for all account types and new traders will like the excellent analytical section and range of useful trading tools such as AutoChartist, copy trading and an account monitoring service that lets beginners learn anonymously from successful traders. Trader education for beginners is well-presented and platform support is almost unbeatable, with MT4, MT5 and cTrader all offered.

    Pros

    • Great platform choice
    • Fast and free withdrawals
    • Copy trading accounts

    Cons

    • Limited education
    • Restrictive account types
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    cTrader ECN 0.0 pips $3.00 Market USD 100 Account Details
    MT4 Micro 0.4 pips None Market USD 100 Account Details
    MT5 Pro 0.2 pips None Market USD 500 Account Details
  • Broker
    MarketsX

    MarketsX  - Most Assets Available

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    ASIC ASIC
    FSCA FSCA
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110.5
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 250
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    Marketsx is a premium trading platform. It’s operated by Markets.com and offers traders fast, low-cost trading on over 2,200 financial instruments. Marketsx provides CFD trading on global stock, forex, commodity, indices, cryptocurrency, ETF and bond markets. Clients in Malaysia can take advantage of the swap-free Islamic account on offer.

    The proprietary Marketx trading platform is packed full of features and trading tools and is optimised for lightning execution. As well as in-depth charting and asset comparison tools, Marketsx also gives traders a wealth of decision-supporting data with sentiment tools, tutorials, and regular live-streamed, expert analysis.

    Pros

    • Well regulated
    • Tight spreads
    • Wide range of assets
    • Fast and free withdrawals

    Cons

    • High minimum deposit
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Live 0.9 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
  • Broker
    AvaTrade

    AvaTrade  - Best ASIC Broker

    REGULATED BY
    ASIC ASIC
    FSCA FSCA
    B.V.I FSC B.V.I FSC
    FSA FSA
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11111
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 100
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    Good value, beginner-friendly and hugely respected all over the world, AvaTrade is one of the most reputable brokers in the industry. With support for the leading trading platforms, great trading conditions on Islamic accounts and top-quality multilingual support, AvaTrade has built a brand on a solid reputation and continues to please its many new and existing customers.  

    AvaTrade offers trading in Forex, commodities, cryptocurrencies, exchange-traded funds, options, bonds, and equities and is a good choice for any type of forex trader ranging from beginners to scalpers and intraday traders to long-term traders.

    Pros

    • Good for beginners
    • Well regulated
    • Low minimum deposit

    Cons

    • Dealing desk
    • Limited education
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Islamic 1.2 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
    Professional 0.9 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
    Retail 0.9 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
  • Broker
    eToro

    eToro  - Best Social Broker

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    FCA FCA
    ASIC ASIC
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11000
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 200
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms
    • etoro

    eToro pioneered social trading in 2012 and has been widely recognised for making the social trading experience as smooth and engaging as possible. eToro has since grown to become one of the largest Forex brokers in the world, and its success has made it clear that many traders view an active and helpful community as an essential part of their trading strategy.

    eToro's trading model is quite different from most other brokers and may take some time to get accustomed to, but if you are looking for a fun and simple social trading experience, then eToro is the best.

    Pros

    • Well regulated
    • Good for beginners
    • Innovative trading tools

    Cons

    • Limited education
    • Wide spreads
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Professional 1.0 pips None Market EUR 200 Account Details
    Standard 1.0 pips None Market USD 200 Account Details
  • Broker
    HotForex

    HotForex  - Most Assets Available

    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    FCA FCA
    FSCA FSCA
    DFSA DFSA
    FSC FSC
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110.5
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 5
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    HotForex is an award-winning, global broker and has a reputation for client satisfaction. 

    Trading conditions are varied across four account types, but spreads are generally tight (and are often zero pips on the market execution account). All accounts are also available as Islamic accounts, and HotForex also offers copy-trading and managed accounts.  All clients have a dedicated account manager, and deposits and withdrawals are free no matter the funding method.

    HotForex has managed to attract a broad-based global clientele by offering multiple language capabilities and has a dedicated Malaysian team.

    Pros

    • Low minimum deposit
    • Tight spreads
    • Well regulated
    • Good range of accounts

    Cons

    • Limited base currencies
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Micro 1.0 pips None Market USD 5 Account Details
    Islamic 1.0 pips None Market USD 100 Account Details
    Premium 1.0 pips None Market USD 100 Account Details
    Auto 1.0 pips None Market USD 200 Account Details
    Zero 0.0 pips $3.00 Market USD 200 Account Details
    HFCopy 1.0 pips None Market USD 300 Account Details
    Premium Pro 1.0 pips None Market USD 5000 Account Details
  • Broker
    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    ASIC ASIC
    IFSC IFSC
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110.5
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 5
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    XM Group (XM) is a full dealing desk broker which offers floating spreads and suits all kinds of traders.  XM offers swap-free Islamic accounts as well as a variety of other account types to suit traders.  It is a perfect broker for scalpers, intraday traders as well as long-term traders because of the tight spreads, fast execution times and good analysis software.  XM has a low minimum deposit making this broker accessible for traders just starting out.

    Pros

    • Well regulated
    • Excellent education
    • Wide range of assets
    • Fast and free withdrawals

    Cons

    • Dealing desk
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Micro 1.0 pips None Instant USD 5 Account Details
    Standard 1.0 pips None Instant USD 5 Account Details
    XM Ultra Low 0.6 pips None Instant USD 50 Account Details
    XM Zero 0.6 pips $7.00 Instant USD 100 Account Details
  • REGULATED BY
    FCA FCA
    ASIC ASIC
    DFSA DFSA
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110.5
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 200
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    Founded in 2010, Pepperstone is an Australian ECN broker known for tight spreads, fast trade execution and broad trading platform support. As our highest rated pure ECN broker, if you want to pay a small commission for tighter spreads, you won't find much better than Pepperstone.

    Pepperstone's award-winning 24-hour support provides the foundation for its excellent customer service, where personalised assistance is available via a number of methods. It won the fastest-growing company award (2014) in Australia, from BRW Magazine and in the same year, emerged as the winner of the Governor of Victoria Export Awards cementing its reputation as a serious contender in the industry.

    Pros

    • Well regulated
    • Tight spreads
    • Great platform choice
    • Wide range of assets

    Cons

    • High minimum deposit
    • Limited market analysis
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Razor 0.0 pips AUD$ 7 ECN USD 200 Account Details
    Standard 1.0 pips None ECN USD 200 Account Details
    Swap-free 1.0 pips None ECN USD 200 Account Details
  • REGULATED BY
    FCA FCA
    ASIC ASIC
    FSCA FSCA
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110.5
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 250
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    The world's number one broker, and our highest-ranked broker, IG Markets have a very impressive product offering. A market-maker broker, IG Markets only offers the single account for Forex trading (also available as an Islamic account), but spreads are tight and educational and analytical materials are excellent. A wide choice of platform - including MT4 - is also available and customer service is world-class. 

    With regulation from the FCA and ASIC, and winner of the Broker of the Year 2018 (UK Forex Awards) and Best CFD Provider 2017 (Investment and Wealth Management Awards), IG Markets is an easy choice for both beginner and experienced traders.

    Pros

    • Well regulated
    • Tight spreads
    • Great platform choice
    • Excellent education
    • Excellent market analysis

    Cons

    • High minimum deposit
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Live Account 0.6 pips None Instant USD 250 Account Details
    Spread Betting 0.6 pips None Instant USD 250 Account Details
  • Broker
    REGULATED BY
    FCA FCA
    CySEC CySEC
    FSCA FSCA
    DFSA DFSA
    SCB SCB
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110.5
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 100
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    FXPro is one of the largest and most trusted brokers in the industry and, as such, are an excellent choice for new traders. Education for beginners is best-in-class and all three account types are available as Islamic accounts.

    With MT4, MT5, cTrader and a browser-based platform, a reasonable 100 USD opening deposit and outstanding customer service, FxPro offer competitive spreads to match profitability with security. 

    Pros

    • Well regulated
    • Great platform choice
    • Tight spreads

    Cons

    • Limited education
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    FxPro cTrader 0.45 pips $4.50 Market USD 100 Account Details
    FxPro MT4 1.2 pips None Market USD 100 Account Details
    FxPro MT5 1.52 pips None Market USD 100 Account Details
    Islamic 1.2 pips Variable Market USD 100 Account Details
  • REGULATED BY
    ASIC ASIC
    CySEC CySEC
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11110.5
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 100
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    FP Markets is a great Australian broker with simple account options and an exciting set of tools for traders with higher minimum deposits. Bonus schemes, including deposit and no-deposit bonuses, are frequently available and Islamic accounts are available on both the MT4 and MT5 platforms.

    Spreads are tight, even on the Standard Account, and the lack of dealing desk intervention for all accounts removes any concern over conflict of interest.

    Pros

    • Well regulated
    • Tight spreads
    • Good range of accounts
    • Great customer support

    Cons

    • Expensive withdrawals
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Standard IRESS N/A pips $10 AUD min, then 0.1% STP USD 1,000 Account Details
    Platinum IRESS N/A pips $9 AUD min, then 0.09% STP USD 25,000 Account Details
    Premier IRESS N/A pips No min, then 0.08% STP USD 50,000 Account Details
    RAW 0.0 pips $3.50 STP USD 100 Account Details
    Standard 1.0 pips None STP USD 100 Account Details
  • Broker
    REGULATED BY
    CySEC CySEC
    FSC FSC
    FSA-Seychelles FSA-Seychelles
    Trading Desk Type
    Trading Conditions
    11111
    Minimum Deposit
    USD 100
    Customer Support
    • Website Language: English
    • Support Language: English
    Trading Platforms

    BDSwiss is a highly-rated broker, popular with both beginner and experienced traders. A wide range of account types is available, including a new subscription-based Raw Spread Account, which offers very tight spreads and no commission in return for a monthly payment.

    All accounts are available as Islamic accounts and experienced traders will also like with the Black Account, which includes free AutoChartist and one-on-one support. MT4 and MT5 are both supported and educational and analytical material are both excellent. Overall, BDSwiss is a good choice for all kinds of Forex traders and we are curious to see if the subscription model catches on.

    Pros

    • Tight spreads
    • Good for beginners
    • Wide range of assets

    Cons

    • Expensive withdrawals
    • Limited market analysis
    Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
    Basic 1.5 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
    RAW Spread 0.0 pips None Instant USD 200 Account Details
    Black 1.1 pips None Instant USD 10000 Account Details

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Choosing A Forex Broker

Forex trading in Malaysia is increasingly popular but many people are still concerned about the regulatory environment and the legality of the industry.

As far as regulation of Forex brokers is concerned, the Malaysian regulatory setup is in its infancy and hampered by decades of paranoia over the strength of the Ringgit. There is still some confusion over who is the actual regulatory authority for Forex brokers: The Bank Negara Malaysia is responsible for the Ringgit, while the Securities Commission of Malaysia oversees and licenses financial companies – but neither company holds responsibility for regulating Forex brokers.

To add further confusion, many Forex brokers operating in Malaysia are regulated by the Labuan Financial Services Authority (LFSA), the regulatory body for the Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (LIBFC). The LIBFC, based on the island of Labuan off the Borneo coast, was created in 1990 by the Malaysian government as a free trade zone and financial centre. Labuan is widely seen as a business-friendly environment, anchored by a simple and attractive tax system and the LFSA has a robust, modern and internationally recognised legal framework.

In reality, most Forex brokers operating in Malaysia remain regulated offshore. It is easier to comply with local regulations by saying that retail Forex trading with an offshore brokerage is considered foreign investment. Since most Forex trading in Malaysia does not involve the Ringgit, the regulatory agencies tend to ignore the vast majority of Forex brokers and traders in the country.

As long as you are not physically exchanging the Ringgit for foreign currency, or asking others to do the same through your business, the Malaysian regulatory agencies will not get involved.

This lack of local regulatory oversight leads to another problem though: there are many Forex brokers operating in Malaysia that are poorly regulated, or not regulated at all, and many of these are fraudulent. Therefore, it is important to make sure that any broker you choose to work with is regulated by one of the major international regulatory bodies (such as ASIC, CySec or the FCA).

Choosing a Forex Broker in Malaysia

You should always choose a Forex broker carefully to ensure that you get one that suits you best. We are going to look at the various factors you need to consider before choosing a broker, these are:

  • Regulation
  • Type of Broker
  • Trading Accounts
  • Demo Account
  • Spreads
  • Leverage
  • Trading Tools
  • Customer Service
  • Bonuses

Regulation

As mentioned previously, regulation is critical and the first thing to look for when choosing a broker is how well-regulated they are; this will determine how well protected you are as a customer. Before you start trading make sure that your broker is well regulated and considered safe by the wider Forex trading community. We never review a broker that we consider unsafe or untrustworthy and will always highlight where and how they are regulated.

Types of Forex Brokers

There are two distinct business models for Forex brokers, and they mean a very different trading experience for customers.

Brokers can generally be separated into two major categories:

  • Dealing Desk Brokers (DD) or Market Makers;
  • Non-Dealing Desk Brokers (NDD) which can be divided into two categories:
    • Electronic Communication Network (ECN);
    • Electronic Communication Network/Straight Through Processing (ECN/STP);

 

Different Types of Forex Brokers

Dealing Desk Brokers

Dealing Desk Brokers, also called market makers, are brokers who set their own price rates for currency transactions. In essence, a dealing desk broker will always be the counterparty to your trade. This means that all dealing desk brokers trade against their own client base.

In a Dealing Desk environment, there is an obvious conflict of interest because the Forex broker makes money not only from charging you on the spread, but they also profit from your losing trades. However, the main advantage of choosing a Dealing Desk Broker is that they generally have lower minimum deposit requirements and will not charge commission.

Non-Dealing Desk Brokers

TThe Non-Dealing Desk market environment is designed to give traders true market pricing and execution with no price re-quotes. Unlike dealing desk brokers, a non-dealing desk broker will not act as counterparty to your trade and will post your trade directly to the market. The main disadvantage of non-dealing desk brokers is that the required minimum deposit is usually higher, and commission is charged on trades.

ECN Brokers

ECN (Electronic Communication Network) brokers are so-called because they rely on a network of market participants (usually large lenders such as banks) to serve as counterparties to Forex trades. When you post a trade with an ECN they will find a third-party to take the other side of your trade, removing the conflict of interest present with a market maker.

ECN brokers will have tight spreads (and will charge commission on trades) but if there is not enough liquidity to execute your order, you’ll often get re-quotes.

ECN/STP Brokers

STP is short for Straight Through Processing – with STP your order is sent directly to the counterparty through the Financial Information Exchange (FIX) protocol. The FIX protocol decreases trade execution time, reduces slippage and ensures that traders get the best available pricing.

An ECN/STP Forex broker operates the same way as an ECN broker does but with less chance of getting requoted on your trade. Some STP brokers will also act as a market maker if your order cannot be executed by the interbank market.

The main disadvantage of an STP Forex Broker is that you’ll receive dynamic (varying) spreads depending on market volatility and available liquidity.

Trading Accounts

Brokers will often have different tiers of accounts for you to select from. The more capital you intend to deposit with the broker, the tighter spreads you will receive and the higher leverage you will get. You will also have more access to account managers, data and signals.

Some basic trading accounts have a required minimum deposit of only 5 USD (20 MYR) but generally, most will be between 100 USD (4000 MYR) and 500 USD (20,000 MYR). I would always recommend that you only deposit money that you are comfortable losing because while trading can be very profitable, it is a high-risk venture.

Demo Accounts

Forex brokers will also have demo accounts, which are free accounts where you can practice your strategies and trading.

Demo accounts are important for beginners as well as for experienced traders who want to test different trading strategies. Some demo accounts are time-limited and after the demo period expires you will be encouraged to sign up for a funded account. Most brokers will allow you to keep your demo account once you have opened a live account.

Spreads

The spread is the difference between the buying price and the selling price of a currency. This difference is where a broker makes their money. As discussed above, direct market access brokers will charge a commission and have tighter spreads whereas market maker brokers will have no commission and wider spreads. Spreads will also change depending on a broker’s deal with their liquidity provider. We will go into more detail on spreads and commission and the bottom of this page.

Leverage

Leverage is additional capital borrowed from a liquidity provider and enables traders to open larger positions than would be possible with their existing account balance. It is presented as a ratio (such as 50:1 or 200:1)

Leverage is used because the movements in the currency markets are very small, so if retail traders did not use leverage their gains would be tiny. Brokers usually offer leverage anywhere from 100:1 to 1000:1, the exact amount you receive will depend on which liquidity provider your broker uses and your experience as a trader.

Leverage is dangerous because it not only maximises your profits, but it also maximises your losses. It’s advisable for retail traders with little experience to start with lower leverage because the risk exposure at higher levels can be significant. As you gain more experience and your broker sees that you are trading successfully, they may offer you increased leverage on your account.

Trading Tools at Forex Brokers

Brokers usually offer forex tools like calculators, economic calendars as well as trading signals so that you have easy access to as much information as possible.  When you sign up with a broker, ask your account manager what tools you will have access to for free, and what they will charge you for. This is often posted on their website but having this discussion with the broker before you have made your first deposit will often get you more free tools than is standard.

Customer Service

It is important that you choose a broker that has excellent customer service. All brokers offer customer service 5 days a week, but it is only a select few that will give you access to a dedicated account manager and weekend assistance. For some brokers this will require a larger minimum deposit and access to the higher levels of account tiers. Make sure your broker offers customer support in your preferred method of communication – whether that’s chat, email or telephone. eToro, for instance, no longer offers live customer support and operates a ticket system for all queries and problems.

Signup Bonuses

There is controversy over whether giving bonuses to first-time traders should be allowed. European regulators have recently banned the practice, and it looks like the Australian regulator will soon follow suit, while others around the world still allow it. Some brokers offer bonuses based on the amount that you deposit in your account, and others give you offers or run tournaments. Some offer no deposit bonuses to get you started.

Important note: Do not rely on bonuses because they are often come with fine print and are used as a mechanism to drive in new customers.  You will often not be able to withdraw them without trading with a broker for many months.

Forex Risk Disclaimer

Trading Forex and CFDs is not suitable for all investors as it carries a high degree of risk to your capital: 75-90% of retail investors lose money trading these products. 

Forex and CFD transactions involve high risk due to the following factors: Over-leveraging, unpredictable market volatility, slippage arising from a lack of liquidity, inadequate trading knowledge or experience, and a lack of regulatory protection for clients.

Traders should not deposit any money that is not disposable. Regardless of how much research you have done, or how confident you are in your trade, there is always a substantial risk of loss. (Learn more from the FCA or from ASIC)

Our Methodology

Our State of the Market Report and Broker Directory are the result of extensive research on over 100 Forex brokers. The explicit goal of these resources is to help traders find the best Malaysian Forex brokers – and steer them away from the worst ones – with the benefit of accurate and up-to-date information.

With over 150 data points on each broker and over 3000 hours of research and review writing, we believe we have succeeded in our goal. 

In a world where trading conditions and customer support can vary based on where you live, our broker reviews focus on the local trader and give you information about these brokers from a Malaysian perspective.

All research has been conducted by our in-house team of researchers and writers, gathering information from various company representatives, websites and by sifting through the fine print. Learn more about how we rank brokers

FAQs

I am a beginner trader, what should I look for in a broker?

As a beginner trader, choose a broker with an unlimited demo account, as this will give you the opportunity to practice before making a deposit. Limited demo accounts usually expire after 1-3 weeks, which is not enough time to learn how to profit from CFD trading.

Beginner traders also need structured and comprehensive educational support, and each broker varies significantly in what material they provide. The minimum you should accept is some general videos and articles, but some brokers have invested in creating small trading universities that include video material as well as live webinars hosted by experts and one-on-one support in some cases.

Each of our reviews has a section on the educational content to help beginner traders decide the best path forward.

How do I know I can trust a Forex broker?

Four things should be considered when determining if a broker may be trusted – regulation, trade execution method, client funds management, and industry recognition of their achievements.

The more major regulators the broker group is regulated by, the more oversight the group has. The number of regulators overseeing their processes gives a strong indication of the level of trust the government regulatory agencies have in them.

It is more of a concern if fewer major regulators regulate a market maker. Therefore, a heavily regulated market maker is considered more reputable than one with lesser regulation. It is noteworthy that some market makers have strong reputations and lots of client resources.

The execution method of trades is another component because if the broker profits from your loss – as is the case with market maker brokers – this can be seen as making the broker less trustworthy.

Most regulators require strict processes to keep client funds safe. This process includes placing client funds in segregated accounts at major banks in the local jurisdiction. Segregated bank accounts that are audited every evening means that client funds are protected against any bankruptcy.

Industry awards are given to brokers from journalists, financial watchdog organisations and their peers. While it can be argued that these award ceremonies are biased, they remain the best gauge industry recognition.

Do brokers trade against you?

If the broker is a market maker, then they are the market and will be trading against you by being the counterparty to your trade to create the liquidity you need. Since a vast majority of trades by retail traders are lost, a market maker is making money in most client trades. Direct Market Access (DMA) brokers do not have any conflict of interest and do not trade against you.

How do brokers make money?

Market Makers will make money only from the spread – the difference between the buying and selling price of the currency pair. Since a Market Maker will become the counterparty to any trade, they will also make money when clients lose trades.

DMA brokers will make money from a tight spread and a commission, which is calculated on a per lot amount.

How to deposit with a broker?

Each broker is going to have different deposit methods, but all will have a deposit by credit/debit card and bank transfer option alongside various online wallet methods (i.e. Skrillex, Neteller, etc.)  On occasion, brokers will accept Bitcoin deposits in additional to traditional currency.

Which broker should I choose?

Traders have different requirements of Forex brokers, and thus there is no single best choice. This is how we compare them, and we offer insight into your choices. At the top of this article, there is a list of those that we believe are the best brokers for traders based on their reputation, platform, trading conditions and resources available to beginners.

How can I report scam brokers?

If you believe you have been scammed by your broker, the first thing to do is follow the steps on the Bank Negara Malaysia’s complaints checklist. We have a report a scam broker form which we use to gather information so that we get the word out.  If you have been scammed, please complete the form.

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Trading Forex and CFDs is not suitable for all investors and comes with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 75-90% of retail investors lose money trading these products. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
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