The minimum deposit requirement for clients in South Africa is ZAR 0. In other words, Pepperstone does not require a minimum deposit, which is consistent with the broker's global practice. Brokers that don't require a minimum deposit do so to encourage people to try their service without making a large initial commitment. At the same time, Pepperstone recommends that clients start trading with a minimum amount of ZAR 3000 (which, at the time of writing, is the equivalent of $200).
The fact that there is no minimum deposit required makes Pepperstone an ideal broker for clients in South Africa if they want to trade or invest with a smaller amount. Pepperstone is a good broker to start your investment journey with, as you can add more funds to your account later once you get more experienced in managing your investments.
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Pepperstone deposit fees and deposit methods
Pepperstone does not charge a deposit fee for South African clients, which is again consistent with their global practice. This is great because the broker won't deduct anything from your deposits and you only have to calculate with the costs charged by the bank / third-party service provider you use to send the money. If you want to know more about Pepperstone's fees, check out the fee chapter in our Pepperstone review.
In addition to not charging a deposit fee, Pepperstone offers a range of deposit methods to its clients. See how Pepperstone's deposit methods compare in South Africa with similar online brokers:
In South Africa Pepperstone offers the following deposit methods specifically:
- Bank transfer
The average transfer times for the different methods are:
- Wire transfer: 2-3 days
- Credit / debit card and online wallets: instant or a few hours
In our experience, depositing money to your Pepperstone account is not a user-friendly propcess compared to similar brokers. In our methodology, a user-friendly depositing process means that the interface is easy to use and figuring out where and how you have to make the transfer is straightforward.
ZAR is not available as a base currency at Pepperstone. If you deposit money to Pepperstone from South Africa in ZAR, the broker will convert your funds to one of the 9 base currencies it offers before you can start trading. Each trading account has a base currency, which means that the broker will hold your deposited money in that currency. At Pepperstone, you can open several trading accounts with different base currencies. Pepperstone supports 9 base currencies (AUD, USD, SGD, HKD, JPY, NZD, EUR, CHF, GBP), while XTB and Capital.com offer only 5.
Why does this matter? A currency conversion fee will be charged if you deposit in a different currency than the base currency of the target trading account. It's likely not a big deal but something you should be aware of. If you deposit in a major currency, the broker won't convert it. However, if you use a minor currency that is not supported, Pepperstone will convert your deposits and you will be charged a currency conversion fee.
A convenient way to save on currency conversion fees is to open a multi-currency digital bank account. At digital banks, the account opening only takes a few minutes after which you can upload your existing currency into your new account, exchange it in-app at great rates, then deposit it into your brokerage account for free or at minimal costs.
Steps of sending the minimum deposit from South Africa
The specific process of sending your minimum deposit to Pepperstone might vary slightly from the following, but generally the process involves the following steps:
Step 1: Open your broker account
At most brokers, you can open your trading account online. To open an account, you have to provide your personal details, like your place and date of birth and employment status, and there is also usually a test about your financial knowledge. The last step of the account opening is the verification of your identity and residency. For this, you usually have to upload a copy of your ID card and a document that validates your proof of residence, for example, a bank statement.
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Step 2: Make the deposit
Log into your trading account and find the depositing interface. After this, select one of the deposit methods the broker supports, enter the deposit amount and make the deposit.
The deposit methods can be one or more of the following:
- Bank transfer (sometimes called wire transfer): you have to add your bank account number in the deposit interface. The bank account has to be in your name. Start a bank transfer from your bank. The broker will give you a reference number that you'll have to enter as a comment in your transaction. This will allow them to identify your deposit.
- Credit or debit cards: just as with a normal online purchase, enter the card details. You can only use a card that's in your name. In some cases, like with IC Markets, you'll also need to verify your card by scanning it and sending it to the broker. This is an anti-money laundering measure on their end. Card payment is usually the preferred and most convenient way of depositing. Some brokers define a cap for card deposits, so for a larger amount you might have to use the bank transfer.
- Online wallets (i.e. Paypal, Skrill, Neteller, etc.): it works just like any other online purchase. The interface of the wallet will pop up where you'll have to enter your credentials (username and password) and carry out your transaction.
Step 3: Review your transaction
Before confirming the transaction, review all the data you entered to avoid making a mistake.
Depending on the method you choose, it might take a couple of days for your deposit to show up on your brokerage account. When it happens, the broker usually sends you an email to confirm receipt of the deposit.
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