Pepperstone cryptocurrency trading – October 2018 review

Trade CFDs on bitcoin, Ether, Dash and Litecoin without having to buy any cryptos.

Pepperstone is an Australian online forex and CFD broker that provides traders around the world with access to more than 72 asset classes on global markets. Founded in 2010, Pepperstone offers multiple trading platforms and has offices in Melbourne, Dallas, Shanghai, Bangkok and London.

In 2017, Pepperstone announced that it would begin offering CFD trading on six popular global cryptocurrencies including bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Dash (DASH) and Litecoin (LTC). Read on to find out more about how you can trade cryptocurrency CFDs with Pepperstone and how to work out whether Pepperstone is the right trading platform for your needs.

Product Name Pepperstone Cryptocurrency CFDs
Fiat Currencies AUD, EUR, CAD, CHF, GBP, JPY, NZD, SGD, USD, HKD
Cryptocurrencies BTC, BCH, ETH, LTC, DASH
Deposit Methods Wire transfer
Interac e-Transfer
Interac Online
Flexepin
Trading Fee
Deposit Fees
Withdrawal Fees

Pros

  • Leverage of up to 5:1
  • Trade cryptocurrencies from your regular Pepperstone account and trading platform
  • 6 major cryptos available
  • No need to purchase or own any cryptocurrency
  • No commission fees
  • The ability to hedge on a single account

Cons

  • Losses may exceed your deposits when trading CFDs
  • No information on spreads available on website
Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of cryptocurrency or any specific provider, service or offering. It is not a recommendation to trade. Cryptocurrencies are speculative, complex and involve significant risks – they are highly volatile and sensitive to secondary activity. Performance is unpredictable and past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before relying on this information. You should also verify the nature of any product or service (including its legal status and relevant regulatory requirements) and consult the relevant Regulators' websites before making any decision. Finder, or the author, may have holdings in the cryptocurrencies discussed.

What is Pepperstone?

Pepperstone is a Melbourne-based ECN forex and CFD broker that provides online trading services to customers in over 65 countries. It allows its customers to trade forex with spreads starting from 0.0 pips, index CFDs, precious metals, energy commodities and soft commodities.

Its cryptocurrency CFDs can be accessed across all of its trading platforms – Meta Trader 4, Meta Trader 5 and cTrader.

Which cryptocurrencies can I trade?

Pepperstone allows you to trade the following cryptocurrencies against the US dollar (USD):

  • Bitcoin (BTC)
  • Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
  • Ether (ETH)
  • Ripple (XRP)
  • Dash (DASH)
  • Litecoin (LTC)

This allows you to take advantage of cryptocurrency market moves without actually owning any of the coins listed above or having to open a wallet to store your coins.

Leverage of up to 5:1 is available; however, it’s essential that you’re fully aware of all the risks involved in CFD trading, not to mention the volatility of cryptocurrencies, before placing any orders.

Available countries

Pepperstone offers its brokerage services to customers in over 65 countries, including Australia.

Which payment methods are accepted?

Pepperstone allows you to deposit funds into your trading account via the following methods:

  • Wire transfer
  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • POLi
  • Qiwi
  • Fasapay
  • Webmoney
  • PayPal
  • China Union Pay

How much will it cost me to use Pepperstone?

There are two basic account types you can choose from with Pepperstone:

  • Standard Account. There are no commissions charged on trades from these accounts.
  • Razor Account. A commission of AUD$3.50 is charged on every 100,000 base currency traded.

One of the key costs involved in CFD trading is the spread. At the time of writing, Pepperstone did not list any details of the spreads on cryptocurrency CFDs on its website, so contact the broker directly for more information.

Pepperstone does not charge any fees for most deposit methods. However, standard credit/debit card deposits incur a 1.8% fee for AUD deposits and a 3% fee for all other currencies. Qiwi deposits attract a 3% fee.

Withdrawal fees may apply, as outlined in the table below:

Withdrawal method Fee (shown in AUD unless otherwise indicated)
Verified by Visa $0
MasterCard SecureCode $0
PayPal $0 (if withdrawing the original deposit amount)3% (for withdrawal amounts above the original deposit amount)
Skrill US$1
Australian bank wire withdrawals $0
International bank wire withdrawals $20

How fast will my funds be available?

The time it takes for your currency to be available in your trading account varies depending on the deposit method you choose. Average processing times are shown in the table below:

Payment method Processing time
Verified by Visa Instant
MasterCard SecureCode Instant
Credit / Debit card Instant
PayPal Instant
Poli Instant
China Union Pay Instant
Bank transfer 2 to 3 business days for international deposits, 1 business day for domestic Australian deposits
BPay 1 to 2 business days
Skrill Instant
Neteller Instant
Qiwi Instant
Fasapay Instant
Broker to broker 3 to 5 business days

Are there any transfer limits?

You’ll need to deposit a minimum of AUD$200 in order to open a Pepperstone trading account.

Is it safe to use Pepperstone?

Pepperstone is licensed and regulated by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). To ensure the security of client funds, it maintains segregated client accounts with National Australia Bank (Australia) and Barclays (UK).

The company’s privacy policy is also available on its website.

Customer support

If you ever need help with your Pepperstone trading account, Pepperstone offers 24-hour customer support. You can access support via:

  • A live support centre with a range of frequently asked questions
  • Live chat
  • Email (support@pepperstone.com)
  • Telephone (1300 033 375)

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Leverage of up to 5:1
  • Trade cryptocurrencies from your regular Pepperstone account and trading platform
  • Six major cryptos available
  • No need to open a wallet or actually purchase any cryptocurrency
  • No commission fees
  • The ability to hedge on a single account

Cons

  • Cryptocurrencies are volatile, and potential losses are magnified when trading CFDs
  • Losses may exceed your deposits
  • No information on spreads available on website

Next steps

If you’ve compared a range of options and decided that you’d like to trade cryptocurrency CFDs with Pepperstone, you can sign up for a live account via the Pepperstone website. You can get started by providing your name, contact information and proof of ID, and it takes around six minutes to complete an application.

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Tim Falk

A freelance writer with a passion for the written word, Tim loves helping Australians find the right home loans and savings accounts. When he's not chained to a computer, Tim can usually be found exploring the great outdoors.

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