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Who is Equiti?

Equiti is a fintech firm providing digital tech for trading financial assets on an online trading environment.

With hundreds of global specialists and 24/6 customer service in 6 languages, we provide access to individual, professional and institutional brokerage services across various affiliates and subsidiaries.

You are currently visiting Equiti Brokerage (Seychelles), which is regulated by the FSA (Seychelles Financial Services Authority).

We are a mark-to-market straight through processing (or ‘STP’) execution-only broker, licensed and regulated by the Seychelles Financial Services Authority (FSA). This means we do not take risk against our clients - all positions are sent directly to our liquidity providers.

Equiti Group’s global footprint includes local offices in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific regions.

The regulated entities within Equiti Group include Equiti Capital UK Ltd regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority; Equiti Group Limited Jordan regulated and licensed by the Jordan Securities Commission; Equiti Securities Currencies Brokers LLC regulated and licensed by UAE's Securities and Commodities Authority; EGM Securities (with FXPesa as its trading name) regulated and licensed by the Capital Markets Authority; Equiti Brokerage (Seychelles) regulated and licensed by the Seychelles Financial Services Authority; Equiti AM regulated and licensed by the Central Bank of Armenia; and Equiti Global Markets regulated and licensed by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC).

Our deep liquidity pool connects our clients to more than 35 liquidity providers including over 20 Tier 1 Banks and prime brokers.

Email support.sey@equiti.com or open our Live Chat to talk to our teams about your trading needs in English, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai or Tagalog. Additionally, for any questions you may have, you can refer to our support guide, which provides comprehensive information and guidance on our products and services.

General trading FAQs

What is online trading?

Online trading generally refers to buying and selling over-the-counter (OTC) securities (or ‘trading instruments’) via the internet or other electronic means - such as wireless access or touch-tone telephones. In most cases, customers access a brokerage firm's Client Portal (or website) through their regular Internet Service Provider. Once there, customers may consult provided information, monitor activity and place or close orders by logging into their personal, secure trading account.

No, anyone can trade online but it’s important to understand the risk involved with trading. CFDs are complex instruments that come with leverage, which can magnify losses as much as profit. We believe that having the right educational resources, understanding risk management and using a demo account can help anybody trade responsibly.

Although we provide customer support 24/6, Equiti is an execution-only broker and does not provide any advisory management or investment advice. We encourage all levels of traders to seek professional advice and utilise risk management.

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Arguably the most popular trading tool for reducing risk, stop loss orders are designed to limit loss on a security position that’s made an unfavourable move. When you place a stop-loss order with a broker, you’re requesting to close the position once the instrument reaches a certain price. This is helpful as it means your trades need less monitoring and can help to limit losses, particularly in volatile markets.

Please note that a stop-loss is not a guarantee because positions may be affected by price gaps over market closures, data release or other economic factors.

Trading CFDs is based on the speculation that the value of one asset will increase relative to another, which creates potential to maximise returns. However, there’s no guaranteed strategy or market that will always deliver profit. If your current broker says otherwise, check if they’re regulated!

Investing in global markets by purchasing forex, commodities, ETFs or other CFD products will free up your capital and give you the opportunity to profit - but we always encourage our clients to risk only what they can afford to lose. Markets are known to be unpredictable, which means both losses and profits can equally increase.

Spreads are measured in pips and show the difference between the buy and sell price. In trading, the ‘ask price’ (or ‘offer price’) means the price you’d like to buy at, and the ‘bid price’ is what you’d like to sell at. In practice, if EURUSD has a bid price of 1.55310 and an ask price of 1.55320, the spread would be 1 pip.

A pip, short for ‘point in percentage’, is a very small measure of change in a currency pair in the forex market. It can be measured in terms of the quote or the underlying currency. A pip is a standardised unit for the smallest amount by which a currency quote can change. It is usually 0.0001 and for JPY-pairs it’s usually 0.01. A fractional pip or point is equivalent to 1/10 of a pip. There are 10 points to every 1 pip.

We offer leverage through the use of margins, where we provide borrowed funds from our deep liquidity pool to increase your trading position. This means traders can increase their market exposure by paying a fraction of their initial investment (their deposit). In practice, 1:20 leverage means you can invest $10 and trade with $200 - allowing for higher potential gains AND losses. Make sure you understand your risk appetite. Try to minimise your losses by using stop loss tools or other risk management strategies - or experiment with leverage on our risk-free demo if you haven’t traded with it before.

We offer leverage up to 1:2000 on selected products, including precious metals, gold, oil & natural gas commodity CFDs.

CFD trading (or “Contract for Difference” trading) allows you to open positions on the price performance of an asset - without owning the asset directly. This means you have the flexibility to choose whether you think something’s value will go up or down.

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Account FAQs

What does it cost to open an Equiti account?

We don’t charge a cent. When you trade with Equiti, 100% of your deposit will go into your trading account - but please be aware that your service provider may charge you for wire transfers when making deposits.

At Equiti, we keep our pricing transparent and charge low-to-zero commission because our mission is to make financial markets accessible worldwide.

To register for an Equiti account, open the Equiti Portal, click “Open Account” and fill out your details. We’ll send you an email to verify your account, and then you’ll need to make your first deposit to start trading.

Check out our funding options for ways to pay.

An Equiti Account will give you access to trading on global financial markets. Use your login details to open the Equiti Portal, where you can manage your funds, contact support, monitor your trading activity, see live rates, and open a live or demo trading account.

You can deposit and withdraw funds securely into your Equiti Account with credit cards, eWallets, bank transfers, local solutions and crypto wallets. Learn more about our funding methods on our Deposits & Withdrawals page.

Yes, you can open a free demo account for online trading with simulated funds to test the platform and your trading strategies risk-free in live market conditions. Open a trading demo account by logging in to the Equiti Portal and selecting “Demo” under platforms. Demo accounts have access to our full list of products on trading platform MT5.

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Yes, all demo trading accounts expire if left inactive after 90 days.

Yes, you can reset your simulated trading balance by logging in to your Client Portal. We automatically set the balance to $10,000 in virtual funds on when you open a new demo.

You can open live or demo trading accounts by logging into the Equiti Portal. However, the simulated trades that you make in a demo account can not be turned into real trades. You will need to open a new position once you have registered for a live trading account and added your own funds. To register for a live Equiti account, open the Equiti Portal, click “Open Account” and fill out your details. We’ll send you an email to verify your account, and then you’ll need to make your first deposit to start trading.

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Yes, you can have up to 3 active demo trading accounts at Equiti. All trading demos are valid for 90 days. You can use your demo to test real trading strategies on live markets, with full access to all products. However, trades made on demo accounts will only be simulated. You cannot profit from demo trades.

The basic contract unit of the Retail Foreign Exchange is called a lot. The standard lot size is 100,000 units of the base currency (1st currency in the currency pair). You can also trade multiples or fractions of ‘lots’ - such as micro lots of 0.01, which are 100th of a standard trading unit. The minimum trading volume that we offer at Equiti is 0.01 lot.

Financing FAQs

How do I fund my trading account?

You can deposit and withdraw funds securely into your Equiti Account with credit cards, eWallets, bank transfers, local solutions and crypto wallets. Learn more about our funding methods on our Deposits & Withdrawals page.

Platform FAQs

What is MT5?

MT5 (or MetaTrader 5) is a powerful and secure trading platform that followed MT4. While MT4 was optimised for forex trading, MT5 is designed to support multiple asset classes and offers more features and trading tools.

It provides tools and resources that allow traders to analyse price & place, manage their trades and even employ automated trading techniques.

All markets are available on MT5 to make your trading journey as seamless as possible. Buy and sell trading CFDs from global financial markets including forex, shares, indices, commodities, futures, ETFs & cryptocurrencies.

Open an Equiti trading account to start making trades on MT5. All you need to do is register for an account, then you can either fund a live trading account or open a trading demo account within our Portal. If you’d like to know more about opening an account with Equiti, please visit our Trading Account page.

You can practice trading strategies and explore MT5 cost-free by opening a trading demo account. Each demo comes with $10,000 in virtual funds and full product access. All you need to do is set up your account profile, no verification or deposits required.

Product FAQs

What products can I trade?

Equiti offers instant access to global financial exchanges with major markets packaged into one trading platform. Explore opportunities in FX pairs, commodities like gold, digital currencies, shares, ETFs and indices. We offer rolling and future contracts on selected products with spreads from 0.0 pips and leverage up to 1:2000.

Trading products are assets that you can trade online via a broker, such as FX, shares, commodities and indices. Online trading generally refers to buying and selling OTC securities (or ‘Over The Counter' trading instruments) via the internet or other electronic means - such as wireless access or touch-tone telephones. In most cases, customers access a brokerage firm's Client Portal (or website) through their regular Internet Service Provider. Once there, customers may consult provided information, monitor activity and place or close orders by logging into their personal, secure accounts.

FX CFDs are contracts that are used to trade on currency pairs with added leverage. Online traders often choose CFDs as you can speculate on the rise or fall of an FX pair’s value - without directly owning it. “Forex” stands for “foreign exchange” (or currency pairs) and “CFDs” stands for “Contract for Differences”.

Forex (‘foreign exchange’ or ‘fx’) describes trading currencies in pairs, like EURUSD, on a decentralised over-the-counter global market. This allows traders to potentially profit from the increased (or decreased) value of a country’s currency in comparison to another. Each currency has an official abbreviation - in this case, EUR means ‘Euro’ & USD means ‘United States Dollar’.

When trading forex online, your base currency is shown first (here as EUR) and is followed by the quote currency (here as USD). The values of these currencies change quickly which is reflected in the spread, i.e., the difference between the bid & ask price.

You can trade online on the performance of currency pairs by opening a single position on a secure trading platform.

CFD trading, or "Contract for Difference" trading, allows you to open positions on the price performance of an asset without owning the asset directly. This means you have the flexibility to choose whether you think something's value will go up or down.

However, pure forex trading involves physically exchanging a currency pair for the value of another currency.

At Equiti, we offer FX CFD trading, which enables you to speculate on the price of a currency pair without directly owning it.

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A pip, short for ‘point in percentage’, is a very small measure of change in the value of a currency pair on the foreign exchange (forex) online market. It can be measured in terms of the quote or the underlying currency. It is a standardised unit for the smallest amount by which a currency quote can change, which is usually $0.0001 for USD-related currency pairs. A fractional pip or point is equivalent to 1/10 of a pip and there are 10 points to every 1 pip.

When trading forex, spreads with low pips (0.0 pip spreads) indicate that a product is traded very frequently but pips can also be used for risk management tools like Stop Loss orders.

Knowing your currency pair’s pip value allows you to manage your risk exposure, and potentially make the same profit across pairs. For example, if your Stop Loss equals 50 pips, the Take Profit could be 100-150 pips - as many think that having a SL/TP ratio of 1:2 or 1:3 is a good benchmark.

A group or basket of stocks are called an ‘index’ or ‘indices’. Indices are a measurement of the value (and pricing) of a specific section of the stock market, which allow traders to speculate on entire sectors at once. Grouping selected stocks or assets into an index creates a cost-effective mechanism for trading on a sector’s performance - i.e., opening a single position to trade on the entire UK100 - which tracks the 100 largest companies on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

You can also trade on future indices like the USD index which tracks the performance of USD weighted against major currencies from across the world.

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We offer commission-free rolling major & minor stock market indices from around the world including AUS200 (Australia roll), China50, EU50 (Europe roll), DE40 (Germany roll), FR40 (France roll), HK50 (Hong Kong roll), India50, JP225 (Japan roll), ES35 (Spain roll), UK100 (United Kingdom roll) and US rolls like US500, UT100 and US30.


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CFDs on shares (also known as CFD stock trading) are contracts that allow traders to speculate on the rise or fall of a company’s share price with leverage - without owning any shares directly. “CFDs” are a short way of saying “Contract for Differences” and they are a popular choice for traders looking to speculate on the rise and fall of the share prices (i.e., prices that move a lot). Shares are also known as ‘stocks’ or ‘equities’.

Share CFDs

CFD share trading (also known as ‘equities’ or ‘stock market trading’) means buying and selling CFDs on the shares of companies listed on a stock exchange to make a profit. Companies will list their shares to raise immediate funds, and traders purchase share CFDs to make a profit on the outcome of a company’s future - without directly owning the share. This gives traders the availability to speculate on price action without the responsibility of being a direct shareholder.

Share CFDs are available for a wide variety of industries — so you can tap into your knowledge of specific businesses or diversify your portfolio. We offer hundreds of shares CFDs from the US, UK & EU – including major companies like Apple, Alphabet (Google), Meta (prev. Facebook), Disney, Airbnb, Bumble, Alibaba, Ryanair and more.

Commodity CFDs are an efficient way to trade on the rising (or falling) prices of raw materials like gold, oil, and natural gas - without owning the asset directly.

This means you can trade on the price movements or performance of commodities without needing to own them outright - which allows you to go long or short and potentially benefit from either rising or falling markets.

We offer both rolling and future contracts on our commodity CFDs.

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Commodity (or ‘commodities’) CFD trading is possibly the oldest form of CFD trading – especially as futures. They allow you to trade on the performance of commodities instead of directly owning the assets.

Commodity CFDs refer to buying, selling and trading on the performance of commodities that are mined or drilled (such as oil, gold & gas) and soft commodities that are harvested (such as coffee & sugar).

Major commodity groups include: Precious Metals (like gold, silver and palladium), agriculture (like coffee and cocoa), and energies (like Brent Crude oil, WTI oil and natural gas).

See commodity CFDs

We offer CFDs on gold, silver and more on our Commodities page. Precious metals such as gold and silver can be considered one of the first ever traded commodities. Investors and traders generally view gold as a safe haven during economic, political or social uncertainty due to their relatively stable demand and the world’s limited supply.

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The units of measure for precious metals are troy ounces. Please refer to the market specifications for precious metals to see the contract sizes for precious metals (like gold) against the US dollar.

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A rolling CFD is a CFD that is automatically extended (or ‘rolled’) to the next trading day (or value date). Unlike a futures CFD, which has a fixed expiry date, a rolling CFD position remains open until the client closes their position or the position is liquidated. A rolling commodity CFD works in the same way, such as our Rolling WTI Oil CFD which we call ‘USOILRoll’.

All rolling CFD positions left open at 17:00 (New York time) will be rolled over to a new value date. The roll charge is calculated by interpolating between the near and far month futures, and then adding our fees if they apply. Some rolling CFDs may pay a swap if there is a positive value in the instrument specification on our trading platform - meaning that the client is paid to hold their position on the market overnight, while others charge swaps.

Trade future CFDs to speculate or hedge on the price direction of a security, a commodity or other financial instruments. By purchasing a futures contract, the buyer agrees to buy an asset at a predetermined price at a specified time in the future.

When trading a futures CFD you are speculating on the price of that futures contract.

ETF stands for Exchange-traded fund and they’re a group of stock from a particular sector, such as tech or energy.

A CFD is a contract for difference so you can trade on the price movement of an ETF but you don’t own the underlying asset. ETF CFD traders speculate on the price movement (up or down) of the ETF and profit if their prediction is correct.

Trading an ETF CFD has a few advantages like using leverage and trading in real-time during market hours. You can also potentially ‘sell short’ at a profit if you think the price will fall.

Equiti offers ETF CFDs to trade. Like the other products we offer, you can choose the ETF CFD you wish to trade and place a buy or sell order with us. Visit our ETF page to see what ETFs you can trade.

At Equiti, you can use leverage up to 1:5, which means you can trade ETF CFDs with more exposure than the amount you put in. Leverage boosts your trading power by using only a fraction of the position's cost. For example, if you add $100 with a leverage of 1:5, you can open a position worth $500. Always remember that leverage works both ways so your losses can be equally greater too.

It’s important to remember that leveraged products amplify losses as well as profits. Always manage your risk appetite responsibly and use our risk management tools and strategies to help prevent potential losses.

When you trade a CFD, you don’t own the underlying asset, you just trade on the price movement you speculate on.

All ETF CFDs are priced on the underlying asset. The price of an ETF CFD is determined by the bid and ask prices and is influenced by factors such as supply and demand, market conditions and news events.

A crypto CFD is a contract that allows traders to trade on the difference in a cryptocurrency’s price from when you first open a position to when you close it. This means you can make trades on whether you think a crypto will go up (or down) in value.

As you are speculating on prices through a contract, you will not directly own the crypto coins or need a special “hot wallet” to hold your coins.

We offer crypto CFDs with up to 1:10 leverage. These include Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Shiba with tight spreads <1% including US$5 on BTCUSD and US$0.30 on ETHUSD.

Open an Equiti Account to trade cryptocurrency CFDs on our powerful and secure trading platform MT5.

CFD (or ‘Contract for Difference’) trading involves different types of contracts covering a diverse set of financial instruments such as indices, commodities or crypto - whereas crypto coins refer to assets held as virtual currency.

Crypto coins normally need to be held in a special wallet and their value is affected by market events. As you don’t own the asset directly with a crypto CFD, you can open a position for a crypto coin’s price increasing (go long) or decreasing (go short). This allows the trader to capture potential profits on the rise or fall of prices - and to increase a position at a fraction of the deposit by using leverage. Always remember that prices can move up or down, so it’s important to always trade within your means and use appropriate risk management.

Crypto trading hours are as follows:

Monday to Friday: 24 hours, except for leveraged cryptos.

Saturday & Sunday: 11:30–23:59 ET

Leveraged crypto break (End-of-day rollovers): 23:59 – 00:01 ET

Trading hours may be affected by public holidays or global events.

Stay updated by checking our Market Holiday Hours page.

Partnership FAQs

What partnership programs do you offer?

We offer competitive Introducing Broker (IB) partnership programs and flexible Multi Asset Manager (MAM) programs on our trusted trading platforms.|

Become an Equiti Partner

Once you open a partner account, you will receive an IB (Introducing Broker) link that you will give your leads. When clients sign up for a trading demo or live account, they will be automatically linked to your IB/AM profile.

We offer tiered payment structures bespoke to individual partners and their needs. Please speak to one of our dedicated account managers if you require more detail.

Email us at support.sey@equiti.com and we’ll get in touch.

Rebates and commissions are reflected instantly on your rebate account. Typically, half the payment is received when a position is opened, and the other half is paid when the position is closed.

However, rebates and commission schemes may vary depending on the individual IB (Introducing Broker) or AM (Asset Manager). Please speak to one of our dedicated account managers if you require more detail.

Email us at support.sey@equiti.com and we’ll get in touch.

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