Saxo Bank is keeping very busy with new launches. After rolling out Japanese and Polish equities in the last couple of months, it’s now adding stocks and CFDs for South Africa. This makes it the first stock broker outside Africa to offer online trading in cash equities for the Johannesburg stock exchange to retail investors.
Rates look good – 0.25% with a minimum of ZAR100 (US$12) is both cheaper than you’ll pay through other international stock brokers and cheaper than the local brokers. Unfortunately, South African investors can’t take advantage of this – due to local foreign exchange restrictions, Saxo Bank can’t offer the Johannesburg exchange to clients resident there.
It also won’t be available to Swiss residents due to client confidentiality laws there. But for international investors elsewhere, this looks like a helpful development. And the firm says more international markets are likely to be added over the next year or so – in which case, it will reinforce its position as one of the best brokers for international stock trading.