Max. Leverage
1:1000
for Forex

Minimum Deposit
₦4,000
EUR/USD Spread
1.3 pips
Benchmark

HotForex is a Forex Broker that offers Forex Trading & CFD Trading on metals, stocks, energies, bonds, commodities, indices, ETF, and physical stocks.

HotForex is licensed with multiple Top-Tier regulations in the UK, South Africa, and Europe. In May 2022, HotForex rebranded into HFM, which is short for HF Markets.

This review of HotForex will cover their account types, available tradable instruments, deposit/withdrawal options, trading/non-trading fees, and customer support.

HF Markets Review Summary
🏢 Broker Name HF Markets (SV) Ltd.
📅 Establishment Date 2010
🌐 Website www.hfm.com
🏢 Address HF Markets (SV) Ltd., Suite 305, Griffith Corporate Centre, P.O. Box 1510, Beachmont, Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
🏦 Minimum Deposit ₦4,000
⚙️ Maximum Leverage 1:1000
📋 Regulation SVGFSA, FCA, FSCA, DFSA
💻 Trading Platforms HF Markets App, MT4 and MT5 for PC, Mac, Web, Android
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HF Markets Pros

  • Regulated in multiple jurisdictions
  • A wide range of available products
  • Accepts deposits from Nigerian banks
  • Allows withdrawals of funds to Nigerian banks
  • Have Nigerian Naira (NGN) as a base currency for accounts
  • Has a physical office in Nigeria
  • Has responsive 24/5 customer support via email, local phone call and live chat
  • Supports multiple trading platforms MT4, MT5 and web trader, including mobile trading (Android and iOS)

HF Markets Cons

  • Not regulated by any agency in Nigeria
  • Customer service is not available 24/7
  • Charges dormant account fees

Regulation and Safety of Funds

HF Markets is considered safe and low-risk for traders based in Nigeria because its parent company ‘HF Markets Group’ has been licensed by multiple Top-Tier regulators. They have been authorized by the following regulators:

1) FSA SVG: HF Markets is incorporated in St. Vincent and the Grenadines by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) as an International Business Company with registration number 22747 IBC 2015.

HF Markets SVG FSA License

2) FCA: The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the United Kingdom has authorised ‘HF Markets (UK) Limited’ to provide financial products and services with Reference number 801701.

HotForex FCA regulation

3) FSCA: The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), South Africa has licensed HotForex as ‘HF Markets SA (PTY) Ltd’. Hotforex is registered as a Financial Service Provider (FSP) in South Africa, with FSP number 46632.

HotForex FSCA license South Africa

4) DFSA: Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has authorised ‘HF Markets (DIFC) Ltd’ to carry on financial services in the UAE.

HotForex license in UAE

HF Markets Leverage

Typical leverage on HF Markets can be up to 1:1000, depending on the account type. Traders can choose floating leverage or fixed leverage option to operate with. The maximum leverage of 1:1,000 applies only to major forex pairs, other instruments have lower leverage limits.

With leverage of 1,000, you can open a trade position worth up to 1,000 times the value of your deposit. For example, with a deposit of $100, you can place a trade of $100,000.

Note: Trading with leverage is very risky, and you must avoid using more than 1:30 leverage on forex. The availability of a floating leverage option is an advantage, and you must never use 1:1000 leverage. As a caution by HF Markets, leverage is adjusted when your equity exceeds $300,000.

HF Markets Account Types

HF Markets has 5 main account types for traders. HF Markets also offers Swap-free Islamic Account and a demo account which features unlimited options and is risk-free for beginners to use and familiarise themselves with the trading platform before they open live accounts.

The account types on HF Markets and their basic features are:

Account Types on HotForex

1) Micro Account: The HF Markets Micro Account is designed for retail clients and allows you to trade forex and CFDs on metals, energies, bonds, commodities, indices, ETFs, and stocks.

This account is spread only and you do not pay any commissions when you open or close trade positions. Spreads start from 1 pip and you pay swap fees whenever you keep a trade position open past the market’s closing time.

The Micro Account on HF Markets requires a minimum deposit of $5, with a minimum trade size of 0.01 and a maximum of 7 standard lots, 150 maximum open orders, and maximum leverage of 1:1,000.

You have negative balance protection with this account, which means you cannot lose more than the amount of money in your trading account. If a trade position is unsuccessful and you have a loss, any negative balance on your account will be reset to zero.

2) Premium Account: The HF Markets Premium Account is also designed for retail clients who are experienced. This account allows you to trade forex and CFDs on metals, energies, bonds, commodities, indices, ETFs, and stocks.

This account is spread only and you do not pay any commissions when you open or close trade positions. Spreads start from 1 pip and you pay swap fees whenever you keep a trade position open past the market’s closing time.

The Premium Account on HF Markets requires a minimum deposit of $10, with a minimum trade size of 0.01 and a maximum of 60 standard lots per position, 300 maximum open orders, and maximum leverage of 1:500.

You have negative balance protection with this account, which means you cannot lose more than the amount of money in your trading account. If a trade position is unsuccessful and you have a loss, any negative balance on your account will be reset to zero.

3) Zero Spread Account: The HF Markets Zero Spread Account is designed for retail clients who trade high volumes, use EAs and want to pay lower spreads. This account allows you to trade forex and CFDs on metals, energies, bonds, commodities, indices, ETFs, and stocks.

You pay commissions for opening and closing trades per side on this account. Commission charges for 1 lot is $3 (making $6 for a round turn) for majors and $4 for others (making $8 for a round turn). The Naira commission charge is ₦1,100 per side (making ₦2,200 for a round turn) for majors and ₦1,450 for others (making ₦2,900 for a round turn). The spreads on this account start from 0.1 pips for forex, with limits and stops at 2 pips.

The Zero Spread Account on HF Markets requires a minimum deposit of $200, with a minimum trade size of 0.01 and a maximum of 60 standard lots per position, 500 maximum open orders, and maximum leverage of 1:400.

You have negative balance protection with this account, which means you cannot lose more than the amount of money in your trading account.

4) PAMM Account: The HF Markets PAMM Account is also designed for retail clients who are experienced. This account allows you to trade forex, indices spot, commodities, and stocks.

This account is spread only and you do not pay any commissions when you open or close trade positions. Spreads start from 1 pip and you pay swap fees whenever you keep a trade position open past the market’s closing time.

The PAMM Account on HF Markets requires a minimum deposit of $250, a minimum trade size of 0.01 with unlimited standard lots per position, 500 maximum open orders, and maximum leverage of 1:300.

You also have negative balance protection with this account, which means you cannot lose more than the amount of money in your trading account.

5) HFCopy Account: HF Markets HFCopy Account is designed for traders who want to copy the trades of experienced and professional traders. Both professionals who allow others to copy their trades, known as; strategy providers’ or those who copy trades, referred to as ‘followers’ can open this account type.

This account allows you to trade forex, indices spot, gold, and energies Spot.

The maximum number of followers per strategy provider is 1,000. Strategy providers earn a performance fee for letting others copy their trades.

The account is commission-free and spreads start at 1 pip. Maximum leverage on the HFCopy account is 1:400.

This account type supports only USD as the account currency and requires a minimum deposit of $500 for strategy providers and $100 for followers.

This account also requires a minimum trade size of 0.01, a maximum of 60 standard lots per position, and 300 maximum open orders. This account also has negative balance protection.

6) Swap-free Islamic Account: HF Markets offers Islamic Accounts to Muslim traders that are in compliance with the sharia law of no-riba. These accounts are swap-free (interest-free), which means you do not pay any interest for keeping a trade position open past the market’s closing time.

You can convert your Micro, Premium or Zero Spread Accounts to Islamic status and the same features and fees will apply except for the swap fees. This account also supports only USD or EUR as the base currency.

Note that the HF Markets Swap-fee Islamic Account have a grace period of 7 days, during which no rollover fees are charged. If you keep a position open for more than 7 days, you will incur carry charges on some instruments.

To get a swap-free Islamic Account on HF Markets, first, create a Micro, Premium or Zero Spread Account then contact the HF Markets customer support team to convert your account to a swap-free status.

HF Markets Swap-Free Islamic Account

HF Markets Base Account Currency

Your trades, deposits, profits, losses, and withdrawals on the platform are measured in your base account currency.

The available account base currencies on HF Markets Nigeria are the United States Dollar – USD, Euros – EUR, Japanese Yen – JPY, and Nigerian Naira – NGN.

HF Markets Fees

HF Markets is transparent about its fees and you can find details on their website. Some trading fees have been reviewed below:

1) Spread: Spreads on HF Markets start from around 0.3, which is considered moderate compared to other brokers. HF Markets has no fixed spread and operates a variable spread system, which is basically the difference between the asking price and the bid price.

An example of their spreads with the Premium account is shown on the table below:

Instrument/Pair Micro/Premium Accounts Zero Spread Accounts
EUR/USD 1.3 pips 0.1 pips
GBP/USD 1.7 pips 0.3 pips
EUR/GBP 1.5 pips 0.2 pips
XAU/USD 0.26 pips 0.26 pip

2) Commissions: The Zero spread account charges no spreads, but has relatively high commission fees, starting at $3 per 1 lot for majors, which is $6 for a round turn, and $4 per 1 lot for others, which is $8 for a round turn. Naira charges are ₦1,100 per lot for majors, making it ₦2,200 for a round turn and ₦1,450 per lot for others, making it ₦2,900 for a round turn.

3) Overnight Fees (Swap): The swap fees on HF Markets are lower than some other brokers like FXTM, but much higher fees than Exness. Swap fees differ with traded instruments and pairs, account type, and trade size. An example of the trading swap fees for forex EUR/USD and GBP/USD with USD as base account currency going long or short:

It is important to note that HF Markets uses a floating swap policy, which means swap rates change daily. You can use the swaps calculator on the HF Markets website to determine your exact swap fees.

HF Markets Calculator

Non-trading fees

1) Deposit and Withdrawal fees: HF Markets offers free deposits and withdrawals. You do not pay any fees when you deposit funds to your account or withdraw from it. This applies to all account types and payment methods. Note that if you deposit less than $100 via bank transfers, you might incur some deposit fees.

2) Account Inactivity charges: HF Markets charges inactive account fees if you do not perform any trade on your account for 6 months. Any balance in your account will be charged a monthly fee of $5. If you do not have any funds in your account, no fees will be charged.

How to Open HotForex Account in Nigeria (Basic steps)

To start trading on the HF Markets platform, you need to open a live account. Follow the steps below to open your trading account.

Step 1) Go to the HF Markets website at www.hfm.com and click on the ‘Open Live Account’ button, highlighted in green colour, at the top right side of the page.

HF Markets Website Nigeria

Step 2) Select the client type, either as an individual, corporate or joint, then fill in your information, create a password, select Nigeria as country of residence, check the terms and conditions box after reading, and click on register.

HotForex Open Live Account

Step 3) A verification link will be sent to your email address. Go to your email inbox and click the ‘Activate Account’ link to continue with your registration.

HotForex Account registration

Step 4) You will get a confirmation email with your ‘myHF account ID’ after the account is activated.

HotForex myHF Login Details

Step 5) Now you can proceed to login, and on your dashboard, you will be required to complete registration/profile by supplying some personal and economic information, including your experience level with Forex trading.

HotForex Login to myHF Login Area

Step 6) Next, you will be required to upload a valid ID to verify your identity and a proof of address to verify your address. Then wait for the approval.

HotForex Account Verification

Step 7) After your account is approved, you can make deposits, start trading, make transfers and withdrawals.

HF Markets Deposits & Withdrawals

Payment methods supported by HF Markets for deposits and withdrawals are bank transfers, cards, e-wallets and wire transfers. Here is the summary of the deposits and withdrawal options on HF Markets in Kenya.

HF Markets Deposit Methods

Here is a summary of payment methods accepted by HF Markets for deposits.

Deposit Methods Availability Charges Processing time
Internet banking/bank transfers Yes Free Instant
Cards Yes Free 10 minutes
E-wallet Yes (Skrill & Neteller) Free 10 minutes

HF Markets Withdrawal Methods

Here is a summary of payment methods for withdrawals accepted on HF Markets.

Withdrawal Methods Availability Charges Processing time
Internet banking/bank transfers Yes Free 24 hours
Cards Yes Free 2-10 business days
E-wallets Yes (Skrill) Free Instant

What is the HotForex Minimum deposit?

The minimum deposit is $5 with cards or e-wallets (Skrill & Neteller) with a maximum deposit amount of $10,000. Although each account type has a required minimum balance, they are $5 for Micro Accounts, $10 for Premium Accounts, $200 for Zero Spread Accounts, and $250 for PAMM Accounts.

The minimum deposit for NGN on HF Markets is ₦4,000 via local bank transfers with a maximum deposit amount of ₦4,000,000.

How do I Deposit Funds?

Step 1) Log in to your dashboard by visiting the HF Markets website or via my.hfm.com/sv/login.

Login to HF Markets

Step 2) On your dashboard, you will see ‘Deposit’ on the left column menu (desktop view), click on it, then select Local Bank Deposit or Direct Online Banking to make deposits in Naira.

HotForex Funds Deposit

Nigerian bank accounts belonging to HotForex will be shown for you to make payments into.
HotForex has deposit accounts with Zenith Bank, Access Bank, First Bank, and Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB).

Step 3) Make a deposit to any of the accounts, using your ‘myHFID:’ as the transaction description. After making a deposit, the funds will be credited to myWallet, which you will have to transfer to a trading account on your dashboard to start trading.

HotForex Transfer funds between your trading account & myWallet

Step 4) On your dashboard, locate ‘Transfer Funds’ on the left side menu, and click on it to transfer funds from myWallet to a live trading account or from a trading account to your myWallet. After entering the amount you want to transfer, click on start transfer and follow the instructions to complete the transfer.

What is the minimum withdrawal amount on HotForex?

The minimum withdrawal from HF Markets is $5 for cards and e-wallets. Local bank transfers have a minimum withdrawal amount of $10.

HotForex only approves withdrawals to the same method/source from which the deposit was made. This means if you deposit funds through a bank transfer, you can only withdraw through a bank transfer to the same account. The same thing applies to other payment methods.

How to Withdraw Funds from HotForex Nigeria?

Step 1) Log in to your dashboard by visiting the HF Markets website or via my.hfm.com/sv/login.

Step 2) Fill in your myHF account number and myHF password then click login.

Step 3) On your dashboard, you will see ‘Withdraw’ on the left column menu (desktop view), click on it, then select Wire Transfer and follow the instructions to withdraw funds in Naira to your Nigerian bank.

HotForex Funds Withdrawal

How many Trading Instruments are available at HotForex?

HotForex offers over 1,200 trading instruments, all of which are CFD instruments, find their categories below:

Instrument Availability Number
Forex Yes 53 currency pairs on HF Markets (15 majors & 38 minors)
Commodities Yes 5 Commodities Futures on HF Markets
Energies Yes 4 Energies Spot and Futures Energies on HF Markets
Metals Yes 6 CFDs on Metals spot on HF Markets
Indices Yes 23 Indices Spot and Futures on HF Markets
ETFs Yes 34 ETFs Spots on HF Markets
Stocks CFDs Yes 54 CFDs Stocks on HF Markets
Bonds Yes 3 Bonds Contracts on HF Markets

HF Markets Trading Platforms

1) HFM WebTrader: This is a trading application developed by HF Markets and is available on desktops for web trading.

2) HFM App: This is a trading application developed by HF Markets and is available on mobile devices only. You can download it from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

3) MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5: HF Markets supports the MT4 and MT5 trading applications for trading financial markets. The applications are available on the web, desktop, and mobile devices (Android & iOS). You can also use EAs as professional clients or other tools.

HF Markets Execution Policy

HF Markets takes all reasonable steps to ensure the best possible when executing your orders. Here are some of their best execution factors:

Price: The price for a given financial instrument is provided by HF Markets and it is updated as frequently as possible. Prices are not quoted outside of the broker’s operation times. With HF Markets, there is no guarantee that your orders will be executed at a favourable price. To ensure fairness, HF Markets ensures that their liquidity provider calculates the spread.

Costs: HF Markets charges commission and financing fees. They can be found on their website under contract specifications. These fees are not calculated with the bid/ask spread. They are charged explicitly to your trading account and deducted from your balance.

Speed of Execution: HF Markets strives to offer a high speed of execution within prevailing technological limits. If the reason for a delay in order transmission is due to a poor network connection from your end, your market order might become out of date. In this situation, such an order is declined.

Likelihood of execution: HF Markets reserves the right to decline any type of order. Especially if there is not enough liquidity to execute it. Stop Loss, Take Profit, Buy Limit, Buy Stop, Sell Limit, and Sell Stop Orders on financial instruments offered by the broker are executed at your requested price. In a situation where this is not possible, these orders are executed at the first available price.

HF Markets Nigeria Customer Service

HF Markets has responsive customer service support that is available 24/5. Traders can reach HF Markets support via any of the means below during working days:

1) Live chat: HF Markets live chat is fast, their representative responds within 2 minutes when a chat is initiated and provides relevant answers to questions asked.

Whether you are a registered user or not, you can access the live chat. You can request a call back via their live chat, and a representative will call you, you will have to submit a valid phone number and email address for this to work. Our team submitted a request but didn’t get a callback.

HF Markets Online Support

HF Markets Live Chat

2) Phone number support: HF Markets has an active local phone number support, and the call centre agents responded in less than 1 minute when we tested it. The answers to questions were relevant. The phone line is active from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on working days.

The Nigerian phone number is +234 12279160 or +234 12279161. The HF Markets global support phone number is +44-20-3097-8571, available 24 hours for 5 days.

3) Email Support is fair: You can reach HF Markets via email support at [email protected] Once you send an inquiry email, you will receive an auto-generated response to show that a ticket has been created for your inquiry.

A representative replied in about 9 minutes, we sent another question and got a reply in less than 10 minutes. The answers to our questions were relevant and satisfactory.

HF Markets Bonus

HF Markets offers bonuses for different activities. Each category of bonuses has its terms and conditions to qualify. Current bonus offerings are

1) 100% Supercharged Bonus: traders can earn up to 100% cash rebates whenever they deposit $250/₦75,000 or more. The bonus is capped at a maximum of $8,000. This bonus is available to all clients using Premium and Islamic accounts. Traders can choose to use the cash from this bonus for trading or withdraw to a bank account.

2) 30% Rescue Bonus: This is also referred to as Rescue Program. This bonus is offered to traders during a drawdown period, to help manage their losses. A 30% bonus is credited to the clients’ accounts for every deposit above $50. The Rescue Bonus cannot be withdrawn to a bank account but can be used for trading. This bonus is capped at a maximum of $7,000 and when traders make a withdrawal, the bonus amount is removed.

3) 100% Credit Bonus: This HF Markets bonus is available to only Micro, Premium, and Islamic account holders. It increases the leverage volume for account holders and can be withdrawn if the minimum volume requirement is met. This bonus is credited to traders’/clients’ accounts upon new deposits of at $100 or ₦30,000.

The bonus is capped at $30,000 or NGN30,000,000 maximum. Traders can request for the bonus to be released after meeting the volume requirement within 3 months, after 3 months, they lose the right to claim this bonus. It is important to note that not all trading instruments count towards the volume requirements.

Do we Recommend HF Markets Nigeria?

HF Markets is regulated in multiple jurisdictions. HF Markets customer support is available in Nigeria and they respond quickly to enquiries on business days.

HF Markets Nigeria has negative balance protection, have low fees compared to some brokers, and offers bonuses to traders. They also have many account types, so you can choose an account with features that work best for you.

One downside to trading with HF Markets is that they charge account inactivity fees after 6 months, but you can avoid this if you withdraw all funds, leaving your balance at zero.

Based on these details, we recommend that HF Markets Nigeria is safe for trading and good for beginners.

HotForex Nigeria FAQs

Is HotForex Nigeria a Market Maker?

HotForex claims to be a 100% Straight Through Processing (STP) Broker with no dealing desk under the Market Execution policy. This means all clients/traders have their orders executed instantly under normal market conditions and at the real market price.

How long does HotForex withdrawal take?

Withdrawals to local bank account takes about 24 hours, e-wallets are processed instantly, while withdrawals to cards take 2-10 business days to receive funds. Traders can initiate withdrawals 24/7.

What is the minimum deposit for HotForex?

The minimum deposit on HF Markets is ₦4,000 via local bank transfers. The minimum deposit is $5 with cards or e-wallets.

Is HotForex legit in Nigeria?

HotForex is legit in Nigeria, considering that the company is regulated by multiple Top-Tier regulators, they have a physical address in Nigeria, and a phone number through which you can talk to a representative. Above all, some Nigerians who have used HotForex have reviewed it as being real, as they were able to deposit and withdraw their funds.

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