Trading forex (currencies) in Kenya is popular among residents. While recommended, forex brokers are not required to become authorised by the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) to accept residents of Kenya as customers, unless based in Kenya.
The Capital Markets Authority is the financial regulatory body in Kenya. Website: https://www.cma.or.ke/. We also recommend that residents of Kenya follow the CMA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cmakenya.
The CMA was established in 1989 and is responsible for supervising, licensing, and monitoring the activities of market intermediaries. For a historical breakdown, here’s a link to the Capital Markets Authority webpage on Wikipedia.
CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Between 65% and 82% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Best Forex Brokers Kenya
To find the best forex brokers in Kenya, we created a list of all brokers that list Kenya as a country they accept new customers from. We then ranked brokers by their Overall ranking.
Here is our list of the best forex brokers in Kenya:
- IG – Best overall broker, most trusted
- Saxo Bank – Best web-based trading platform
- Interactive Brokers – Great overall, best for professionals
- FOREX.com – Excellent all-round offering
- XTB – Great research and education
- AvaTrade – Great for beginners and copy trading
- Capital.com – Great for beginners, easy to use
Kenya Forex Brokers Comparison
Compare Kenya authorised forex and CFDs brokers side by side using the forex broker comparison tool or the summary table below. This broker list is sorted by the firm’s ForexBrokers.com Overall ranking.
|Company||Accepts KE Residents||Average Spread EUR/USD – Standard||Minimum Initial Deposit||Overall Rating||Visit Site|
|check||0.86 (September 2022)||£250.00||Visit Site|
|check||0.9 (September 2022)||€2,000||Visit Site|
|check||0.6 (Aug 2022)||$0|
|check||1.0 (July 2022)||$100||Visit Site|
|check||1.07 (Q3 2022)||$0||Visit Site|
|check||0.91 (Aug 2020)||$100||Visit Site|
|check||0.6 (July 2021)||$20||Visit Site|
|check||1.6 (Aug 2020)||$5||Visit Site|
|check||0.77 (September 2022)||$200||Visit Site|
|check||0.8 (July 2021)||$100|
|check||1.2 (August 2022)||$100 AUD||Visit Site|
|check||0.62 (August 2021)||$200||Visit Site|
|check||0.827 (August 2022)||$0||Visit Site|
|check||1.2 (August 2021)||$5||Visit Site|
|check||0.6 (Sept 2021)||$100||Visit Site|
|check||1.22 (August 2021)||$50|
|check||1.0 (Aug 2022)||$100||Visit Site|
|check||1.27 (September 2022)||$50|
|check||1.2 (Sept 2021)||$50||Visit Site|
|check||0.9 (as of Mar 2020)||$100|
How to Verify CMA Authorisation
To find a list of authorized forex brokers, residents can download the list of licenses report from the Capital Markets Authority website to verify the authorisation of a broker.
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Forex Risk Disclaimer
There is a very high degree of risk involved in trading securities. With respect to margin-based foreign exchange trading, off-exchange derivatives, and cryptocurrencies, there is considerable exposure to risk, including but not limited to, leverage, creditworthiness, limited regulatory protection and market volatility that may substantially affect the price, or liquidity of a currency or related instrument. It should not be assumed that the methods, techniques, or indicators presented in these products will be profitable, or that they will not result in losses.