About Us

Trading Smart is a leader in financial resources around the world. Since the creation of the site in 2009, we have assisted more than 15,000 traders, who have been able to find the broker who suits them thanks to our various resources.

We cover all financial products, from traditional instruments such as stocks and bonds to modern instruments such as cryptocurrencies, including derivatives: options, futures, spread betting, etc.

We also study the pros and cons of the most relevant trading strategies: traditional methods such as swing trading and day trading, or more modern approaches such as automated trading, high-frequency trading, and social trading.

TradingSmart.co.za is intended for professional traders looking for advanced tools and strategies and for novice traders looking for solutions adapted to their budget and their level of knowledge of the financial markets.

Our team

Shawn Johnson – Founding President


With over 25 years of experience in the financial markets, Shawn is the president and founder of Trading Smart. He graduated from the University of Cape Town and had a successful career with Morgan Stanley as a Senior Forex Analyst.

In 2009, Shaun decided to go into online trading independently. With the popularization of online trading, many review sites surfaced, but he noticed that most of them were promoting financial products and off-shore brokers that were questionable and lacked proper credentials. regulation. This is what prompted him to launch TradingSmart.co.za to offer a reliable source of financial information.

Nathan Devries – CTO

Nathan has a background in IT. He is a computer engineer who discovered the world of online trading in 2011 and specialized in the development of automated trading systems.

Nathan is one of the first members of the TradingSmart.co.za team. He joined the team in 2012 and manages the technical part of the site. He is responsible for its management and maintenance, and ensures that the platform is easy to use.

Nathan also manages the SEO of TradingSmart.co.za. He is also a director of publication and conducts quality control checks on all articles prior to publication.

How Are Broker Tests Conducted?

Our mission at Trading Smart is to provide detailed and objective opinions on brokers, but also on the relevant trading strategies that we have tested.

With regard to online brokers, we are conducting tests on more than 50 different factors, which will be used to give an overall rating, which reflects the reliability and overall competitiveness of the broker. The points that are the subject of our tests are then summarized in an article to give you the key information you need before making a choice to invest, such as:

  • Broker security
  • Account type
  • Minimum deposit and withdrawal
  • Trading fees
  • Ease of use of the platforms
  • Markets and financial products offered
  • Research tools
  • Accessibility of customer support
  • Training offered

For each broker, we open a real trading account to place orders, in order to fully understand the trading conditions. If there is a difference between what the broker puts forward on their site and the reality, we mention this in our reviews.


Trading Smart excluded itself any risk linked to the investment or positions taken on the markets by traders on the basis of analyzes or points of view of our analysts. All data on the site is provided by way of example or for information. However, this does not in any way represent recommendations to trade or invest in any specific financial products at any time.

When in doubt, seek the assistance of an independent financial advisor to help you make the best investment decisions. Trading currencies, cryptocurrencies, CFDs, stocks, as well as other financial instruments and derivatives, is high risk and not suitable for everyone. In addition, past results are not indicative of future performance.

How is Trading Smart paid?

To help us cover the costs of maintaining the site and continue to provide quality content we have partnered with certain high-quality financial services and online brokers. When you open your account with brokers through our affiliate links and credit your account, we receive a commission. It doesn’t cost you anything and for brokers, it is a way of selling their services.

It is important to note that we only offer you regulated brokers who have put in place the necessary measures to protect their clients’ funds.

The Hardware

For the test of the broker platform, we use the following devices and software:

  • Webtrader: Latest version of Google Chrome
  • Mobile application: iPhone XR with the latest iOS
  • PC: HP Intel® 9th GEN Core i7, processor 6- cores, with the latest version of Windows 10.
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