Hong Kong online brokerage fee comparison table

 
Last UpdatedJan 282012

The table below compares the dealing charges and other features of 19 Hong Kong online stock brokers to help you find the best stock brokers for trading Hong Kong shares only. If you are looking for Hong Kong stock brokers to trade international markets instead, try the Hong Kong international stock brokers list and the Hong Kong international stock brokers comparison table.

There are a large number of stock brokers operating in Hong Kong and the table below is not comprehensive, but should cover the majority of firms offering low-cost online trading. If you would like to suggest any additional firms to be added to the table, you can send an email through the contact form.

In addition to the stock brokers listed below, most banks in Hong Kong also offer securities trading services. They typically charge 0.25% per trade with a minimum of HK$100 (a few have a lower minimum). The main exception – which is included in the table – is Standard Chartered, which has no minimum fee, making it attractive for small trades.

 
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Account fees
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Boom Securities
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0.18%HK$88n/an/aHK$200/year account fee if no trades, no holdings and under HK$10,000 cash0.5% (min HK$20)
Bright Smart Securities
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0.0668%HK$500.085%HK$100HK$200/year if no trades0.5% (min HK$20, max HK$10,000)
CASH Online
(Celestial Securities)
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0.25%HK$1000.25%HK$100HK$100/half year if no trades and balance under HK$50,0000.5% (min HK$20, max HK$10,000)
Chief Securities
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0.0675%HK$380.125%*HK$50None0.2% (min HK$10)
Chow Sang Sang
338.net
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0.138%HK$800.25%HK$100HK$200/year account fee0.5% (min HK$30, max HK$5,000)
Core Pacific - Yamaichi
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0.25%HK$1000.25%HK$100None0.5% (min HK$10, max HK$10,000)
DBS Vickers
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0.2%HK$1000.25%HK$100None0.25% (min HK$10)
Haitong International
(was Taifook)
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0.15%HK$1000.25%HK$100HK$10/month account fee and HK$0.15/board lot/half year (min HK$50, max HK$5,000)
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HSBC NetTrader
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0.25%HK$100n/an/aHK$200/year if no trades0.5% (min HK$20, max HK$10,000)
Interactive Brokers
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0.088%HK$18n/an/aMinimum monthly commission of US$10None
KGI Securities
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0.25%HK$1000.25%HK$100HK$10/month account fee0.5% (min HK$10, max HK$15,000)
Phillip Securities Hong Kong
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0.25%HK$1000.25%HK$100None0.5% (min HK$30, max HK$2,500)
Polaris Securities
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0.25%HK$1000.5%HK$100HK$100/year if no trades0.5% (min HK$20)
Prudential Brokerage
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0.125%HK$750.5%HK$100HK$1/board lot/year if no trades or HK$10/quarter if no holdings and under HK$200 cash0.2%
Saxo Capital Markets
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0.15%HK$150n/an/a0.005%/quarter (yearly min €5) if no tradesNone
South China Securities
SCtrade
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0.125%*HK$500.25%HK$100None0.5% (min HK$30, max HK$3,500)
Standard Chartered Bank
Securities Service
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0.2%None0.3%NoneHK$100/half year if no holdings and no trades0.5% (min HK$30)
Sun Hung Kai
SHK Direct
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0.138%*HK$88Add HK$20Add HK$20HK$120/half year if no trades for 18 months0.5% (min HK$30)
Tanrich Securities
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0.15%HK$100Neg.Neg.HK$600/half year if no trades0.5% (min HK$10)

Notes for the Hong Kong stock brokers comparison table

1) Most firms do not have a minimum account size, but Interactive Brokers and Saxo Capital Markets require clients to make an initial deposit of US$10,000 or equivalent.

2) Sun Hung Kai operates tiered commission based on monthly trading volume. Commission is 0.138% below HK$13.8m per month, 0.108% between HK$13.8m and HK$30m, and 0.088% above HK$30m

3) South China Securities operates tiered commission based on monthly trading volume. Commission is 0.13% below HK$1m per month, 0.1% between HK$1m and HK$10m, 0.06% between HK$10m and HK$20m, 0.03% between HK$20m and HK$40m, 0.02% between HK$40m and HK$300m, 0.01% between HK$300m and HK$500m, and 0.005% above HK$500m.

4) Chief Securities charges reduced commission of 0.0785% per leg for day trades by telephone.

5) Most Hong Kong stock brokers are likely to accept non-resident clients, but US citizens or residents may have difficulty opening an account abroad, as usual.

Information in the Hong Kong brokerage fee comparison table comes from the stock brokers’ websites and leaflets, conversations with broker staff and conversations with investors who use the services. While I try to ensure it is accurate and up-to-date, I cannot guarantee that. You should always check current terms and conditions before opening an account. If you identify any errors or omissions, please email me using the contact form.