Founded in Denmark in the early 1990s, Saxo Bank now offers services to investors around the world and is one of two truly global operators (the other being Interactive Brokers). The name can cause some confusion – this is a brokerage and investment bank rather than a traditional retail bank. For this reason, it is now known as Saxo Markets in some countries.
The firm offers more countries for online trading than any other firm in the broker database. Trading commissions are mostly reasonable, but fees vary greatly depending on which country your account is opened in, so check your local version of the Saxo website to clarify these. The exact markets available may also be different, due to regulatory restrictions.
The commission on currency conversions also varies, but has unfortunately now risen to 1% in some countries (it was previously 0.5%). Investors trading in and out of stocks in the same foreign currency frequently will therefore want to keep the proceeds in cash rather than transferring back to their base currency.
You can operate multiple foreign currency sub-accounts to let you do this, but these need to be set up individually for each currency you require. In some countries, there may be a minimum account size to open sub-accounts.