Sep 202014

IG, one of the best-known spreadbetting and CFD providers, has branched out with a new execution-only stockbroking service. At present, the firm offers dealing in stocks listed in the UK, USA, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands, with other international markets likely to be added in the future.

I’ve added a page with details of charges to the broker directory and also included it in the execution-only and international broker comparison tables. Overall, it appears to be a competitively priced service with a handful of particularly notable points: Continue reading »

Jan 062013

There are a couple of updates to fees at two Singapore brokers. OCBC Securities has slightly reduced its commissions on the higher tiers for Singapore stock trades – trades S$50-100k are now 0.22% from 0.275% and trades above S$100k are now 0.18% from 0.20%. This brings it in line with most of its local peers for online Singapore trades.

It’s a small change, but at least it’s in the client’s favour. DBS Vickers appears to have gone in the opposite direction. A reader has pointed out some significant alterations to the firm’s fee schedule for some international markets. (These apparently came in a little while ago, but neither I nor anyone I know uses DBS, so I wasn’t aware of it until now.)

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What will my stock broker charge?


Comparing international stockbrokers can be difficult because their charges aren’t consistent. Some will charge flat fees, some a percentage of the trade value, some will impose administration fees, while others will charge an extra fee if you don’t trade frequently, and many other variations.

What’s more, the question of which broker is best depends on how these costs interact with how you trade. There’s no one answer to “which is the cheapest broker?”  – and in any case, cost is just one consideration along with quality of service and range of markets.

But it’s helpful to have a grasp of the different way that brokers charge and how a low headline rate can be offset through charges in the small print. So this article discusses some of the most common fees that are listed in the international stockbroker comparison table.

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