These days you don’t need to be sitting at a desk to buy and sell stocks. Thanks to the rise in share trading apps, you can make trades anywhere there’s an internet connection from the palm of your hand.
Share trading apps allow you to trade shares directly on the SGX and other international markets through your smartphone. It’s worth noting that not all online brokers have a mobile version of their platform and some mobile trading apps don’t offer desktop access. So to make it easier, we’ve sourced a list of mobile stock trading apps available in Singapore in 2021.
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There’s no single share trading app that’s best for everyone as all our needs are different – and what’s best for you might not be best for someone else. Keep in mind that we don’t compare every product in the market, but we hope that our tools and information will allow you to compare your options and find the best share trading app for you.
The list of apps featured below are the eight most popular share trading apps in terms of daily downloads by iPhone users in Singapore, as of 1 April, 2021. The list itself was sourced by SensorTower and is not in any particular order.
We’ll take a look at these share trading apps in more detail in this guide.
SaxoTraderGO allows you to access to 30,000+ tradable instruments and track your performance on the go. Enjoy the convenience of buying or selling shares from your smartphone, including the ability to place stop-loss orders, access live prices, market depth and charts.
Low commission fees. Saxo Markets charges low commission fees than most other online brokers for both Singapore and international trades.
Global access. Trade FX, FX options, CFDs, stocks, ETFs, futures, listed options and bonds from 36 global exchanges.
Free demo account. Simulate trades and put your strategies to a test with a free paper trading account.
Educational resources and trading tools. Broaden your trading knowledge and make better investment decisions with Saxo Academy’s extensive range of stock analysis tools.
No MetaTrader 4. There’s no support MetaTrader, the most popular trading platform in the world.
High minimum initial deposit. SaxoTraderGO requires a minimum initial deposit of $3,000.
Designed for active stock, ETF, and options traders, moomoo is a commission-free mobile trading platform with multi-market access. The app is also equipped with a wide range of features, including real-time data, pre and post-market trading, customisable stock screener and free Level 2 quotes.
No commission. Enjoy commission-free trading in US, Hong Kong and Singapore markets.
No minimum deposit. There’s no minimum deposit amount required to open an account.
Advanced research and analytics tools. Find market spotlights with a customisable screener. The app also provide AI-driven push notifications to help you stay informed with market moves 24/7.
Paper trading. Test your investment strategies with a free-to-use demo account.
Complimentary perks. Benefit from free Level 2 market data and access real-time bids when you sign up for an account.
Limited account options. Investors can access individual margin accounts only.
No phone or live chat support. Moomoo support is available by email only for a response within two days — potentially problematic for investors seeking assistance with time-sensitive orders.
With real-time stock quotes, low fees and fast account opening, Tiger Brokers’ user-friendly mobile app makes it easy for you to trade stocks from various markets including Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, China and US.
Low commission. Enjoy competitive commission fees for trades across different markets: 0.08% (no minimum) for Singapore stocks, ETFs or REITs.
No hidden fees. Tiger Brokers does not charge any custody fees, deposit/withdrawal fees, FX fees, inactivity fees or account maintenance fees.
Range of markets. Trade stocks across various markets including Singapore, US, Hong Kong, Australia and China.
Multiple tradable assets. Offers a wide range of financial instruments, including stocks, ETFs, options, futures, warrants, and callable bull/bear contracts (CBBC).
Advanced trading tools. Make better investment decisions with real-time data access, customisable dashboard and superior charting software.
Perks and rewards. Benefit from attractive sign-up perks and earn rewards when you trade.
High trade volumes required to unlock perks. Upgrading membership tiers (Silver, Gold or Ace Trader) require a high volume of trade orders.
Limited education resources. Compared to other trading platforms, Tiger Trade does not offer much insights or educational resources.
No live chat support. Customer support is only available via phone or email, from Monday to Friday.
4. POEMS SG 2.0
Philip Capital’s popular trading app offers an impressive range of investing opportunities within 26 international markets. It is also the first local broker to offer a mobile heatmap for global exchanges, which allows you to discover the most sought-after stocks and funds.
International markets. Trade over 40,000 local and overseas assets from 26 global exchanges on a single platform.
Broad range of asset classes. Gain access to a wide array of financial instruments, such as stocks, ETF, CFD / CFD-DMA, forex, gold, futures, unit trust and more.
Access advanced tools. Take advantage of PORMS technical indicators and tools to tracks and navigate market movement.
Round-the-clock support. 24/7 personalised support with POEMS customer service, technical and support teams.
High brokerage fees. POEMS’ platform fee (minimum $25) and commission (0.28%) are amongst the highest in Singapore.
Interactive Brokers is a power trading platform best known for its ultra competitive fees and access to an extensive range of securities. Built for experienced traders, IBKR is equipped with trading APIs that allows its users to build custom trading applications and an options strategy lab for creating multileg options orders. Expert webinars, market commentary and analysis are also available to help you expand your market understanding.
No minimum balance required. Both IBKR Lite and IBKR Pro don’t require a minimum account balance.
Low commissions and fees. IBKR’s fees are amongst the lowest in the industry: starting at 0.08% of trade value for Singapore stocks and US$0.005 per share for US stocks.
Large selection of asset classes. Access a wide range of securities such as options, futures, forex and fund trading in over 135 global markets.
Advanced trading tools. Optimise your trading strategy with portfolio tracking, live updates, company notifications and over 100 order types and algorithms to choose from.
Inactivity fees on IBKR Pro. IBKR Pro imposes an account maintenance fee if you do not meet its minimum trade volume.
High learning curve. The platform can be challenging to navigate and may not be suitable for beginners.
eToro’s popular trading app is designed for both desktop and mobile (Android and iPhone). It’s well known for its copy trading feature that allows you to imitate the trades of top users or copy a portfolio of stocks selected by eToro.
The platform offers zero brokerage US shares, as well as CFDs, forex and cryptocurrency trading.
Zero brokerage. There’s no brokerage fee to trade US stocks and the foreign exchange fee is among the lowest at 0.5%.
More than just shares. Using the same account, you can trade stocks, CFDs, forex and cryptocurrency.
Copy trading. You can copy the trades of top eToro traders as well as stock portfolios.
CFDs are risky. To access leverage, you’re trading with CFDs, which are risky and complicated investment products.
No SGX stocks. eToro does not offer Singapore-listed shares at this stage (as of April 2021).
IQ Option is a cutting-edge and versatile trading platform available on desktop and mobile devices. Examples of financial instruments you can trade on this app are binary options, forex, ETFs, stocks, commodities and cryptocurrency.
Able to trade cryptocurrency. Aside from the usual trading assets, IQ Options also allow users to trade cryptocurrencies.
Free demo account. Gain a better understanding of trends, functions and pitfalls with a free practice account.
User friendly platform. The IQ Broker app offers an easy to use and well-designed user interface.
Advance trading tools. Take advantage of an extensive range of features, including multi-chart layouts, technical analysis, market updates, stock screeners, volatility alerts and more.
Limited assets. Compared to other platforms, IQ Broker offer a smaller range of financial instruments.
Restricted leverage. Non-professional clients does not have access to as much leverage.
8. MKE Trade
Maybank Kim Eng (MKE) is an all-in-one mobile trading platform available on iPhone and Android devices. Trade stocks, shares, ETFs, bonds and indices, as well as with leveraged products like FX and CFDs.
Range of securities. Trade a wide array of asset classes across 8 markets online.
Access advanced tools. Be it charting tools or stock screening, MKE trading platforms are equipped with state-of-art features to help streamline your trading process.
User-friendly mobile interface. MKE’s mobile app features detailed yet easy-to-use interface design, providing its users with ease of usage when they trade on-the-go.
Easy payments. Pay for your Singapore shares investment from your iBanking account or an ATM with the electronic payment for shares (EPS) feature.
High minimum commission fees. MKE charges a S$25 minimum commission fees for stock trades.
Average customer support. There are mixed reviews online regarding MKE’s customer service. Bear this in mind if you wish to trade with MKE.
With FSM Mobile app, you can track and trade thousands of financial instruments across markets in Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States on the go. You’ll also gain access to the latest research, useful trading tools and real-time prices on SGX.
Low fees. FSMOne’s minimum fee is only $10, which is significantly lower than other brokerages, which is typically priced at $25.
Beginner-friendly. The app is user-friendly and a less intimidating choice for beginners.
Custodian account. You don’t even need to open a CDP Account to trade on FSMOne, which makes it easier and faster for first-time investors.
Rewards programme. Earn points from your investments and redeem for rewards ranging from retail to entertainment, bonus units of selected funds and more.
Limited global exchanges. FSMOne only facilitates trades from markets in Singapore (SGX), Hong Kong (HKEX) and the United States (Nasdaq and NYSE ).
Limited asset classes. Compared to some of its competitors, FSMOne offers a smaller range of asset classes for trading. Some examples of asset classes you can’t trade on FSMOne are Leverage Foreign Exchange (LFX) and Contracts for Difference (CFDs).
Access contracts for difference (CFDs) on over 3,000 assets with this easy-to-use, award-winning CFD trading platform. With Capital.com, you can enjoy commission-free trades, free paper trading account and a library of excellent training material.
Fee-free. Capital.com charges 0% commission and has no hidden fees, making it one of the most affordable trading platform available.
Wide range of assets.Gain access to 3,000+ markets, across stocks, indices, commodities, cryptocurrency and forex currency pairs.
Free demo account. Test your trading strategies with a free paper trading account that mirrors the functionality of the live trading platform.
Excellent customer support. You may contact support through phone, email, live chat and social media platforms. Available in 24 languages.
Limited cryptocurrency pairs. Does not offer as many cryptocurrency trading pairs as other crypto-centric exchanges.
Low leverage for cryptocurrency. Capital.com only provide 2:1 leverage for cryptocurrency trading.
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Have you had these questions about share trading apps?
There are many great apps that do not allow you to place trades but still offer a wide range of useful features for Singapore share market investors, such as share market news, company reports, financial analysis and much more. However, all the apps listed above do allow you to place trades.
The application process varies between trading platforms but you will typically have to provide your name, contact details, proof of ID and bank account information. You can sign up via the share trading app or the provider’s online trading website.
Apps are available for download from the relevant app store for your smartphone, for example Google Play or Apple’s App Store.
Most share trading apps are available for free to customers of online share trading platforms. However, you may need to pay an ongoing membership fee when you sign up to the online trading platform.
Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of futures, stocks, ETFs, CFDs, options or any specific provider, service or offering. It should not be relied upon as investment advice or construed as providing recommendations of any kind. Futures, stocks, ETFs and options trading involves substantial risk of loss and therefore are not appropriate for all investors. Trading CFDs and forex on leverage comes with a higher risk of losing money rapidly. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before making any trades.
Zyane Tan is an associate editor at Finder. An experienced copywriter and content creator, Zyane enjoys writing on a wide array of subjects. When she’s not busy typing away, she’s reading and musing over a pint.
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