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Where can I find cheap stock brokerage in Singapore?

Compare your options to find the lowest cost brokers in the market.

With online stock brokers, it’s now quicker, easier and cheaper than ever before for Singaporeans to buy and sell stocks. But that doesn’t mean it’s free.

You’ll still need to pay a brokerage fee whenever you place a trade to buy or sell stocks, so it’s worth your while to shop around for the online stock trading platform that offers the lowest brokerage fees.

But which online stock trading platforms offer the cheapest brokerage? Read on to find out.

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Name Product Standard Brokerage Fee Available Markets
Interactive Brokers
SGX stocks: 0.08% of trade value

US stocks: US$0.005 per share
Global markets
Your capital is at risk.
Saxo Markets
SGX stocks: 0.08% of trade value

US stocks: 0.06% of trade value
Global markets
Your capital is at risk.
Philip Capital
Philip Capital
SGX stocks: 0.28% of trade value

US stocks: 0.3% of trade value
Global markets
Your capital is at risk.
FSMOne
SGX stocks: S$8.80

US stocks: 0.08% of trade value
SG, HK, US
Your capital is at risk.
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What are brokerage fees?

A brokerage fee (also called commission) is what your stockbroker charges for executing a buy or sell transaction. In other words, every time you buy or sell stocks through your online stock trading account, you’ll need to pay a specific amount to the broker for the privilege of using its services. This fee is based on the size or value of the trade, and could be a flat fee or an amount calculated as a percentage of the transaction value.

Brokerage fees are one of the largest expenses associated with online stock trading and can have a big impact on the affordability of your investments. If you’re a frequent trader and you’re paying a brokerage fee of $25 every time you buy or sell a parcel of stocks, this can quickly add up to a substantial amount and eat away at your trading profits.

That’s why it’s essential for anyone thinking of getting started in the stock market to compare brokerage fees charged by online stock trading platforms and shop around for the cheapest option.

How much will I need to pay for stock brokerage?

Brokerage fees charged by different providers are far from identical, so it’s important to compare fees. For online stock trading platforms, brokerage can range from $0 to $25 per trade. With full-service brokers such as Morgans or Morgan Stanley, expect starting fees at around $80 per trade (usually charged as a percentage of the amount being traded).

Some providers have simple fee structures while others come with rather complex arrangements. Most of the time, the fee is based on the size or value of the trade, how often you trade and which country the stocks are listed in.

Different brokerage fees often also apply to phone trades and other unique trading options, so it’s worth reading the fine print to find out how much extra it’ll cost every time you make a trade.

Trading apps with zero brokerage fees in Singapore

Some stock trading platforms charge zero brokerage fees to trade US or global stocks. These apps include:

Although you don’t need to pay a commission, this doesn’t mean they’re free. Instead they charge a small foreign exchange fee to convert Singapore dollars to the required global currency, e.g. USD. So far, there are no apps offering zero brokerage for Singapore Exchange (SGX) stocks.

Brokerage fee structures compared

The table below features a guide to the brokerage fees charged by some of Singapore’s most well-known online stock trading providers when buying and selling stocks on the SGX. Compare those fees to find out which provider offers the cheapest stock brokerage.

BrokerMinimum commission feeTrade value
<$50,000
Trade value
$50,000 – $100,000
Trade value
>$100,000
CGS-CIMB Securities
  • Cash account: $25
  • Pre-funded: $18
  • Cash account: 0.275%
  • Pre-funded: 0.18%
  • Cash account: 0.22%
  • Pre-funded: 0.18%
  • Cash account: 0.18%
  • Pre-funded: 0.18%
DBS Vickers
  • Cash account: $25
  • Pre-funded: $10
  • Cash account: 0.28%
  • Pre-funded: 0.12%
  • Cash account: 0.22%
  • Pre-funded: 0.12%
  • Cash account: 0.18%
  • Pre-funded: 0.12%
FSMOne
  • $10
  • 0.08%
  • 0.08%
  • 0.08%
KGI Securities
  • $25
  • Cash account: 0.275%
  • Pre-funded: 0.18%
  • Cash account: 0.22%
  • Pre-funded: 0.18%
  • Cash account: 0.18%
  • Pre-funded: 0.18%
LIM & TAN Securities
  • Cash account: $25
  • Pre-funded: $18
  • Cash account: 0.28%
  • Pre-funded: 0.18%
  • Cash account: 0.22%
  • Pre-funded: 0.18%
  • Cash account: 0.18%
  • Pre-funded: 0.12%
Maybank Kim Eng
  • Cash account: $25
  • Pre-funded: $10
  • Cash account: 0.275%
  • Pre-funded: 0.12%
  • Cash account: 0.22%
  • Pre-funded: 0.12%
  • Cash account: 0.18%
  • Pre-funded: 0.12%
OCBC Securities
  • Cash account: $25
  • Pre-funded: $18
  • Cash account: 0.275%
  • Pre-funded: 0.18%
  • Cash account: 0.22%
  • Pre-funded: 0.18%
  • Cash account: 0.18%
  • Pre-funded: 0.18%
Phillip Securities (POEMS)
  • Cash account: $25
  • Pre-funded: $8
  • Cash account: 0.28%
  • Pre-funded: 0.08%
  • Cash account: 0.22%
  • Pre-funded: 0.08%
  • Cash account: 0.18%
  • Pre-funded: 0.08%
UOB Kay Hian
  • Cash account: $25
  • Pre-funded: $10
  • Cash account: 0.275%
  • Pre-funded: 0.12%
  • Cash account: 0.22%
  • Pre-funded: 0.12%
  • Cash account: 0.20%
  • Pre-funded: 0.12%
Interactive Brokers
  • Pre-funded: $2.50
  • Pre-funded: 0.08%
  • Pre-funded: 0.08%
  • Pre-funded: 0.08%

*Fees and rates indicated are accurate as of 5 February 2021.

How much will I pay for international brokerage fees?

The brokerage fees for stocks listed overseas can be more or less than what you’d pay for SGX-listed stocks depending on the country of choice and the platform you’re using. For US-listed stocks you can expect to pay anywhere between $0 – $60 dollars per trade. This can be higher again for countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

On top of the brokerage fee, you’ll typically need to pay a currency exchange fee (sometimes called FX fee) to convert your Singapore dollars into the foreign currencies. This is usually calculated into the exchange rate and is referred to as the ‘spread’ – it’s the difference between the base exchange rate and the rate you’re actually being offered. The higher the spread, the higher your fee.

Below are the fees for US and UK stocks offered by some of the most well-known global stock providers:

ProviderUS-listed stocksUK-listed stocksConversion fee
IG Share Trading
  • Commission per stock: US$0.02
  • Minimum per order: US$10
  • Commission per order: 0.10%
  • Minimum per order: €10
  • 0.50%
Saxo Capital Markets Share Trading
  • Commission per order: 0.01%*
  • Minimum per order: US$9.90*
  • Commission per order: 0.10%*
  • Minimum per order: £8*
  • 0.75%*
CMC Markets
  • Commission per stock: US$0.02
  • Minimum per order: US$10
  • Commission per order: 0.08%
  • Minimum per order: £9
  • 0.3%
Interactive Brokers
  • Commission per stock: US$0.0035**
  • Minimum per order: US$0.35**
  • Maximum per order: 1.0% of trade value**
  • Commission per order: 0.050%**
  • Minimum per order: £1**
  • Maximum per order: N/A**
  • Negligible fee between 0.05 to 0.07%

*Rates based on Saxo Market Classic account tier.
**Rates based on Interactive Brokers’ tiered pricing structure.

Note: Rates indicated in this table are accurate as of 5 February 2021.

Special offers

From time to time, some online stock trading providers will offer special deals to help you save on brokerage fees or possibly avoid them altogether. For example, DBS Vickers is currently offering 20% commission rebate for all online trades without any cap (valid till 31 March 2021).

Other providers also offer brokerage fee rebates for frequent traders. For example, if an account holder makes more than a specified number of trades per month, such as 30, all the brokerage fees payable for those trades may be refunded to their trading account at the end of the month.

Such offers can help you improve your bottom line when trading stocks online, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for any brokerage deals and discounts.

Are there any other fees when trading stocks?

While brokerage fees are the major cost you need to consider when comparing stock trading platforms, you should also be aware that other fees may apply. For example, you may need to pay a monthly fee to become a premium member of a stock trading platform. This could allow you to access live market data, the latest market news and analysis or stock research and recommendations.

Other common fees include:

  • Inactivity fee. Some brokers charge a monthly or annual fee if you don’t hit a certain number of trades each month.
  • Currency conversion fee. This fee is charged to convert SGD to another currency in order to trade global stocks.
  • Custody fee. This annual fee is charged when you trade US stocks and paid to the custodian broker for holding your stocks.

Make sure t0 read the terms and conditions of an online stockbroking platform to find out what those ongoing fees are and how they will affect you.

How do I compare cheap stock brokers?

As well as brokerage fees, there are several other features you should compare when choosing an online stock trading platform, including:

  • Additional fees. Find out if there are any ongoing fees you’ll need to pay to maintain your account, such as a monthly management fee or a fee to allow you to access dynamic market data. Also, remember to check if special options such as stop-loss orders or phone trades attract extra fees.
  • Market information.In the fast-paced world of stock trading, accessing up-to-date market data could be critical to the success of your trades. Check if you’ll be able to access static, live, dynamic or real-time data, and whether this attracts any extra fees.
  • Market access.Compare the number of global markets each platform allows you to access to buy and sell stocks. In addition to the SGX, many providers also allow you to trade on stock exchanges in New York, London, Tokyo and many other countries around the world.
  • Scope of productsFind out what are the asset classes available — forex, gold, bonds and more.
  • Order options. Compare the options each provider offers for placing buy and sell orders. Can you place limit and market orders? Are stop loss orders available to help you minimise investment losses?
  • Trading platform.Is the platform only available online or can you also place trades on-the-go with a handheld device? Also, consider whether the trading system is a web-based platform or whether it requires you to download any software.
  • Ease of use. Get a hands-on experience with the stock trading platform you’re considering to check if its user-friendliness. Most providers offer free demo accounts to help you sample their services.
  • Resources.Check if the provider offers any educational or research resources that’ll help boost your investment knowledge.
  • Customer support. Make sure you can easily contact the stock trading platform provider if you ever have a question about your account or a problem with a trade. Look for phone, email and live chat support.

Want to learn more about trading stocks?

Check out our comprehensive guide to stock trading here.

Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of futures, stocks, ETFs, 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. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before making any trades.
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