Recommended for price-sensitive buy-and-hold investors and traders looking only to carry out transactions
Waiting list and longer account opening time
Disclaimer: As of March 25, 2020, DEGIRO has introduced a temporary waiting list for new client registrations, until further notice. This is due to the surge of new registrations amid the ongoing heavy market volatility. Because of this situation, the account creation process may take much longer, although it is uncertain how long exactly. We will update the review as we find out more details. Be also aware that investing involves a risk of loss.
DEGIRO is a Dutch online discount broker. It is privately owned and was established in 2008 by former employees of another brokerage company.
DEGIRO is regulated by top-tier financial authorities, the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) and the Dutch Central Bank (DNB). It is registered with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Amsterdam.
We selected DEGIRO as Best discount broker and Best broker for stock trading for 2020, based on an in-depth analysis of 57 online brokers that included testing their live accounts. Check out the complete list of winners.
DEGIRO pros and cons
DEGIRO offers one of the lowest fees on the market in all asset classes and it is regulated by multiple top-tier regulators. Its web and mobile trading platforms are well-designed and easy to use.
On the downside, DEGIRO has introduced a waiting list for new users. Forex trading is not available, and credit/debit card deposit and withdrawal is not possible.
|• One of the lowest fees on the market||• Waiting list for new accounts|
|• Regulated by multiple top-tier regulators||• Limited research and education|
|• Easy to use web and mobile trading platform||• No forex trading|
|🗺️ Country of regulation||Netherlands, UK|
|💰 Trading fees class||Low|
|💰 Inactivity fee charged||No|
|💰 Withdrawal fee amount||$0|
|💰 Minimum deposit||$0|
|🕖 Time to open an account||>3 days|
|💳 Deposit with credit/debit card||Not available|
|👛 Depositing with electronic wallet||Available|
|💱 Number of base currencies supported||9|
|🎮 Demo account provided||No|
|🛍️ Products offered||Stock, ETF, Fund, Bond, Options, Futures, Crypto|
Waiting list and longer account opening time
DEGIRO has low trading and non-trading fees. In most asset classes, it is the best on the market. There are some ETFs that you can trade once a month for free, which is a great deal for buy-and-hold investors.
|• Low trading fees||• Higher trading fees for Asian and smaller European stock exchanges|
|• Low non-trading fees|
|• Low stock and ETF fees|
|Assets||Fee level||Fee terms|
|US stock||Low||$0.004 per share + €0.5|
|Mutual fund||Low||0.1% + €7.5 and 0.2% yearly administration fee|
|Inactivity fee||Low||No inactivity fee|
How we ranked fees
We ranked DEGIRO's fee levels as low, average or high based on how they compare to those of all reviewed brokers.
To get things rolling, let's go over some lingo related to broker fees. What you need to keep an eye on are trading fees, and non-trading fees.
- Trading fees occur when you trade. These can be commissions, spreads, financing rates and conversion fees.
- Non-trading fees include charges not directly related to trading, like withdrawal fees or inactivity fees.
In the sections below, you will find the most relevant fees of DEGIRO for each asset class. For example, in the case of stock investing the most important fees are commissions.
We also compared DEGIRO's fees with those of two similar brokers we selected, TradeStation Global and eToro. This selection is based on objective factors such as products offered, client profile, fee structure, etc. See a more detailed rundown of DEGIRO alternatives.
To have a clear overview of DEGIRO, let's start with the trading fees.
DEGIRO's trading fees are one of the lowest for all asset classes.
We analyzed the fees of DEGIRO UK. However, the fees vary a bit from country to country.
Stock fees and ETF fees
DEGIRO offers one of the lowest stock and ETF commissions on the market.
There is also a list of ETFs which can be traded for free once a month, i.e. either one buy or sell transaction. It is also free to carry out additional ETF transactions within the same month, for the same product, but only if they are the same kind of transactions (i.e. buy or sell) as the first one and the trade is at least $/€1,000.
At DEGIRO, the stock, ETF and warrant fees are the same.
The trading fee is usually calculated as a flat fee plus a percentage of the traded volume, except for the US and Canada, where you are charged based on the number of shares traded. The flat fee for Asian and smaller European markets is higher.
|United Kingdom||£1.75 + 0.014%||£5|
|USA||€0.5 + $0.004/share||-|
|Germany – XETRA||€4 + 0.05%||€60|
|Germany – Zertifikate-Börse Frankfurt||€2 + 0.11%||-|
|Germany – Frankfurt (Stocks)||€7.5 + 0.09%||-|
|Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland||€4 + 0.05%||€60|
|Canada||€2 + CAD 0.01 per share||-|
|Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore||€10 + 0.06%||-|
|Poland||€5 + 0.16%||-|
|Hungary, Greece, Czech Republic, Turkey||€10 + 0.16%||-|
|ETFs||€2 + 0.03%||-|
|Free ETFs||1 free trade/month||-|
If you prefer stock trading on margin or short sale, you should check DEGIRO financing rates.
A financing rate, or margin rate, is charged when you trade on margin or short a stock. This basically means that you borrow money or stocks from your broker to trade. For this borrowed money/stock you have to pay an interest. This is the financing rate. It can be a significant proportion of your trading costs.
DEGIRO financing rates are low. The financing rates vary based on the base currency of your margin account.
|USD margin rate||3.1%||2.6%||-|
|GBP margin rate||1.9%||2.0%||-|
|EUR margin rate||0.8%||1.5%||-|
The financing rates above are also applied for the options and futures trading.
DEGIRO has generally low fund fees.
Similarly to stocks, DEGIRO charges a flat and a volume-based fee for funds. The flat fees are especially high for some non-listed funds.
|Mutual funds||Commission||Annual fee|
|Euronext Fund Services||€7.5 + 0.10%||0.2%|
|Non-Exchange Listed Investment Funds (STP)||€7.5 + 0.10%||0.2%|
|Non-Exchange Listed Investment Funds (Non-STP)||€75.00 + 0.10%||0.2%|
|FundShare Cash Funds / Morgan Stanley Liquidity Funds||Free||Free|
DEGIRO has generally low bond fees.
|US Treasury bond||-||$7.5||-|
|EU government bond||$10.5||$15.0||-|
Check out the volume-based pricing in the following table:
|Germany – Xetra / Frankfurt||€5 + 0.05%|
|The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, France||€2 + 0.06%|
|OTC Bonds (i.e. Norwegian)||€35 + 0.03%|
DEGIRO's options fees are low. Its competitors charge a higher trading fee for this asset class.
|US stock index options||$5.0||$15.0||-|
|UK stock index options||-||$18.0||-|
|German stock index options||$9.9||$16.5||-|
DEGIRO options fees are volume-based, i.e. the fee you pay depends on the number of contracts you buy.
|USA - CME, CBOT, CBOE, NYMEX, COMEX||$0.50 / contract|
|Germany||€0.75 / contract|
|Spain||€1.50 / contract|
|The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Portugal||€2.00 / contract|
|Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark||€0.50 / contract|
|Other Countries||€2.00 / contract|
|Option exercise / assignment||€1.00 / contract|
DEGIRO's futures fees are low as well. Compared to TradeStation Global, they are lower on the US and the German markets, but higher in the UK market.
|US stock index futures||$5.0||$17.5||-|
|UK stock index futures||$27.5||$11.4||-|
|German stock index futures||$8.3||$14.9||-|
Similarly to the options, the futures fees are calculated based on the number of contracts:
|NYSE Liffe - Amsterdam, Brussel, Lisbon, Paris||€2.50 / contract|
|EUREX main indices - EURO STOXX 50, DAX, DAX Mini||€0.75 / contract|
|EUREX other stock indices||€2.50 / contract|
|USA - CME, CBOT, NYMEX, COMEX||$0.50 / contract|
|MEFF (Spain)||€1.50 / contract|
|Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark||€0.50 / contract|
At DEGIRO you can buy cryptos only through ETNs (exchange-traded notes). At the time of our DEGIRO review, you can trade with Bitcoin and Ethereum ETNs on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. DEGIRO's trading cost here is 0.058% + €4, but maximum €60. If you want to understand what is a crypto ETN check out our crypto blogpost.
DEGIRO has low non-trading fees. There is no account fee, inactivity fee, withdrawal fee, deposit fee, or custody fee.
On the downside, however, there is an unusual fee category, called an "Exchange Connectivity Fee." This is charged for trading outside of your home market. You will pay a maximum of 0.25% of the total account value (with a maximum charge of €2.50) per the calendar year for each exchange with the exception of the London Stock Exchange. The connectivity fee for US options is €5 per exchange per calendar month.
If your account currency differs from the currency of the asset you want to buy, a currency conversion fee is charged. At DEGIRO you can do this either automatically or manually, but the fees for the two options are different:
- For automatic currency conversion, DEGIRO charges 0.1% of the transaction value.
- For manual currency conversion, DEGIRO charges €10 plus 0.02% of the amount.
You should avoid the latter option since the fees here are very high for lower amounts.
At DEGIRO, no minimum deposit is required. On the other hand, as of March 25, 2020, DEGIRO has introduced a waiting list for new accounts. To test this, we have applied for multiple accounts, but sadly we are still on the waiting list and could not proceed.
|• Fully digital||• Slow|
|• No minimum deposit||• None of the test accounts have been onboarded yet|
Can you open an account?
Important news for new accounts
As of March 25, 2020, DEGIRO has introduced a temporary waiting list for new client registrations, until further notice. This is due to the surge of new registrations amid the ongoing heavy market volatility. Because of this situation, the account creation process may take much longer, although it is uncertain how long exactly. We will update the review as we find out more details.
As soon as the waiting list was introduced, we have started multiple account applications to test the waiting times. Since then, we couldn't progress with the account opening, therefore we have updated the scores for our Degiro review.
What is the minimum deposit at DEGIRO?
There is no minimum deposit. This is great if you want to invest smaller amounts.
DEGIRO offers the following account types:
- Day Trader
You can access more products and features as you go down the list, i.e. Custody offers the least and Day Trader the most services. Trading fees are the same for each profile.
For a summary of profiles, take a look at this table:
|Trade: Shares, Bonds, Investment Funds, and Trackers (ETFs)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Trade: Leveraged Products and Warrants||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Buying on margin||No||No||Yes (up to 50% of your available margin)||
Yes (up to 100% of your available margin)
|Yes (up to 100% of your available margin with additional margin during trading hours)|
|Trade Derivatives (Options and Futures)||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Free real-time prices on Euronext exchanges||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Free dividend and coupon processing||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Some of the profiles may not be available in some countries. You can read more about DEGIRO profiles here.
At the time of our review, DEGIRO does not provide tax-free account options like DEGIRO ISA or others available in some European countries. Two exceptions are Sweden, where ISK accounts is available and the Netherlands, where a pension account can be opened.
How to open your account
Account opening is seamless, fast, and fully digital. Your account will be ready in about one day.
For the initial registration you need:
- a copy of your passport or ID card
- the bank account number from which you will fund the investment account.
After the initial registration you will have three additional tasks before your account is activated and you can trade:
- Complete an appropriateness test.
- Agree to the conditions for real-time prices.
- Transfer money to your investment account.
Deposit and withdrawal
DEGIRO deposits and withdrawals are free of charge via bank transfer. On the other hand, you cannot deposit with credit or debit card.
|• Free withdrawal||• Credit/Debit card not available|
|• No deposit fee|
|• Several account base currencies|
At DEGIRO, you can choose from 9 base currencies. The available base currencies are CHF, DKK, GBP, NOK, SEK, EUR, CZK, PLN and HUF.
|Number of base currencies||9||20||1|
At DEGIRO, the base currency of your account is always the currency of your home country. This means for example that you will have a GBP account if you register at www.degiro.co.uk as a UK citizen. You cannot have more than one base currency for one account.
However, you can have an additional DEGIRO account in a different currency if you have a bank account in your name in the country of that currency. For example, if you are a UK citizen, you can have an account in Swedish krona if you have a bank account in Sweden. In this case, you have to apply for a DEGIRO trading account on the local DEGIRO website.
Why does this matter? For two reasons. If you fund your account in the same currency as your bank account or you trade assets in the same currency as your account base currency, you don't have to pay a conversion fee.
Deposit fees and options
You can fund your DEGIRO account via bank transfer or Trustly, an instant deposit service provider. For Dutch accounts, iDEAL and Sofort are available as instant deposit options. On the downside, the convenient and fast option of credit and debit card depositing is not available.
The bank transfer usually takes 2-3 business days, while Trustly takes around 30 minutes.
DEGIRO charges no deposit fees.
DEGIRO has strict rules on bank transfer deposits. It only allows transfers from bank accounts in your name from the accepted countries.
DEGIRO withdrawal fees and options
DEGIRO charges no withdrawal fees.
You can withdraw only via bank transfer, Trustly is not an option. DEGIRO's withdrawal options are the same as at its main competitors.
DEGIRO ensures that the withdrawn amount is transferred to your bank account within 3 business days. We tested it and received the amount within one business day.
You can only withdraw money to accounts in your name.
How do you withdraw money from DEGIRO?
- Click on the 'Deposit/Withdraw Funds' button and click on the 'Withdrawal' tab.
- Select your desired DEGIRO and bank accounts for the transaction.
- Enter the amount and a description.
- Click 'Transfer.'
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Web trading platform
DEGIRO's web platform is simple and easy to use. Even beginners can easily navigate it and buy stocks. On the negative side, you cannot set price alerts.
|• User-friendly||• Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)|
|• Clear fee report||• No price alerts|
|• Two-step (safer) login|
DEGIRO's web platform is available in your local language. For example, if you register from Germany your platform language will be German.
Look and feel
DEGIRO's web trading platform is great for executing trades, but it's not the most advanced we've seen.
It is well designed and user-friendly but it lacks any customization options.
Login and security
You can choose between a one-step or a two-step login. The two-step option is available through Google Authenticator.
We recommend the latter one as it is more secure.
The search functions are good.
When you type in the name of a product, a list of matching products will appear, categorized by asset class. You can also see the stock market and the currency the product is available in.
You can even filter your search based on the asset class you're interested in.
You can select from several order types, although not all of them are available for every tradable instrument. The following order types are available:
- Stop loss
- Stop limit
If you are not familiar with the basic order types, read this overview.
You can also use two order terms:
- Good-till-cancelled (GTC)
Alerts and notifications
You can receive an order confirmations by email, but text message notification is not available. There is also no price alert function.
Portfolio and fee reports
DEGIRO's portfolio and fee reports are well organized. They are transparent, and you can easily see what products you own and the fees you paid for the transactions.
Mobile trading platform
DEGIRO's mobile platform has a basic but good design, and is pretty straightforward to use.
|• User-friendly||• No price alerts|
|• Two-step (safer) login||• No Touch/Face ID login|
|• Good search function|
The mobile trading platform is available in the language of your account.
Look and feel
DEGIRO's mobile trading platform has a great and clear design and is intuitive.
Login and security
DEGIRO provides a safe login. You can set up two-step authentication through the web platform.
However, you can't log in using biometric authentication. Providing this feature would be more convenient.
The search functions are OK, but they are the weakest link of the DEGIRO app. You can search based on asset class. However, if you type "Apple," you do not know whether you're selecting an equity or an option.
Order management is the same as on the web platform.
Alerts and notifications
You can receive order confirmation messages in email, but price alerts are not available.
Desktop trading platform
DEGIRO does not provide a desktop trading platform.
Markets and products
At DEGIRO you can access many markets and trade with a lot of different products. CFD and forex are not available.
DEGIRO has a good product portfolio. From stocks to futures, you will find everything, except for forex and CFDs. In terms of stocks, options and futures, DEGIRO is really competitive. The broker's fund and bond selection, however, is average.
Stocks and ETFs
DEGIRO gives you access to 30 stock exchanges and more than 5,000 ETFs. The selection includes the biggest international markets as well as the smaller stock exchanges in Europe. You can also trade with penny stocks.
DEGIRO's stock and ETF selection are less than TradeStation Global's but much more than eToro's.
|Stock markets (#)||30||78||16|
DEGIRO's selection of fund providers is narrow compared to TradeStation Global. You can choose from mutual funds offered by big players like BlackRock or Vanguard.
|Fund providers (#)||68||260||-|
DEGIRO has an OK lineup of corporate and government bonds, but it compares poorly to TradeStation Global, while eToro doesn't provide this.
You can trade on 13 options markets at DEGIRO. This is a competitive selection.
|Options markets (#)||13||33||-|
DEGIRO has a relatively narrow futures market coverage compared to TradeStation Global.
|Futures markets (#)||15||32||-|
You can invest in Bitcoin and Ethereum through ETN instruments traded on the Swedish stock exchange. If you want to know more about crypto investing, we recommend our crypto blogpost
DEGIRO provides limited research functions. There is a basic news feed and a simple charting tool.
|• Data on asset fundamentals||• No trading ideas|
DEGIRO does not provide trading ideas at the moment. However, they will soon be available.
Fundamental data is available only for some products.
The charting tool is rather basic, but enough for an execution-only trading platform. It is easy to use and comes with more than 20 technical indicators, and they can also be saved.
You can access a basic news panel with short but informative market news both on the web and the mobile platforms. These are available on the main page of the trading platform and also in the information sheet of products with news related to them.
Customer support is average at DEGIRO. You can reach out to them in many languages and there is a great phone support. On the other hand, there is no live chat and 24/7 availability.
|• Phone support||• No live chat|
|• Relevant answers||• No 24/7 support|
Phone and email support are available, but there is no live chat service.
A big advantage is that you can contact the customer service in your own language if you are from one of the 18 countries supported.
DEGIRO'S customer support was OK. The phone support's response time was fast and we got relevant answers. The email support is mediocre, as its average response time was around 2 days.
We missed 24/7 availability. DEGIRO's customer support is only available between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays.
DEGIRO's education services could be better. The broker provides a limited set of tools that are available only through the Dutch and UK websites.
|• Trading platform tutorial||• No demo account|
|• Educational videos||• Available only in English and Dutch|
At DEGIRO you can learn in the following ways:
- Platform tutorial videos
- General educational videos
There are videos that cover basic topics like asset classes and order terms. There are also videos about the trading platform, for example on how you can buy stocks via the DEGIRO web platform.
We missed services like a demo account, webinars and educational articles.
DEGIRO is a licensed investment firm regulated by top-tier financial authorities.
|• Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority||• Does not hold a banking license|
|• Not listed on stock exchange|
|• Financial information is not publicly available|
Is DEGIRO regulated?
Yes, it is regulated by the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) and the Dutch Central Bank (DNB). Regulators of other countries where DEGIRO offers its services are also notified by DEGIRO and are aware of its operations. For example, in the UK, Degiro is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
DEGIRO is based in the Netherlands and was founded in 2008.
Is DEGIRO safe?
To be certain, we highly advise that you check two facts:
- how you are protected if something goes wrong
- what the background of the broker is
How you are protected
When you open an account with DEGIRO you get investor protection for up to €20,000.
|Country of clients||Protection amount||Regulator||Legal entity|
|All countries||€20,000||Dutch Central Bank (DNB) and The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM)||DEGIRO B.V.|
Negative balance protection is not available.
DEGIRO was established in 2008. The longer track record a broker has, the more proof we have that it has successfully survived previous financial crises.
Most of the products you can trade with DEGIRO, like stocks and ETFs, are exchange-traded. Therefore you do not run a counterparty risk with DEGIRO. This is good news, as it means that if DEGIRO defaults your assets will still be safe.
DEGIRO is a good choice if you want a simple platform and don’t want to spend too much on fees.
It is far cheaper than its big European competitors and only TradeStation Global comes close to competing with DEGIRO's fees. The account opening process is also fast, you will usually have your account ready to use within a day. It is also one of the best trading platforms for Europeans.
However, its low prices come with some shortfalls. Education and research tools are limited, there is no forex trading, and you can only deposit and withdraw money by bank transfer. Also, there is a waiting list for new accounts at the moment.
All in all, DEGIRO is a great online broker. There is no minimum deposit and no inactivity fee, so feel free to go ahead and give it a try.