Overview of Freetrade fees and charges

It's safe to say that Freetrade's fees are low in general. They either don't charge a brokerage fee for things other brokers do charge for, or they only charge a small amount. This means that you can use Freetrade even in case you trade frequently like multiple times a week or daily.

Here's a high level overview of Freetrade's fees

Freetrade Fees snapshot
Assets Fee level Fee terms
US stock fee Low £0 for basic orders and for instant/market orders
EURUSD fee - Not available
US tech fund fee - Not available
Inactivity fee Low No inactivity fee

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Freetrade fees explained

Online brokerages in general charge much lower brokerage fees than traditional brokerages do - this is largely due to the fact that online brokerages' businesses can be much better scaled: From a purely technical standpoint it doesn't make that much of a difference for them if they have 100 or 5000 clients.

This is not to say however that they don't have any fees at all. They make money by charging you at various events for various rates. Usually you need to keep an eye on these 3 types of fees:

  • Trading fees - these are brokerage fees that you pay when you actually do a trade, i.e. buying an Apple stock or an ETF. What you pay is either a commission, a spread or financing rate. Some brokers apply all of these.
    • A commission is either based on the traded volume or it is fixed.
    • A spread is the difference between the buy price and the sell price
    • Financing rate or overnight rate is charged when you hold your leveraged positions for more than one day.
  • Non-trading fees. These occur related to some operations you make in your account, i.e. depositing money to your account, withdrawing money from it or not trading for an extended amount of time.

We compare Freetrade fees with its closest competitors, DEGIRO and Revolut.

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Freetrade trading fees

Freetrade's trading fees are low which makes it suitable for you even if you trade often (i.e. multiple times a week).

Let's break down the trading fees into the different asset classes available at Freetrade.

Trading fees

Freetrade's trading fees are low.

Stock fees and ETF fees

Freetrade has low stock trading fees.

Stock fees of a $2,000 trade
Freetrade DEGIRO Revolut
US stock $0.0 $0.6 $0.0
UK stock $0.0 $2.4 -
German stock - $5.4 -

Financing rates

Freetrade financing rates are .

If you want to trade on margin and prefer to hold your positions long, financing costs can be significant.

Freetrade yearly financing rates
Freetrade DEGIRO Revolut
Apple CFD financing rate - - -
Vodafone CFD financing rate - - -
EURUSD financing rate - - -
EURGBP financing rate - - -

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Freetrade non-trading fees

When it comes to looking at all the non-trading fees Freetrade is a cheap broker. This means that they don't charge you a lot for non-trading related activities on your trading account, like withdrawal fee.

Non-trading fees include various brokerage fees and charges at Freetrade that you pay not related to buying and selling assets. Among some others, typical non trading fees are withdrawal fee, deposit fee, inactivity fee and account fee.

A high level overview of how Freetrade stacks up in non-trading fees
Freetrade DEGIRO Revolut
Withdrawal fee $0 $0 $0
Deposit fee $0 $0 $0
Inactivity fee No No No
Account fee No No No

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Freetrade deposit fee

Deposit fees are applied when you send money to your trading account from your bank account. Usually brokers don't charge money for that and Freetrade is not different: you will see the exact same amount on your brokerage account that you sent by any of the deposit methods Freetrade offers.

Freetrade deposit methods
Freetrade DEGIRO Revolut
Bank transfer Yes Yes Yes
Credit/Debit card No No Yes
Electronic wallets Yes Yes Yes
Deposit fee $0 $0 $0

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Freetrade withdrawal fee

Unlike the majority of the online brokers we have reviewed Freetrade does not charge a withdrawal fee. This means that you'll see the same amount of money on your bank account that you transferred from your brokerage account.

Freetrade withdrawal fees and options compared
Freetrade DEGIRO Revolut
Bank transfer Yes Yes Yes
Credit/Debit card No No Yes
Electronic wallets Yes Yes Yes
Withdrawal fee with bank transfer $0 $0 $0

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Freetrade inactivity fee

Freetrade does not apply an inactivity fee which is great because your account will not be charged even if you do not trade for a longer time period (months or years).

Bence András Rózsa

Author of this article

Bence’s purpose is to help you to understand the logic behind financial services. In his master’s studies, he specialised in business economy and finance to be able to give you a clear picture of the brokerage world. Having reviewed multiple brokers and robo-advisor services, his goal will always be to guide you in the world of investing as it is.

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