Is HYCM really free?
HYCM does not provide access to real stock trading on US markets. If you are looking for a zero-commission broker to trade on US stock exchanges, you can check our article detailing the best apps offered in this category of brokers. If you wish to stick with HYCM though, then you will find the fees they charge below.
Overview of HYCM fees and charges
It's safe to say that HYCM's fees are low in general. They either don't charge a brokerage fee for things that other brokers do, or they only charge a small amount.
Here's a high-level overview of HYCM's fees
|Assets||Fee level||Fee terms|
|US stock fee||-||Not available|
|EURUSD fee||Low||Classic Account: the fees are built into the spread; the average spread cost during peak trading hours is 1.4 pips. The Fixed account has a wider spread but no commission is charged while the Raw account has smaller spreads and commission is charged.|
|US mutual fund fees||-||Not available|
|Inactivity fee||Average||$10 each month after 90 days of inactivity|
HYCM fees explained
Online brokerages in general charge much lower brokerage fees than traditional brokerages do - this is largely because 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 5,000 clients.
This is not to say, however, that they don't charge any fees at all. They make money by charging you various rates for various actions or events. Usually you need to keep an eye on the following three types of fees:
- Trading fees - these are brokerage fees that you pay when you actually carry out a trade, like buying an Apple share or an ETF. What you pay is either a commission, a spread or a financing rate. Some brokers apply all of these.
- A commission is either fixed or based on the traded volume.
- A spread is the difference between the buy price and the sell price.
- A financing rate or overnight rate is charged when you hold your leveraged positions for more than one day.
- Non-trading fees. These are usually related to some operations you carry out in your account, such as depositing money, withdrawing money, or not trading for an extended period.
We compare HYCM fees with its closest competitors, ATFX and ETX Capital.
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HYCM trading fees
HYCM's trading fees are low, which makes it suitable for you even if you trade often (i.e. several times a week).
Let's break down trading fees according to the different asset classes available at HYCM.
HYCM's trading fees are low.
HYCM's forex fees are low.
|EURUSD benchmark fee||$7.1||$7.3||$9.4|
|EURGBP benchmark fee||$11.5||$7.5||$9.6|
HYCM has low CFD trading fees.
HYCM non-trading fees
Some of HYCM's non-trading fees are average.
Non-trading fees include various brokerage fees and charges at HYCM that are not related to buying or selling assets. This can be a withdrawal fee, deposit fee, inactivity fee or account fee.
HYCM deposit fee
Usually, brokers don't charge anything for deposits, and HYCM is no different.
HYCM withdrawal fee
HYCM generally doesn't charge a withdrawal fee.
|Withdrawal fee for bank transfer||$0||$0||$0|
HYCM inactivity fee
HYCM does apply an inactivity fee and it is $10 each month after 90 days of inactivity. Keep this in mind to avoid getting charged after a longer idle period. The fact that HYCM charges an inactivity fee makes it less ideal for you if you are a buy-and-hold investor.
The inactivity fee charged by HYCM is average.
|Inactivity fee||$10 each month after 90 days of inactivity||No inactivity fee||$25 per month after at least 6 months of inactivity|