Is MEXEM free?
MEXEM does charge a commission for real stock trading on US markets, so in this sense it is not a free-to-trade broker. However, it might still be a reasonable choice for some of you, as there are many other aspects other than commissions that are important when you choose a broker. If you wish to stick with MEXEM though, then you will find the fees they charge below. Alternatively, you could check our article detailing the best zero commission brokers and how their apps scored in our test.
We should note that the payment-for-order-flow model, which is used by some zero-commission brokers to generate income (rather than relying on commissions), could potentially create a conflict of interest between you and your broker. This could result in trade execution (like routing your orders to specific market makers) that might be unfavorable for you under certain market conditions, especially when using market orders (as opposed to limit orders, which seem to be less affected).
Overview of MEXEM fees and charges
It's safe to say that MEXEM'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 MEXEM's fees
|Assets||Fee level||Fee terms|
|US stock fee||Low||$0.005 per share; min. $2.5, max. 2% of trade value|
|EURUSD fee||High||0.005% commission, min. $5|
|US mutual fund fees||Low||0.1% per transaction, min. $5|
|Inactivity fee||Low||No inactivity fee|
MEXEM 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 MEXEM fees with its closest competitors, Saxo Bank and DEGIRO.
MEXEM trading fees
MEXEM'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 MEXEM.
MEXEM's trading fees are low.
Stock fees and ETF fees
MEXEM has low stock trading fees.
MEXEM's forex fees are high.
|EURUSD benchmark fee||$20.7||$14.6||-|
|EURGBP benchmark fee||$18.6||$12.0||-|
MEXEM fund fees are low.
|EU mutual fund||-||-||$10.3|
MEXEM has low bond fees.
|US Treasury bond||$5.0||$79.2||-|
|EU government bond||$15.2||$79.2||$3.0|
MEXEM's options fees are average.
|US stock options||$2.0||$30.0||-|
|US stock index options||$20.0||$30.0||$7.5|
|UK stock index options||$28.3||$28.3||-|
|German stock index options||$17.8||$39.6||$8.9|
MEXEM's futures fees are average.
|US micro e-mini stock index futures||$10.0||$40.0||$7.5|
|UK stock index futures||$22.6||$33.9||-|
|German e-mini stock index futures||$17.8||$39.6||$7.4|
Currency conversion fee
MEXEM will charge a Currency Conversion Fee for all trades on instruments denominated in a currency different to the currency of your account. The fee is charged as the following: FX commissions are 0.05%, with a minimum of $2.50.
MEXEM margin rates are high.
|USD margin rate||12.6%||-||3.0%|
|EUR margin rate||10.1%||-||3.0%|
MEXEM non-trading fees
When it comes to non-trading fees, MEXEM is a rather cheap broker.
Non-trading fees include various brokerage fees and charges at MEXEM that are not related to buying or selling assets. This can be a withdrawal fee, deposit fee, inactivity fee or account fee.
MEXEM deposit fee
MEXEM withdrawal fee
MEXEM inactivity fee
MEXEM does not apply an inactivity fee, which is great because your account won't be charged even if you do not trade for an extended period (like several months or years).