Revolut review summary
Revolut is a UK-based fintech startup that offers commission-free stock trading. Revolut offers free stock trading (though conditions apply) without inactivity fees. Account opening is seamless, fully digital, and really fast. In addition, the mobile app is well designed and user-friendly. It is a good choice for beginner investors. On the downside, only US shares and cryptocurrencies are available for trading and pupular asset classes like mutual funds, options or bonds are missing. Research and educational tools are very basic or missing altogether, and you can get answers only to some basic questions through customer support. BrokerChooser gave Revolut a 4.4/5 rating based on analyzing 500+ criteria and testing via opening a live account.
Revolut pros and cons
|• Free stock trading||• Limited product portfolio|
|• Fast and easy account opening||• Basic research and missing educational tools|
|• Great mobile trading platform||• Poor customer service|
Revolut main highlights
|🗺️ Country of regulation||UK, DriveWealth (Revolut's execution partner) is regulated in the US|
|💰 Trading fees class||Low|
|💰 Inactivity fee charged||No|
|💰 Withdrawal fee amount||$0|
|💰 Minimum deposit||$0|
|🕖 Time to open an account||1 day|
|💳 Deposit with bank card||Available|
|👛 Depositing with electronic wallet||Available|
|💱 Number of base currencies supported||1|
|🎮 Demo account provided||No|
|🛍️ Products offered||Stock, Crypto|
Revolut provides a certain number of free stock trades, depending on your plan. On the other hand, it charges a custody fee and outside the monthly allowance the trading fees are quite high.
|• Low non-trading fees||• High trading fees|
|• Free stock trading|
|Assets||Fee level||Fee terms|
|US stock||Low||Unlimited free stock trades for Metal accounts; 5 and 3 monthly free stock trades for Premium and Plus accounts, respectively. 1 free trade for Standard accounts|
|Mutual fund||-||Not available|
|Inactivity fee||Low||No inactivity fee|
We ranked Revolut'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.
Below you will find the most relevant fees of Revolut for each asset class. For example, in the case of stock investing commissions are the most important fees.
We also compared Revolut's fees with those of two similar brokers we selected, eToro and Trading 212. This selection is based on objective factors such as products offered, client profile, fee structure, etc. We also put together a more detailed rundown of Revolut alternatives.
To have a clear overview of Revolut, let's start with trading fees.
Trading fees at Revolut are low both for stocks and for cryptos.
You can choose from three different account types at Revolut; each charges different fees for stocks:
- the Standard account is free and includes 1 free stock trade per month (previously 3);
- Plus users will receive 3 free stock trades per month;
- the Premium account costs $9.99 per month and includes 5 free stock trades per month (previously 8);
- the Metal account costs $14.99 per month and allows you to make an unlimited number of free stock trades.
Once you have exceeded your monthly free trade limit, each trade costs 0.25% (of the USD order amount) or £1 (or the close equivalent in your base currency), whichever is higher. Minimum country-specific fees are the following:
|GBP 1||EUR 1||DKK 9||NOK 11|
|PLN 4||RON 5||CZK 28||SEK 11|
|BGN 2||HUF 368||HRK 8|
Furthermore, both we and our customers noticed that the broker occasionally charges a fee equaling 5% of the traded amount. Revolut's customer support said that this fee is a buffer for more volatile stocks and it's charged to cover some additional expenses. In our view, this fee should be communicated to customers in a more transparent manner.
Revolut clients can trade cryptos from the Bitstamp crypto exchange and the broker charges a 2.5% markup on the cryptocurrencies' bid or ask price.
Gold and precious metals
Gold (XAU) can now be traded on Revolut with Premium and Metal accounts if you add an XAU account through the Commodities widget. Costs are derived from the XAU market with a 0.25% markup added by Revolut during market hours and a 1% markup during non-market hours.
Revolut has low non-trading fees; it charges no inactivity or withdrawal fee. However, it charges an annual custody fee of 0.12% of the market value of your assets. Previously, the custody fee was only 0.01%.
Revolut has an easy, fast, and fully digital account opening, requiring no minimum account balance.
|• Fully digital|
|• No minimum deposit|
Can you open an account?
Stock trading is not available in all the countries where Revolut's basic service is offered. Use our handy tool above to find out whether stock trading is available in your country of residence.
What is the minimum deposit at Revolut?
There is no required minimum deposit. You can move even just a couple of dollars to your trading account from your Revolut account to get started with buying and selling shares.
Revolut has three account types: Standard, Premium and Metal. All three account types offer commission-free trading; the difference lies mainly in the amount of monthly free stock trades:
- the Standard account allows 1 free stock trade per month;
- the Plus account provides 3 stock trades per month;
- the Premium account offers 5 free stock trades per month;
- the Metal account places no limit on the number of free trades.
Your trading account with Revolut is a general investment account. Other account types usually offered by traditional brokerages such as corporate, joint, IRA or ISA accounts are not available.
How to open your account
Revolut account opening is user-friendly and fast. Our account was verified within one business day.
The 5 steps of the Revolut account opening:
- Download the app and create a Revolut account
- Go to 'Dashboard' and click 'Trading'
- Add some personal information, like your nationality and tax number
- Answer a few questions about your employment status, annual income, and investment objectives
- Accept user and market data agreements
Deposit and withdrawal
Revolut offers several deposit options, and both deposits and withdrawals are free even when using wire transfers. On the negative side, you can only use a USD-based account for trading and we experienced issues with canceled orders.
|• Credit/Debit card available||• Only one account base currency|
|• Free withdrawal||• Funds can be blocked after cancel order|
|• No deposit fee|
You can have many base currencies when using the Revolut app but you can only trade from a USD-based account, as you can only trade on the US stock market.
It takes only a few seconds to create a USD account, but you need to exchange the amount you wish to trade into USD before you place an order. It would be more convenient if Revolut made the currency conversion automatically.
|Number of base currencies||1||1||8|
Deposit fees and options
Revolut charges no deposit fees. In addition to bank transfer, you can top up your Revolut account by using credit/debit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.
A bank transfer can take several business days, while topping up your Revolut account with a credit/debit card is instant. You can only deposit money to your trading account from your Revolut account.
Revolut withdrawal fees and options
Revolut charges no withdrawal fees. You can move money from your Revolut trading account to your Revolut account instantly and for free. From there, though, similarly to Revolut's competitors, you can only use bank transfer to withdraw money to your standard bank accounts.
How long does it take to withdraw money from Revolut? We tested the bank transfer withdrawal and it took 1 business day.
How do you withdraw money from Revolut? You can withdraw money from Revolut by following these steps:
- Go to 'Payments'
- Select 'Bank Transfer'
- Add your bank account
- Choose the currency and the amount you wish to withdraw
- Initiate the withdrawal
Funds blocked when order canceled
Recently, we found that occasionally funds were blocked on our account for several days after canceling an order. This is not standard practice at other brokers.
Web trading platform
Revolut does not offer a web trading platform, it's available only on mobile. This is a drawback, as web-based applications are convenient and accessible from all devices.
Revolut does not offer a web trading platform.
Mobile trading platform
Revolut offers a well-designed and user-friendly mobile trading platform, equipped with Touch/Face ID login and good search functions. On the other hand, there is no two-step login.
|• User-friendly||• No two-step (safer) login|
|• Good search function||• Limited order types|
|• Touch/Face ID login|
Revolut offers a mobile trading platform the broker has developed itself. Similarly to other mobile-first services, Revolut offers a great interface catering mostly to the average user. It's available in 24 languages.
Look and feel
Revolut's mobile trading platform is user-friendly and well designed. You can familiarize yourself with the platform in just a few minutes.
Login and security
You can log into Revolut's platform by typing a four-digit passcode, or using TouchID on compatible devices.
The platform's search functions are easy to use; simply begin to type an asset's name or ticker to view relevant hits.
One thing we missed was categorization. It would be great to be able to filter companies based on industry, market capitalization, price level, etc.
As of August 2020, new order types have been introduced, such as limit order, stop-loss and out-of-hours (also known as outside market hours). Unfortunately, options are still very limited when it comes to order validity, as you cannot set good-till-cancel or good-till-date type of orders.
Alerts and notifications
There is a price alert function on the Revolut mobile platform that lets you know whenever the price of an instrument surpasses or drops below a pre-set level.
Desktop trading platform
Revolut does not offer a desktop trading platform.
Markets and products
Revolut has a limited product portfolio, as you can only trade certain US stocks, cryptos, gold and silver. It doesn't offer popular asset classes like mutual funds, bonds or options.
Stocks and ETFs
You can trade more than 1500 stocks listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ exchanges. eToro's and Trading 212's offering is much wider.
|Stock markets (#)||3||17||15|
Revolut offers a large number of cryptos, e.g. Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, Stellar lumens and Litecoin. Revolut's crpypto offering is similar to eToro's, while Trading 212 doesn't offer cryptos at all.
Starting from April 2020, Revolut extended the availability of cryptocurrencies to Standard accounts as well, in addition to Premium and Metal accounts. As of September 2020, Australian residents also have access to crypto trades.
Bear in mind that the FCA banned the sale of crypto-derivatives to UK retail consumers as of January 2021.
Gold and precious metals
In March 2020, Revolut introduced gold trading for Premium and Metal accounts. At the time of writing, only Gold (XAU) and Silver (XAG) are supported on the platform, but Revolut plans to add more metals and commodities to their selection.
Tapping on the star symbol in the top right corner you'll be greeted with the 'Favourites' page, in which you can create watchlists, alerts, converters and auto exchanges.
With 'Converter,' you can simultaneously check and compare the value of multiple currencies. You can also set automatic exchange levels for currency pairs with the 'Exchanges' feature.
Stocks on Revolut
You can trade more than 850 stocks listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ exchanges.
Revolut offers live market data, but other research tools are either very basic or missing altogether.
|• User-friendly||• Limited interactive charting|
|• Live market data||• No trading ideas|
|• No/limited set of analytic tools|
Revolut does not provide trading ideas.
Revolut offers some fundamental data, including income statements and balance sheet information, but there is definitely room for improvement in this department.
Revolut has poor charting tools. There are no technical indicators, and other charting tools, such as a trendline editor, are not available at all. You can only use a basic chart and view some limited key information, such as changes in the the stock price during the past week.
Thanks to constant updates, Revolut now has a watchlist and a newsfeed.
The newsfeed is available from both the overview trading page and under any product you choose. If you check the latter, it'll be filtered to show only what is relevant to the given product. News is provided by 3rd party sites like Zolmax, CNBC, Investing, and Yahoo.
Under the Favourites tab (star symbol in the top right corner), you can create Watchlists by asset types. To create a new list, tap on 'Add new'.
Revolut has a great chatbot and a useful FAQ section, but phone support offers only pre-recorded answers, while live chat is slow and responses aren't always satisfactory.
|• Phone support||• No 24/7 support|
|• Live chat||• Irrelevant answers|
|• Only pre-recorded answers on the phone|
You can contact Revolut via:
- live chat
The chatbot is great, although it can answer only basic questions. For example, it gave clear answers about available stocks and order types.
We also tested the live chat, which was slow and we didn't get clear and useful answers to our questions.
The Revolut phone support is fast, but all you get are pre-recorded answers. It's great if you have basic questions, but it is not suitable for more specific queries.
We missed email support.
All in all, there is certainly room for improvement in Revolut's customer service.
There are no education materials or a demo account at Revolut.
|None||• No demo account|
|• No trading platform tutorial videos|
|• No educational videos|
Education is not a strong suit of Revolut. They do offer some how-to videos on their Youtube channel, but these focus mainly on the use of the Revolut mobile app.
Revolut is overseen by top-tier US and UK regulators, and it also has a banking license. However, it is not listed on a stock exchange and does not disclose its financial information.
|• Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority||• Not listed on stock exchange|
|• Banking background|
Is Revolut regulated?
Yes, it is regulated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Is Revolut safe?
To be certain, we highly advise to check two facts:
- how you are protected if something goes wrong
- and what the background of the broker is.
How you are protected
Revolut transmits client orders to DriveWealth LLC, a company that provides the trading platform and services for Revolut Trading. Sometimes Revolut refers to them as "Third Party Broker".
This company falls under US federal regulation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). DriveWealth acts as an agent, executing orders by transferring the orders to a floor broker at the NYSE. Revolut's clients are protected up to $500,000 (including up to $250,000 cash) under the Securities Investment Protection Corporation's (SIPC) insurance.
Revolut is a relatively young company, established in 2015. The longer track record a broker has, the more proof we have that it has successfully survived previous financial crises.
Revolut has a banking license (in Lithuania), which makes it subject to tougher regulations than brokers.
Being regulated by a top-tier regulator and having a banking license are great signs for Revolut’s safety.
We recommend Revolut for beginners looking for commission-free trading and a great mobile-only trading platform.
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Who are Revolut's competitors and alternatives?
We have created an overview of Revolut's alternatives here including a comparison with digital banks like Transferwise, Monzo, Starling and also with brokers like Passfolio, SoFi Invest, Robinhood, Freetrade.
Also a more detailed analysis of alternatives is available in this article.