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Is Royal free?

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Krisztián G.
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Is Royal free as of March 2024?

Disclaimer: 73% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Royal 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 Royal though, then you will find the fees they charge below.

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Overview of Royal fees and charges

Royal's fees are considered high. This is because of high fees across multiple fee types. It's important to be aware of this and to decide whether other advantages of Royal can still make it a good choice for you. Such features may include its research tools, education section or the general user experience you get on its trading platforms.

Here's a high-level overview of Royal's fees

Royal Fees snapshot
Assets Fee level Fee terms
US stock fee - Not available
EURUSD fee High ECN account: $3.50 commission per lot per trade plus spread cost. 0.2 pips is the average spread cost during peak trading hours.
US mutual fund fees - Not available
Inactivity fee Low No inactivity fee

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Royal 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 Royal fees with its closest competitors, Eightcap and TMGM.

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Royal trading fees

We consider Royal's trading fees high, as they exceed those of most competitors.

Let's break down trading fees according to the different asset classes available at Royal.

Trading fees

Royal's trading fees are high.

Forex fees

Royal's forex fees are high.

Forex fees of a $20,000 30:1 position (open, 1-week-hold and close)
EURUSD benchmark fee
$28.0 $10.0 $6.3
EURGBP benchmark fee
$24.0 $10.7 $9.4

Data updated on March 20, 2024

CFD fees

Royal has high CFD trading fees.

CFD fees and commissions on a $2,000 trade
Apple CFD
$1.6
$0.3
-
Vodafone CFD
-
-
-
Germany
- - -

Data updated on March 20, 2024

Currency conversion fee

Royal 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: Exchange rate received from liquidity providers plus a mark-up. We used the EURUSD trading fees for the calculation..

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Royal non-trading fees

Some of Royal's non-trading fees are average.

Non-trading fees include various brokerage fees and charges at Royal that are not related to buying or selling assets. This can be a withdrawal fee, deposit fee, inactivity fee or account fee.

A high-level overview of how Royal stacks up in terms of non-trading fees
Withdrawal fee
$0
$0
$0
Deposit fee
$0
$0
$0
Inactivity fee
No
No
Yes
Account fee
No
No
No

Data updated on March 20, 2024

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Royal deposit fee

Usually, brokers don't charge anything for deposits, and Royal is no different.

Royal deposit methods
Bank transfer
Yes Yes Yes
Credit/debit card
Yes Yes Yes
Electronic wallets
Yes Yes Yes
Deposit fee
$0
$0
$0

Data updated on March 20, 2024

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Royal withdrawal fee

Royal generally doesn't charge a withdrawal fee.

Royal withdrawal fees and options compared
Bank transfer
Yes Yes Yes
Credit/debit card
Yes Yes Yes
Electronic wallets
Yes Yes Yes
Withdrawal fee for bank transfer
$0
$0
$0

Data updated on March 20, 2024

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Royal inactivity fee

Royal 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).

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Author of this article

Krisztián Gátonyi

Forex • Market Analysis • Stock Market

I have 15 years of experience in proprietary trading, mainly in the interbank currency market as a foreign exchange risk manager. I'm actively involved in reviewing the 100+ brokers listed on our site. I personally open accounts with real money, execute trades, test customer services. I hold an MSc in International Business from the University of Middlesex. My purpose is to help people find the best investment provider.

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