Overview of Stake fees and charges

It's safe to say that Stake'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 Stake even in case you trade frequently like multiple times a week or daily.

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

Stake Fees snapshot
Assets Fee level Fee terms
US stock fee Low Commission-free stock trading
EURUSD fee - Not available
US tech fund fee - Not available
Inactivity fee Low No inactivity fee

Stake fees
Stake 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. 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 Stake fees with its closest competitors, Freetrade and Alpaca Trading.

Stake fees
Stake trading fees

Stake'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 Stake.

Trading fees

Stake's trading fees are low.

Stock fees and ETF fees

Stake has low stock trading fees.

Stock fees of a $2,000 trade
Stake Freetrade Alpaca Trading
US stock $0.0 $0.0 $0.0
UK stock - $0.0 -
German stock - - -

Financing rates

Stake financing rates are .

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

Stake yearly financing rates
Stake Freetrade Alpaca Trading
Apple CFD financing rate - - -
Vodafone CFD financing rate - - -
EURUSD financing rate - - -
EURGBP financing rate - - -

Leverage is a double-edged sword and can dramatically amplify your profits. It can also just as dramatically amplify your losses. Trading foreign exchange/CFDs with any level of leverage may not be suitable for all investors.

Currency conversion fee

Stake 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: 70 bps for AU/NZ clients and 0.5% for UK clients on deposit and withdrawal, min $2.

Stake fees
Stake non-trading fees

When it comes to looking at all the non-trading fees Stake 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 Stake 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 Stake stacks up in non-trading fees
Stake Freetrade Alpaca Trading
Withdrawal fee $0 $0 $0
Deposit fee $0 $0 $0
Inactivity fee No No No
Account fee No No No

Stake fees
Stake 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 Stake is not different: you will see the exact same amount on your brokerage account that you sent by any of the deposit methods Stake offers.

Stake deposit methods
Stake Freetrade Alpaca Trading
Bank transfer Yes Yes Yes
Credit/debit card No Yes No
Electronic wallets No Yes No
Deposit fee $0 $0 $0

Stake fees
Stake withdrawal fee

Unlike some online brokers we have reviewed Stake 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.

Stake withdrawal fees and options compared
Stake Freetrade Alpaca Trading
Bank transfer Yes Yes Yes
Credit/debit card No Yes No
Electronic wallets No Yes No
Withdrawal fee with bank transfer $0 $0 $0

Stake fees
Stake inactivity fee

Stake 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).

Author of this article

Gyula Lencsés, CFA

Author of this article

Gyula Lencsés, CFA has more than 10 years of experience in the financial industry. He spent most of his career in the wealth management business as a portfolio manager of mutual funds. He has a trading experience in a wide range of asset classes, including stocks, ETFs, bonds, commodities, forex and derivatives markets.

Gyula Lencsés, CFA

Head of content

Gyula Lencsés, CFA has more than 10 years of experience in the financial industry. He spent most of his career in the wealth management business as a portfolio manager of mutual funds. He has a trading experience in a wide range of asset classes, including stocks, ETFs, bonds, commodities, forex and derivatives markets.

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