Overview of Swissquote fees and charges
Swissquote's fees are considered to be high. This is usually a result of high fees across multiple fee types. It's important to be aware of this and to decide whether other advantages of Swissquote can still make it a good choice for you. These deciding features can be its research options, its education section or the general user experience you get on its trading platforms.
Here's a high level overview of Swissquote's fees
|Assets||Fee level||Fee terms|
|US stock fee||High||Volume-tiered commission ranging between $15 and $190|
|EURUSD fee||Average||The fees are built into the spread, 1.6 pips is the average spread cost during peak trading hours.|
|US tech fund fee||Low||$9 per trade from Prime Partners (BlackRock, Fidelity, HSBC, etc.) and $0 per trade for funds under Swissquote's custody|
|Inactivity fee||Low||No inactivity fee charged|
Swissquote 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, i.e. buying an Apple stock or an ETF. 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 Swissquote fees with its closest competitors, Saxo Bank and DEGIRO.
Swissquote trading fees
We see Swissquote's trading fees to be high because they charge more than most of its competitors.
Let's break down the trading fees into the different asset classes available at Swissquote.
Swissquote's trading fees are high.
Stock fees and ETF fees
Swissquote has high stock trading fees.
Swissquote's forex fees are average.
|EURUSD benchmark fee||$16.3||$15.7||-|
|EURGBP benchmark fee||$10.6||$10.4||-|
Swissquote fund fees are low.
|EU mutual fund||$9.0||-||$10.3|
Swissquote has high bond fees.
|US Treasury bond||$75.0||$88.0||-|
|EU government bond||$55.0||$88.0||$10.5|
Swissquote's options fees are high.
|US stock index options||$19.9||$40.0||$5.0|
|UK stock index options||-||$36.0||-|
|German stock index options||$11.0||$44.0||$9.9|
Swissquote's futures fees are average.
|US micro e-mini stock index futures||$19.9||$40.0||$5.0|
|UK stock index futures||-||$36.0||$0.0|
|German e-mini stock index futures||$11.0||$44.0||$8.3|
Swissquote has low CFD trading fees.
Swissquote financing rates are low.
If you want to trade on margin and prefer to hold your positions long, financing costs can be significant.
|Apple CFD financing rate||-||6.7%||-|
|Vodafone CFD financing rate||-||5.2%||-|
|EURUSD financing rate||3.6%||3.9%||-|
|EURGBP financing rate||2.0%||2.0%||-|
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Swissquote non-trading fees
When it comes to looking at all the non-trading fees Swissquote is an average broker. This means that some of the non-trading fees are high, but the others are low or not charged at all.
Non-trading fees include various brokerage fees and charges at Swissquote 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.
Swissquote 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 Swissquote is not different: you will see the exact same amount on your brokerage account that you sent by any of the deposit methods Swissquote offers.
Swissquote withdrawal fee
Unfortunately, quite like the majority of the online brokers we have reviewed Swissquote does charge a withdrawal fee of $10 for the bank transfer. This means that you need to pay this amount of money when you transfer your money back to your bank account. It's up to you to decide whether this is a high amount or not as it's dependent mostly on the size of the transferred amount.
|Withdrawal fee with bank transfer||$10||$0||$0|
Swissquote inactivity fee
Swissquote 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).