Webull review summary
Webull is a US-based fintech startup offering zero-fee or discount brokerage services. Founded in 2017, the company is regulated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as well as the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).
Webull is regulated by top-tier financial authorities and provides a maximum of $500,000 investor protection, including a $250,000 limit for cash under the Securities Investor Protection Corporation's (SIPC) protection scheme, which are all great signs for its safety.
Webull pros and cons
Webull provides commission-free US stock, ETF, and options trading with no inactivity fees. The account opening is seamless, fully digital and really fast. The trading platforms are well-structured and user-friendly with many order types.
On the negative side, Webull's product portfolio is limited, covering only stocks, ETFs and options. Only bank transfers are available for deposits and withdrawals. Phone support doesn't work properly and there is no live chat.
|• Free stock, ETF and options trading||• Limited product portfolio|
|• Fast and easy account opening||• Only bank transfer for deposit/withdrawal|
|• Great trading platforms||• No live chat and poor phone support|
|🗺️ Country of regulation||USA, Hong Kong|
|💰 Trading fees class||Low|
|💰 Inactivity fee charged||No|
|💰 Withdrawal fee amount||$0|
|💰 Minimum deposit||$0|
|🕖 Time to open an account||1 day|
|🎮 Demo account provided||Yes|
|🛍️ Products offered||Stock, ETF, Options, Crypto|
Webull offers commission-free trading for US-listed stocks, ETFs and options. There is no withdrawal fee for ACH transfers and no inactivity fee. However, wire transfer fees are high.
|• No commission (for stocks, ETFs, options)||• High wire transfer costs|
|• ACH transfers are free for funding & payout|
|Assets||Fee level||Fee terms|
|US stock||Low||$0 per trade plus regulatory and exchange fees|
|Mutual fund||-||Not available|
|Inactivity fee||Low||No inactivity fee|
How we ranked fees
We ranked Webull's fee levels as low, average or high based on how they compare to those of all reviewed brokers.
First, let's go over some basic terms 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.
In the sections below, you will find the most relevant fees of Webull for each asset class. For example, in the case of stock investing the most important fees are commissions.
We also compared Webull's fees with those of two similar brokers we selected, moomoo and Robinhood. This selection is based on objective factors such as products offered, client profile, fee structure, etc. See a more detailed rundown of Webull alternatives.
To have a clear overview of Webull, let's start with trading fees.
Webull trading fees are low. The fee structure is transparent and easy to understand.
Stock fees and ETF fees
Webull offers free stock and ETF trading. It has the same no-commission structure as moomoo and Robinhood.
If you are into stock trading on margin, you should check Webull's margin rates.
Trading on margin means that you borrow money from your broker so that you can purchase more shares than you could with just the available cash in your account. You have to pay interest on this borrowed money – the interest rate is called the margin rate. It can account for a significant portion of your trading costs.
Webull's margin rates are in line with those of most other US brokers but are markedly higher than the margin rates at Robinhood.
|USD margin rate||7.0%||6.8%||2.5%|
The margin rate is tiered, meaning that the rate depends on the amount of the loan.
|$25,000.01 - $100,000||6.49%|
|$100,000.01 - $250,000||5.99%|
|$250,000.01 - $500,000||5.49%|
|$500,000.01 - $1,000,000||4.99%|
|$1,000,000.01 - $3,000,000||4.49%|
|More than $3,000,000||3.99%|
Webull doesn't charge any commission for trading options.
|US stock index options||$0.0||$0.0||$0.0|
Webull has low non-trading fees. It charges no account or inactivity fee.
There is no deposit or withdrawal fee if you use ACH (electronic) transfer. However, wire transfers have a rather high fee. We tested ACH, so we paid no withdrawal fee.
The fees for wire transfers are as follows:
|Wire transfer type and direction||Fee per transaction|
|US domestic deposit||$8|
|US domestic withdrawal||$25|
For transferring out securities from your account, Webull charges a $75 fee.
Webull's account opening process is seamless, fully digital, and verification takes less than a day. However, the broker accepts clients from a limited number of countries and focuses on the US.
|• Fast||• Mostly for US residents|
|• Fully digital|
|• No minimum deposit|
Can you open an account?
Double check in our broker finder tool if Webull is the right broker for you.
Webull accepts clients only from a few countries, first and foremost the US. In our experience, the range of countries available can change from time to time; at the time of writing, Webull accepted clients from the US, India, Brazil, Turkey, the Philippines, Malaysia, Japan, China and South Korea.
What is the minimum deposit at Webull?
There is no minimum deposit required at Webull for a cash account unless you want to trade on margin, open short positions or have access to unlimited day trading. See details below.
Webull offers only individual cash and margin accounts. The broker also provides IRA accounts to US residents (traditional, Roth and Rollover IRA accounts). You must have an individual account before creating an IRA.
Joint, custodian and corporate accounts are not available.
The account types differ in terms of minimum deposit required and the availability of leverage, day trading and short selling.
|Minimum deposit||Leverage||Short sale||Day trades|
|Margin account with short sale and limited day trading*||$2,000||Up to 2:1 for positions held overnight
Up to 4:1 for day trading
|Short positions allowed||Only 3 day trades allowed per week|
|Margin account with short sale and unlimited day trading**||$25,000||Up to 2:1
Up to 4:1 for day trading
|Short positions allowed||Unlimited day trades allowed|
*You trade with money borrowed from the broker, also called trading on leverage. You can also take short positions, i.e. when you sell a stock you don't own.
**You can buy and sell a given asset within the same trading day as many times as you want. You can also take short positions, i.e. when you sell a stock you don't own.
How to open your account
The Webull account opening is fully digital, easy and fast. Our account was verified within 1 business day.
You can open your Webull account on the web, on a desktop or mobile platform. We tested the account opening on the desktop platform:
- After installing the platform, you can start the registration under the 'Account' menu. On the 'Login' screen you will find an option to sign up.
- Enter your personal information (i.e. name, date of birth, social security number, address, etc.)
- Provide your employment information, financial experience and situation.
- Verify your identity by providing a photo of your ID/passport.
- Choose the account type (cash or margin).
- Review your information.
- Submit your application.
Does Webull give free stocks?
You get 2 free stocks when you sign up and use a referral link and then another 2 free stocks when you deposit at least $100. The total value can be $3,700.
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Deposit and withdrawal
At Webull, you can use only bank transfer to add or withdraw funds and wire transfer fees are high. As a plus, transferring money is user-friendly and ACH transfers are free.
|• No deposit fee||• Credit/Debit card not available|
|• User-friendly||• Only one account base currency|
|• Free ACH deposit and withdrawal||• High fees for wire transfer|
Account base currencies
Webull offers only USD as a base currency.
|Number of base currencies||1||1||1|
Why does this matter? For two reasons. If you fund your account in the same currency as your bank account or you trade assets in the same currency as your account base currency, you don't have to pay a conversion fee.
A convenient way to save on currency conversion fees is by opening a multi-currency bank account at a digital bank. These offer bank accounts in several currencies with great currency exchange rates as well as free or cheap international bank transfers. Opening an account only takes a few minutes on your phone.
Deposit fees and options
Webull does not charge deposit fees for ACH (electronic) transfers.
An $8 fee is charged for domestic wire transfers, while international wire deposits cost $12.5. Clients outside the US can use only wire transfer.
We tested the ACH transfer and it took 5 business days. According to Webull's website, wire transfers usually complete within 1 business day. ACH transfers are capped at $50,000 per day, while wire transfers do not have an amount limit.
Adding funds to your account is easy, but is only possible through the mobile application. Webull says it is working on enabling the deposit/withdrawal functions in its desktop and web platforms as well.
You can only deposit money from accounts that have been linked to your brokerage account.
Withdrawal fees and options
Webull charges no withdrawal fees for ACH transfers.
Similarly to deposits, wire transfers carry a charge: $25 for domestic and $45 for international wire withdrawals. Clients outside the US can use only wire transfer.
How long does it take to withdraw money from Webull? We tested the ACH withdrawal and it took 2 business days. Before you withdraw your funds, there is a 7-day ACH and a 1-day wire transfer holding period during which you cannot access your money.
You can only withdraw money to accounts in your name. If the depository and the withdrawal accounts are different, there is a 60-day holding period due to regulatory compliance.
How do you withdraw money from Webull?
- Open the mobile trading platform.
- Go to the 'Home' menu and select 'Withdrawal'.
- Enter an amount then select 'Transfer to my bank'.
- Initiate the withdrawal.
Web trading platform
Webull offers one of the best trading platforms on the market. It's easy to use and suitable for both beginners and experts, with many advanced features.
|• Two-step (safer) login|
|• Good customizability (for charts, workspace)|
Webull launched its mobile platform first, adding the web and desktop versions later.
The platforms are available in English and Chinese.
Look and feel
The Webull web trading platform is user-friendly and well-designed with a clear structure. It is easy to navigate, the tools are located on the left and right side of the screen, while the middle of the screen works like a traditional desktop platform.
The workspace is highly customizable. It's easy to add and remove widgets.
Login and security
When you log in on a new device, Webull will ask for a verification code. This is a plus in terms of security.
The search functions work well, you can search by typing a company name or an asset's ticker.
There is also an auto-suggest feature that shows relevant results.
Webull offers a wide variety of order types:
- Stop limit
- Trailing Stop
If you are not familiar with the basic order types, read this overview.
There are also two order time limits you can use:
- Good 'til canceled (GTC)
Alerts and notifications
It is easy to set alerts and notifications. To do this, select a stock, go to the bell icon in the top right corner and customize your alerts by setting a price or another financial indicator.
Portfolio and fee reports
Webull has clear portfolio and fee reports, which are located in the'Account' menu in the left sidebar.
Mobile trading platform
Webull's mobile app is user-friendly and well-designed. The platform has every feature you may need, including an advanced order panel, price alerts and two-step login.
|• Two-step (safer) login|
|• Good variety of order types|
Webull's mobile trading platform is available both for iOS and Android. We tested it on Android.
You can choose between English and Chinese as the default language.
Look and feel
The Webull mobile trading platform is user-friendly, has a clear structure and is well-designed.
Login and security
In addition to a one-step login, Webull also provides a more secure, two-step login. You can activate this feature by going to Menu/Settings/Account&Security. After activation, you will receive security codes via text message for each login.
The search functions are great. You can search by either ticker or the name of the asset.
Webull offers the same order types as on the web trading platform.
Alerts and notifications
You can set price and news alerts. Similarly to the web trading platform, it's very easy to set an alert.
Desktop trading platform
Webull's desktop trading platform has the exact same functionalities and design as the web trading platform.
|• Good customizability (for charts, workspace)|
|• Good variety of order types|
Markets and products
Webull has a limited product portfolio that includes only US stocks, ETFs and options. Popular asset types such as funds, bonds and forex are not available.
Webull's portfolio of stocks and ETFs is not a surprise as most US brokers focus mainly or exclusively on the US market. However, there some exceptions, like Fidelity and Interactive Brokers, which also cover international stock exchanges.
Stocks and ETFs
US customers can trade on the US market (AMEX, NASDAQ, or NYSE). Customers from Hong Kong and China can also trade stocks/ETFs listed in Hong Kong, Shenzen and Shanghai.
|Stock markets (#)||5||5||5|
It's a great feature of Webull's service portfolio that you can trade fractional shares. However, penny stocks and OTC products are not available.
Get your free stocks from Webull
As part of a promotion campaign, clients get 1 free stock valued between $3 - $300 when they sign up using a referral link; if they deposit any amount, they'll receive a second free stock valued between $8 - $2000. The promotion is valid for the first time Webull brokerage account opening only. Hurry up, as the campaign runs only through November 30, 2021!
Webull provides access to some US options markets, although it's not clear which options exchanges specifically.
Webull offers easy-to-use research tools, including great recommendations and fundamental data. We would have loved to see more analytic tools, such as an economic calendar.
|• Trading ideas||• No/limited set of analytic tools|
|• Data on asset fundamentals|
Webull offers research tools on all of its platforms. On first use of the trading platform, it's not too easy to find where the research tools are. They are located on the bottom side after clicking on an asset.
Webull provides trading ideas for stocks. By clicking on the 'Analysis' tab you can see analyst opinions on buying, holding or selling the asset. There is also a calculation for an average analyst price target. What we missed however is information about the analysts.
Webull offers some fundamental data. You will find financial statements and some basic ratios (EPS or EBIT for the last 5 years).
Webull has great charting tools. You can easily edit the charts and you can use 60+ indicators, Fibonacci tools, etc.
We liked Webull's news feed. You can find news items by clicking on a specific asset or on the separate 'News' tab on the mobile platform. There are links to articles from CNBC, Seeking Alpha and Benzinga, to name a few. However, we felt that Webull could increase the amount and prioritize the most important news stories.
We also liked the wide range of real-time market data. You can see trading information not just for equities and ETFs, but also indexes, forex and futures. All the major markets are integrated, so you can easily collect data from almost all over the world (North America, Asia, Europe).
Other research tools you may enjoy
Webull provides a great screener tool that offers filters ranging from some basic company information to financial indicators like EPS or PE ratios.
Webull's customer support could be better, as phone support is hard to reach and there is no live chat. However, the platform's message center works great.
|• Platform message center quick and useful||• No live chat|
|• No 24/7 support|
|• Slow phone support|
You can contact Webull via:
- message center through the trading platforms
We received relevant and fast answers to our messages under the 'Feedback' section on the trading platform. We liked that this customer support channel is available even on the weekends.
We received answers within two business days on email and they were relevant. We also liked that there is a really detailed FAQ under the 'Help' section.
Phone support is really hard to reach, but the answers they gave were relevant. When calling Webull, you have to select a topic. We had to wait more than 5 minutes until the representative was connected, but the guidance and answers we eventually got were helpful.
Lastly, we missed 24/7 support.
Webull offers a demo account and some quality educational content. However, there are no other educational tools.
|• Demo account||• No trading platform tutorial videos|
|• No educational videos|
|• No webinars|
At Webull, you can learn in the following ways:
- Demo account
- Quality educational articles
The demo account is great, as you can test almost all of the live account's features.
The articles are OK, providing wide coverage but lack updates. The FAQ is a useful place to get familiar with some basic brokerage services.
Webull is regulated by top-tier financial authorities that provide a high amount of investor protection. On the negative side, it is not a listed company and thus does not publish any financial information.
|• Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority||• No negative balance protection|
|• High level of investor protection||• Does not hold a banking license|
|• Not listed on stock exchange|
Is Webull regulated?
Yes, it is regulated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).
Is Webull safe?
To be certain if a brokerage is safe, we highly advise that you check two facts:
- how you are protected if something goes wrong
- what the background of the broker is
How you are protected
Depending on your country of residence, you will belong to one of the Webull entities below. This is important because the investor protection amount and the regulator differ from entity to entity.
|Country of clients||Protection amount||Regulator||Legal entity|
|US||SIPC: $500,000, which includes a $250,000 limit for cash||Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)||Webull Financial LLC|
|Hong Kong and China||HKD 500,000 for securities, no protection for cash||Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC)||Webull Securities Co., Ltd.|
The US investor protection scheme called the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) protects against the loss of cash and securities in case the broker goes bust. Not all investments are protected by SIPC. In general, SIPC covers notes, stocks, bonds, mutual fund and other investment company shares, and other registered securities. It does not cover instruments such as unregistered investment contracts, unregistered limited partnerships, fixed annuity contracts, currency, and interests in gold, silver, or other commodity futures contracts or commodity options.
On the negative side, Webull does not provide negative balance protection.
Webull's clearing firm, Apex Clearing, has an additional insurance policy under which clients are eligible for an aggregate of $150 million in protection for cash and securities. The maximum limit of protection per client is $37.5 million for securities and $900,000 for cash.
Webull is a relatively young company, as it was established in 2017. The longer the track record of a broker, the more proof we have that it has successfully survived previous financial crises.
Finding more information about the company is no easy task. The amount of financial information is quite limited compared to other brokers, as Webull is not a public company and thus does not have to publish any financial data.
On the other hand, being regulated by top-tier financial authorities and offering a high amount of investor protection are all great signs for Webull's safety.
Webull's fee structure is truly appealing. You can trade US stocks, ETFs and options commission-free. The account opening is easy, fully digital, and fast while the trading platforms are easy to use and well-structured.
Webull has some drawbacks though. The product portfolio is quite limited, covering only stocks, ETFs and options. You can use only bank transfers for deposits and withdrawals, and wire transfers carry a fee in both directions. Phone and email customer support are hard to reach.
As the account opening is seamless and Webull offers commission-free stock and ETF trades, feel free to try it.
Below you can find links to all aspects of Webull in this comprehensive collection.
Lower fees, lower costs?
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What about the minimum deposit?
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How to start your Webull account?
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How's their trading app?
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Is the quality of customer service satisfactory?
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Legit or scam?
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Free or premium? Or both?
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Is this broker good for beginners?
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Should you buy your silver bullets on Webull?
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I want to trade options, are they available at Webull?
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What is the minimum account balance at Webull?
Check out the current account balance requirements at Webull in our What is the minimum account balance at Webull article.
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How do you withdraw money from Webull?
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