XTB fees explained

Dec 2018
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Overview of XTB fees and charges

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

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

XTB Fees snapshot
AssetsFee levelFee terms
US stock feeAverage0.08% of trade value; minimum $8
EURUSD feeLow€3.5 /£4 /$4 per lot + spread
US tech fund fee-Not available
Inactivity feeLowNo inactivity fee

XTB fees
XTB 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 XTB fees with its closest competitors, IG and eToro.

XTB fees
XTB trading fees

XTB's trading fees are mid-tier which means you need to pay special attention to asset classes with high trading fees.

Let's break down the trading fees into the different asset classes available at XTB.

Trading fees

XTB's trading fees are low.

It is super hard to compare trading fees for CFD brokers. What we did at Brokerchooser? Instead of quoting long fee tables, we compare brokers by calculating all fees of a typical trade for three assets.

For the assets we chose cleverly and arbitrarily:

  • Apple, a large US stock
  • Vodafone, a large European stock
  • EURUSD, a popular currency pair

The typical trade means buying a position, holding for one week, and selling it. For the volume we chose a $2,000 position for the stocks and $20,000 for the EURUSD.

This super catch-all benchmark includes spreads, commissions and financing costs for all brokers.

Here is the verdict.

XTB fees benchmarked
XTBIGeToro
Apple benchmark fee$18.1$34.9$0.0
Vodafone benchmark fee$24.4$30.5$0.0
EURUSD benchmark fee$17.1$12.3$19.1

Financing rates

XTB financing rates are low.

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

XTB yearly financing rates
XTBIGeToro
Apple financing rate6.0%5.8%8.9%
Vodafone financing rate3.1%4.0%8.9%
EURUSD financing rate4.1%2.9%3.7%
EURGBP financing rate1.7%2.9%2.5%

XTB fees
XTB non-trading fees

When it comes to looking at all the non-trading fees XTB 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 XTB 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 XTB stacks up in non-trading fees
XTBIGeToro
Withdrawal fee$0$0$25
Deposit fee000
Inactivity feeNoYesYes
Account feeNoNoNo

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

XTB deposit methods
XTBIGeToro
Bank transferYesYesYes
Credit/Debit cardYesYesYes
Electronic walletsYesYesYes
Deposit fee000

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XTB withdrawal fee

Unlike the majority of the online brokers we have reviewed XTB 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.

XTB withdrawal fees and options compared
XTBIGeToro
Bank transferYesYesYes
Credit/Debit cardYesYesYes
Electronic walletsYesYesYes
Withdrawal fee$0$0$25

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XTB inactivity fee

XTB 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

Gergely Korpos
Gergely Korpos
Co-founder, CPO
Gergely's aim is to bring more clarity into personal investing. He has 10 years of experience in financial markets with GE Money, KPMG and MOL. He concluded thousands of trades as a commodity trader and financial portfolio manager
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