Best Online Trading Platforms in Singapore 2020

With so many trading platforms to choose from, finding the best online broker can be a daunting process. To help you narrow your search, our investing team has prepared a comparison of the top trading platforms in Singapore based on a range of factors, like commission fees, international market access and exchange rates.

Cheapest Online Trading in Singapore: Tiger Brokers

Consider this if you are looking for the cheapest online brokerage

Tiger Brokers FeeMin CommissionIndustry Average FeeIndustry Average Commission
US$0.01USD 1.990.27%USD $15-$29
HK0.06%HKD 150.21%HKD $100-$200
China0.06%RMB 15N/AN/A
Australia0.10%AUD 8N/AN/A
* Free until Dec 31, 2020; thereafter, it will cost S$2.88

The U.S.Hong KongSingaporeAustraliaChina
ProductsStocks, ETFs, Stock Options, FuturesStocks, Warrants, CBBCs, FuturesStocks, ETFs, Rights Issue, Futures, REITsStocksA-shares (in HKEX Northbound Trading)

Tiger Brokers has the lowest commission fees on the market and easy-to-use platforms, making it a good, affordable option for both those looking to get into investing and seasoned investors. The commission charged for every trade is just 0.08%. This is much lower than other online brokers, who charge around 0.08%-0.28%. Furthermore, Tiger Brokers is currently promoting their services, they have completely dropped their minimum fee until December 31st, 2020, when it will return to S$2.88. This is still impressively lower than average in Singapore, which is S$25. Moreover, Tiger Brokers charges neither a custodian or currency conversion fee, and it's fairly quick to open an account (1-3 days).

For those looking to invest abroad, Tiger Brokers' platform gives customers real-time access to markets in the United States, Hong Kong, China and Australia. For trading in the US, you can invest for as little as USD $0.01 commission with a minimum fee of USD $1.99 per trade. For those who prefer to trade in Hong Kong, Tiger Brokers' minimum fee is only HKD $15. This is the most attractive rate in Singapore, as most firms charge around HKD $100-HKD $240. Trading futures is also simple, as there are built-in features on their platform to give customers support with these deals. With low trading fees, an user-friendly platform, and access to current market data, Tiger Brokers is a great platform.

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Best Market Access on an Online Trading Platform in Singapore: Saxo Markets

Consider this if you want a trading platform with great market access and minimal fees

ClassicPlatinumVIPIndustry Average
* Saxo min. SG: S$10; US:$3-$4; JPY1,000-1,500; HKD60-90; EUR6-12

Saxo ClassicSaxo VIPIndustry Average
US 301.41.42.1
Japan 225778.3
HK 50556.5

ClassicVIPIndustry Average
EUR USD0.60.40.7
USD JPY0.60.40.7
GBP USD0.70.40.9
AUD USD0.50.30.7
EUR JPY0.70.41.2
* figures based on min. advertised spreads

Saxo Markets is the best online brokerage in Singapore because it combines low cost, great market access and easy user interface into one platform. First, Saxo charges just 0.08% commission on trades, with a minimum cost of S$10 for Singapore stocks ($4 for US stocks), roughly half the cost of what most of its competitors charge. Not only that, Saxo doesn't charge a monthly minimum commission like Interactive Brokers. Because of these two features, Saxo can be effective not just for long term investors, but also for frequent traders who invest S$100,000 or less.

On top of it's low fees, Saxo offers online trading in 36 global markets, and market leading commission rates for the major international markets such as the U.S., Hong Kong and Japan. Through its Saxo Rewards programme the broker also charges even lower commissions for investors with funding of at least S$300,000 (S$300,000 platinum, S$1,500,000 VIP ). Additionally, Saxo is one of the best platforms for trading foreign currencies, since its FX spreads are consistently among the lowest available, beating competitors by a significant margin. Finally, our analysts found Saxo Markets's trading platform to have the most intuitive user interface.

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Honorable Mention For Best Market Access: Interactive Brokers

Consider this if you plan to invest in international

In terms of trading securities in non-Singapore markets, Interactive Brokers's commission levels are hard to beat. This is attractive to investors that may feel limited by the number of stocks on the Straits Times Index and feel inclined to consider other options. As you can see in the table below, Interactive Brokers has the lowest commission costs for any region outside of Singapore. Still, Saxo is the best option for those who want access to every market including Singapore.

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Lastly, Interactive Brokers charges a monthly minimum fee of S$10 for accounts between S$2,000 and S$100,000. Though this cost can be offset with trading commissions, it can still be a meaningful cost if you are trading only a few thousand dollars in total.

Interactive BrokersSaxo Markets Classic
U.S. Stocks Commission Fee (Min. Fee)$0.0035 ($0.35)0.04% - 0.06% ($4)
Hong Kong Stocks Commission Fee (Min. Fee)0.08% (HKD 12)0.15% (HKD 90)
Japan Stocks Commission Fee (Min. Fee)0.050% (JPY 80)0.15% (JPY 1500)

Best Platforms for CFD Trading

Contracts for difference (CFDs) allow individuals to speculate on the future price of an underlying asset, without actually owning the asset. CFDs are also traded on leverage, giving traders additional buying power. For these reasons, they are popular among experienced traders in Singapore. Below we highlight two platforms that stand out for CFD trading.

Best Online Brokerage for Trading CFDs: City Index

Consider this if you are an experienced trader of CFDs

City IndexSaxo Markets (Classic Pricing)IG
CFD Commission for Stocks & ETFs:
Index CFD Spread:
US SP 5000.40.40.4
US Tech 100111
Hong Kong 501055
Japan 225878
China A50101210
Australia 200111
Germany 30111

City Index is a great option for expert traders who seek a trading platform for buying and selling CFDs exclusively. CFDs are basically instruments for margin trading, meaning you are borrowing to invest more money than you have on hand. As such, it can dramatically increase both your gains and losses. Because of this nature, CFD trading is generally most advisable for seasoned experts.

When it comes to trading CFDs, City Index stands out as one of the lowest cost options. While Saxo Markets' platform is still the cheapest for some options, City Index's CFD offering provides a more diverse CFD market access and its commission fees and CFD spreads are both competitive with Saxo's. City Index also offers a robust and competitive trading platform for forex trading. However, Saxo is still a better fit for investors who seek access to a diverse set of asset classes (e.g. equities, ETFs, bonds, etc.) with market leading commission.

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Honorable Mention for Trading CFDs: IG

Consider this if you are interested in trading CFDs on a platform with excellent educational materials

IG is another leading brokerage with CFD offerings. While it's commission fees are generally higher than those of City Index, it offers a few features that make it worth considering. First, IG allows investors to adjust their exposure by trading fractions of a contract (e.g. 0.5 contracts of spot FX EUR/USD). Furthermore, IG offers Knockout CFDs, which are a unique product that allows traders to determine their maximum losses before entering a position. This product automatically adjusts margin requirements based on the user's specific "knockout level", or maximum loss.

IG also offers a comprehensive CFD education platform through IG Academy, which helps new traders get up to speed and even practice risk-free with an account with simulated funds. Finally, IG's collaboration with Singapore Airlines allows users to earn KrisFlyer Miles on every trade. For more information, please refer to the toggles below.

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IGCity IndexSaxo Markets (Classic Pricing)
CFD Commission for Stocks & ETFs:
Index CFD Spread:
US SP 5000.40.40.4
US Tech 100111
Hong Kong 505105
Japan 225887
China A50101012
Australia 200111
Germany 30111
Monthly Aggregated Contract Value (USD)Monthly Bonus KrisFlyer Miles PayableTotal KrisFlyer miles after 1 year for each tier

How to Choose an Online Brokerage Platform

When it comes to choosing an online brokerage to invest with, there are a few key important considerations to make. First, it is crucial to make sure that the brokerage allows you to access the types of investments that interest you. For example, some investors may seek to pursue CFD investing. Other investors may be interested in access to investments in a wide variety of international markets. Perhaps most importantly, it is important to compare the cost of using each investing platform. We strongly recommend that you compare the commission fees and spreads of the top brokers in order to find an affordable platform that doesn't significantly cut into your total earnings.

Summary Table of Online Brokerage Commissions

Below, you'll find a summary table of SG trading platform fees. Being aware of these fees will help you determine which broker provides the cheapest rates for trading on their platform. For more information about a particular broker, you can read our reviews or click "Learn More" to get connected with the platform.

Online BrokerageMin. Fee< S$50kS$50k-S$100k> $100k
Tiger BrokersFree^0.08%0.08%0.08%
Saxo MarketsS$100.08%0.08%0.08%
City Index (CFD only)S$100.08%0.08%0.08%
IG (CFD only)S$150.10%0.10%0.10%
Interactive BrokersS$2.50.08%0.08%0.08%
Standard CharteredN/A0.20%0.20%0.20%
U TradeS$250.275%0.22%0.18%
POEMSNo min. commission fee0.08%0.08%0.08%
i*TradeS$250.275%0.22%0.28%; min $15
Citibank BrokerageS$280.25%0.20%0.18%
DBS VickersS$250.28%0.22%0.18%
RHB SecuritiesS$250.275%0.22%0.18%
Maybank Kim EngS$250.275%0.22%0.18%
Lim & Tan SecuritiesS$250.28%0.22%0.18%
Market AverageS$200.22%0.20%0.17%
Free until promotional period ends on Dec 31 2020, S$2.88 thereafter

The table below provides commission, minimum fee and market access information for online brokerages that will let you trade in a variety of global markets. To help you compare brokerages across various markets easier, we laid out fees for US, HK and Japan markets.

Online BrokerageUS Commission & Min. FeeJapan Commission & Min. FeeHK Commission & Min. Fee# Intl. Markets
Tiger Brokers $0.01/trade; min. $1.99N/A0.06%; min. HKD 154
Saxo Markets0.06%; min. S$40.15%; min JPY 1,5000.15%; min. HKD 9036
City Index (CFD only)$0.15/share0.05%0.15%26+
IG (CFD only)$0.2/share0.20%0.25%30+
Interactive Brokers$0.0035/share; min. $0.350.05%; min. JPY 800.08%; min. HKD 124
Standard Chartered0.25%; min. $100.25%; min. JPY 1,0000.25%; min. HKD 10010
U Trade0.275%; min. $19N/A0.28%; min. HKD 1394
POEMS$20 (flat)0.18%; min. JPY 1,5000.18%; min. HKD 10021
iOCBC0.3%; min. $300.75%; min. JPY 3,0000.25%; min. HKD 24026
KGIFraser0.3%; min. $200.5%; min. JPY 1,5000.275%; min. HKD 10015
i*Trade0.275%; min. $15N/A0.275%; min. HKD 1256
Citibank Brokerage0.3%; min. $25N/A0.3%; min. HKD 1203
DBS Vickers0.18%; min. $250.35%; min. JPY 3,0000.18%; min. HKD 2007
RHB Securities0.3%; min. $20N/A0.25%; min. HKD 1157
Maybank Kim Eng0.28%; min. $12.500.5%; min. JPY 3,0000.25%; min. HKD 1009
Lim & Tan SecuritiesN/A0.8%; min. S$700.18%; min. HKD 10012
TD Ameritrade (thinkorswim)S$14-S$15(USD10.65) for US stocks, USD10.65 + $0.81 per contract for options

Other Things to Consider When Choosing an Online Investing Platform

There are many other factors to consider. For one, it might be useful to actually check out the user interface of each broker’s offering to see if you can understand and operate them easily. Some of the brokers like Saxo and POEMS have quite user-friendly platforms, while others have websites that look quite outdated. Furthermore, for sophisticated traders who care about live-data API connection and margin financing, it might be crucial to understand the different product offerings in the market to make sure that they get the best deal on everything they care about. Not every broker will provide this information upfront; but usually, companies that have the best rates tend to make the most disclosure.

Additionally, some brokerages have teams of analysts that provide research reports for companies and markets, which could be valuable to some investors depending on their investment style and aptitude. Finally, if are interested in investing directly in local startups or SMEs or would prefer to allow the experts to build your portfolio, it is worth considering crowdfunding platforms or robo advisors.

William Hofmann

William is a Product Manager at ValueChampion Singapore, focusing on banking and SMEs. He previously was an Economic Consultant at Industrial Economics Inc.

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