0.08% of trade value for SG stocks, minimum US$1.99 for US stocks
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Before Tiger Brokers entered Singapore’s online investment brokerage scene in 2020, trading stocks typically incurred high minimum commission fees. Needless to say, Tiger Brokers changed the game when it started offering some of the lowest commission fees on the market. Since then, it has taken the stock trading space by storm as one of the brokerages of choice for active stock traders.
It continues to maintain its competitive edge with low commission fees, no hidden fees, attractive promotions and easy access to global markets via their mobile and desktop online trading platforms. Tiger Brokers Singapore is also backed by high profile investors including Chinese tech giant Xiaomi and US-based brokerage Interactive Brokers, which is impressive for a new kid on the block.
But does it really offer good value and viable investment options for both beginners and seasoned traders? Let’s dig deeper in this review. Firstly, we’ll look at the pros and cons of trading on Tiger Brokers Singapore.
Currently, there is a decent variety of different exchanges across global markets including the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and Australia, which you can trade on Tiger Brokers Singapore’s platforms.
The most notable exception from Tiger Brokers is the London Stock Exchange (LSE). LSE is listed on Tiger Brokers Singapore’s platform, but trading LSE-listed equities is not offered at the moment.
This is one disadvantage as you will miss out on the chance to buy Irish-domiciled ETFs that help to reduce your dividend withholding tax (30% to 15%), which you can find out more in our blog article on buying US stocks in Singapore.
Perhaps some handy tips on picking the best brokerages, understanding the fees involved, and other insights may come in handy for you before you decide to buy some US stocks via Tiger Brokers Singapore.
If you’ve checked out online brokerages listed on MoneySmart, you’ll realise that Tiger Brokers Singapore’s investment products and services are quite similar to what many brokerages offer. Their range of products include:
Fees are definitely one of the important considerations when you’re planning to invest and they may also differ depending on the type of product, market and investing platform you pick.
For example, the minimum commission fee for Singapore stocks can be from $0 to $25. Unless you’re making huge trades, this can make up a significant percentage of your trading amount, which eats into your potential profits.
Currently, Tiger Brokers charges 0.04% of trade value for both commission and platform fees when trading Singapore stocks, and USD 0.005 per share (min. USD 0.99 per order) for trading US stocks.
Head over to this article to find out more about Tiger Brokers’ First Anniversary commission fee discounts and promotions.
As for the breakdown of fees that Tiger Brokers Singapore charges for the Singapore, US, Australia, Hong Kong and China markets, head to MoneySmart’s Tiger Brokers Singapore online brokerage page for more details.
To date, Tiger Brokers Singapore supports AUD, USD, HKD, CNH, NZD, EUR, GBP, SGD, and JPY currencies. You can fund your account in SGD and exchange it for your desired foreign currency within Tiger Brokers Singapore. There’s no interest rate charged on your currency exchanges and you can trade in multiple markets with just one account.
There are 3 types of accounts which you can choose to open on Tiger Brokers Singapore’s platform – Paper account, Prime account and Fund Mall account.
This account is essentially a demo account which simulates the actual trading experience. A great starting point for beginner investors who are looking to try out the virtual trading experience and get a feel of how Tiger Brokers Singapore’s platform works, while also avoiding getting burned. As no real money is involved, you will only be able to “trade” US and HK stocks with just $10,000 USD and one Apple stock using this account.
With this account, you will be able to carry out actual trading, as well as track the value of your portfolio. The Prime account itself has 2 categories – Cash account and Margin account. Be sure to select the Cash account, which is more suitable for typical investors. As its name suggests, you’ll need to fund the account in cash, and your trades will be limited to your Cash account balance. It supports most products on Tiger Brokers Singapore, except for futures and options. A Margin account, on the other hand, allows you to finance your trades using leverage (i.e. borrowing money from Tiger Brokers), which is subject to interest. This account allows you to do margin trading, futures trading and short selling, all of which involve much higher risks than trading with a Cash account.
Investors who are interested in mutual funds will be happy to know that Tiger Brokers Singapore has a platform that is solely dedicated to investments in a variety of mutual funds. The selection includes money funds, bond funds (investment grade bonds, emerging market bonds, high yield bonds, and more) and equity funds (U.S. and Asian large-cap stocks, small- and mid-cap stocks, technology stocks, emerging markets, and more). You can choose from either a one-time investment or a regular savings plan. The currency used in Fund Mall is USD, with a minimum trade amount of USD 100 for all types of mutual funds.
Tiger Brokers Singapore’s interactive and customisable app is available on both mobile and desktop, with both iOS and Android versions available. Its mobile and desktop trading platforms will appeal to you if you like being hands-on with your investments and trade frequently on the go.
Tiger Brokers Singapore may be a new kid on the block, but it is backed by Chinese tech giant Xiaomi and US-based brokerage Interactive Brokers. Like all other registered investment brokerages, Tiger Brokers Singapore complies with Singapore’s regulatory requirements set out by the Monetary Authority of Singapore to protect consumers.
Tiger Brokers holds a Capital Markets Services Licence under the Securities and Futures Act (Cap.289). As such, it has to comply with MAS regulations.
Tiger Brokers Singapore stores your securities in custody accounts, which are separated from Tiger Brokers Singapore’s own capital. In addition, the brokerage provides detailed calculation and reconciliation of your money and assets at the end of each trading day.
The Tiger Brokers app comes with a “Tiger Token” feature, which you may choose to enable or turn off. If you have enabled 2-factor authentication, you will be prompted to key in both your account password and the one-time password generated by “Tiger Token”. This additional step is meant to make your account more secure.
You will receive email notifications for every transfer and withdrawal to your account. Any suspicious transactions will be automatically flagged for further investigation by the Tiger Brokers team.
Besides Tiger Brokers, Interactive Brokers and Saxo are also among the other popular platforms you would have come across on MoneySmart’s online brokerages wizard while comparing their features and trading benefits. Let’s pit these 3 platforms against one another to help you make a better decision. The key factors which we’ll look at are commission fees (on the Singapore stock exchange), market access and trading products available. Compared to Interactive Brokers and Saxo which charge minimum commissions per trade, Tiger Brokers charges no minimum, which makes it cost-effective for smaller and more frequent trades.
|Tiger Brokers||Interactive Brokers||Saxo|
|Commission Fee: 0.04% of trade value (no minimum)||Commission Fee: 0.08% of trade value (min. SGD 2.50 per trade)||Commission Fee: 0.08% of trade value (min. SGD 5 per trade)|
|Platform Fee: 0.04% of trade value (no minimum)||Platform Fee: USD 10 per month||Platform Fee: None for SGX stocks; 0.12% annual custody fee for non-SGX|
|Markets Available: 10 markets in Singapore, US, Hong Kong, China, Australia in 9 currencies||Markets Available: Over 135 markets in 33 countries, in 23 currencies||Markets Available: Over 37 markets in US, Europe, Asia and Australia, in 21 currencies|
|Trading Products: Stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, futures, options warrants, CBBCs, REITs||Trading Products: Stocks, funds, options, futures, bonds, currencies||Trading Products: Stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, options, futures, bonds, currencies, CFDs, commodities, cryptocurrency|
Similarly, Moomoo and TD Ameritrade are known for their low cost trades like Tiger Brokers. Let’s look at the similarities and differences in their SGX commission fees, market access and trading products. Among the 3, Tiger Brokers seems like the most cost-effective platform if you’re looking to trade in the Singapore market as Moomoo charges a minimum of SGD 2.49 while TD Ameritrade focuses on providing trading products and services solely for the US market.
|Tiger Brokers||Moomoo||TD Ameritrade|
|Commission Fee: 0.04% of trade value (no minimum)||Commission Fee: 0.03% of trade value (min. SGD 0.99 per trade)||Commission Fee: None|
|Platform Fee: 0.04% of trade value (no minimum)||Platform Fee: 0.03% of trade value (min. SGD 1.50 per trade)||Platform Fee: None|
|Markets Available: Singapore, US, Hong Kong, China, Australia||Markets Available: Singapore, US, Hong Kong, China||Markets Available: US only|
|Trading Products: Stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, futures, options warrants, CBBCs, REITs||Trading Products: Stocks, ETFs, options, futures, ADRs, REITs||Trading Products: Stocks, ETFs, options, futures|