To maximise your performance, low costs are essential.
Therefore, we are constantly striving to keep the total costs, including spreads, rollover costs and financing costs, as low as possible.
- Access to our personalised customer service, in Frankfurt, Singapore and London, is free
- No account charges apply
- Our competitive cost structure and variable margin gives you control over your finances
- We are committed to transparency in all our costs
- We charge for overnight funding, normally at the rate of 3%* p.a. plus relevant interbank rate ⱡ
- For non-FX products, Long positions attract a financing charge; short positions may receive a financing credit (subject to underlying interest rates). For FX products, a financing credit or debit will apply and the nature of the transaction is dependent on the underlying interest rates of the constituent currencies within the FX pair.
For more information on financing charges, click here.
We pass on 100% of dividends for UK shares, and 85% for US shares. Find out more in the Learn section.
Where futures are the reference market we only charge half of the bid offer for rollovers from one contract into the next. Therefore, the new position is only 50% of our standard spread for that market.
In the event that your trading account is inactive, you will be charged with an Inactivity Fee after 180 days. If your account remains inactive, the fee will recur in increments of £10 in subsequent periods of 30 calendar days (please see our T&Cs for more info on accounts held in another currency).
Funding charges in detail
Positions that are open overnight are subject to funding charges on a daily basis. Positions held on a Friday will attract a 3-day financing charge/credit for the weekend.
- For long positions, you borrow capital from us and so you will attract financing charges
- For short positions, you are lending capital to us, so financing charges may be paid to you
Note: Positions on futures do not incur such treatment.
- Notional value of the position: This is the amount you borrowed or lent on the position
- Interest rate: This is normally calculated by adding a 3%* rate to the one-week deposit rate of that currency, e.g. in the UK that would be LIBOR
- Number of nights: We take the annual rate and divide it by 360 days to calculate the nightly cost, and then multiply that by the number of nights
We’ve simplified the equations to calculate these transactions:
- Long positions: Daily Financing Transaction = -[value of trade x Effective Financing Rate x 1/360**]
- Short positions: Daily Financing Transaction = [value of trade x Effective Financing Rate x 1/360**]
*Note that SGD and HKD denominated products are charged at the rate of 5% p.a. plus relevant interbank rate. Bitcoin products are charged at a rate of 25.5%.
**or 365 for GBP denominated assets
ⱡ If the calculated financing charge is lower than 0.01 (0.10 for DKK or SEK) units in the account base currency a minimum fee of 0.01 (0.10 for DKK or SEK) will apply. Note: this does not apply in the case of zero leveraged long positions where financing charges will always be zero.
Example: A Long Position
A client has a long position in 2,000 shares (equivalent) of company XYZ. At our daily financing time, the stock is valued at £20. If the current 1 week deposit rate for GBP is 1%, the calculation would be:
|- (2,000 x £20) x (1% + 3%) x 1/365 = -£4.38|
If they traded on a 10% margin, they will be charged 90% of the above value, so £3.94.
Example: A Short Position
A client has a short position in 500 shares (equivalent) of company ABC. At our daily financing time, the stock is valued at $300. If the current 1 week deposit rate for USD is 5%, the calculation would be:
|(500 x $300) x (5% - 3%) x 1/360 = +$8.33|
If they traded on a 25% margin, they will only be credited for 25% of that amount, so $2.08.