Trading212:Trading 212 introduces FX conversion fees, losing its commission-free status

  In a post on Trading 212‘s community forum, the trading platform revealed that, from early April, it will be implementing a 0.15 per cent fee on all trades of stocks or ETFs that are in different currencies from the currency on a customer’s account.

  So, when a user is making a trade in a currency different from that of the currency loaded into their account, then a 0.15 per cent fee will be added.

  While the move is perhaps a controversial one as Trading 212 can no longer claim to be commission-free, it still has one of the lowest FX fees in the UK.

  Questions have now been raised about the integrity of these commission-free trading platforms pivoting to add chargers, however small.

  Matt Leibowitz, CEO of rival investment app Stake, which doesnt charge FX fees on trades, said: “With Trading 212 announcing on its community forum, not publicly, that it is now going to be charging an FX conversion fee on every foreign trade”.

  “The GameStop saga empowered retail investors to take on the big hedge funds, Trading 212 is essentially capitalising on the new interest in retail investing as an opportunity to rinse inexperienced investors of more money…retail investors deserve better.”

  Following the surge in demand following the Reddit vs Wall Street battle, many trading apps were forced to temporarily halt trading, including Trading 212.

  The decision to add fees, however small, to what was marketed as a commission-free platform seems to have ruffled a few feathers, let‘s wait and see if the move pushes Trading 212’s users to look for other avenues.


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