There’s a new broker in town.
One that offers completely free US Stock, Options and ETF trades.
So this isn’t like the Tiger Brokers or Moomoo which offer free trades for the first few months or so, and a small fee after.
This is free, forever.
For those of you who have been dying for a Robinhood equivalent for Singapore investors, this is it.
Webull Singapore Stock Broker App Review
Financial Horse dutifully downloaded the Webull app and funded $2,000 to play around with it.
And here’s my review of the Webull Singapore Stock Broker App.
Webull Account Opening Promo – Promo Code / Sign Up Bonus
If you’re keen to sign up, there is an account opening promo.
Sign up link here, but I do suggest reading the rest of the review first: Webull Signup Link
Open a Webull account, make an initial funding of and maintain at least SGD2,000, and execute at least 1 buy trade of stocks or ETF with a min. trade value of USD 100 on the US market within 30 days.
Trade US Options, US Stocks, US ETFs with no fees – Webull
There’s no gimmick here.
You can buy or sell any US stock, option or ETF with absolutely zero commission or platform fees.
You still need to pay the exchange fees though, but these are minimal and are payable regardless of which broker you use.
Webull commissions compared vs Interactive Brokers, Tiger Brokers and Moomoo
I’ve compared the trade commissions for Webull against Interactive Brokers, Tiger Brokers and Moomoo below.
- Webull is undisputedly the cheapest broker for US shares / options
- Webull only has access to US and HK markets
Webull is undisputedly the cheapest for US shares / options
There’s just no competition here.
Even the cheapest alternative, Interactive Brokers, doesn’t do free.
If you want the cheapest broker to buy US shares / options in Singapore, it has to be Webull.
Webull only has access to US and HK markets
That said, if you’re a serious investor in Singapore, you will probably at some point in your investing career require access to London and Singapore markets.
Webull doesn’t have that access.
With Webull, you only get US and Hong Kong markets.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing though, because the markets you do get access to – you’re basically getting free trades.
If you complement Webull with another broker (like Interactive Brokers for International Stocks and DBS Vickers for Singapore), you could have yourself a very solid stock broker setup that could last you for years to come.
What are the Forex Fees for Webull?
I had a check with Webull’s Forex.
The rate they gave me was 1 USD -> 1.3776 SGD
The Interbank rate at the time was 1.3738
This works out to about a 0.3% FX spread.
That’s in line with the other brokers like Tiger Brokers and Moomoo and FSMOne.
It’s not best in class like Interactive Brokers though, which gives you interbank rates but with a minimum of $2 fee each time.
But with Interactive Brokers you do have to pay commission for your trades, so it’s not exactly an apples to apples comparison.
Background on Webull
Some background on Webull:
Webull Financial LLC (Chinese: 微牛证券) is a Chinese-owned stockbroker headquartered in New York… It is owned by Fumi Technology, a Chinese holding company that has received backing from Xiaomi, Shunwei Capital, and other private equity investors in China.
A rough timeline of Webull:
- May 24, 2017, Webull Financial LLC was established as a Delaware limited liability company by Wang Anquan, a former employee of Alibaba Group.
- May 30, 2018, the company released its mobile app for iOS and Android.
- May 2020, it received SEC approval to launch a robo-advisor.
- August 2020, it had over 11 million registered users.
- October 2020, it had 750,000 daily active users.
- November 2020, Webull began supporting cryptocurrency transactions.
- June 2021, Webull began talks of an initial public offering, with considered valuations of $400 million.
Basically, Webull is broadly similar to the other low cost China brokers like Tiger Brokers and Moomoo.
The only difference is that Webull is not listed.
Webull entered the Singapore market recently, with Singapore as their APAC regional HQ.
Incorporated in 2021, Webull Securities (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. is regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and holds a Capital Markets Services (CMS) Licence under the Securities and Futures Act 2001.
Note: Webull Singapore does not support crypto trading.
How are the shares held by Webull? Custodian vs Pooled?
Assets or monies deposited with Webull is held in a custody account, held on trust for you.
Is Webull safe? Any chance of default?
So – how safe is Webull ultimately?
To be fair, in this day and age, It’s not possible to say for certain that any one broker is risk free.
No matter how big they get, Interactive Brokers, TD Ameritrade, there’s still always a chance of default.
My personal view – Webull is probably about as safe as the other low cost China brokers like Tiger Brokers and Moomoo.
Would I trust it with my life savings?
Well, I wouldn’t trust any one broker with my life savings ever.
I trust CDP (where all my Singapore shares are held), but for international stocks I usually spread them out over a few brokers like Interactive Brokers, Standard Chartered Online Trading, Saxo, Tiger Brokers, Moomoo, Webull etc.
So at least if one goes down, I don’t lose everything.
But that’s just how I do it, this one’s ultimately your call.
Webull Account Opening and How to Fund?
For those who have Singpass, Account Opening is done via Singpass and very quick and convenient.
I completed my application in a few minutes and was good to go.
Funding options are set up above, essentially:
- Electronic Debit
- FAST Transfer
- TT Transfer
Electronic Debit is the recommended option.
You basically link it with your bank account, and you can draw on the funds from your bank account any time, instantly.
I set it up on a Sunday and the transfer was completed almost instantly after setup.
No more waiting for your funds to be deposited.
And absolutely no fees as well. Great stuff.
My Personal Experience with Webull
In the course of doing reviews on Stock Brokers, I’ve tried almost every other brokerage account out there for Singapore investors.
Interactive Brokers, Standard Chartered Online Trading, Saxo, Tiger Brokers, Moomoo, FSMOne, DBS Vickers etc.
You name it, I’ve probably tried it.
And I must say, I really had no expectations about Webull going in.
But after playing around with the Webull app for a while, I absolutely love it.
Full disclaimer that I’ve been using Webull’s US app to monitor stock prices for a while, so I’m probably biased towards the platform.
But I just find that everything is so smooth, the UI is so intuitive, and everything just, well works.
Unlike some other brokerage accounts like Interactive Brokers where I need to spend time trying to figure out where things are, with Webull that was never a problem.
I didn’t need to worry about the app, and could just focus on making investment decisions.
Which to me, is how a stock trading app should be.
Conclusion: Review of Webull Singapore App
Long story short – I really like Webull.
Everything is smooth, intuitive and easy to use.
And free US stock, option and ETF trades is pretty amazing.
Payment for Order Flow is something to note, but frankly as a retail investor just stick with limit orders and it shouldn’t be a big problem.
How safe is Webull?
Like I said, probably as safe as Tiger Brokers or Moomoo. I don’t think I would be putting my life savings in, but I don’t mind funding it with some play money just to make trades when I have itchy fingers. I find the Webull app much easier to use than the Interactive Brokers app which I use for my heavy duty investments.
The other big drawback is that you only have access to the US and Hong Kong markets.
As a Singapore investor, you’ll probably need access to Singapore and London exchanges, which means you’ll likely need to complement Webull with another stock broker.
If it were me – I would probably use DBS Vickers Cash Upfront for Singapore ($10 per trade, but it goes into your CDP), and Interactive Brokers for everything else.
Webull Account Opening Promo – Promo Code / Sign Up Bonus
If you’re keen to sign up, there is an account opening promo now.
Sign up link here: Webull Signup Link
Other low cost brokers to buy US, China or Singapore stocks?
Or if you’re looking for another broker, you can check out the other options below:
Get a free Apple share you’re new to MooMoo and fund $2700.
Get a free share and cash bonus when you fund & trade with your new account with Tiger Brokers.
Special account opening bonus for Saxo Brokers too (drop email to firstname.lastname@example.org for full steps).
Or Interactive Brokers for competitive FX and commissions.
How does Webull compare to TD ameritrade? TD is also commission free. Thank you.
Funnily enough TD Ameritrade is one of the few brokers I have not tried. So I cannot comment on comparisons vs TD Ameritrade unfortunately.
TD is free for buying shares but not options -minimum is $0.70 per contract (total $1.40) if open and close the trade. it’s quite low but First trade is even lower at 0.04 per contract ! I too lazy to switch as I don’t do options frequently.
I think one key feature to note for serious options traders is the level 2 analysis which offers value add insights. Moo moo is good at this.
Lastly, remember it’s not possible to transfer your US shares out to another broker for eg moo moo do not allow at the moment. I think TD allows but it involves some paperwork (I don’t intend to transfer so didn’t dig deeper) For Phillips securities when I request to transfer my US shares out to TD it was quite fast and painless.
Just to share my experiences if it helps anyone to decide ! 🙂
Thanks! Really appreciate the sharing!
Welcome! Also enjoy and appreciate the articles on FH . Keep up the good work !
What’s the caveat to withdraw all the monty in my WeBULL account after getting the USD100 bonus i.e. completing all 1+5 trades?
If you have to put it like that, there is the requirement to fund at least $2000
Some brokers like moomoo do have a requirement to hold the funds for 30 days though. But I mean, if you really wanted to game the system…
Is it possible to perform multi leg option strategies on webull?
Yes but you might want to see if the interface is to your liking. It will not be as comprehensive as something like IBKR.
You mention no access to London and Singapore markets on Webull. Do you expect this could change over time, as Webull continues its international expansion?
That’s definitely possible, wouldn’t rule this out.
Thanks. I think there is a real opportunity for Webull, Futu/Moomoo and Tiger to build an easy-to-use international platform to compete with IBKR which is way more complex than most individual investors/traders need.
Hi, I really like your blog. I have just registered with Webull and funded my account with SGD3000. However when I was about to sell options in Webull, it says selling options is currently not available😰. Do you have any idea it will be available?
Thanks for the kind words!
It is available though, might be that it is not available for your account based on your risk disclosures. Suggest to check with Webull customer support on how to enable it.
Hi, the SG version is not available for short selling yet. Had contacted the team and they said they will forward to developer and hope it is up soon
Are you able to buy put options? Could short via options instead.
Tried this time, and it says non trading time! Awaiting Webull to get back regarding this, as previously it stated I was not able to short sell.
Nope, they got back and replied. Currently only can long calls and long puts. Selling is on their plan list. Stay tuned!
If you can long a put you can benefit when the stock price drops? I get that it’s not a direct short, but it can be an alternative.
Yea, I can too. I prefer the idea of shorting the put. I like to sell cash secured puts. In longing, I need to fork out the premium. I rather receive the premium in this aspect. Then again, to each and his own. This is just my opinion.
Understand where you’re coming from. Yeah if that’s the case might want to check out IBKR, they’re probably my go to broker for more sophisticated trades.
Just signed up webull. Realised there is no GTC trades. Only day trades.
Thanks for the heads up, good point to highlight.
Need to update your write at the end of the article as Tiger now give Grab and not Apple shares. Lol. Not sure about Moomoo.
Haha thanks for the heads up!