Stocks trading conditions

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Order types and Order handling

Certain exchanges do not support Market orders. If a client places a market order in these markets, Saxo Bank will automatically convert the order to an aggressive Limit order within a certain percentage limit “in the money”.

The Percentage Limit varies between 1% and 4% depending on the exchange and the type of instrument. Please note that it is a client’s responsibility to check if the order is filled in the market after order entry.

If you experience or suspect any errors with your order, you should contact Saxo Bank immediately.

In addition, some of our execution brokers may choose to convert Market orders on certain exchanges into aggressive limit orders 3% “in the money”. This is due to their internal compliance and is intended to protect clients from unintentionally moving the market.

Saxo Bank will not be responsible for missing fills due to this.

Saxo Bank supports the placement of market orders while the market is closed. As the market may open at a very different price from where it closed, this could lead to shares being bought for more cash than is available in your account.

To minimise this risk, the system will calculate an additional cash buffer that must be available in order to place market orders to buy shares. Should the order placement be rejected a limit order may be attempted instead as the limit price will provide a maximum purchase price.

In case an order regarding a security is split, and filled partially over a period of more than one day, the total trading costs may increase. The reason for such increase is that the minimum fee may be charged more than one time based on the number of days necessary for the total execution of the order.

In general, Saxo Bank consolidates liquidity from a number of sources in addition to the primary exchange to improve the execution price for our clients. However, when there is a delay in the opening of a listing on the primary exchange, orders sent prior to the opening uncross will only participate on the primary exchange until trading commences. Other sources of liquidity (secondary venues, dark pools, MTFs etc.) are utilized post primary market open.

Please note, you may see streaming prices inside the trading platform before the primary exchange is open depending on your data subscription. However, market orders, stop orders or aggressive limit orders submitted prior to the open, will not be filled until the opening print from the primary exchange.

Exchange and market specific conditions

When trading Chinese A-shares listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges via the Hong Kong Stock Connect the following fees apply;

Stamp Duty (charged by SAT, only for seller)0.10%
Handling Fee (charged by SSE/SZSE)0.00487%
Securities Fee (charged by CSRC)0.002%
Transfer Fee (charged by ChinaClear / HKSCC)0.004%
Portfolio fee, based on value slab (Charged by CCASS)0.008% to 0.003%

Please note that the following trading conditions for the North Bound Stock Connect (Hong Kong - Shanghai/Shenzhen) apply:

Trading CurrencyCNH (RMB)
Order TypesLimit orders only, throughout the day (day order)
Order Price Limits)Typically ± 10% Last Close Price
Max order size1 Million Shares
Lot sizeBuy (100) Sell (1)
Tick SizeCNH 0.01
No amendment of ordersOrders must be cancelled and re-entered
Day TradingNot permitted – Anything bought on T can only be sold on or after T +1
Sell onlySome symbols are categorized as sell only on certain dates by exchange
Daily QuotaClick here for more information

Please note that Northbound Trading is closed the day before a Public Holiday in Hong Kong.
Click here to view the monthly HKEX calendar or access a complete overview of public holidays and closed trading days here.

For more information and details please visit the dedicated HKEx Stock Connect website.

Taxation by market

For French large cap Stocks a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) of 0.30% apply to all buy trades. The full list of the 109 affected Stocks can be found in the official application decree (in French) 

For Hong Kong stocks, Stamp Duty and other charges apply: 0.1077%. Note: Automated trading from 09:30-16:30 with a break between 12:00 - 13:30.

Stocks have an ITP (Irish Takeover Panel) levy charge of 1.25 Euros for stock purchases and sales, where the trade value exceeds 12,500 Euros. Ireland Stamp Duty 1.0% of Transaction Value for stock purchases only.

From 1 March 2013 the Italian Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) of 0.10% will go live on all purchases of Italian shares and Equity linked securities (i.e. depositary receipts) in listed companies that have a registered office in Italy. Please find here the Ministerial Decree as issued by the Italian Minister of Economy and Finance. 

The clearing fee for Malaysian Stocks is 0.03% (max MYR 1,000) and a stamp duty of 0.1% (max MYR 200) will be charged for all stocks.

A clearing fee for trading Singapore listed securities is payable at 0.0325% of contract value.

SGX listed securities also incur a trading fee of 0.0075% of the traded value, in addition to our regular commissions and fees.

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange applies a Securities Transfer Tax (STT) of 0.25% when opening a stock position (on stock buy trades) - this tax is not applicable to Single Stock CFD trades. 

For UK stocks a Panel for Takeovers and Mergers (PTM) Levy and Stamp Duty may be applicable. Stamp Duty is applied on all buy transactions at a rate of 0.5% of the transaction value. A PTM Levy of GBP 1 is applied to buy and sell transactions where the Gross Value of the trade exceeds GBP 10,000. Please note that for Irish registered stocks, Stamp Duty is 1% of the transaction value.

It is standard practice for US depositary receipts to charge an annual administration fee up to USD 0.05 per share depending on the issuing depositary bank. The intent of the fee is to cover costs for the banks that take on the operational processes necessary to issue and trade the depositary receipt line. Typically the fee is deducted when dividend payments are made, however, in case the depositary receipt does not pay a dividend or did not include the custodial fee in their dividend events, the fee will be administered through fee-only events. The dividend fee is stipulated in the Deposit Agreement between the depositary bank and the company based upon industry standards. The Deposit Agreement is filed with the SEC and is readily accessible by the public. The fee per depositary receipt is not dependent on the total amount of dividend being paid but the amount of shares held.

Saxo Bank passes on to clients the SEC Section 31 fee of USD 22.10 per million effective 18 February 2020 on US exchange CFD DMA and stock SELL transactions where client orders are entered directly into the underlying market. This fee only applies to US exchanges.

For more information please read press release published by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Corporate action handling

Additional Stocks are allocated on Ex-date based on the eligible holding on ex-date-1 and will be available for trading, post value date upon receipt from agent.

Cash payment for dividend is allocated on Pay date for all shareholders.

Currency options are not extended to clients. When a currency option is announced within the framework of an event, the payment will be processed as per the denominated currency of the security listing.

Cash dividends related to stock positions are booked on pay date based on the eligible holding on ex-date-1. Dividend payments from Stock positions will be credited with any applicable withholding taxes deducted.

The day before a Corporate Action event is scheduled to take effect (the Ex-date), open orders are deleted for certain event types. The following details the rules of behaviour:

Event TypeNever delete orders Always delete orders Rule defined below
Bonus issuex
Capital gains distributionx
Cash dividendsx
Dividend option / Dividen reinvestmentx
Exchange offerx
Liquidationx
Mergers & Mergers with electionsx
Priority issuex
Right issuesx
Share premiumsx
Stock dividendsx
Stock splits / Reverse stock splitx
Spin offx
Tender offersx
Warrant exercisex

For dividends and rights issues, all open orders for the given instrument will be deleted if the change in the market price is calculated to be over 20% due to the Corporate Action event.

Some issuers offer an alternative to cash by way of a dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP) or scrip issue of shares.

DRIPs are a reinvestment of the cash dividend and the price can only be calculated on the actual date of purchase. Distribution of stock takes place later. DRIPs are subject to commissions and other market charges. Clients will be offered options according to the agent. Based on the offered options, clients may elect to have their dividends reinvested or to receive the dividends in the form of cash. Partial elections cannot be accepted. 

Cash entitlements are booked on pay date.

Stock entitlements can take up to 10 business after the cash pay date to be received. The number of additional shares will be calculated as follows:

  • The number of shares elected multiplied by net dividend rate (gross rate – applicable tax) divided by Reinvestment Price. 
Cash will be paid in lieu of fractional shares if applicable. 

For exchange offers, customers holding a position in their portfolio will have the possibility to elect prior to the deadline. Please note that any holdings that have elected to exchange, will be debited on the instruction deadline date and will be booked on a dummy security (represented by a LOCK  symbol). This is to prevent elected holdings from being sold before the payment date. The exchange entitlement will be booked upon receipt from the agent.

In the case where scale back of exchange occurs, holdings not accepted will be unblocked and proceeds for the accepted exchange instructions will be booked upon receipt from the agent.

In corporate actions, issuers may announce to offer resultant entitlements in different markets. In such cases, resultant entitlements first should be transferred and registered in the respective markets and after that will be available for trading. Such movements may take additional time. During the transfer period client entitlements will be blocked for trading.

Holdings in the liquidated company will be removed. Liquidation proceeds, if any, will be allocated upon receipt.

Liquidation proceeds are processed in three different forms:

  • Worthless removal of holdings: If the issuer announces the liquidation it may process the removal of the holdings without any proceeds. There is no guarantee of payment in case of liquidation.
  • Partial removal of holdings with payment: Issuer may announce to remove the holdings partially, with proceeds calculated and determined in the meetings or by the court if applicable.
  • Complete removal of holdings with payment: Issuer may announce to remove the complete holdings, with proceeds calculated and determined in the meetings or by the court as applicable.

Mandatory corporate action events are processed on ex-date and which result in tradeable entitlement. However, in some cases pay date of the event is not confirmed or beyond the tradeable cycle. In such cases, Saxo will process the entitlement to a dummy security to block the trading. Resultant entitlements will be booked to clients accounts as soon as received from agent.

For mandatory mergers there are different outcomes: 

  1. Cash (distributed on Pay-Date) 
  2. Stock (distributed on Ex-Date with future value date) 
  3. Mix of Cash & Stock (distributed on Ex-date with future value date)

For mergers with elections, customers have the possibility to elect prior to the deadline. Please note that any holdings elected to merge, will be debited on the instructions deadline date and will be booked on a dummy security. This is to prevent elected holdings from trading, the merger entitlement will be booked upon receipt from the agent.

In the case where scale back occurs, holdings not accepted will be unblocked and proceeds for the accepted merger, will be booked as soon as practical upon receipt from the agent.

Sometimes a Corporate Action involves an instrument that is Not Online Client Tradable with Saxo Bank. 

Under those circumstances, the procedures are as follows: 

Positions in new instruments that are Not Online Client Tradeable, assigned resulting from a Corporate Action, are booked to the customer’s account. The instrument will be added to the customer account for reporting purposes only.

Clients holding stock as of Record date will be given the opportunity to subscribe for new shares. The offer to purchase new shares is not transferable.

Priority offers are announced with one of the possibilities to subscribe as per below:

Ratio – Clients can subscribe as per the ratio

Parcels announced with options to subscribe for worth of shares – subscribe for one of the options available.

Parcels announced with options to subscribe for number of shares - subscribe for one of the options available on portal

Minimum and/or multiple and/or maximum number of shares – Use remark section of the event to mention the number of shares you wish to subscribe as per the terms of event. In case of missing information, a minimum number of shares to subscribe will be applied as per notification.

Minimum and/or multiple and/or maximum worth of shares - Use remark section of the event to mention the worth of shares you wish to subscribe as per the terms of event. In case of missing information, a minimum worth of shares to subscribe will be applied as per notification.

Subscription costs will be debited from client accounts on deadline date. In the event of insufficient cash balance, client instructions will be rejected accordingly without prior notification, without liability for loss.

Rights issues are a two-step event. Step one - Rights distribution and step two - Subscription. Under rights distribution, rights get distributed to clients based on holdings as at ex-date - 1. Rights can be transferable or non-transferable.

Transferable rights, also known as renounceable (tradeable) rights, are issued to existing shareholders and can be traded in the open market.

Non-transferable or non-renounceable rights cannot be bought or sold due to being non-transferable.

Clients can choose to sell the rights or subscribe to new stock. If Saxo Bank does not receive a response from clients by the reply deadline date stipulated, rights will be sold on best effort basis on behalf of the customer before they expire. The proceeds from the sale will be distributed to clients, less standard commission for the account. This is to assist in the prevention of rights being worthless when they expire. Please note that the trading of rights is being supported up to the client’s deadline date. Please note that this is done for positions only worth more than Euro 30 per client but is not offered for APAC listed securities and rights held on the Portuguese market.

In case clients wish to subscribe in the offer, they should ensure to instruct in the multiple/s advised in the notification. Failure to comply will result in the rejection of instructions and clients will not be notified of the rejection.

For some Rights issues, there is the possibility to oversubscribe. To do so, the client must take up their full entitlement to the ordinary rights.

Oversubscription may be subject to scale back.

Clients should ensure that the account where positions are booked to, are funded sufficiently with the relevant cash on the same day of instructions submission to exercise and or oversubscribe. This cash should continue to remain available on the chosen account at time of electing, until the Saxo instruction deadline. In case of insufficient cash, instructions will be rejected without prior notification.

Where clients have multiple sub-accounts the cash must be held on the sub-account where the position is booked to, from the date and time of instruction submission until the Saxo instruction deadline date. In the event of insufficient cash on the correct sub-account, instructions will be rejected without prior notification.

Subscription costs will be debited on the instruction deadline date and the resultant entitlement will be booked to a dummy security.

The new entitlement will be booked upon receipt from the agent.

If the rights are non-tradable, they will lapse and become worthless.

For rights issues where a temporary line is paid upon subscription, the temporary line will be moved into the ordinary line via a Pari Passu event.

Kindly note that for APAC Region & Portuguese market, should clients wish to close positions this will have to be outside of Saxo Bank. Rights not exercised will be debited as worthless for these markets.

*Australian listed events

For certain event types including but not limited to Non-Renounceable Rights Distributions, Subscription Offers, Entitlement Offers, Rapid Offers, Retail Offers. Saxo Bank may not be able to participate and as such will not make such offers available to clients.

Share Purchase Plans Events (SPP) will be offered to underlying beneficial owner clients however clients will need to provide the underlying beneficial owner details requested by Saxo Bank.

Cash payment for dividends issued from the shares premium reserves and is allocated on pay date for all shareholders.

Dividend paid in the form of additional Stock which are issued on Ex-date for value pay Date.

Increase / decrease in a corporations number of outstanding equities and the subsequent equity price and nominal value are adjusted accordingly. Additional Stocks are allocated on Ex-date.

Clients will receive a distribution of securities issued by another company, these securities may be in an existing company or newly created. Additional stocks are allocated on Ex-date.

Clients will have the possibility to tender. Please note that any holdings elected to tender will be debited on the instructions deadline date and will be booked to a dummy security. The tender entitlement will be booked upon receipt from the agent.

Customers holding warrants will have the opportunity (final) to exercise their warrant prior to the deadline. Warrants not sold or exercised will lapse worthless. Customers holding warrants will have the opportunity (ongoing) to exercise their warrant prior to the deadline. Warrants not sold or exercised will have no action applied and clients will keep holding the warrants until final expiry. Clients should ensure that their account is fully funded at election deadline, to cover the costs of purchasing new shares. In the event, clients do not maintain sufficient cash balance for the subscriptions cost, client instructions will be cancelled without prior notification.

In the Spanish market, bonus rights events are announced as information to clients. This is a mandatory event, offering client tradeable rights for the specified trading period which clients may trade and hold.

Remaining holdings held after the trading period, will be converted/redeemed for the resultant entitlement (subject to the applied market tax rate) announced in the event.

In Swedish market, redemption rights events are announced as information to the clients. This is a mandatory event, offering client tradeable rights for the specified trading period which clients may trade and hold.

Remaining holdings post trading period will be converted/redeemed for the resultant entitlement (subject to the applied market tax rate) announced in the event.

Termination: For securities classified as “depository receipts” conversion and termination events are announced as per information from the agent. As per event terms, client’s holding depository receipt are given opportunity to convert their holdings into common shares to the subjective issuer.

These events are offered in specific markets as per service terms where applicable. However, the event will only be offered for participation in supported markets. In such cases, where the conversion into common shares are not offered, the information will be included in the event notification. To participate in the event, clients should consult with their financial advisor.

Conversion: Corporate actions offer only final conversion opportunity (termination event) to clients.

Corporate actions events may result in entitlements in the product which cannot be supported. In case of such entitlements, an information only event will be advised to move the resultant entitlements to another broker upon receipt. Saxo Bank do not hold any liability on any losses or compliance arising. Saxo Bank advise clients to read the documents for the terms and conditions of the offer.

In Italian market, special voting right events are not announced.

Electing holders receive the voting rights due to which their elected positions are moved to interim A to B shares then, to cum voto shares in the time span of 2 year, all the 3 instruments blocked from trading.

Corporate actions events are announced in different markets whereby documents and beneficial owner details may be required. In such cases, Saxo Bank will specify the information in the event notification, to advise the client of the additional requirements to fulfil by the stated deadline. Clients are advised to refer to the event notification details. All documents are shared with clients on a separate email where applicable. Clients are advised to check with their advisor, for legal and compliance matters.

In the event of missing or incomplete documents, client instructions may be rejected. No liability will be accepted in the event of missing or incomplete documents.

In such cases, clients are advised to respond to the original email which will be provided by Saxo Bank, with the additional requirements stipulated. Any deviation from the original email may result in delay or non-acceptance of the documents / instructions.

Special and infrequent Corporate Actions may occur within the corporate actions handling process. Saxo Bank will handle such Corporate Actions in the best interest of clients to the extent that time and operational process permits.

Clients have the right to vote on certain corporate matters, voting can have an impact on the companies strategy and therefore its value.

Information about general meetings will be provided to all clients including those who do not intend to vote. 

Saxo platforms lists upcoming events relevant to your holdings. The list also contains links to further information about each event and the due date for casting votes. 

From here it will be possible to sign up for the voting service, and to launch the ballots to vote at the events. The module is located in the menu under “Corporate Actions -> Shareholder Voting”

This will ensure that you receive information of upcoming meetings, are able to view ballots and have a mechanism to execute vote instructions.

There will be a charge for signing up for the service which is as follows:

Description

Cost

Service subscription

EUR 30 p.a. excl. VAT

Vote/Changing a vote

EUR 5 per vote excl. VAT

The Service subscription fee will be charged on a quarterly basis at the end of the quarter and is non-refundable. Clients opting in and out within the same quarter will be charged the full amount. When relevant, the service subscription fee will be converted to the applicable local currency and subject to a currency conversion charge. 

The per vote fee will be charged at the time of voting. When relevant, the per vote fee will be converted to the applicable local currency and subject to a currency conversion charge. 

Note that both the service subscription fee and per vote fee will first be charged at the end of Q4 2020. No service subscription fee will be charged for Q3 2020.

Saxo will not be able to offer meeting services for the following markets:

Subscription Level

Market

Service Status

EU & EEA services

Norway

Market not available

Global services

Australian Where clients have a HIN account

Service not available.

Holiday Overview

During holidays, markets and exchanges around the world are closed at certain times. Saxo Bank's operating hours over this period are given below. Please note that even during these hours some markets and exchanges may not be available.

Thanksgiving Day 2020

Exchanges holidays

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