Equities Trading Conditions

Market Orders

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.

Exchange

  • American Stock Exchange (AMEX)
  • Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE)
  • Athens Stock Exchange (AT)
  • OMX Copenhagen (CSE)
  • Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)
  • OMX Helsinki (HSE)
  • London International Exchange (LSE_INTL)
  • OMX Stockholm (SSE)
  • London Stock Exchange (LSE_SETS)
  • Singapore Exchange (SGX-ST)

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.

Split Orders

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.

Dividends from stock positions

Dividend payments from stock positions will be credited to the clients account with any applicable standard withholding taxes deducted. Saxo Bank cannot currently support or offer preferential withholding tax rates that may be available due to residency or legal status.

Transferring Stocks

Read more about transferring stocks to your Saxo Bank account

Updated 15th June, 2012

Local Market Terms

Custody, Taxation and fees on Greek Stocks

The Greek regulation requires every Greek shareholder to have a segregated settlement account for custody purposes. You therefore need to fill out either a Joint (only for Saxo Bank joint account holders) or an Individual SAT application form to allow Saxo Bank to open or transfer your custody account to Saxo Bank. Both forms can be found in and downloaded from our document library . Note that it might take up to 7 working days for the setup to be completed.

For Greek stocks, the following fees and taxes apply:

Exchange fee: 1.25 bps
Clearing fee: 2.00 bps
Sales Tax: 0.2 % (For Sells Only)

Example: If a client BUYS 2000 shares @ €2. Total cost for trade will be €15.30

€ 0.50 Exchange Fee
€ 0.80 Clearing Fee
€ 14.00 Saxo Commission @ 35 bps
€15.30 Total cost

 

If a retail client SELLS 2000 shares @ €2. Total cost for trade will be €23.30

€ 0.50 Exchange Fee
€ 0.80 Clearing Fee
€ 14.00 Saxo Commission @ 35 bps
€ 8.00 Sales Tax
€23.30 Total cost

Taxation on French Stocks

For French large cap Stocks a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) of 0.20% apply to all buy trades. The full list of the 109 affected Stocks can be found in the official application decree (in French)

Taxation on Hong Kong Stocks

For Hong Kong stocks, Stamp Duty and other charges apply: 0.108%. Note: Automated trading from 09:30-16:30 with a break between 12:00 - 13:30.

Taxation on Irish Stocks

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

Taxation on Italian Stocks

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.

Taxation on Singapore Stocks 

For Singapore Stocks, a Clearing Fee of 0.04% is payable, subject to a maximum of SGD 600.

Taxation on South African Stocks

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. 

Taxation on UK Stocks

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.

Depositary Receipt fees - US

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.

SEC Section 31 Fees for US CFD DMA and Shares

Saxo Bank passes on to clients the SEC Section 31 fee of $21.80 per million (0.218 bps) on US exchange CFD DMA and stock SELL transactions where client orders are entered directly into the underlying market. This fee applies only to US exchanges.

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

Pre-Opening Order Fills in US Markets

In US markets, Saxo Bank consolidates liquidity from a number of sources in addition to the primary exchanges. When there is a delay in the opening of the primary exchange, orders can be filled from these other sources before trading commences on the primary exchange.

Updated 01 March 2016

Corporate Actions 

Bonus Issues

Additional Stocks are allocated on the Ex-date. 

Capital gain distribution

Cash payment is allocated on Ex-date for value Pay date.

Cash Dividends

Cash dividends are booked on the Pay date based on the holdings as one day prior to the Ex-date. Dividend payments from Stock positions will be credited to the clients account with any applicable withholding taxes deducted.

Deletion of Open Orders as a Result of Corporate Actions

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 Type Never delete orders Always delete orders Rule defined below
Tender offers x
Stock splits x
Reversed stock split x
Bonus issues x
Mandatory Mergers x
Spin offs x
Ticker changes x
De-listings x
Cash dividends x
Stock dividends x
Optional dividends x
Right issues x

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.

Dividend Options

The default payment form is cash. However, clients can elect to receive Stocks. The cash entitlements are booked at pay date based on Ex-Date holdings. The Stock entitlement will be allocated once the reinvestment rate is confirmed for value Pay Date.

For dividend option events with tradable coupons these will be allocated at ex-date. The default payment is stocks. Clients can however elect to receive cash. For dividend options clients will be able to manually insert standing instructions at the individual security level.

Dividend reinvestment Plan (DRIP)

The default payment form is cash. However, clients can elect to receive Stocks. The cash entitlements are booked at pay date based on Ex-Date holdings. The Stock entitlement will be allocated once the reinvestment rate is confirmed for value Pay Date. For dividend reinvestments clients will be able to manually insert standing instructions at the individual security level.

Exchange offer

For exchange offers, clients holding a position in their portfolio will have the possibility to elect prior to the deadline.

Fractional Compensation

A fractional stock is less than one full stock, and can arise as a result of a Corporate Action entitlement calculation. For the following Corporate Actions, Saxo Bank pays cash compensation for fractions whenever fraction compensation is applicable:

  • Stock splits 
  • Reverse stock splits 
  • Optional dividends on stock positions 
  • Mergers 

Liquidation

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

Mergers & Mergers with Elections

For mandatory Mergers there are different outcomes: 

  1. Cash (distributed on Pay-Date) 
  2. Stocks (distributed on Ex-Date) 
  3. Mix of Cash & Stocks (distributed on Ex-date)

For mergers with elections, clients have the possibility to elect prior to the deadline.

New Positions in non-online traded Instruments

Sometimes a Corporate Action involves an instrument that is not tradable online with Saxo Bank. Under those circumstances, the procedures are as follows: Positions in new instruments that are not tradable online, assigned as a result of a Corporate Action, are booked to the clients account. The instrument will be added to the client account for reporting purposes.

Priority Issue

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

Right Issues

Clients holding Stock positions will receive rights and can choose to sell the rights or subscribe to new Stocks. If Saxo Bank has not received a response from clients by the reply deadline date stipulated by Saxo Bank, the Bank will if possible, sell the rights on behalf of our clients before they expire. If the rights are non-tradable, they will lapse and become worthless. The proceeds from the sale will be distributed to our clients, less standard commission for the account. The reason the Bank carries out this action is to prevent rights from being worthless when they expire. For rights issues were a temporary line is paid as a result of the subscription, the temporary line will be moved into the ordinary line via a Pari Passu event.

Australian Listed Events

For certain event types including but not limited to Non Renounceable Rights Distributions, Subscription Offers, Entitlement Offers, Rapid Offers, Retail Offers, Australian Listed Companies have the right to reduce entitlements to zero in certain circumstances and Saxo Bank will therefore only be booking entitlements to clients on the Payment Date.

Share premiums

Cash payment is allocated on Ex-date for value Pay date.

Special Corporate Action Events

Special and infrequent Corporate Actions that do not come under the descriptions above may occur. Saxo Bank will handle such Corporate Actions in the best interest of the client to the extent that time and operational procedures will allow.

Stock Dividends

Additional Stocks are allocated on the Ex-date for value on the Pay Date.

Stock Splits / Reverse Stock Splits

New Stock positions are allocated on the Ex-date.

Taxes and Fees on Corporate actions

Taxes and fees may also occur on other corporate action other than cash dividends such as fee on a stock dividend or tax on a merger. When such taxes and fees occur Saxo Bank will debit the client’s account accordingly.

Tender Offers

Clients holding Stocks in their portfolio will have the possibility to tender.

Warrant exercise 

Clients holding warrants will have the possibility to exercise their warrant prior to the deadline. Warrants not sold or exercised will lapse worthless.

Updated 14th Oct, 2013

Stocks and ETFs Risk Warning

Equities and ETFs are categorised as yellow or red products depending on the individual instrument.


Danish banks are required to categorise investment products offered to retail clients depending on the product’s complexity and risk as: green, yellow or red.

Trade responsibly

Losses can exceed deposits on margin products. Please ensure you understand the risks.

This website can be accessed worldwide however the information on the website is related to Saxo Bank A/S and is not specific to any entity of Saxo Bank Group. All clients will directly engage with Saxo Bank A/S and all client agreements will be entered into with Saxo Bank A/S and thus governed by Danish Law.


Apple, iPad and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

Your browser cannot display this website correctly

Our website is optimised to be browsed by a system running iOS 9.X and on desktop IE 10 or newer. If you are using an older system or browser, the website may look strange. To improve your experience on our site, please update your browser or system.