Saxo Bank Review
By Steven Hatzakis
February 18th, 2019
Last Updated: May 16th, 2019
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Established in 1992, Saxo Bank is one of the leading retail forex and multi-asset brokerages with regulated entities across 15 international jurisdictions including the UK, Denmark, and Singapore. Catering to both retail and institutional clients, Saxo Bank processes over one million transactions per day and holds $16 billion in assets under management (AUM).
Saxo Bank offers traders nearly every electronically traded asset class, including spot FX, FX options, non-deliverable forwards (NDFs), Contracts for Difference (CFDs), stocks, stock options, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs) including cryptos, futures, contract options, and bonds.
With competitive pricing, excellent trading platforms, quality research, reliable customer service, and over 30,000 CFDs offered, Saxo Bank offers traders a complete package worth being a customer for, under a global brand they can trust.
- SaxoTraderGo is feature rich and our favorite web-based platform for 2019.
- Diverse selection of quality top-tier market research and commentary.
- Competitive forex spreads and commissions.
- Regulated in multiple major financial jurisdictions across the globe.
- $2,000 minimum deposit.
- Lack of automated trading solutions for copy traders.
- While its proprietary platforms SaxoTraderGo and SaxoTraderPRO are both great, they are the only platforms offered. MetaTrader is not available.
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|Publicly-Traded Company (Listed)||No|
|Regulated in Major Hub||Yes|
|Regulated in Emerging Hub||Yes|
|Authorised in the European Union||Yes|
Commissions & Fees
Put simply, Saxo Bank provides great all-around pricing for both forex and CFDs trading.
- Saxo Bank is committed to the FX Global Code, an evolving interbank standard around enhanced disclosures and execution best-practices to promote integrity and transparency across the global foreign exchange market.
- Saxo Bank offers three account types, its Classic account requires a $2,000 minimum deposit, while its Platinum account for active traders requires $50,000, and finally, its VIP account which offers the most savings on pricing is reserved for elite investors who deposit at least $1m USD.
- In terms of spreads, looking at February 2018 data, the average spread on the EUR/USD was 0.4 pips at Saxo Bank. Together with its volume-based pricing that includes a default commission equivalent of 0.5 pips, Saxo Bank provide an all-in cost of 0.9 pips.
|Minimum Initial Deposit||$2,000.00|
|Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard||0.90|
|All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active||0.60|
|Active Trader or Premium/VIP||Yes|
Platforms & Tools
No question, Saxo Bank‘s proprietary trading platforms SaxoTraderGO (web) and SaxoTraderPRO (desktop) set the industry benchmarks thanks to their streamlined designs and a wide range of trading tools that will satisfy the pickiest of traders.
- Web-based platform SaxoTraderGO is built using HTML 5 standards and as a result is flexible, runs smoothly in any browser, and is overall easy to use. Charting is robust, offering nearly 50 indicators and 17 drawing tools, including Trade Signals from Auto Chartist.
- Desktop based SaxoTraderPRO resembles the web version in terms of look and feel. Functionality is similar, however the PRO platform offers a larger selection of professional features such as support for up to six monitors, streaming Level 2 order books, streaming time and sales, and support for algorithmic orders.
- Saxo Bank has done very well keeping the look and feel consistent across platforms, even bringing functionality such as syncing charts and watch lists that save automatically and sync with the mobile app, among other similar design qualities, where great attention to detail is given.
- Certain features of the PRO platform require additional data subscriptions, for example to use the streaming Level 2 order book, which is a common industry practice among brokers offering professional trader focused features.
- While both platforms are great, the web version is my preferred choice.
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|Virtual Trading (Demo)||Yes|
|Desktop Platform (Windows)||Yes|
|Social Trading / Copy-Trading||Yes|
|MetaTrader 4 (MT4)||No|
|MetaTrader 5 (MT5)||No|
|Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)||47|
|Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)||17|
|Charting - Trade From Chart||Yes|
|Watchlists - Total Fields||12|
|Order Type - Trailing Stop||Yes|
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- Average Connection Time: <1 minute
- Average Net Promoter Score: 7.8 / 10
- Average Professionalism Score: 5.1 / 10
- Overall Score: 7.2 / 10
- Ranking: 5th (23 brokers)
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Saxo Bank combines quality in-house research with well-known third-party providers to offer an excellent research experience. In 2019, Saxo Bank is No. 1.
- Saxo offers a rich and diverse research offering across its websites and platforms, ranging from in-house analysts who publish daily analysis through Saxo Bank’s research and educational Market Analysis portal, to content provided by numerous third-party providers.
- Saxo Bank does a great job centralizing its research within the SaxoTraderGo web platform. Third-party research providers are found throughout, including Auto Chartist for automated Trade Signals and streaming economic news from NewsEdge, among others.
- Saxo Banks desktop platform for professionals, SaxoTraderPRO, offers even more research tools than its Go counterpart, including screeners, level 2 order books, and equity research reports from FactSet.
|Daily Market Commentary||Yes|
|Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)||Yes|
|Trading Central (Recognia)||No|
|Social Trading / Copy-Trading||Yes|
|Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs||Yes|
Saxo Bank does a great job tying in high quality trading tools and research into its mobile app, unifying the reliable SaxoTraderGO web-based platform experience.
- The SaxoTraderGO mobile app was very consistent in its look and feel compared to the web-based version of the platform.
- The calendar, news, and other research content, including pattern recognition analysis from Auto Chartist, all match the web-version of the platform.
- The charting capabilities are rich with drawing tools, indicators, and customizations, providing a nearly identical experience with the web-based version of the platform.
- In addition to syncing watch lists, mobile charts in SaxoTraderGO sync with the web-based version of the platform, which means that if you draw trend-lines and add indicators in the web-version, they appear in the mobile app (and vice-versa).
- One minor drawback is the default Account Summary screen is mostly empty and unimpactful. Saxo Bank could do a better job by displaying additional modules and overall providing a streamlined account summary with a markets overview instead.
|Apple iOS App||Yes|
|Trading - Forex||Yes|
|Trading - CFDs||Yes|
|Alerts - Basic Fields||Yes|
|Watch List Syncing||Yes|
|Charting - Indicators / Studies||41|
|Charting - Draw Trend Lines||Yes|
|Charting - Trend Lines Moveable||Yes|
|Charting - Multiple Time Frames||Yes|
|Charting - Drawings Autosave||Yes|
Offering of Investments
The following table summarizes the different investment products available to Saxo Bank clients.
|Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)||182|
|CFDs - Total Offered||32999|
|Cryptocurrency traded as actual||No|
|Cryptocurrency traded as CFD||No|
In September of 2018, China-based Geely Holding Group increased its stake to become a majority owner in Saxo Bank. In December 2018, Saxo Bank announced the acquisition of BinckBank for an estimated €424 million.To protect traders, rather than trigger orders on its own pricing, Saxo Bank uses the underlying interbank price, which doesn’t include the markup or commission seen in its platform. This means that stop-loss orders and limits have extra price cushion.
Furthermore, for sell stop orders, rather than trigger the order on the bid price, the ask price is used (and vice versa, buy stop orders trigger at the bid, not at the ask). This is important, especially during volatile market conditions when spreads widen, where traders would have otherwise been taken out of the trade pre-maturely.
Saxo Bank is a trusted global brand that does a great job unifying its desktop, web, and mobile platforms. Not only is the client experience seamless, but it is also rich with depth of tools and research throughout.
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About the author: Steven Hatzakis Steven Hatzakis is the Global Director of Research for ForexBrokers.com. Steven previously served as an Editor for Finance Magnates, where he authored over 1,000 published articles about the online finance industry. Steven is an active fintech and crypto industry researcher and advises blockchain companies at the board level. Over the past 20 years, Steven has held numerous positions within the international forex markets, from writing to consulting to serving as a registered commodity futures representative.