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Swissquote is a trusted, global multi-asset broker and bank offering traders access to over two million products, from forex to CFDs, exchange-traded securities, wealth advisory services, underlying cryptocurrencies, and more.

By Steven Hatzakis / February 18th, 2019 / Updated: February 20th, 2019

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Dislikes
  • Higher spreads from Swiss entity compared to its UK offering
  • Forex and CFDs segmented away from exchange-traded offering
  • Flash-based web platform and desktop requires Java
  • Advanced Trader mobile app is very basic

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Founded in 1996, Swissquote (SWX:SQN) became publicly listed in 2000 on the SIX Swiss stock exchange and has since grown to be a leading brokerage with subsidiaries regulated in Malta, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and Hong Kong. Swissquote also holds a Swiss banking license from FINMA in Switzerland.

In addition to its multi-asset brokerage offering, Swissquote offers a wealth of advisory services to investors and had over CHF 25.5 billion in custody at the end of June 30th 2018 (per its latest half-year report). Swissquote also maintains over 300,000 client accounts across its subsidiaries that are regulated in Europe and Asia.

Swissquote became the first bank in the world to add the trading of underlying cryptocurrencies (non-CFDs), including bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Ripple. In 2018, Swissquote followed with two crypto exchange-traded certificates SWX:SQCRTQ and SWX:BLOCHU. Most recently, Swissquote Bank acquired Luxembourg-based Internaxx Bank, expanding its banking footprint further throughout Europe.

With its headquarters in Switzerland, Swissquote Bank offers traders access to over two million products, including bonds, warrants, ETFs, funds, shares, derivatives, futures, options, and other securities, including forex, across its eForex, Advanced Trader, MetaTrader4, and MetaTrader5 platforms.

Swissquote organizational structure

Trust Score

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Swissquote
Year Founded1996
Publicly-Traded Company (Listed) Yes
Regulated in Major Hub Yes
Regulated in Emerging Hub Yes
Authorised in the European Union Yes

Offering of Investments

The following table summarizes the different investment products available to Swissquote clients.

Swissquote
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)78
CFDs - Total Offered57
Cryptocurrency traded as actual Yes
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD No

Commissions & Fees

The commissions and spreads from Swissquote’s UK entity, Swissquote Ltd, differ significantly from its Switzerland entity, Swissquote Bank Ltd. A commission-free offering is provided in the UK, while multi-pip spreads in non-commission accounts are offered in Switzerland.

At Swissquote’s UK entity, active traders who surpass 1,000 lots (10 million units) in volume pay a a round-turn commission of 0.65 pips in addition to raw spreads from 0.0-0.3 pips on the EUR/USD, bringing the all-in cost to 0.95 pips. This pricing is comparable to other multi-asset brokers that have active trading offerings.

Swissquote spreads dec 2018
Swissquote spreads dec 2018

Unless you’re an active trader, even if you have more than $25k on deposit, forex spreads in the premium account are still high at Swissquote’s Swiss entity, compared to firms such as IG, CMC Markets and Saxo Bank. In addition, spreads are even higher for mini and standard account holders making Swissquote Bank a more expensive choice for beginners or those on a tighter trading budget.

Meanwhile, Swissquote’s UK entity has more competitive pricing, however, it provides a limited offering of investments.

Customer Service

To score Customer Service, ForexBrokers.com partnered with customer experience research group Customerwise to conduct phone tests from locations throughout the UK. For our 2019 Review, 229 customer service tests were conducted over six weeks.

Results:

  • Average Connection Time: <2 minutes
  • Average Net Promoter Score: 7.1 / 10
  • Average Professionalism Score: 4.7 / 10
  • Overall Score: 6.7 / 10
  • Ranking: 7th (23 brokers)
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Research

Swissquote offers streaming news headlines on its trading platforms, along with an economic calendar forecast and blog commentary from in-house analysts, in what can be described as a standard industry offering.

Swissquote research

However, what helps separate Swissquote in this category is its focus on quality and depth. For example, Swissquote’s own quantitative research team helps structure some of its products, such as the exchange-traded certificate for crypto, and provides analysis and market commentary. Nonetheless, research remains an area in which Swissquote can improve.

Nonetheless, research remains an area that Swissquote can improve upon.

Overall, Swissquote finished 10th out of 28 brokers for research in our 2019 Review.

Swissquote
Daily Market Commentary Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) Yes
Weekly Webinars Yes
AutoChartist Yes
Trading Central (Recognia) Yes
Delkos Research No
Acuity Trading No
Social Trading / Copy-Trading Yes
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs No
Economic Calendar Yes

Platforms & Tools

Swissquote offers multiple in-house platforms, including the Swissquote Advanced Trader (desktop and web versions), as well as multiple third-party platforms such as MetaTrader 4, MetaTrader 5. For this review, I focused my testing on Swissquote Advanced Trader, which is available only at the firm’s Swiss entity, Swissquote Bank.

Starting with the desktop version, the Advanced Trader platform runs off Java and installed on MacOS easily. The layout is organized and clean and looks like a traditional forex platform, with all the space used efficiently.

Swissquote Advanced Trader Desktop
Swissquote Advanced Trader Desktop.

The quote management section is the unofficial watchlist, which looks plain on the surface, yet right-clicking on any row reveals a drop-down menu with shortcuts to open a chart or place an order, including a ‘timed order’ – which is a neat feature that lets you set an order to trigger at a specific time/date.

Swissquote Advanced Trader Desktop watchlist
Swissquote Advanced Trader Desktop watchlist.

Moving to the charting section, I was very impressed with the design and user-friendliness of the charts, as the chart window isn’t cluttered with icons, and everything is nicely organized.

Swissquote Advanced Trader Desktop Charts
Swissquote Advanced Trader Desktop Charts.

Charts come with 49 indicators (17 overlays and 32 studies) and 18 drawing tools that combine to produce a positive experience, along with seven chart types to choose from.

Besides several advanced settings in the platform options, such as in the Trading console configuration tab, there are other useful advanced features, such as the ability to create an alert on an indicator and enabling candlestick patterns to show automatically.

Swissquote Advanced Trader Desktop settings
Swissquote Advanced Trader Desktop settings

Charts come with 49 indicators (17 overlays and 32 studies) and 18 drawing tools that combine to produce a positive experience, along with seven chart types to choose from.

Advanced Trader has not changed much year-over-year, compared to other advanced platforms, such as Swissquote, which has focused on launching new markets and migrating its SwissquoteFox and FXBook platforms to its eTrading platform for equities.

All in all, it’s clear that the desktop version of Advanced Trader is superior to its web-based counterpart While the SQORE signals offering was discontinued in 2018, traders looking for algorithmic trading capabilities can choose from the popular MetaTrader4 (MT4) or MetaTrader5 (MT5) platforms at Swissquote’s UK entity, helping the broker cater to all client segments.

Swissquote bank Advanced Trader web platform

All variables considered, Swissquote provides a respectable offering of trading platforms and tools. The broker finished 16th for this category, from among 28 brokers in our 2019 review.

Swissquote
Virtual Trading (Demo) Yes
Proprietary Platform Yes
Desktop Platform (Windows) Yes
Web Platform Yes
Social Trading / Copy-Trading Yes
MetaTrader4 (MT4) Yes
MetaTrader5 (MT5) Yes
cTrader No
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)51
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)31
Charting - Trade From Chart Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields7
Order Type - Trailing Stop Yes

Mobile Trading

Swissquote offers several mobile apps for Android and iPhone devices, depending on the account type you open.

While reviewing the Advanced Trader app for Android on my Samsung Galaxy S8+ Edge, I found the app very light with just eight fields in the settings, and research was limited to headlines streaming from the Dow Jones Newswire

Swissquote Advanced Trader mobile watchlist
Swissquote Advanced Trader mobile watchlist

Shifting to the charting module in the app, while there are six chart types, the charts do not auto rotate when the phone is set to landscape mode, which is disappointing. Also, there are no drawing tools or indicators, and no ability to zoom into chart data (only scroll), which limits the usability of the charts and the app’s overall ranking.

Swissquote Advanced Trader Mobile Charting

If there is one positive aspect of the mobile experience, it’s that the app is user-friendly and cleanly designed. Performing basic tasks such as placing a trade or viewing positions is a breeze.

Swissquote Advanced Trader mobile charts
Swissquote Advanced Trader mobile charts

Unfortunately, ease of use is not enough to recommend Swissquote based on its mobile experience alone. The app lacks the depth of features and tools to compete with industry leaders, and ultimately Swissquote’s mobile experience simply falls in line with the industry average.

Swissquote
Android App Yes
Apple iOS App Yes
Trading - Forex Yes
Trading - CFDs Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields Yes
Watch List Yes
Watch List Syncing No
Charting - Indicators / Studies30
Charting - Draw Trend Lines Yes
Charting - Trend Lines Moveable No
Charting - Multiple Time Frames Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave No
Forex Calendar No

Other Notes

From its Swiss entity, Swissquote provides wealth management and advisory services for investors who deposit at least CHF10,000 or more, including a robo-advisor solution that lets users adjust the strategy parameters through its online portal.

Swissquote Wealth Management Funds

It’s also worth noting that the UK entity executes trades on an agency basis, whereas the Swiss entity uses dealing-desk execution when it comes to its forex/CFD offering. This is comparable to Saxo Bank’s structure between the UK entity, where its Danish bank entity acts as a liquidity provider (LP). Similarly, Swissquote’s Swiss entity acts as a liquidity provider (LP) for Swissquote’s UK entity.

Lastly, with its launch of underlying (non-CFD) cryptocurrency investing in bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Ripple, along with two blockchain-focused exchange-traded certificates, and the opportunity for investors to participate in an initial coin offering (ICO), Swissquote Bank has quickly established itself as an industry leader. In 2019, Swissquote placed 2nd for crypto trading, thanks to its support of the underlying asset and its historical, trusted brand.

Swissquote_Lake_Diamond_ICO_offering
Swissquote Lake Diamond ICO offering

As of late 2018, Swissquote’s crypto offering remains new with no sending capabilities in the hosted wallet where the bank custodies the private keys for its clients. As one would expect, this is an area the company is planning to expand on.

Swissquote crypto holdings etp
Swissquote crypto holdings etp

Final Thoughts

Swissquote’s eForex account offering through its UK-regulated entity is basic, with only several dozen CFDs and nearly 80 currency pairs. The broker is clearly focused on catering predominantly to forex traders and providing access to third-party platforms from MetaTrader. Top that off with highly competitive spreads/commissions on its active trader program, and it’s a compelling choice for casual and active fx traders alike.

On the other hand, the firm’s Switzerland entity is more expensive; however, it is backed by a trusted Swiss Bank offering where clients can access an extensive range of markets and services. All in all, being able to open a bank account with a Swiss bank with just $1,000 helps give Swissquote Bank an advantage.

For traders who require a multi-asset solution and are willing to pay a premium to have their brokerage account held with a Swiss bank, I recommend Swissquote bank. Having access to three million products across a vast array of symbols on the exchange-traded side, including bonds, funds, warrants, futures, options and global stock exchanges, in addition to forex, and now cryptocurrency - justifies the price tag.

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Steven Hatzakis

Reviewed by 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.

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Commissions & Fees

Commission Notes

Swissquote offers multiple account types and commission structures, depending on the market you wish to trade alongside your chosen instrument. These range from CFDs to exchange-traded securities, and the broker offers margin rates as low as 1% for forex trading.

The commission rate for forex can drop to as low as 0.5 pips (€5 per standard lot round turn) for traders who do several hundred million in monthly volume, and is negotiated on a case-by-case basis. This makes the UK entity more competitive on the 129 instruments offered compared to the eForex account at the Switzerland entity, for active traders.

FINMA-regulated offering in Switzerland:

  • Clients who want to trade exchange-traded securities must open a trading account with the Swiss entity. This account also gives access to the eForex account but not vice-versa.
  • For the eForex account, Swissquote offers three different sub-account types where the applicable spreads are based on your balance, with mini spreads the widest for clients who deposit from $1k to $10k, standard from $10k-$25k and premium above $25k with minimum spreads on the EUR/USD pair as low as 1.8 pips.

FCA-regulated offering in the UK:

  • The UK entity does not offer the Advanced Trader platform, leaving only the MT4 and MT5 platforms, when you open a trading account.

  • The spreads are commission free by default in the UK offering, and are the same for all customers unless customers request the commission-based pricing and deposit at least €50,000 and trade 100 million units monthly, or more. This tailored fee structure can help bring spreads even lower, using a commission-based pricing that starts with spreads of 0.2 pips on the EUR/USD and a round-turn commission of $7 (€6.5) per million, or roughly 0.65 pips. This equates to an all-in cost of 0.85 pips and competes with the higher tiers available at firms such as FXCM, Saxo Bank, IG and Forex.com, helping Swissquote compete in the Active Trader category.

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