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DEGIRO stock broker: any thought?

Hello,

I have recently came across a Dutch broker called DEGIRO, see https://www.degiro.eu/
According to the website they are available in most EU countries, including Switzerland, and are way cheaper than Swissquote & C..

They also have things such as over 700 ETFs without transaction fee, at least in the German website
https://www.degiro.de/preise/etf-han...nulltarif.html

At the same time I have read some dodgy storied about them, e.g.
http://www.amsterdamtrader.com/2015/...s-clients.html

Does anyone have dealt with them, and if so, what was your experience?
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Re: DEGIRO stock broker: any thought?

Interactive Brokers is cheaper, but Degiro seems very competitive to me. I haven't actually tried it, but it'd probably be my second broker of choice, if IB would screw up. Both are much cheaper than any swiss broker I know. Swiss brokers charge more in stamp tax duty alone on top of already draconian commissions.

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They also have things such as over 700 ETFs without transaction fee, at least in the German website

https://www.degiro.de/preise/etf-han...nulltarif.html
Very reasonable list, I see many popular and low cost funds.

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At the same time I have read some dodgy storied about them, e.g.
http://www.amsterdamtrader.com/2015/...s-clients.html
Hardly relevant for a buy-and-hold investor. And if you're into day trading, you should probably inform yourself of the tax implications of that in Switzerland.

One thing however to keep in mind is that they have two distinct pricing models: normal and custody accounts, the former are a bit more shady. Signing up for a normal account authorizes them to borrow your shares from you (to short stocks). It's a common practice in the market, usually low risk, many funds engage in it. But with other brokers like IB usually it's a free optional choice and they share some profit with you for it. If you don't like the idea of that, you can alternatively sign up for a "custody" account, and in return degiro punishes you by: 1) disallowing margin loans, 2) adding a fee for processing dividend payments. Small, but annoying. Probably there's more, these are just two things that caught my eye when reading their pricelist.
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One thing however to keep in mind is that they have two distinct pricing models: normal and custody accounts, the former are a bit more shady.
Indeed. That is something I had noticed as well.
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Re: DEGIRO stock broker: any thought?

How much would it cost to get the share certificate?
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Re: DEGIRO stock broker: any thought?

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Interactive Brokers is cheaper
What means this in "IB"?:
A processing fee of CHF 15.00 per request is charged for any Tax Voucher request for dividends paid on Swiss stocks.
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How much would it cost to get the share certificate?
With interactive brokers? I'm not sure it's possible. Their business model is discount electronic trading

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What means this in "IB"?:
A processing fee of CHF 15.00 per request is charged for any Tax Voucher request for dividends paid on Swiss stocks.
Never been charged that. It sounds like something non swiss residents need to get the 35% swiss withholding tax back. For swiss residents you accomplish it automatically by filing your tax declaration
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Re: DEGIRO stock broker: any thought?

I think I will open a depot with DEGIRO. They are by far cheaper than all the other Brokers in Switzerland. For my style of buy and hold investing in ETFs its for free (as far as I saw on their website), and I feel better having something which is officialy available in Switzerland to brokers like Captraders, Charles Schwab or IB (which is more suited for active investers anyways), which also convert the money to USD first etc. Don`t know if I am right about that though.
The ETF list is great too.
Now I just don`t know if I should get a normal or custody account. How does this dividend fee work when I am invested in ETFs for example? Or is this only about Stocks which get you Dividends directly?
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Re: DEGIRO stock broker: any thought?

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How does this dividend fee work when I am invested in ETFs for example?
I'm not sure you can make this any more clear than what the price list already says
"Dividenden-Verarbeitung: € 1,00 + 3 % der Dividende (maximal 10 %)"

So, the more frequently and the less dividends a stock pays, the harder you'll be hit. Assuming typical 2%-ish yearly dividend yield and quaterly payments, the worst case seems holding a position worth less than 2850 EUR - you'll hit the 10% bound and pay them 0.20% p.a. in this dividend processing fee.

It's not really that much a lot compared to taxes. The tax office takes 30-40% cut here, whereas Degiro only 3-10%.

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Or is this only about Stocks which get you Dividends directly?
Why would you think that? ETFs for most intents and purposes usually are treated like stocks.

You can avoid this dividend fee by buying accumulating ETFs, which reinvest dividends internally instead of paying them out.
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You can avoid this dividend fee by buying accumulating ETFs, which reinvest dividends internally instead of paying them out.
Accumulating ETFs are still subject to tax, e.g. taxe IWDA (IE00B4L5Y983), according to https://www.ictax.admin.ch/extern/fr...5Y983/20161231 you need to declare a dividend of 0.833 (1.85% of value at end of year)
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Re: DEGIRO stock broker: any thought?

I didn't say they weren't
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Re: DEGIRO stock broker: any thought?

Indeed, I thought you were talking about taxes not fees. Sorry for the misunderstanding
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Re: DEGIRO stock broker: any thought?

It is clear for the most part. But you can reinvest the dividend in any stock through your Broker as well, but they will still charge you the dividend Fee. Good thing if they cant do that with accumulating ETFs
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