Over 300,000 investors from over 30 countries trust DEGIRO since it launched in 2013. It was five former Binck Bank employees that founded the company in 2008, although only started offering online brokerage services in 2013. Since then investors have access to more than 60 security exchanges and can trade in mutual funds, bonds, ETFs and warrants online and by phone.
Based in the Netherlands, the services offered to professional clients was extended to retail clients in September 2013 and by 2015 services expanded to European countries.
Degiro services can be accessed via browser-based HTML, developed in house for both mobile and desktop services. The platform offers real-time streamed prices on stocks and supports compilation and spread orders. The company have received numerous international and national awards, it earned the VEB in 2014 and was considered the most reasonable broker in investment for turbos, options, bonds and shares. In 2015 DEGIRO won the first place in FinancieelDagblad’s survey for the cheapest broker and the company was also elected the number one Dutch broker in trade opportunities, costs, services and convenience.
The company also went on to win the 2015 Golden Bull Award in which brokers are judged according to investment tools, commission fees, terms and conditions as well as trading opportunities. Internationally the company has been awarded 44 Awards in Germany, by Finanzteff in Sweden and PrivataAffarer. Some of the highlights include being awarded as the Broker of the Year in 2018 by the Danish Shareholders Association, Best Broker 2018 in the Netherlands, Best Broker, awarded with the Cashcow Award 2018 and Best Discount Broker 2018 in the United Kingdom.
Licensing & Regulation
The DEGIRO, English platform was launched in June 2015 in the UK, and currently, the company offers services to Ireland, the Netherlands, Finland, Italy, Norway, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, Poland and Portugal.
DEGIRO is a Financial Conduct Authority registered company, supervised by the (AFM) Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets as well as the (DNB) De Nederlandsche Bank. DEGIRO is also Chamber of Commerce and Industry registered in Amsterdam. Some of the highlights include being awarded as the Broker of the Year in 2018 by the Danish Shareholders Association, Best Broker 2018 in the Netherlands, Best Broker, awarded with the Cashcow Award 2018 and Best Discount Broker 2018 in the United Kingdom.
Apart from multiple awards earned by the company for their services, DEGIRO was also awarded in France and won the Best Mobile Trading App in 2018 award, while it was announced in the Financial Times & Investors Chronical in the United Kingdom as the winner of the Best Mobile Share Dealing and was awarded the Investment and Wealth Management Award in 2017. The trading platform at DEGIRO enables traders to access streaming quotes, their portfolios and market news from desktop or mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, which are all favoured as comprehensive and easy to use by existing and new members.
Some of the benefits of the trading service platform are how instantly it responds to ensure fast trading and the quick-order button at the top of each page is a sure way to fast order placing once traders entered their order. Mobile traders also have access to both US exchanges and European market streaming rates and can view order book up to 5 levels on Euronet. The DEGIRO mobile trading app is available on free download from both Google Play for Android devices and the App Store for iOS users.
Brand & Functionality
DEGIRO offers an online investment platform that caters for all investors, while it is the first company to offer private investors access to wholesale broker services. While it is one of the most secure and judged according to its many awards, both the cheapest and best broker service worldwide, it also provides traders with the opportunity to invest globally. DEGIRO utilises a single platform to offers investors access to worldwide markets and products. The benefit is that investors have the opportunity to spread their investments easier, while the company is perfect for investors who prefer to manage all their businesses online. By cutting out unnecessary staff salaries, Degiro offers both private and professional investors the chance to trade at the most affordable prices available.
Registering with Degiro offers two options, these include either a business account or a private individual account. It is best to have your valid passport in hand as during the registration process you will be required to enter your details exactly the way it appears on the official document. The account registration process is easy and fast, the details required include title, name, surname, a valid mobile contact number, and email address. After reading the privacy statement the “Yes, I want to become a client” option can be selected to complete the registration process. The privacy statement explains why Degiro requires your personal data and also your IP addresses as these are all used to identify the client. Personal data is also collected in accordance with the law, and the company adheres to the regulatory obligations required by several jurisdictions. The correct information is needed by the company to perform checks, keep their details updated, in managing individual profiles and in order to contact the client. DEGIRO also keep a log of your IP address when the site is visited, which will be needed when a dispute arises, while internal quality checks ensure top security levels.
Personal data required includes correct telephone and address details while the company keeps a transaction history, contact history and is obligated to identify its clients and for this reason, requires a tax identification number. Options include NASDAQ OMX Nordic Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen direct to market, as well as CME, NYMEX, CBOE, and Eyrex.
Degiro placed no minimum requirement on deposits. Transfers from $0.01 are accepted allowing new traders to first transfer a smaller amount before funding their accounts with large amounts. Anyone opening a DEGIRO account requires a Swiss, Norwegian or EU bank account in their name and all funds must be made only to and from the registered account matching the account holders name. Account holders registering on the UK platform need a UK bank account, and deposits are required to be in GBP.
Once registered, account holders gain access to over 50 exchanges offered across 30 countries, which includes European exchanges, Oceania and Asia exchanges, and North America exchanges. The range of order types and products offered at DEGIRO includes ETFs, Investment Funds, shares, futures, Bonds, leverage products, warrants, options, and CFDs.
Bonds are offered via European exchanges and include CFD’s, warrants, options, bonds, leverage products, futures, ETFs, investment funds and shares.
Savings with DEGIRO on the London stock exchange, is 81% in Tesco, 73% in Vodafone and 62% for trading Royal Dutch Shell. When it comes to NYSE and NASDAQ saving of up to 97% can be expected. On most shares’ traders save 80% on shares trading costs and up to 89% on ETFs. Day orders remain open until such time as they executed during the trading day or until the market closes all non-executed orders are deleted. The Good-till-Cancel orders roll over to the next day and how these are handled very much depends on the trading venue, orders remain valid for a year with Euronet, while only valid for up to 90 days with US exchanges.
Banking options at Degiro include electronic wallets and bank transfer. Unfortunately, funds can’t be added or withdrawn via credit or debit cards. The bank transfers take around two to three banking days, while Trustly and SOFORT take only 30 minutes. No fees are payable on deposits or withdrawals.
DEGIRO offers members the option to obtain support instantly via the telephone displayed offering services from 7 am up to 9 pm during weekdays, while the number of the press offices is also available, and any press information can also be requested via email from Mr M Rehling. A response can be expected within record time for assistance required via messaging, and the company also supplies its physical address on the support page. Degiro can also be followed via social media on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The FAQ section offers answers to questions most asked about payments, costs and accounts. FAQ categories include legal, contact, safety, trading, tax, dividends, portfolio, orders, fees and trading.
DEGIRO offers online traders a variety of top trading tools to ensure a safe and convenient trading experience, which includes Bid/Ask spreads, Streaming Prices, Fast Trading, Order Currency and Create A Favourite List.
With access to real-time rates, investors can base their trading decisions on the most up-to-date prices, while the bid/ask spread enables traders to access the depth of the order book up to five levels. By being able to create a favoured list, users can easily access and view the products they are most interested in, and the fast trading button available on each page offer an instant response as soon as the order is entered and the fast trading button selected.