You may have transferred your SGD into your Tiger Brokers account.
However, you want to buy stocks denominated in USD or HKD.
How do you go about exchanging your SGD to different currencies?
Here’s what you need to know:
Table of Contents
- How to exchange currency in Tiger Brokers
- Does Tiger Brokers auto-convert my funds when I’m making trades in other currencies?
- How is the exchange rate like on Tiger Brokers?
- Does Tiger Brokers charge a currency conversion fee?
- Tiger Brokers Referral (Commission-Free Trades, Tesla Discount Coupon and Stock Vouchers)
How to exchange currency in Tiger Brokers
Here are the 5 steps you’ll need to take to exchange your currency in Tiger Brokers:
- Go to ‘Trade’
- Go to ‘Exchange’
- Select the currencies you wish to exchange
- Select the amount you wish to exchange
- Make the exchange
#1 Go to ‘Trade’
When you are on the Tiger Brokers app, you’ll need to go to the ‘Trade‘ tab.
#2 Go to ‘Exchange’
Once you’re on the ‘Trade‘ tab, you’ll need to go to the Exchange button.
#3 Select the currencies you wish to exchange
After that, you’ll need to select the currencies that you wish to buy and sell.
You can exchange between these 6 currencies:
#4 Select the amount you wish to exchange
After selecting the currencies, you’ll need to select the amount that you want to transfer.
You’ll be able to see the exchange rate that you’ll be exchanging at.
#5 Make the exchange
Once you’re done, all you need to do is press ‘Start Exchange‘.
When the currency conversion is completed, the amount will be reflected in the corresponding cash accounts.
You can use the Tiger Brokers app to exchange currency too
You can exchange currency on the Tiger Brokers app too.
You’ll need to go to ‘Assets‘ on the dashboard,
and then to ‘Currency Exchange‘.
Does Tiger Brokers auto-convert my funds when I’m making trades in other currencies?
Tiger Brokers does not auto-convert your SGD to other foreign currencies. If you do not exchange your SGD to the foreign currency beforehand, you will be trading using margin. You are borrowing money from Tiger Brokers, which will incur a high interest rate.
When you transfer in your SGD, you will need to manually convert your SGD into USD.
Tiger Brokers will not auto-convert your currencies for you!
If you want to buy a certain stock and you do not have enough money in your USD account, Tiger Brokers will assume that you are trading on margin.
This is only applicable if you chose to create a Margin Account. You are unable to trade on margin on a Cash Account.
Usually, the interest rates are very high when you borrow money from Tiger Brokers to make the trade.
As such, you may incur really high costs if you do not convert your currency first before trading!
How is the exchange rate like on Tiger Brokers?
Tiger Brokers has a currency spread of between 0.3-0.5%. This is not as competitive as some brokers (e.g. Interactive Brokers), but it is still a decent spread. Nevertheless, it will affect your returns if you are exchanging a large sum of money.
Here is a live comparison of Tiger Broker’s exchange rate (USD to SGD),
and the exchange rate on xe.com.
The difference between the 2 exchange rates is around 0.0041, or 41 pips.
The difference in exchange rates will severely affect you if you are exchanging large amounts of USD to SGD.
Other than that, the difference in exchange rates should be quite minor!
Does Tiger Brokers charge a currency conversion fee?
Tiger Brokers does not charge any currency conversion fees. They will most probably profit from each currency exchange via the spread.
Compared to other brokerages like Saxo or Interactive Brokers, Tiger Brokers does not charge a currency conversion fee.
This helps you to save on the amount of fees that you incur for each currency conversion you make!
Converting currencies on Tiger Broker’s platform is rather straightforward.
Moreover, you do not need to pay currency conversion fees, which helps to reduce your costs!
The spread can be rather high compared to other brokerages. However, the spread will only affect your funds if you are exchanging a large amount!
Tiger Brokers Referral (Commission-Free Trades, Tesla Discount Coupon and Stock Vouchers)
If you signed up using my referral link, you are eligible for some rewards. These rewards will only be valid until 31 December 2021. You can view and claim your rewards by going to ‘Me → Promotions & Rewards‘.
Here are 3 bonuses that you can receive:
#1 Registration Reward
When you register for a Tiger Brokers Account, you will receive 5 commission free trades.
Here are the 4 things that you can purchase:
- Any HK Stock
- Any US Stock
- Singapore Stocks
You will still need to pay the commission first. The commission should be refunded to you on the next working day.
#2 Account Opening Reward
After successfully opening your account, you will receive a 10% discount coupon to purchase 1 share of Tesla.
As such, you will only need to pay 90% of the price that you bought your Tesla share!
#3 Funding Reward
Depending on the size of your first initial deposit, you are eligible for these stock vouchers:
|Initial Deposit||Receive A Stock Voucher Worth|
|≥ SGD$2,000||SGD 30|
|≥ SGD$5,000||SGD 50|
|≥ SGD$10,000||SGD 70|
|≥ SGD$30,000||SGD 100|
A stock voucher allows you to offset your trade with the voucher’s value. You will first have to make the order, before receiving the rebate credited to you. If your transaction amount is less than the stock voucher’s value, you will only receive the transaction amount as a rebate.
This promotion only applies to your initial deposit. If you deposit less than $2k at first, you will not receive any stock voucher!