In a nutshell
eToro is an online broker, founded in 2007 in Israel. It is regulated by financial agencies in Cyprus, United Kingdom and Australia.
In 2019, eToro surpassed 12 million registered users in over 100 countries which makes the company one of the biggest online brokers in the world.
The platform offers a wide range of CFDs over stocks, currencies, crypto, indices, commodities and ETFs. Currently, there are around 1600 financial instruments to choose from.
eToro fees are a mixed bag. Trading spreads are relatively wide in comparison to other providers. Deposits are free, but a trader has to deposit at least $200 for its first trade (in Australia or USA its $50).
Each withdrawal costs $5. There are also conversion and inactivity fees.
The platform is easy-to-use and intuitive. One of the biggest advantages is the option to copy traders and their portfolios which is free of charge.
eToro also has its drawbacks, mainly its under-average customer support and lack of educational materials. However, the company has made big progress in recent years as our analysis has shown.
Disclaimer: 75% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
- Copy trading
- Intuitive trading platform
- Fast account opening
- Technical tools
- Regulated company
- High minimum deposit
- Withdrawal fees
- No phone support
- Poor platform tutorials
- Limited CFDs catalogue
eToro is a reliable online broker and social trading platform with registered offices in Cyprus, Israel, United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. The company has been founded in 2007 by brothers Yoni Assia and Ronen Assia together with David Ring.
Overall, eToro is considered a trustworthy platform that is by all account not a scam. The broker is regulated by several financial regulators: Cyprus Securities & Exchange Commission, the British Financial Conduct Authority (the U.K.), and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
eToro trading assets are based around Contracts for Difference (CFD). Simply put, they are financial derivatives that allow investors to bet on the price of an asset without ever owning it. You can speculate whether the price will go down (short) or up (long). If you’re right, you profit, if not, you lose.
eToro offers CFDs over six assets including currencies, stock and crypto. We’ll look at them more in detail later.
Because CFDs are complex instruments that include leverage they come with a higher risk. The leverage that comes with CFDs is the reason why 65% of retail traders lose money when trading. So be careful of the risks and only invest the money you can afford to lose.eToro is suitable for all levels of investors:
- Trading fees
- Conversion fees
- Overnight fees
- Inactivity fees
You Don't PAY:
- Trading with non-leveraged assets
1. Fees and Spreads
eToro is not the most affordable provider out there. Its spreads are relatively wide (not everywhere though). You also pay for withdrawals and non-activity.
Compared with similar platforms, eToro fares somewhere slightly under-average. Our analysis has shown that the broker, generally speaking, offers lower fees when trading with some types of stocks and higher for trading with CFDs. The trading fees are also relatively simple to understand. There are some tricks, though, but we’ll explain them further.
The good news is that eToro doesn’t charge a deposit or clearing fees. They do, however, charge a flat $5 fee on all withdrawals. There is also a minimum withdrawal amount and it’s $30.
Before we explain the fees in detail, here is a short explanation of how broker’s fees are usually segmented:
- Trading fees is what you pay for trading. They can include spreads, commissions, conversion rates.
- Non-trading fees include various brokerage fees and charges that you pay not related to buying and selling assets. Typical non-trading fees are withdrawal fee, deposit fee, inactivity fee and account fee.
Spread fees (the difference between the ask and the bid prices) are relatively wide on eToro. These fees occur whenever a user buys any kind of CFD instruments.
Spreads are shown either in pips (applies to commodities and currencies) or percentages (stock and crypto). On eToro, they are a bit favourable for CFDs over stocks and indices and higher for trading currencies.As you can see from the table below, we’ve compared the trading fees for some of more popular instruments on eToro with aggregated averages of competitive online brokers. This way, you can get a general idea where eToro ranks well and where it ranks under-average.
vs other platforms
S&P 500 index CFD
Europe 50 CFD
German stock (non-leveraged)
Now, this is important. If you trade long (meaning that you buy) stocks (or ETF instruments) that are not leveraged, you don’t get to pay any spreads (example: German stock from the above table). Trading with these instruments will only incur conversion and withdrawal fees.
In this case, the overall costs are very low. If you, however, trade with leverage higher then 1, you trade with CFDs. Also note, that this particular service is available to European clients.
A financing rate is a fee you have to pay if you hold a leveraged position for more than a day. When you leverage, you are basically borrowing money from the broker, that’s why they charge you with that extra fee. eToro has higher financing rates when compared to other brokers.
The eToro non-trading fees are above average. They include withdrawals (minimum withdrawal is $30 which is not particularly friendly to the complete beginners), conversion fees, crypto transfer fees and inactivity fees.
The latter is charged when an account has been deemed inactive for 12 months or more. Keep in mind that eToro also charges conversion fees if you deposit or withdraw money in a currency different than USD.
The good news is that eToro doesn't charge any fees for deposits, custody or using the platform. The copy trading is also free of charge.
Here are eToro non-trading fees at a glance:
Crypto transfer fee
Crypto transfer fee
First time minimum deposit on eToro is $200 for most of the countries. The exceptions are Australia and the USA (minimum first-time deposit is $50), Algeria, the Maldives and Venezuela ($5000) and Israel ($10,000).
All deposits other than the first time deposit have to be at least $50. There is no deposit fee.
The only supported currency is USD. That means, that your currency will be converted to USD once you transfer the portfolio. The conversion fees can be found here.
On the Deposit Funds page, you can also see the amount in USD and conversion rate you will receive prior to submitting the payment.
There are various deposit methods you can use: Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Maestro), PayPal, Neteller, and Skrill.
eToro also offers the possibility of funding your account via Wire Transfer, with a minimum deposit of $500.Unverified accounts are limited to a total deposit amount of $2,250. The upgrade to a verified account is possible in the profile settings.
2. eToro Account Opening
eToro does a great job here. Opening an account takes a couple of minutes.
Account opening on eToro is a straightforward process. We were able to open the account in a couple of minutes. You can sign up with your email, Facebook or Google+ account.
After you are signed up and logged in, you can immediately start trading with a $100,000 demo account. You can switch between profiles with a “Virtual portfolio” button next to your profile avatar.
If you want to proceed and start trading with real money, you have to go through a two-tiered identification procedure. With only a customer profiling test you can deposit up to $2,000. If you want to deposit more, you have to prove your identity and residency by using a digital proofing system.
You need to verify your phone number and upload copies of your documents:
- by uploading a copy of your passport or ID, you prove your identity
- by uploading a recent utility bill, you prove your residency
3. eToro Withdrawal
Withdrawals are ok, but we don’t like that you have to pay a fee for each withdrawal.
Withdrawal requests are subject to a $5 fee which is not a big amount, but still a fee that some other brokers don’t charge at all. eToro also has a minimum withdrawal set at $30.
Any withdrawals sent in currencies other than USD are subject to conversion fees. For example, if you deposit EUR, a 0.025% fee will be applied at funding and the same fee will also be charged when you withdraw EUR.
You may also be charged by the funding provider involved in the transfer (intermediary bank, receiving bank, or a credit card provider).
What are the withdrawal options?
- Bank transfer
- Credit/Debit card
- Electronic wallet
How long does it take to withdraw money from eToro?
When you withdraw your portfolio, you will receive them on your electronic wallet in 1-2 working days. It takes 3-8 working days to get your portfolio on a credit or a debit card. You are able to withdraw money only on accounts written on your name.
What else to consider?
- Account needs to be verified if you wish to make a withdrawal
- You will be notified via email once your withdrawal request has been processed by eToro.
- As long as your withdrawal request is “Under Review”, you may cancel it via your Portfolio, by clicking on the blue History icon and then clicking the “Reverse” button on the request you wish to cancel.
4. eToro Trading Platform Features
The interface looks and works great. It’s easy to understand for beginners while advanced users can use many of eToro’s technical tools.
The eToro trading platform has a clean design and some very useful functions. The menus and buttons are where they should be, everything is marked correctly, and the colour pallet is fitting. They have an easy-to-use search function. During our testing, it proved to be very accurate and intuitive.
Customization and alerts
Meanwhile, the page itself is not particularly customizable, but you’re still able to set your own default page (news feed, watchlist, portfolio) and the notification alerts. These notifications are shown as icon updates or browser notifications on the web platform and as a push notification on smart phones.
eToro is currently available in 21 languages including English, French, Russian, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish and several of other European and Asian languages.Just as the web platform, the eToro app is also available in 21 languages.
When placing orders, you can set rate and amount as well as the so called “stop-loss”. You can set the leverage size after you open your position.
You also have an alert function that lets you know when an asset reaches a certain price. You get another notification when your order is fulfilled.
Another very useful and easy-to-use feature is the portfolio report. They are easily digestible and informative. You can filter the investments by various parameters or track your progress. You can also decide how you want to see them: as a list of your assets or a pie chart showing your current portfolio.
These reports are not that easy to find though. Look for Portfolio / History / Top right circle / Account Statement. There you can download a pdf file that includes all your transactions, including fees.
Mobile Trading Platform
The eToro mobile trading platform is user-friendly and has a nice interface. It is available for iOS and Android. We tested it in iOS.
The functionalities are almost the same as on the eToro web platform. There are some mobile-only functions such as push notifications and additional touch options: you can swipe left and right when in your portfolio to access charts or open a new trade.
5. eToro Markets and Products
The product catalogue consists of CFDs over stocks, currencies and ETFs, commodities and crypto. Enough for most traders, but advanced users might want more.
The eToro platform is mainly a CFD and forex broker. You can also trade real stocks, ETFs and some of the cryptocurrencies – if they are traded without leverage. Buying with leverage, on the other hand, means buying CFDs.
The fact that you buy the real stocks and ETFs when buying without leverage is something that other brokers don’t usually offer and is a definitive plus for eToro. You can also copy other traders that trade CFDs (social trading), or invest in a portfolio of featured professionals, trading on the platform – if this is your interest, eToro is one of the best in the industry.
All in all, there is a decent amount of investment options on this platform. They have somehow fewer stock options than some other brokers (such as Plus500), but they offer a nice mix of various financial assets, especially with cryptocurrencies and ETFs.
Here is a breakdown of all eToro assets in comparison to Plus500 and IQ Option.
Please note, that especially CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Around 75% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with eToro.
6. eToro Special Features
eToro is big in social trading. Users can copy traders, their portfolios or invest in investment vehicles.
CopyTrades is how eToro calls its social trading feature. You can copy trading movements of hundreds of professional or amateur traders – automatically and in real time.
This is very useful as you can learn a lot from their techniques and the way they approach the market. And it’s not only about copying their portfolios. eToro has successfully created a collaborative community of traders and investors — a place they can connect, share, and learn. Users can chat with each other and discuss strategies.
eToro offers advanced filters that you can use to find the perfect trader that you want to copy. Some of these features include return, risk score, number of profitable months and even if they have a photo. This kind of performance history is highly useful.
All the portfolios are subject to public information. eToro also provides different statistics such as trades per week, holding times, charted performances, profile descriptions.
The minimum amount for copy trading
The minimum amount required for a single trade when using CopyTrade is $200, and the maximum is $500,000. You can copy up to 100 traders at the same time. Trades are typically executed in less than a second from the instant the trader you copy executes their own trades.
There is no additional charge for copying another trader or traders. You will still be charged spreads on the trading and/or transaction fees where applicable.
Keep in mind that past performance doesn’t guarantee future results. All the investment decisions you made are your own responsibility, this article is by no means investment advice.
CopyPortfolio is investment vehicle that bundle together a collection of financial assets. The assets are picked and re-picked, given a predetermined strategy. This service is seen as a low-risk investment channel.
CopyPortfolio has to options:
- Top Trader is based on a trader-only portfolio, where each of the traders that are being copied as part of the portfolio, are selected based on the CopyPortfolio’s strategy. For example, a CopyPortfolio that aims to take only top-performing, long term stock investors, will pick those investors based on performance, with significant stock allocation as part of their portfolio.
- Market CopyPortfolio is comprised of financial assets only, and not traders, so its portfolio may consist of stocks, ETFs, indices, commodities, or currencies.
The minimum investment amount is $5,000. You can, however, stop your investment anytime, at current market rates. There are also no management fees associated with investing in CopyPortfolios, only the regular eToro spreads.Again, keep in mind that past performance doesn’t guarantee future results. All the investment decisions you made are your own responsibility, this article is by no means investment advice.
7. eToro Research
Comprehensive list of technical tools, charts and newsfeed.
eToro offers some good technical analysis tools. You can research the markets by analyst recommendations or market sentiment indicators.
This includes analyst consensus, price targets, hedge fund sentiments, and insider trading sentiments. Those are some very useful research tools that are unfortunately available only for a few of the most known stocks.
You can use some of the most common fundamental data on the eToro. With stocks, this is the company profile, and ratios of P/E, EPS, and dividend yields. This information is limited to stocks, however.
Tools and charts
eToro has a good set of charting tools and different indicators. We really liked that charts are saved automatically. This means you don’t have to set up your indicators each time you visit the platform.
There are around 70 indicators you can choose from, including:
- Bollinger Bands
- Stoch RSI
The news feed on eToro is not an official news feed, but more like a post-board where eToro users and analysts post their messages on the markets. It includes hashtags for certain themes and $ signs for assets. Use it with caution, in most cases users are not professional traders and the posts are just their opinions.
8. eToro Customer Service
Customer service is still one of the weaker points. It’s available via email and live chat.
The customer service is one of the weaker points of eToro. But, considering the online reviews, analysed in 2020, the customer service has become much more efficient as it has been. Live support, that eToro established in the recent years, is a step in the right direction.
The most common support is still through email ticketing system. It can often take a couple of hours or even days for an answer which is hardly acceptable for an internet company.
The responses are professional, but sometimes they don’t cover the whole question or are not completely relevant.Their customer service is in English, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, French, Polish, Chinese and Arabic.
9. eToro Education
eToro offers guides, videos, webinars, blogs and also a podcast. They vary in quality and quantity.
Education is another area where eToro performance is under-average in comparison to its competitors. It’s still pretty limited, but – to be fair – eToro is stepping up its game.
Their blog site is up-to-date and relevant. They’ve also created a complete guide to fintech. Especially refreshing is their recently launched podcast which tackles investment and other financial topics.
In the meantime, their profile has a “Help” option which takes you on a quick, 2-minute tutorial on how to use the platform. It could be more comprehensive.There are also a couple of basic educational videos and webinars about investing and the market.
10. eToro Safety
eToro is safe to use; it is regulated in three countries. It has 12 million users and it’s backed by different venture investors.
eToro was founded in 2007, in the midst of the financial crisis. The fact that they were able to survive is a good testament to the resilience of the company.
They are privately owned and have, until 2020, received $222 million in investments – another sign that the venture capital has seen a big potential in the company.
Note that eToro is currently not listed on any stock exchange, and it doesn’t release any financial public statements.
The company also has three legal entities and each of them is regulated by a different regulator, depending on the countries. This also means that the level of protection depends on your country of residence.
- UK citizens can open their account on eToro (UK) Limited. Therefore they are protected by the FCA. If eToro becomes unable to return their money, every user can expect the compensation of up to £85,000 by the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme).
- Australian citizens are able to open their accounts by eToro Australia, regulated by AISC (Australian regulator)
- Other investors can establish their account with eToro UAE Limited. That entity is regulated by the Cypriots CySEC. At the European eToro entity, the portfolio is protected by up to €20,000, as determined by CySEC.
eToro (UK) Limited
eToro AUS Capital Pty Ltd
eToro Final Verdict
Our comprehensive review has shown that eToro is a suitable online broker for beginner and medium traders who are looking to trade CFD’s.
eToro is standing out in two ways. First, it offers trading with non-leveraged stocks without any trading fees (only for European traders though). And secondly, its social trading option is one of the best in the industry.
Copying traders and their portfolios is nicely executed, very transparent and highly sophisticated. The platform additionally offers lots of extra features like crypto wallets, eTorox app, crypto exchange, some mobile applications etc.
Opening an account is also fast and easy, fees competitive, and the platform itself works very nicely.
There are also drawbacks. We found that the customer support and education are still weak points, although eToro made some progress here. We will keep you updated on future developments.
Trading-wise, eToro offers a decent amount of CFDs, although we would like to see more stock options.
All in all, we do recommend eToro as a trustworthy and reliable online broker.
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- 1 eToro Insights
- 2 2. eToro Account Opening
- 3 3. eToro Withdrawal
- 4 4. eToro Trading Platform Features
- 5 5. eToro Markets and Products
- 6 6. eToro Special Features
- 7 7. eToro Research
- 8 8. eToro Customer Service
- 9 9. eToro Education
- 10 10. eToro Safety