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Westpac Share Trading
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★★★★★
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Standard brokerage fee
$4.95
Available markets
ASX, NASDAQ, NYSE, Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Tokyo Stock Exchange, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Singapore Exchange, Toronto Stock Exchange
Support
Phone, Email

Our verdict

Trade shares, bonds and options with brokerage fees starting at $4.95.

Westpac online investing helps both new and seasoned investors, with its online and offline trading via the phone only adds to its appeal.

As one of Australia's Big Four banks, the company is well-backed, allowing it to offer a range of both domestic and overseas options to its clientele.

While it has plenty of benefits to non-banking customers, it will especially appeal to those who are already with the bank due to its ease of integration.

On the plus side the broker offers a range of trading tools, customisable frameworks, trend lines and alerts for share prices and market announcements, benefiting both short-term and long-term investors.

However, it is not as cheap as some of its competitors. Investors will need to decide if the additional features are worth the extra brokerage fees.

Pros

  • Easy to use. If you're a casual investor, Westpac's standard account package and easy-to-use interface makes it simple to start trading. However, the Trader Pro option offers a range of more advanced features for active investors.
  • Large number of trading options. From Australian and international shares to warrants, government bonds and more, Westpac online investing makes it possible to trade a large number of securities.
  • Backing of a large bank. The fact that this share trading platform is backed by a Big Four bank gives customers peace of mind, knowing they are dealing with a trusted financial institution.
  • No inactivity fee. There is no fee charged on the Australian markets account if it remains inactive for any time. This does not apply to the global markets account.

Cons

  • No 24/7 customer support. Customer assistance is not offered 7 days a week by Westpac and there is no live chat option.
  • Broker fees. The brokerage fees start at a higher price point than other brokers on the market.
  • Global markets account inactivity fee. There is an inactivity fee of $63.50 per year on the global markets account.

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Westpac online investing can be used by ordinary Australians, companies, SMSFs or trusts to buy and sell shares and other securities online. With brokerage fees starting at $4.95 per transaction, it offers ASX-listed shares, global shares and managed funds.

Details

Product details

Type of broker Online
ASX products Shares
Exchange traded options
Exchange traded funds
Available markets ASX
NASDAQ
NYSE
Hong Kong Stock Exchange
Tokyo Stock Exchange
Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Singapore Exchange
Toronto Stock Exchange
Standard brokerage $4.95
Support Phone
Email

About Westpac Share Trading

Westpac Share Trading is the Big Four bank's share trading platform.

Westpac was the first bank established in Australia back in 1817 before being renamed and becoming part of the Westpac Group. 1 of the top 5 listed companies by market capitalisation on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), the bank serves more than 13 million personal and business customers through a range of services, including consumer, business and institutional banking as well as wealth management services.

On its share trading accounts, regardless of what level of account you sign up for, Westpac aims to make share trading as easy and accessible as possible. It offers expert advice and analysis, real-time data and resources, mobile trading platforms and flexible features to help you reduce your exposure to risk.

Fees

★★★★★ 3.4/5

Trading tools

★★★★★ 3.9/5

Research and education

★★★★★ 2.4/5

Available securities

★★★★★ 3.5/5

Customer support

★★★★★ 3/5

Available countries

★★★★★ 3.5/5

To learn how our star ratings are calculated, read the methodology here.

What can I trade with Westpac Share Trading?

The most basic use of Westpac Share Trading is to buy and sell Australian shares on the ASX. However, customers can enjoy the flexibility of trading a wide range of securities through their online account.

You can trade:

  • All ASX-listed securities
  • International shares
  • Managed funds
  • All warrants listed on the ASX
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded commodities (ETCs)
  • Listed company-issued options
  • Exchange traded options
  • Listed unit trusts
  • Listed convertible notes
  • Renounceable rights
  • Listed fixed interest securities

Margin lending is available through a straightforward share trading loan, while you can also open a cash investment account to operate in tandem with your online investing account.

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Who is Westpac share trading designed for?

Westpac share trading is pretty much for everyone, ranging from individuals to companies, trusts, SMSFs and everything in between. Depending on what account you sign up for, Westpac has a service for casual investors right through to active investors.

Once you reach an annual brokerage spend of $5,000 or more, you will be welcomed into Westpac's Trader Advantage program. This program gives you extra features such as dedicated support and exclusive research access.

The broker also allows trading in multiple countries, including the ASX, NASDAQ, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), London Stock Exchange (LSE), Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) and Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). It also allows investors to trade bonds and options, which should appeal to most investors.

What are the features of Westpac Share Trading?

Market data

With a standard Westpac Share Trading account, customers get access to free live prices for ASX-listed securities plus live prices, alerts, news and announcements. Those with access to Trader Advantage can also access real-time market data through IRESS ViewPoint which includes a customisable layout.

Research

Westpac standard customers receive access to company research, market commentary and price charts. Intra-day updates are also included. For an extra fee, customers can subscribe to a research package to receive more detailed analysis, recommendations and more. Customers with access to Trader Advantage can also use the various research options through MST Financial, Morningstar Premium and IRESS ViewPoint.

Access

Orders can be placed online if you wish, or you can place orders over the phone from Monday to Friday, between 8am and 7pm (Sydney time). Customer support is also offered in the form of an online education centre and FAQs, plus phone and email support.

Order types

Westpac Share Trading allows traders to place limit orders, market orders and today-only orders. You can also place conditional orders to automatically execute a buy or sell order after specific trigger conditions have been met on the market.

Available markets

Westpac Share Trading allows customers to trade on over 30 international exchanges, including the NYSE, NASDAQ, LSE and the TSE.

Watchlist functionality

Westpac Share Trading allows you to generate watchlists of up to 35 stocks, with the ability to save up to 50 watchlists. This allows you to keep track of market fluctuation.

Do I need to be a Westpac customer?

While you do not need to be an existing Westpac banking customer to sign up to its share trading platform, you'll need a cash account with the bank. You will create this at the same time as the share trading one.

You will need to have an alternate Australian bank account to sign up.

What support/information is available with Westpac Share Trading?

If you have any queries regarding your Westpac Share Trading account and trading, a wealth of information is available online through Westpac’s learning centre. This features trading tips, FAQs and a glossary of important terms.

Phone and email support is available from 8am to 7pm (Sydney time) from Monday to Friday, as is trading over the phone. If you wish to trade on global markets, Westpac’s global markets department is open 24 hours a day on US trading days.

Unfortunately, there is no live online chat option if you need immediate assistance.

What are the fees when using Westpac Share Trading?

Westpac Share Trading account holders will not have to pay any ongoing fees.

Brokerage charges apply whenever you make a trade and changes based on your settlement method and what you are investing in.

InvestmentSettlement sourceBrokerage fee (GST incl.)
Australian sharesIntegrated bank account

  • Westpac Cash Investment Account
  • DIY Super Working Account
  • $4.95 (trades up to $1,000)
  • $9.95 (trades $1000 - $3000)
  • $19.95 (trades $3,000 - $10,000)
  • $29.95 (trades $10,000 - $28,000)
  • 0.11% of trade volume (<$28,000)
Australian sharesIntegrated margin loans

  • Westpac Online Investment Loan
  • BT Margin Loan
  • $4.95 (trades up to $1,000)
  • $19.95 (trades $3,000 - $10,000)
  • $29.95 (trades $10,000 - $28,000)
  • 0.11% of trade volume (<$28,000)
Australian sharesNon-integrated accounts

  • Other Australian bank account
  • $29.95 or 0.29%
Exchange-traded optionsWestpac Cash Investment Account
  • $38.95 or 0.35%
Exchange-traded optionsDIY Super Working Account
  • $38.95 or 0.35%
Exchange-traded optionsOther Australian Bank Account
  • $43.95 or 0.44%

How do I apply for Westpac Share Trading?

You can open up a Westpac Share Trading account in a few simple steps.

  1. Fill out Westpac's application form.
  2. Chose a settlement method from cash account, to investing loan or Australian bank account.
  3. Choose whether you are an individual, joint, company, trust or SMSF account.
  4. Confirm you're over 18 and submit your application. You will need to provide your tax file number when you're trading.
  5. Start trading.

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This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of futures, stocks, ETFs, CFDs, options or any specific provider, service or offering. It should not be relied upon as investment advice or construed as providing recommendations of any kind. Futures, stocks, ETFs and options trading involves substantial risk of loss and therefore are not appropriate for all investors. Trading CFDs and forex on leverage comes with a higher risk of losing money rapidly. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before making any trades. Read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Target Market Determination (TMD) for the product on the provider's website.

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sam

March 09, 2023

Hi I want to sell my shares once off transaction. Do you do a once off transaction? fee I am a westpac customer how do i go about this and the cost is the $19.95


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Kylie Purcell Finder

April 17, 2023

Hi Sam, it sounds like you own some shares but are not yet signed up to any broker. You may be able to sell your shares through Westpac once you sign up to their brokerage account, however I recommend reading our guide on how to sell your shares first as you may find a better alternative solution. Good luck! Guide: https://www.finder.com.au/how-to-sell-shares


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Judy

November 08, 2018

I have an account with St.George. I am not an Australian resident, so I have no tax file number. Can I still trade?


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Jhezelyn Finder

November 09, 2018

Hello Judy,


Thank you for your comment.


If you are buying shares in with Westpac for the first time, you will receive a welcome letter from Westpac’s share registry. You will need to complete and return some documents, such as your bank account details (for dividend payments), and a tax file number declaration. So therefore, TFN is needed to trade, and since you have no TFN, you’re unable to trade.


Should you wish to have real-time answers to your questions, try our chat box on the lower right corner of our page.


Regards,

Jhezelyn


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Peter

September 24, 2018

Hi, please explain

What is the difference between free live data (for standard account) and Streaming live dynamic data (for advanced account).


Thank you

Regards


Peter


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Joshua Finder

September 26, 2018

Hi Peter,


Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)


It basically means that for the standard account you get live data but they are limited. This may include live quotes on ASX listed securities. For advanced account, you will be able to view prices and other data continuously updated in real time, so you can act on the market action as it happens.


It would also be a good idea to directly get in touch with Westpac to learn more.


I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.


Have a wonderful day!


Cheers,

Joshua


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debbie

July 02, 2018

What is the easiest and cheapest way to sell shares


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Jeni Finder

July 08, 2018

Hi Debbie,


Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.


The most common way to buy and sell shares is on the share market using a broker or a trading platform. You can check our guide on share trading to get started. Our page has a comparison table that can help you look for platforms where you can sell (and buy) shares. The platforms featured on the page do not charge a monthly fee. Once you have chosen a particular platform, you may then click on the “Go to site” button and you will be redirected to their website where you can sign up or get in touch with their representatives for further assistance.


I hope this helps.


Thank you and have a wonderful day!


Cheers,

Jeni


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Gus

April 09, 2018

Is there a minimum amount to make investment or trade ?

Thanks


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Joshua Finder

April 09, 2018

Hi Gus,


Thanks for getting in touch with finder.


According to our page, all purchase orders must exceed $500 but there is no minimum limit for sales. Moreover, it is worth noting that there is no needed minimum balance to earn interest on a Westpac Cash Investment account.


I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.


Have a wonderful day!


Cheers,

Joshua


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