Superhero is a share trading platform which charges a flat brokerage fee for all ASX stocks and zero brokerage for US shares and all exchange-traded funds purchases.
Superhero review: ASX and US share trading app
- Standard brokerage fee
- Available markets
- ASX, NASDAQ, NYSE
- Email, Live chat
Superhero is an Australian share trading platform that is accessible and low cost. With access to more than 2,500 ASX listed companies, $0 brokerage on ETF trades and shares listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ, Superhero is a solid pick for retail investors.
One of the key benefits is the broker makes signing up incredibly easy compared with many of its competitors.
In another handy feature, it breaks down shares and ETFs into "themes", allowing for a complete beginner to understand what they are buying.
However, like anything in life, you get what you pay for. The basic trading account, while free, only allows investors to buy at the market order price. It also has limited tax features. If you buy the "live account" it overcomes these issues, allowing for limit orders and tax invoices. Neither accounts have advanced analytics or allow investors to trade in a wide variety of markets.
Despite its limitations, overall it should appeal to most retail investors.
Low brokerage fees
ASX and US stock trading
No monthly fees
Start investing with just $50 per trade
Real-time FX transfers
Minimal trading features
Can't trade outside the US or ASX markets
|Type of broker||
Exchange traded funds
Superhero key features
Flat brokerage fee for ASX stocks
There's a low brokerage fee of just for each ASX trade you make. This is a flat brokerage fee too, so it's the same whether you make 1 or 100 trades in a month. It's also the same fee regardless of the value of your trade.
Zero brokerage US stocks
You can buy and sell US stocks and ETFs for $0 commission per trade.
You can also start investing if you have $100 or more. This is done through fractional investing, or buying a fraction of a share.
Zero brokerage ETFs
Superhero offers commission-free trades on exchange-traded funds, making it one of the few that offer this feature. Note: This offer is for "buy" orders only.
Real-time FX orders
Currency exchange transfers happen immediately rather than needing to wait days to switch from AUD to USD (in order to trade US stocks).
Invest with as little as $50
You can invest in Australian stocks and ETFs with a minimum investment of just $100. This is much lower than the standard minimum investment amount of $500 for Australian companies, as set by the ASX. Superhero is the first Australian broker to allow you to invest in ASX stocks from this amount.
For US stocks and ETFs you can invest from $50.
Cash funds are held with NAB
Your Superhero wallet within the app is used as your cash management account. This is where you can transfer funds so they're ready to be used to place trades. The money in your Superhero wallet account is held with NAB.
You can transfer money into your cash account via bank transfer using PayID or via BPAY.
Superhero offers comprehensive reporting of all transactions and current stock holdings as well as comprehensive tax, performance, dividend and franking credit details, although this is not with its basic account.
Stop Loss features
Superhero allows investors to put a stop losses. This means investors can automatically sell an Australian share or ETF at pre determined price, should the shares fall to this level.
You get live stock pricing on charts and when you place orders. This stands out from other trading platforms that typically charge a monthly account fee to access live prices.
Fees and features breakdown
|Brokerage fee per trade||for stocks, $0 for ETFs$0 for US shares|
|Monthly account fee||$0|
|Currency conversion fee||70 pips (US$0.70 for every AU$100 exchanged)|
|Reporting||Basic reporting of your transactions and current holdings as well as comprehensive tax, performance, dividend and franking details on your holdings|
|Order options||Market order and limit order|
We tested it out
To help gain a better understanding of the broker, we gave it a road test a little while back.
See our findings below.
How does it work?
Superhero's proprietary system is unique from other brokers. It allows Superhero to reduce the minimum investment needed (normally $500) for ASX stocks to $100.
This means shares bought on Superhero are beneficially held in your name.
Under this model the shares are still in your name, meaning you will receive dividends and can reinvest like any other shareholder.
If Superhero was no longer operating, your shares could be transferred by you from Superhero to another broker account.
According to Superhero's CEO John Winters, the custody model still uses ASX's CHESS, but it utilises a single Holder Identification Number (HIN) on CHESS. Superhero’s tech consolidates settlements at the end of the trading day to reduce costs.
Is Superhero safe for beginners?
Superhero is one of the better platforms for beginners.
The company has a lot of nifty features for newer investors. These include fee-free buying on ETFs and low minimum deposits.
Given the broker does not offer riskier asset choices such as CFDs, investors avoid the temptation of trading in more speculative assets.
Who should use Superhero?
Given Superhero is a low-cost broker option it is suited to most retail investors.
In Australia you can trade with Superhero for $5 brokerage and pay $0 on US trades. This is one of the cheaper products on the market.
With a hassle-free, easy-to-use platform and fee-free transactions, Superhero should appeal to the majority of investors.
It becomes less suitable for investors who want sophisticated research as part of their trading platform or those investors looking to trade options other than shares. It is also not suited for investors who are looking to buy shares outside of Australia or the US.
Other products offered by Superhero
Aside from its share trading platform, the company has diversified into other areas.
Superhero has also launched company accounts, including trusts and SMSFs with a corporate trustee.
How to open a Superhero account
You can open an account in just 10 minutes by following these steps:
- Head to the Superhero website.
- Register your details. Enter your name, email and phone number to start your account registration.
- Verify your identity. You'll need to supply your Australian passport, driver's licence or Medicare card details.
- Fund your account. Once Superhero has verified your identity, you can transfer money to your Superhero Wallet via BPAY or PayID and start trading. You'll find these details by navigating to your wallet in the app.
Superhero has also launched a mobile app version of the platform for iOS and Android users.
To see our hands-on review of the product click here.
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