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In this post, we are going to see how to buy an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) on DEGIRO. The process is going to be the same regardless of the ETF you want to buy.
I decided to use DEGIRO after comparing it with several other brokers. The main advantage of DEGIRO is its very low fees. You can read my full review of DEGIRO if you want more information.
We are also going to see how to deposit money into your account. You will need money on your account before you can buy an ETF.
Update: DEGIRO stopped access to U.S. ETFs, but this process works for any ETF still available, VUSA or VWRL for instance.
Deposit money on your DEGIRO account
This article assumes you already have an account with DEGIRO. If not, you can open one account very quickly.
The first thing you need to do is deposit money on your account. If you already did that, you can go to the next section.
You have two ways to deposit money on your DEGIRO account: SOFORT and Bank Transfer.
SOFORT is an instant deposit to your DEGIRO account. It supports many ways of transferring money. However, it will cost you 1.25 CHF per transfer. So you should generally avoid doing that to save money. But if you transfer large amounts of money, this is fine since this is a small fee. And you have the advantage of having the money right now.
The most used way to deposit money on your account is to transfer money from your bank account. A bank transfer is entirely free. So this is generally the way to go. You can only transfer money from the bank account you used to create your account. You cannot transfer money from another bank account.
Just make a bank transfer to the DEGIRO IBAN account. DEGIRO will use your bank account as the reference and match it to your account. It should only take a few days to process the money to your account. And you will see the funds appear on your dashboard.
Once you have the money on your account, you are ready to purchase the ETF (or any other shares) from your account.
I am also going to assume that you are using CHF as your base currency. But, if you are not using CHF, this will not change anything since currency conversions are automatic. On DEGIRO, you do not have to convert currencies manually. You can directly buy something in other currencies, and DEGIRO will do the conversion for you. You can also opt for manual conversions. But this is more expensive.
As you will see, it is easy to buy something with DEGIRO. There are two primary portals: The web interface and the mobile application. I am going to cover both. Let’s start with the web interface.
In this example, I am buying the VT ETF. Unfortunately, since this article came out, DEGIRO stopped offering access to U.S. ETFs. But this example will work with any ETF, such as a VUSA for instance. It is that easy! And you can even follow the exact same technique if you want to buy a stock.
Using DEGIRO web interface
The first thing you need to do is to log in to your account. Then, you have to find the ETF. There are several ways to do that. If you never bought it, you can search for it in the search box. You can use the ticker (VUSA for instance) or the name to search for it.
Then, you can click on the name to go to the ETF page. If you already have this ETF, you can go to your portfolio page and click on the ETF name.
It should now bring you to the ETF page:
On this page, you have all the current information about the ETF. On the left, you get the graph of the ETF price. And on the right, you get the current price information. You can also see your current position in this ETF.
In this view, the market is not open. So the last information about volume, bid, and ask is empty. It is not a problem, you can, of course, place an order out of trading hours. The exchange will execute your order as soon as possible. You probably noticed the big Buy and Sell buttons. Just press the Buy button to buy new shares.
Again, on the right, you get all the current information about your position and the price. On the left, is the configuration of your order. Here, I have specified that I wanted to buy one share at a maximum of 76 USD. Be aware that it will not let you trade if you do not have enough funds.
Be careful to have some extra money when trading in foreign currency. If the exchange rate changes enough, you may end up with not enough currency for the trade!
You have got quite a few options for orders:
- Limit Order. You set a maximum to buy a share or a minimum to sell a share. The order will only be executed if your maximum or minimum is met. It is the default option.
- Market Order. The order will be executed at the current best possible price. You should be careful with this order type. It is especially true with less liquid products.
- Stop Loss Order. As soon as the share reaches the loss price, the market will fill the market order. The sell order is then executed at the best possible price. In some cases, it could be sold well below the loss price.
- Stop Limit Order. As soon as the share reaches the loss price, a limit order is filled in the market. It gives you better control than a stop-loss order. But if the market goes too quickly below your limit order, you may not be able to sell.
I recommend you to use limit orders in general. You will avoid surprises. Do not try to time the market by using the “smart” limit. If you trade only with high-volume ETF, you can also use a market order. It should not make a big difference.
And you can also choose the duration of your order:
- Day order. The order will be valid until executed or until the end of the day or until the market closes.
- GTC (Good Till Cancel) Order. The order will be valid as long as possible. It depends on the market. European markets allow orders lasting up to one year, and the US market allows orders for up to 90 days.
For pure passive investors like us, day orders are more than enough as a tool. For instance, I invest once a month, regardless of the market. You should not try to make something too complicated.
Ok, let’s go back to the matter at hand. I am using a Limit order only valid one day. Let’s confirm the order with Place Order.
You can still cancel the action. You should always check twice before placing an order. Once you are sure of your choice, press the green button. The order will now appear in your Orders page:
You can still cancel the order. You can also edit the limit, for instance. Now, you have to wait until the exchange executes the order.
Once possible, DEGIRO will execute the order. At that point, you cannot cancel anymore. You will have more shares of the ETF you want. You can take a look at your portfolio to see the new total.
Buy an ETF on DEGIRO mobile app
Everything we did from the web application is also possible from the mobile application. Let’s see the same process again on your phone (or tablet).
First of all, connect to your account. Then, if you do not have any share of the ETF you want, you can search for the ticker (VUSA for instance):
Or, if you already have it, you can go directly from your portfolio page:
Just click on the Vanguard Total World ETF. This should bring you to the Vanguard Total World ETF Page:
From there, you can buy and sell with the huge buttons at the bottom of the view. To purchase the ETF, press the Buy button.
Here you can configure your order. I set a limit order for one share at a maximum price of 76 USD. I explain the different types of orders in the previous section. Once your order is ready, you can press “Place an Order” to get the final confirmation view.
Review all the data carefully and then press Place an order to confirm your order. Once you confirm it, the order will be in the Orders view until the market executes it.
You can still cancel it from this view as long as it is not executed. Once it is possible, DEGIRO will execute your order on the market. After this, you will not be able to cancel the order anymore. If you go to your portfolio view, you should have more shares of the ETF you just bought.
Bonus: Total result in DEGIRO mobile application
In my review of DEGIRO, I mentioned that something I did not like was that it was not possible to see the total result of the position in the mobile application. The application is only able to display the daily result of each stock of your portfolio. I do not care about the daily variations of my portfolio. I am much more interested in the total results of my portfolio. It is what most long-term investors should care about.
However, I just found out it was possible to see this information on the DEGIRO mobile application. It took me quite a while to figure out how to find this information. It is just not intuitive. Or maybe, it is just me. But once you know it, it is straightforward to use. Since it was not easy for me to find it, I am going to post my findings for all of you!
First of all, start the mobile application and log in to your account. Then, you can go to the Portfolio view. Here, you should be able to see the daily results of all the positions in your portfolio. Once you are in the portfolio view on the application, you should see something like this:
You can see the daily results of all the positions. If you press on a daily result, it then shows the total results of this position. For instance, after pressing on Vanguard Total World and Vanguard International High Dividend Yield, I can see their total results:
This is really useful information, and this is something that was missing for me. I am thrilled I discovered this feature. It makes my life more comfortable since I do not have to use the web application so much. I wish it was a bit more obvious. But maybe it was apparent to most people!
As you saw, buying (and selling) ETFs on DEGIRO is pretty straightforward. Several options are a bit more complicated. But simple investors only need the default options. It makes it very easy. And since you should not be day trading, repeating this process a few times each month should be easy!
If you can, you should not buy a single share of an ETF when you can buy more. It is not the most cost-efficient way to buy shares. I just did this as an example since I had 100 CHF on my account in cash!
My example was using VT ETF. But DEGIRO now stopped offering U.S. ETFs. If you still want to buy U.S. ETFs, you will need another broker. If you want to learn about another broker, I compared Interactive Brokers and DEGIRO. IB is a cheaper broker and offers you access to U.S. ETFs. Interactive Brokers is the broker I use and the one I recommend most.
Now that you know how to buy an ETF on DEGIRO, you have no excuse to not start investing!
Do you have more questions on how to buy ETFs on DEGIRO? Or more questions on DEGIRO?