Each year we ask you to tell us which online broker is your favourite. And for the past 9 years we’ve collated the results for TheBull’s Stockies Awards.
TheBull is pleased to announce the winner and finalists of the 2017 Stockies Awards for best online broker across all categories, including CFDs, forex, share trading, options, warrants, margin lending, SMSFs, ETFs as well as the top stock forum.
TheBull’s Stockies Awards are set firmly in the tradition that traders and investors are the best judge of the top online firms to deal with in Australia.
Winner: Best Online Broker
Winner: Best Margin Lender
Winner: Best Options Broker
Each year CommSec raises the bar in a neverending quest for competitive edge and perfection. And each year, voters reward CommSec with multiple Stockies awards.
CommSec’s recipe for success is relatively straightforward. Brian Phelps, general manager for CommSec Retail Distribution, says: “These awards reflect the high standards of quality service and innovative products we offer our customers as Australia’s largest online share trading platform.
‘We want all our customers to make informed investment decisions – from the highly experienced trader to someone just starting to invest. The continual improvements in our platform and the support we provide our customers remain at the heart of our competitive edge in today’s market.
“And we will ensure that we remain the number one broker of choice.’
Winner: Best CFD Broker
Winner: Best Forex Broker
IG is a global firm with a loyal and growing client base. IG isn’t one to rest on its laurels, as it continually invests in technology to enhance the user experience. Simply, IG clients have the latest technology at their fingertips.
Chris Weston, IG head of research, says: “We have featured prominently in TheBull’s CFD and FX awards for a number of years. This is always pleasing, as we have invested a considerable amount of resources into creating an offering that puts clients first, while providing them with the best in class technology. It’s always pleasing to see these measures resonate with clients.
“IG has cut the costs to trade FX and various indices in recent times and is now one of the cheapest brokers in the market. Clients are compelled to trade with IG for its diverse product range and strongest financial position in the industry.”
Protecting client funds has always been paramount for IG.
“IG has pushed for greater client protection across the industry for many years,” Weston says. “The Federal Government has introduced reforms that heighten protection of client money, which is fantastic.
“We feel the reforms will go a long way to protect clients and it’s brought Australia in line with other global standards.”
Winner: Best Self Managed Superannuation Fund Provider
Winning the award is recognition for hard work, says Mark Pankhurst, ANZ’s wealth head of superannuation, pensions and investments.
“The hard work we’ve done ensures our SMSF offering is simple and effective for our customers,” Pankhurst says.
“What’s particularly pleasing about this award is it’s voted by traders and investors who know the market and what’s on offer. To get their seal of approval in such convincing fashion shows us we’re on the right track.
“However, we know it’s a very competitive industry with no room for complacency. So while we’re thrilled with the award, we’ll stay focused on delivering for our customers.”
Winner: Best Warrants Broker
Excited and delighted was the response from Darren Moglia after learning Westpac Online Investing had once again won a Stockies award.
“Westpac Online Investing is delighted to win the best warrants broker award again in 2017,” says Moglia, head of online investing. “Warrants are such an easy way for customers to increase the leverage of their portfolio and our platform is recognised as the best place to access warrants.
“Trading warrants is as easy as trading shares on Westpac Online Investing. You can even search by warrant security type, which allows you to see all available exercise prices and expiry dates.
“Clients can also set up free alerts and conditional orders that enables them to take a profit or stop loss. So clients can manage their position even when they’re away from the market.”
Winner: Best Exchange Traded Funds Provider
It’s great to be recognised by TheBull.com.au for our ETF offering, says Robin Bowerman, Vanguard Australia’s head of market strategy.
He says investors worldwide have become more focused on broad diversification, low investment costs and transparency.
“And we feel as though Vanguard has successfully led the way in promoting these values in Australia,” Bowerman says. “Vanguard ETFs reflect these values, offering individual investors powerful tools that provide access to entire markets or market segments for a very low cost.
“Our commitment to low costs isn’t a marketing ploy, it’s in our DNA. Our client-first ownership structure and culture enables us to pass along economies of scale as fund assets grow.
“With all major asset classes now represented by ETFs, investors are able to use the products to construct robust portfolios that are diversified across and within asset classes.”
Winner: Best Stock Forum
Voters left no doubt that HotCopper remains a most popular online stock forum.
HotCopper chief executive Ben Newport says it’s a thrill to be recognised as Australia’s best stockmarket forum for another year.
“We’re extremely grateful for the support we get from TheBull and its audience,” Newport says.
“Last year was big for HotCopper, with the company reaching all time membership numbers and listing on the ASX. Our member base continues to grow strongly, making us Australia’s largest finance discussion community, and it’s a testament to the users, members and moderators that contribute to our forum.
“Our immediate focus this year is on improving the site experience and providing new features that add value for members. We’ve got several projects in development, including our mobile app, so stay tuned for some exciting releases over the coming months.”