We updated our pricing on Tuesday 31 January 2023—check out the new pricing on our website. The pricing below applied until 11:59 PM on Monday 30 January 2023.
You’re charged a transaction fee when you buy and sell shares in companies and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) across Australia, the US, and NZ. This is sometimes called a ‘brokerage fee’.
If you buy or sell shares in more than one investment, they’re treated as separate orders and have separate fees. The fee is charged in the currency of your order.
Orders in dollars
For market orders and limit orders placed in dollars, we calculate the transaction fee on the amount to invest or receive (the net amount) and deduct it from the order amount you enter (the gross amount).
A $30 market order for company A includes a 0.5% transaction fee of $0.15 and an amount to invest of $29.85.
A $3,015 market order for company B includes a 0.5% transaction fee of $15 and an amount to invest of $3,000.
A $6,018 market order for company C includes a $18 transaction fee and an amount to invest of $6,000. The fee is made up of: $15 for the first $3,000 (0.5% x $3,000), and then $3 for the remaining $3,000 (0.1% x $3,000).
Limit buys in shares
For limit buy orders in whole or fractional shares, we calculate the transaction fee on the amount to invest (the net amount).
You set the amount to invest by selecting the highest price to pay per share and the number of shares to buy.
The order amount you’re charged is the amount to invest plus the transaction fee.
For example, if you set:
the highest price to pay per share at $5, and
the number of whole shares to buy at 10
the amount you invest will be $50 at most. From this amount, we calculate a $0.25 transaction fee (0.5% × $50 = $0.25) and your total order amount is $50.25.
When you place a limit buy in shares, the fee is just an estimate. When your order fills, the fee is recalculated on the amount invested.
Limit sells in shares
For limit sell orders in whole or fractional shares, we calculate the transaction fee on the amount you receive (the net amount) and deduct it from your order amount.
You set the order amount by selecting the lowest price to sell per share and the number of shares to sell.
The amount you receive is your order amount minus the transaction fee.
For example, if you set:
the lowest price to sell per share at $5, and
the number of whole shares to sell at 10
your order amount will be $50. From this amount, we deduct a $0.25 transaction fee that’s calculated on the estimated amount you’ll receive, $49.75 (0.5% × $49.75 = $0.25).
When you place a limit sell in shares, the fee is just an estimate. When your order fills, the fee is recalculated on the amount received.
Currency exchange fee
To buy overseas shares, you need to exchange your NZ dollars for the local currency.
Sharesies charges a 0.4% currency exchange fee when you make the exchange. We calculate the fee on the amount to exchange, and deduct it from the order amount you enter.
For example, a $1,004 order is made up of a $4 exchange fee and a $1,000 amount to exchange:
$1,000 x 0.4% = $4
You can exchange your money in Sharesies before you buy overseas shares, or during the buy process.
When you invest in ETFs and managed funds, you’re charged a management fee. The fee pays for the fund’s management, distribution, and operational costs. This is charged by the fund provider, not Sharesies, and included in the share or unit price.
The management fees are a set percentage and are different for each fund.
NZ ETFs and managed funds
You can find info about the management fees for each investment option on their websites:
You may be charged depositary fees if you invest in companies that are American depositary receipts (ADRs). Generally, the fee is less than $0.10 USD per receipt annually.
Managed fund transaction fee
Managed funds may charge a transaction fee when you buy and sell units. This is also known as a ‘spread fee’. The fee is added to the price when you buy, and deducted from the price when you sell. This is charged by the fund, not Sharesies.
Card processing fee
There’s no fee to top up your Sharesies Wallet with a bank transfer.
You’re charged a card processing fee when you top up a Sharesies Wallet or buy a Sharesies Gift with a debit card, credit card, Apple Pay, or Google Pay.
This fee is calculated on the amount you enter to top up or buy. You’ll see how much the fee will be before you confirm your order.
If you use a card for your first ever Wallet top up by card (for an amount up to $100 NZD), your card processing fee will be covered.
NZX market depth
NZX market depth is an add-on. NZX market depth costs $10 NZD per month, and you get your first month free. NZX market depth is only available for NZX-listed investments.