Webull Investopedia

Webull Investopedia

Webull, one of the newest online brokers, was founded in 2017 and launched with a mobile app only in May 2018. Webull’s primary target market, the millennials, was reflected in this mobile launch. Webull is positioning itself as a platform that can serve active traders and other people who are drawn to a platform that offers a wide range of services at no cost, including commission-free trading of stocks/ETFs or their options and multiple cryptocurrencies. Webull does skew towards the self-directed investor, with a less comprehensive offering than full service competitors. Webull customers still get a lot for their money. Webull offers a great platform with many useful tools and features as well as competitive margin rates. We’ll take an in-depth look at Webull to help you decide if it is the right broker for your portfolio needs.

Webull won Investopedia’s Best Broker for Low Cost Options Trading, Best Day Trading Platform and Best Low Cost Options Broker in our 2021 Best Online Brokers Review.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Webull doesn’t charge commissions on stock, ETF, or options trades and has no account minimums. Margin trading is available to accounts of $2000 and higher.
  • Webull offers options, stocks, ETFs and cryptocurrencies. This smaller selection of assets is meant to serve a client base that skews towards younger, self-directed customers comfortable with technology and wanting information on the go.
  • Webull is easy to use, providing good trading functionality and a broad package of tools and functionality including news, fundamental and technical analysis, and stock screeners.
  • Webull is not the broker for people looking for a broader range of products, such as fixed income, mutual funds, or managed accounts. If you are looking for live trading assistance and prefer to work with an investment advisor, then look elsewhere.
  • Fractional cryptocurrency trading is possible in multiple cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Dodgecoin and Bitcoin Cash.

Who is Webull for?

Webull is for investors who want to get into financial markets with no minimum account sizes and commission free trading. Webull isn’t a full-service broker. Its customers require a DIY approach to some aspects of portfolio management. Webull customers have skewed younger than at other brokerage companies. Active traders will be attracted to the broker’s free model. Webull’s no-cost options trading will be particularly appealing to active traders. This is because all other brokers, including those that offer free stock and ETF trades such as Schwab, still charge commissions for each leg.

Pros

  • No commissions on stocks/ETFs, options, or cryptocurrencies
  • No minimums or fees, easy account setup
  • Free real-time streaming quotes
  • Simple to use platforms that provide excellent content and tools
  • Access to extended hours and pre-market trading

Cons

  • Excess cash does not earn you any income
  • Potential for execution to be halted by payment of order flow
  • Limited range of tools for portfolio management
  • No access to fixed income, mutual funds, foreign exchange, or futures markets

Pros Explained

  • Everyone wants something for free, and that is exactly what Webull delivers. No commission stock, ETF, option, and cryptocurrency trading is particularly appealing to traders that don’t need their hands held. Trading strategies are easier to profit from because they have lower implementation costs.
  • The account opening process only takes a few minutes. You will receive account and options trading approval very quickly and it only takes a couple of additional minutes to add your bank account and set up a free ACH transfer. Once the transfer is set up, you can receive buying power on the account even though the fund transfer may not be complete for a few days.
  • Webull offers free real-time streaming quotes, and a three month free subscription to Level 2 Advance quotes. The service is Nasdaq TotalView, and it provides a greater depth of bids and asks on a security as well as information showing market depth. You can also find auction crossing information for all NASDAQ NYSE stocks and regionally listed stocks on NASDAQ Marketplace Center.
  • Webull’s desktop and mobile application platforms are relatively new, so it has a fresh, intuitive design and is easy to use. The applications are packed with helpful tools for trading, especially considering all the tools are free to the user. You can access news and fundamental information about companies through the customizable workstation platform. Charting is available, as well as watchlists, stock screeners, charts, aggregate ratings and aggregate ratings from multiple analyst. Despite all the information, it is organized in a way that makes it easy to use.
  • Many active traders like to trade the market in the pre and/or extended hour trading periods, and Webull customers have the ability to access these hours. Traders have the option to make their orders available during non-regular trading hours.

The Cons

  • Webull customers receive no interest on cash balances in their account. As Webull doesn’t support mutual fund trading, customers can’t proactively invest their unused cash in a money market fund. In today’s low short-term interest rates, this may not seem to be a problem. However, the potential loss of interest on cash could be more apparent if rates rise.
  • Webull can offer trading and all other services for free because it receives payment for order flow (PFOF). This may affect Webull’s execution quality. The speed and precision that orders are generally filled at today somewhat lessens this as a significant issue for most traders, but day traders and those using other strategies highly dependent on execution quality may be at a disadvantage.
  • Webull offers a number of useful tools for traders, but the portfolio management tools are not as good. Webull customers are expected to be self-sufficient in making their own investing/trading decisions. There are no intra-day or daily market letters and no analyst reports or research on stocks other than aggregated analyst statistics. Webull does not offer financial advisors, recommended portfolios for rebalancing, control of tax lots on sales, or offer a dividend reinvestment program (DRIP). Webull currently doesn’t offer fractional shares. However, the broker stated that they are working on adding fractional stock shares.
  • Webull offers a wide range of stock, ETFs and options, as well as cryptocurrencies. Webull does not offer fixed income investments, mutual funds or international equities, options, or foreign currency offerings. You get what you see.

Useability

Webull is easy to use, with clean and intuitive navigation. Webull offers a website, desktop workstation and mobile app. They are all well-designed. Because they were built so recently, the platforms have a modern look.

The desktop workstation and website are nearly identical, with the same menu and window setup that focuses on a primary set of buttons down the left side of the screen. These buttons launch customizable quote boards, a stock page with a wealth of information on a single stock or ETF, a broad market overview page, a stock screener, a trading screen that is highly customizable on the desktop platform, an account tab showing balances, positions, buying power, performance, risk level related to margin leverage, access to bank transfers into and out of the account, and a dedicated paper trading area. The website has some differences from the workstation. It only supports single-leg options.

The mobile app uses primary features in a way consistent with the website and workstation, but there are design differences to handle the smaller screens the app is used on. The menu buttons on the bottom of the app screen change to be relevant to the content shown at the time. An example of this is the options button, which appears at the bottom to show an individual stock/ETF.

You can easily create watchlists across all platforms from stock screener results. You don’t have to create watchlists on different platforms. Watchlists are also consistent across all platforms, including the web, mobile, and desktop. It’s easy to order and traders can customize the trading ticket information, such as share amounts and order type.

Trade Experience

Webull’s workstation is highly customizable, with templates available for trading stocks and ETFs, options trading, day trading, and for cryptocurrency trading. Traders can switch between these different template pages, and can build their own page layouts from scratch through widgets. Each widget contains different information such as news, basics, options, order entry, sales, time, and so forth. The widgets can be combined to save screen space, with the different widgets accessible through marked tabs at the top of the window. You can group widget windows together to ensure that stock entries in one widget will update in all other widgets.

Trading setups allow for highly customizable user experiences, such as hot keys, home page loaded at startup, default stock, option orders and commonly used share quantities. You can do the most customization and flexibility on your workstation. Website did not include all the templates for trading pages on the workstation. The learning center was also not accessible via the website. When necessary, the system will direct you to other pages, such as the stocks window, which allows you to view stock-specific information, news and charting.

Webull makes it easy to place an order. You can add the order screen to other screens. The stock order entry screen also includes contingency orders that allow for profit taking and stop loss levels. You can also create order tickets directly from the account holdings, and clicking on the bid or offer of a market will automatically enter that information into the trade order widget. Trading was also possible directly from the charting program. The chart shows active positions and orders.

Mobile Trade Experience

Although there are minor differences between the workstation and the website, there is an overall consistency across all platforms. The mobile app has the same basic features as the website and workstation, but there are design differences to handle the smaller screens. Menu buttons adapt along with the content screen you are on, serving up the main functions that you are likely to need. Mobile charting allows you to trade directly from the chart and shows you your open positions. Webull’s drawing tools were also easier to use than the mobile charting software of many other brokers. Although the Webull stock screener is not available on the mobile app, you can convert search results from the website or at work into a watchlist which will be synced to the app.

A wide range of offerings

Webull focuses exclusively on U.S. Stock, ETF and U.S.-listed options. Webull offers only personal and IRA accounts within the United States. Although Webull’s product offerings are not as extensive as full-service brokers, they can meet the needs for younger customers who are less interested in fixed income. Unlike many of the full service brokers, Webull offers trading in multiple cryptocurrencies for as little as $1. Webull does not offer traditional forex trading, fixed income, mutual funds, futures or traditional foreign currency trading. Webull investors can trade the following:

  • US Stocks/ETFs, long and short (2,0005 stocks) are currently listed on Webull’s easy-to-borrow list for short sales
  • Stocks and ETFs Listed in the USA
  • Cryptocurrency trading with Bitcoin, Dodgecoin and Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoins, ZEC, and XLM
  • Notable: Although New York State is the only US state to not have approved cryptocurrency trading on Webull yet, the company anticipates that it will soon be approved.

Types of Order

Webull offers the most commonly used order types, including market, limit, stop, stop limit, and trailing stops. There are also specialty orders such as one-cancel-the-other (OCO), one-triggers-an-OCO (OTOCO), and one-triggers-the-other (OTO), allowing traders to setup a conditional order where a filled limit order establishes an OCO attaching both a stop loss and a profit taking level order once the initial position is established. Webull does not offer market-if-touched, market-on-close, or similar orders.

Webull does not offer traders the ability to control tax lots for sales to close long stock positions. Instead, they use the first in and first out (FIFO), methodology. Webull also lacks automated trading, backtesting of strategies, and the ability to stage orders.

Trading Technology

Although Webull’s trading technology may be basic, it can get the job done. Webull reports net price improvement of 0.0056 a share and $1 per options contract. No smart order routing, trading automation, backtesting, or route control are available. That said, this is in keeping with the broker’s bare bones approach to keep costs down.

Costs

Webull is a no cost broker, not a low cost broker. They offer commission free trading in stocks, ETFs, and listed options, and they do not charge a fee for account minimums or for their robust platforms and tools. Webull’s margin rates also are competitive. When we talk about commission free trading, that means Webull does not charge for trades, but they do pass through Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) transaction fees and various exchange and regulatory fees, which are typically pennies or fractional pennies per contract. Webull’s costs are as follows:

  • Online trades in equities or ETFs are free of commissions
  • No commissions on exchange traded options
  • There is no commission for cryptocurrency trading
  • Margin can be used for leverage or short sales. Margin rates vary depending on account size. Breakpoint: Below $25K 6.99%, $100K 6.49%, $250K 5.99%, $500K 5.49% and $500K 5.49%. $1MM 4.99%. $3MM 4.49%. And >$3MM 3.99%.
  • Money transfers: No charge for ACH Deposits and withdrawals; Wire Transfers are $8 for deposits in the US and $12.5 if international, and $25 for withdrawals in the US and $40 if international
  • Paper statements charges: Confirmations are $2 per confirm, account statements $5 per statement, and prospectus fees $2.5 per mailing

How this broker makes money for you and from you

With the race towards no commission trading, understanding how brokerage companies generate revenue has become more opaque. Webull is not afraid to tell investors how they make their money, which allows them provide sophisticated trading platforms and zero-fee trading.

  • Payment From Order Flow: Webull is clearly all-in on the continuing race towards no commission trading – even options are free to trade on Webull now – and they are very transparent in stating at the top of its pricing page that PFOF is the primary reason they can offer no commission trading and no fees for access to their well-built platforms. Webull receives an average of $0.00024 per share for its order flow, and an average of $0.525 per options contract; Webull’s price execution improvement averages are $0.0056 per share, and $1 per option contract.
  • Interest on Cash: Another important revenue stream for Webull is its ability to generate income from cash in its traders’ accounts, as the company does not pay interest on cash balances. When you have cash in your account, the interest generated by Webull is kept by Webull.
  • Stock Lending Program: Webull offers a stock lending program. The investor who lends the securities shares the revenue. The market demand for your securities determines the interest rate.

Account and Research Amenities

Webull offers a broad array of account information and research amenities, including fundamental data, news, and charting to help traders make informed investment decisions and identify stocks to trade. However, Webull does not provide the types of tools and information available at full-service brokers, such as daily market reports or individual analyst reports or in-depth portfolio analysis tools.

Stock Screener

Webull has a stock screener, available on the workstation and website but not the mobile app. The screener is limited to stocks and is easy enough to use, but it does not offer all the functionality that rival broker screeners offer. Only the United States, China and Canada can be selected; Webull offers data and charts for US, Honk Kong and Canada markets. However, U.S. account holders have limited access to trading in U.S. market markets. For the U.S., you can select the exchanges to include (NYSE, AMEX, NASDAQ), and can filter by more than 25 industry sectors, financial information such as EPS, P/E, Dividends, and by nine pre-set technical indicators including overbought/oversold and moving average crosses.

The technical indicators are easy to use, but somewhat limited. We could not screen for stocks that moved beyond 200. Other filters available include a consensus analyst rating with five grades (strong buy, buy, hold, underperform, sell) and if the stock can be traded on margin. Stocks cannot be screened for SRI (socially responsible investing). A customized search can be saved and converted to a watchlist. Choosing any of the stocks on the search results provides key statistics and financial information and an order window for that stock on the same page.

ETF and Mutual Fund Screener

Webull doesn’t offer ETF screens and does not offer mutual funds.

Options Screener

Webull doesn’t have a screener that can identify potential option trade opportunities. However, they have tools to help you construct the most popular one, two and four leg options strategies (vertical spreads. Straddles/strangles. Butterflies/condors etc.). using a drop-down menu on the option chain table to select the strategy. You can then bring up the payout graph at maturity for the strategy, and use tools to further customize the strategy through different order types or adjusting the width between strike prices in multi-leg strategies.

Fixed Income Screener

Webull doesn’t offer fixed income through their platform.

Charting

Webull developed its own charting functionality and it is a solid offering. Mobile app charting is a bit different than on the web and workstation because of the smaller screen size, but it is very intuitive. Charts can be used to create alerts and order tickets. You can also add analysis such as Bollinger bands(r), moving or exponential moving averages, relative strength index (RSI), average trade range (ATR), multiple stochastics variants, and other commonly-used analysis to your chart. Again, it seems odd that neither the 50, 100, or 200 period MA was included in the set of six defaults in the program.

If you have heard about Webull before, it is the new web based trading system that has just made waves in the Forex market. Webull, which is operated by Chinese online holding business Fumi Technology, enables clients to purchase and sell an assortment of virtual assets, such as shares, ETFs, derivatives and commodities such as gold, dogecoin and shiba inu coin. It also offers trade alerts and market commentary from industry experts, so that traders can be assured of their investment decisions. Investors will need to open a demo account to see how the system works and determine if it is suitable for them.

 

The Java-based software platform used for desktop trading platforms is the basis of the webull trading app. The webull platform provides access to stock and option prices in real-time, as well as fundamental data such market depth, price, volume and price. The webull desktop trading platform can be used on both iOS and Android devices. It comes with over 1,000,000 product images and a wide variety of media files. To use the webull app, first download the free trial web version and install the webull trading platform on your phone. In less than five minutes you are all set and ready to trade from anywhere in the world!

 

With webull, traders can buy and sell securities using real money. Webull trading doesn’t require any special knowledge to execute trades. The app uses sophisticated algorithms and mathematical algorithms to detect good opportunities and prevent losses by analyzing market signals and actions. For example, once the app identifies that the peak volume for a given security may be on the rise, it immediately alerts traders so that they can take action before the price starts to move. The best part is that all trades are fully customizable. This means that traders can set limits on how much they would like to invest, the maximum strike amount, and also what type of stop loss they want to use – a custom, or an automatic, limit set at the time the investor thinks the investment is under risk.

 

Trading with webull requires a minimum deposit of just $500, and the maximum is Unlimited. After investors have created an account at webull, they are able to deposit funds into that account. Traders can start either holding a ‘buy’ or’sell’ option, and they are able to do transactions in two ways – using cash transactions or using credit card transfers. Using credit cards is recommended for smaller investments because there are more transfer fees.

 

Many people asked us why they should use webull instead of traditional trading platforms. Webull allows investors to do two types of transactions, buying and selling. Traditional trading requires that you wait until the end to complete a transaction. This will be reflected in your profit or loss statement. With webull, you can determine the time when you want to do a transaction, and this will be reflected in your trading Profit and Loss Statement. Trading with webull allows you to set a limit on how much money you are willing and able to lose. This gives you more control over your investments and accountability.

 

Webull’s financial trading platform offers investors real-time protection against third parties. This is another reason why webull is superior than other systems. Because webull has a counterparty protection feature, it is impossible for anyone but the authorized user to modify, change or close your accounts. Therefore, webull provides you with true asset protection, which is much better than any system that does not provide this type of protection. Webull can also inform investors that they are not legally required to pay taxes on gains from investments in the U.S. as webull contracts or investment deals are not considered income.

 

Many traders use webull as their main trading platform, but there are many others who also use it for back-testing, fundamental tests, and even for their margin calls and transactions. In addition, investors can also use webull for their custom trading needs. For instance, some brokers provide webull trading as a free service to their clients. This service may be offered by some webull brokers for a small fee. Webull is a great product for investors large and small because of all the benefits it offers.

 

Overall, webull is an excellent platform for new traders, as well as experienced ones, because it provides a low-cost, hands-free, transparent way to trade on the equity market. Because there are no commissions or fees to pay, the investor has complete control over how much he/she trades. Webull is hard to beat.

 

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