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Webull® review 2024

Updated June 13, 2024
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Webull: Best for

Webull is a solid broker choice for investors who are looking for a low-cost mobile trading platform. While not as well known as rival Robinhood, Webull’s offering wins in several areas. You won’t pay commissions on stocks, ETFs or options, and new investors can get started with fractional shares for as little as $5. The mobile app is easy to use and allows you to trade on the go, or just track the market or securities you’re interested in. There’s also a solid offering of educational content that can help teach new investors the basics of the investing world. Crypto traders won’t pay a direct fee, but they’ll need to use Webull Pay, a separate app launched in 2023. 

A major downside of Webull is that it only offers a few individual account types. You’ll need to go with a more comprehensive brokerage offering from a traditional firm such as Schwab or Fidelity to open joint, custodial or self-employed retirement accounts. At more established brokers, the research offering is also a step up from Webull’s.

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Webull: In the details

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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Bankrate Score
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Accounts & Trading
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Research and Education
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Customer Experience
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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Webull is a great pick for mobile trading, not only for no commissions on stocks and options but also for its new addition of futures.
Best For
  • Commission-free trading
  • Cryptocurrency trading
  • Mobile trading
Minimum Balance
Cost per stock trade
Cost per options trade
Trading platform
Web and mobile interfaces
Fractional shares
Available for purchases and reinvestments on stocks and ETFs
No-transaction-fee mutual funds
Securities tradable
Stocks, ETFs, options, cryptocurrency (through Webull Pay app)
Customer service
Phone and email support 24/7, chat in mobile app
Account fees
$75 transfer out fee
Mobile app
Webull offers mobile apps on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store

Pros: Where Webull stands out

Feature-rich mobile app

Webull brings a solid mobile app with a feature set that’s richer than key rival Robinhood’s offering. The app’s overall presentation feels impressive, and you’ll be able to use charting tools to analyze the trading action (more below). Each stock has a comprehensive page that links out to third-party news articles and a company’s press releases, while a comments page shows what Webull members are saying about the stock, so you can get a feel for sentiment there. 

The app also offers high-level financials, and you’ll be able to access a detailed look at the order book and order flow distribution. A trade button sits at the bottom of the screen and a quick click pulls up the trading screen where you can input the trade details and go. If you’re trading options, hit the options tab and you’re inundated with options quotes. Click the options strategy and setup you want, and you’re ready to trade. 

Finally, you’ll be able to place trades using your voice with the AI-enabled voice feature. It all feels really sci-fi, even if you’ll want to double-check to make sure you’re making the right order. 

Free trading and no account minimum

Webull’s top feature might be its ability to trade stocks and ETFs without a commission. Admittedly, that’s nothing out of the ordinary these days, since the whole industry has gone to commission-free trading, but it’s still important to have. You’ll get full extended hours trading and three complimentary months of Nasdaq Level 2 quotes when you sign up. 

But Webull does the industry one better, with no-cost options trading, which was added to its capabilities in early 2020. And it’s truly free – no base commission nor a per-contract fee, though it does pass along tiny regulatory fees. That’s as good as it gets, and of the major players, only Robinhood offers a similar proposition. 

Webull makes it easy to get started too, as there’s no account minimum — which is similarly standard for the industry nowadays.


Bankrate staff insight

“Webull is geared for traders looking to use the high-featured mobile app,” says one Bankrate staff member who has an account there. “Webull keeps adding features. No-commission options trades are so nice, futures trading is a recent addition and Webull offers a strong cash account, too, so I feel like I can do a lot here, even just hold cash until I’m ready to invest it.”

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Cryptocurrency and futures trading

If you’re looking for another differentiator between Webull and most brokers, crypto is one place, as is the recently introduced ability to trade futures. Webull allows you to trade cryptocurrencies directly, rather than as futures as some of the top brokers require. You won’t pay an explicit commission for this service, but you will pay a spread markup of 100 basis points (i.e. 1 percent of your purchase price) on either side of a trade. 

However, Webull recently moved crypto trading to a separate app called Webull Pay in response to the Securities and Exchange Commission suing the largest crypto trading platforms, Binance and Coinbase. Webull says it created Webull Pay to protect the rest of its business from potential litigation.

You’ll be able to trade cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin and Shiba Inu with a $1 minimum, and you’ll be able to do so 23 hours a day, seven days a week. You can get price quotes on other cryptos as well, even if you’re not able to trade all of them. The broker added this feature in late 2020, so it’s a relatively new entrant to the space. Webull says it’s working on adding more cryptocurrencies to the eight that are currently available to trade.

But Webull is even newer to the futures world, having opened trading there back in March 2024. Futures allow traders to purchase interests in a variety of commodities, and it’s a clear differentiator from most brokers, which do not offer the feature at all. The capability really adds some extra gloss to the offering here, even if many or even most clients won’t find it that useful.  

Charting tools

Whether you’re using the web-based client or the mobile app, Webull provides you with a set of charting tools that will help you analyze the price action. You’ll be able to use your preferred charting method (candlesticks, for example), and you’ll also get a detailed look at the day’s trading action (volume analysis and Nasdaq Level 2 quotes, if you have the service). In total, you’ll have access to a few dozen indicators or technical studies.

Instant funding

Webull offers instant funding on deposits up to $1,000, something that rival Robinhood also offers. It’s a cool feature that gets you in the game immediately, though the funds might not actually clear until a few days later. For longer-term investors, instant funding won’t make a difference, but many traders want the funds to be there now and it’s a “nice to have” anyhow. 

Fractional shares

Webull offers fractional shares on both purchases and dividend reinvestments for stocks and ETFs. For a minimum of $5, investors can purchase fractional shares in stocks and ETFs, but be sure to check that the companies you’re interested in are available because Webull says the list of available investments is subject to change. 

Webull clients may also reinvest their dividends into fractional shares. The program allows you to select all eligible securities or to pick specific securities that you want the reinvestment to apply to. You’ll have to receive at least $1 in dividends and be able to buy at least 0.00001 shares in the reinvested stock to participate. 

Cons: Where Webull could improve

Limited account types and tradable securities

Webull gives you access to only individual accounts, whether that’s the basic taxable account or a traditional IRA, Roth IRA or rollover IRA. It lacks many account types typically found at other brokers: joint accounts, custodial accounts or self-employed accounts, such as a SEP IRA or solo 401(k). That makes it a better option for solo traders. 

Along the same lines, the broker does not offer mutual funds, which may make it a deal-breaker for some investors, but likely won’t be a detriment to short-term traders. Nor does it offer bonds or forex. These elements may not matter to certain investors, but they’re worth noting.

Limited free research

Webull doesn’t provide a lot of free fundamental research, a place where its major broker rivals excel. That’s not exactly a surprise given the low-cost nature of the app, but the broker does provide some useful information for investors. You will get tons of detailed trading data, some basic financials and key statistics as well as news feeds on your specific tickers. 

Again, the available information is solid for what it is, but it won’t supplant the analytical work you’ll want to do if you’re investing in individual stocks. On that front, Webull (like Robinhood) makes a better fit for traders who know what they want to do rather than truly new investors.

Review methodology

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