Fast answers to your most common questions.

We're here to answer any questions you may have about the markets and your investments. Many common questions are answered in the FAQs we've organized for you below. As always, feel free to call us, visit our web site, or use our mobile app to get the information you need.   


  • place a trade

    How do I place a trade?

    Use the Trade Stocks & ETFs order entry page to submit an order to buy, sell or sell short a stock or ETF. You'll need to complete three steps: Enter the specifics of your stock order including symbol, quantity and order type, verify your order, then submit your order.

    The All-In-One Trade Ticket is designed to give you easier access to multiple asset types within the same trade ticket. See our Trade FAQs below for more information.

  • Transfer funds

    How do I transfer funds?

    Whether you want to move funds among your accounts at Schwab or from external accounts, our step-by-step process will walk you through it.

  • password icon

    How do I log in or change my password?

    If you need to change your password or login ID, login and visit the Security Center. If you're locked out of your account, please contact us.

  • deposit check

    How do I make a deposit?

    If you'd like to make a deposit, please visit the Fund Your Account page for more information.

New Account FAQs

To open an account with Schwab Singapore, you will need to qualify and opt-in to be treated as an Accredited Investor. An Accredited Investor is an individual or entity that meets one of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) requirements. Our assessment of your Accredited Investor application will require documentary support.

Learn more about becoming an Accredited Investor.

An Accredited Investor is an individual who meets the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) requirements below and has opted in to be treated as an Accredited Investor. In order to qualify, you must satisfy one of the below criteria and opt in to be an Accredited Investor:

  • Minimum Income: Minimum income of S$300,000 in the last 12 months (or its equivalent in a foreign currency); or
  • Net Personal Assets: Net personal assets exceeding S$2,000,000, of which the net value of your primary place of residence can only contribute up to S$1,000,000; or
  • Net Financial Assets: Net financial assets exceeding S$1,000,000 (or its equivalent in a foreign currency)

You will need to complete the Open an Account process and provide supporting evidence to prove that you are an Accredited Investor.

Depending on which criteria you meet to become an Accredited Investor, you will need to submit scanned copies of supporting evidence to validate that you meet the minimum income or asset level. For more details, please refer to the Declaration and Opt-In Form for Accredited Investor Status and Cross-Border Arrangement. Some of the common supporting documents required may include:

  • Latest income tax statement
  • Recent payslip(s)
  • Recent bank statement(s)
  • Title deed
  • Property Tax statement
  • Other brokerage statement(s)

As an Accredited Investor, you will be establishing your account with our U.S. Foreign Related Corporation, Charles Schwab & Co. or Charles Schwab Futures & Forex, LLC for securities and futures trading respectively through the Singapore Cross Border Arrangement framework. Schwab Singapore Accredited Investors have access to U.S. markets through our best-in-class thinkorswim® trading platforms, education, and support from the Singapore office.

At this time, Schwab Singapore is only serving Accredited Investors.

Account Maintenance FAQs

To make a wire transfer into your Schwab account, visit the Fund Your Account page and follow the directions provided.


New clients should confirm that the account is fully opened before funding it. 

The most efficient way to process an application or account update form is to login to your account and upload the scanned documents via the Secure Message Center. If you are unable to upload the form or application, please mail it to:


Charles Schwab SG Pte. Ltd.

1 Temasek Avenue #15-02

Millenia Tower, Singapore 039192

Trading and Margin FAQs

How to Trade

Our All-in-One Trade Ticket® gives you easy access to multiple asset types (stocks, ETFs, and Options), and lets you place and execute your trades from a single location following these easy steps: 

  1. Select the account you would like to use. 
  2. Enter the symbol for the security you'd like to trade. 
  3. Choose a strategy (equity or options)
  4. Choose to buy or sell the security. 
  5. Enter the number of shares for your trade.
  6. Choose the order type. 
  7. Select the timing of your order.
  8. Confirm your trade. 
  9. Place order to complete the trade.

Use the Order Status page to view the status of all open orders and other recent order activity in the currently selected account.

To change an open order, click the Change button. The "Change Order Request" screen will appear. You can change the quantity, price, or special conditions of your order. Other fields cannot be changed.


NOTE: Changing an order DOES NOT GUARANTEE that the original order will not be executed. When you change an order, FOR A SHORT TIME IT MAY SEEM AS THOUGH TWO ORDERS ARE OPEN. You do not have to send another change request, the old order will eventually be closed (if it is not Too Late to Cancel).


If you need to cancel an order and the order still shows as Open on the Order Status page, click on the "Cancel" button. The "Cancel Request Verification" screen will appear. On this page you have the choice of "Do Not Cancel Order" or "Cancel Order." After you click on "Cancel Order," a "Cancel Order Acknowledgment" will appear, confirming that we have received your request to cancel your order.

Once your order is executed, it cannot be changed or canceled. During market hours, only limit, stop and stop limit orders can be changed, because market orders are generally executed too quickly. Market orders entered while the market is closed or during market halts may be changed only if they can be processed before the market opens on a best-efforts basis. Offshore Mutual fund orders cannot be changed. You must cancel the order and enter a new one.

Day Trading and Trade Settlement

Generally, a pattern day trader is a client who has executed four or more day trades in a margin account within five business days. As a pattern day trader, you must maintain the US$25,000 minimum equity for the previous trading day.

If you drop below the required minimum of US$25,000, you will be held to liquidating trades only for that entire day. You can satisfy the minimum by depositing additional funds and/or marginable securities.

Stock settlement violations can occur when new trades are not properly covered by settled funds.

Although settlement violations generally occur in cash accounts, they can also occur in margin accounts, particularly when trading non-marginable securities. 

Margin Calls

Margin is an extension of credit from a brokerage company using your own securities as collateral. Funds borrowed on margin may be used for any purpose, including the purchase of securities. Interest is charged on the borrowed funds for the period of time that the loan is outstanding. 

Schwab can liquidate securities to cover any margin deficiency and is not required to notify you before doing so. If you or Schwab liquidates securities to meet a margin call, your risks include unintended tax consequences from the sale of your securities, the possibility that Schwab might sell securities you preferred to hold, and a price received for a sale that you may be unhappy with. 


If a margin call is issued, you are required to promptly bring your account to the required maintenance level. It is Schwab's policy to attempt to contact you, when practicable, to notify you of a margin deficiency. However, Schwab can liquidate securities in your account, without prior notice, to cover any deficiency.

Once you borrow on margin, you are required to maintain a certain amount of equity in your account, depending on the securities you hold. By 'equity', we mean the value of the account above the amount borrowed from Schwab. 


Typically, the equity maintenance requirement is at least 30% of the total account value, but it can be higher for certain securities or accounts.


To view margin maintenance requirements of a specific security, log in and use the Margin Maintenance Requirement Lookup tool.


Form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for U.S. Tax Withholding, is a U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form that is required to be completed by a nonresident alien.


This form must be completed and signed when you open a non-resident account with Schwab and must be renewed every three years. A separate form is needed for each account holder on joint accounts and accounts with multiple account holders.

Form W-8BEN allows you to certify your foreign status and avoid U.S. backup withholding. If you live in country with which the U.S. has a tax treaty, you may also use Form W-8BEN to claim a reduced rate of withholding on certain payments or distributions under the terms of the treaty.


Your completed W-8BEN will be valid for the year in which it is signed plus three years.


For example: If you opened an account and signed a W-8BEN form on July 30, 2021, the form will be valid until Dec. 31, 2024.


If any change in your circumstances that causes any information on the form to be no longer correct or valid, you will need to complete a new W-8BEN form with updated information.

If there is no valid or an expired W-8BEN on file for your account, the IRS requires Schwab to withhold 24% of gross proceeds from sales and certain redemptions and up to 37% of dividends, interest, and other U.S. source of payments from your account(s).


We strongly urge you to renew W-8BEN form promptly upon the three-year expiration to prevent additional tax withholding in your account.   

The FTIN is the tax identification number you use to file taxes in your country of residence. It is similar to a Social Security Number in the United States. Please provide your foreign tax identification number (FTIN) or an explanation of why you don't have one. You can find the FTIN in your country here

When you log in to your account for the first time, you will be prompted to complete the W-8BEN form. You can also find the form by following this path after you log in to your account: Service > Forms (Under Account Servicing) > International > Substitute Form W-8BEN (Under W8 Resource Center section). 


If you prefer to complete a paper W-8BEN form, you can download it from the W8 Resource Center where you can also find helpful resources to help you complete the form. Please return the signed and dated form to us through one of the following methods: 

  • Upload the document through "Message Center" after logging in to your account. Message Center is located under the Service section.
  • Mail the document to Charles Schwab SG Pte. Ltd. Visit the Contact Us page for mailing address information.

Each account holder will need to complete and sign his or her own W8-BEN form. The completed forms can be submitted together by post or secure message through one account holder.

Asset Protection FAQs

SIPC protects against the loss of cash and securities—such as stocks and bonds—held by a customer at a SIPC-member brokerage firm. The limit of SIPC protection is US$500,000, which includes a US$250,000 limit for cash. There is no requirement that a customer reside in or be a citizen of the United States. A non-U.S. citizen with a Schwab account is treated the same as a resident or citizen of the United States with a Schwab account.

SIPC coverage is used to reimburse customers if there is a shortage after all customer assets held at the brokerage firm have been recovered. SIPC provides up to US$500,000 of protection for brokerage accounts held in each separate capacity (e.g., joint tenant or sole owner), with a limit of US$250,000 for claims of uninvested cash balances. These limits do not mean that the account will only receive up to US$500,000 of their invested securities. Rather, in a SIPC customer proceeding, the account will receive a pro-rata share of all client assets recovered in liquidation then will receive up to US$500,000 from SIPC to make up any difference that exists. SIPC does not protect against the decline in value of customer securities.

Yes, in addition to SIPC, Schwab clients receive an extra level of coverage through "excess SIPC" insurance protection for securities and cash. This helps ensure claims will be covered in the event of a brokerage firm failure and funds covered by SIPC protections are exhausted. Schwab's Excess SIPC program has a US$600 million aggregate (meaning the most the program will pay for the Excess SIPC portion of the losses). Commodity interests, futures contracts and cash in futures accounts are not protected by SIPC.