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What Does "US TRAN FEE" Mean on My Trade Confirmation?

Written by The Inspired Investor Team | Published on May 5, 2021

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When you sell a security on a U.S. exchange, you may notice a small fee on your trade confirmation called "US TRAN FEE," which stands for U.S. transaction fee. This amount is in addition to your trade commission and represents a mandatory fee that's ultimately collected by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to help cover its costs as a securities regulator.

A couple of things to know about the SEC transaction fee:

  • it only applies to sale transactions made on U.S. exchanges
  • it only applies to sales of U.S. exchange-traded securities such as stocks, options, ETFs and preferred shares
  • it doesn't apply to sales of bonds
  • it is a mandatory fee ultimately collected by the SEC
  • the amount is usually very low*
  • it's calculated based on a rate that's set annually by the SEC (and sometimes adjusted mid-year)

*What does usually very low mean? The amount can range from a few pennies to a few dollars, depending on the proceeds from your sale. Here's an example. The SEC's current fee rate (for fiscal 2021) is $5.10 per one million dollars in sale proceeds. In other words, 0.0000051 cents for every dollar in proceeds. So, for example, if you were to sell 1,000 shares of a U.S. security at $25.50 each for a total of $25,500, you could expect a "US TRAN FEE" on your trade confirmation of around 13 cents.

You can find the latest SEC fee advisories by searching "Fee Rate Advisory" on the SEC website at

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