What ETFs are you looking at? US ones?
In my experience, the commission policy at IB is very competitive especially on the US market.
I also trade a lot of the common US ETFs: SPY, QQQ, DIA, IWM, UUP, XLF, JNK, USO, GLD, SLV, TLT, JJC...
I pay 0.005$ per share, up to a max of 0.5% of trade value.
This means that if I buy 10,000 shares of SPY at 145$ let's say, I only pay 50$ of commissions.
The 0.5% limitation is really there to protect you if you buy penny stocks and the like, small caps and so on...
For example, if you buy a stock that costs 0.70$ per share, then if you are to buy 10,000 let's say, you would only pay 35$ of commissions instead of 50$ (= 10,000 x 0.005$) because 35$ is 0.5% of the trade's value (10,000 x 0.70$)
Hope that was clear
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