Compare AJ Bell Youinvest vs Merrill Edge


Online brokers compared for fees, trading platforms, safety and more. See how AJ Bell Youinvest stacks up against Merrill Edge!

AJ Bell Youinvest vs Merrill Edge
overall rating
4.6
4.8
overall pros
  • Fast account opening
  • Easy to use trading platforms
  • Great customer service
  • Low trading fees
  • Easy and seamless account opening
  • Strong parent company
overall cons
  • Limited product offer
  • Basic technical research tools
  • Limited to US clients and products
  • No demo account
  • Limited options to deposit/withdraw
fees
3.1
  • Low non-trading fees
  • No withdrawal fee
  • Low mutual fund fees
  • Custody fee
  • Average stock fees
4.4
  • Low trading fees
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Low stock and ETF fees
  • High financing rate
account opening
5.0
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • Available only to UK residents
5.0
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • Only US clients are accepted
deposit and withdrawal
3.8
  • Credit/Debit card available
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Only one account base currency
  • Bank transfer is not available for one-off deposits
2.2
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • User-friendly
  • Credit/Debit card not available
  • Only one account base currency
  • Slow withdrawal - over 3 days
web trading platform
3.8
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • No price alerts
4.3
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
mobile trading platform
4.3
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Good search function
  • No price alerts
4.8
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Touch/Face ID login
  • Poor search function
desktop trading platform
markets and products
3.1
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bonds via phone order
2.3
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
research
3.3
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Quality news flow
  • Limited interactive charting
4.0
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Quality news flow
  • Limited interactive charting
  • No/limited set of analytic tools
customer service
4.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
  • No 24/7 support
4.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • No email support
education
3.5
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • Good production quality
  • No demo account
  • Not well-structured
3.5
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No demo account
  • High level of investor protection
  • Listed on stock exchange
  • All clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
  • No negative balance protection
  • Does not hold a banking license
  • Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
  • High level of investor protection
  • Banking background
  • No negative balance protection
recommended for Beginners and investors with small and medium portfolios focusing on the UK market Investors and traders who looking for low fees, quick account opening, and simple platforms
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