Compare Alpaca Trading vs Charles Stanley Direct


Online brokers compared for fees, trading platforms, safety and more. See how Alpaca Trading stacks up against Charles Stanley Direct!

Alpaca Trading vs Charles Stanley Direct
overall rating
4.6
4.5
overall pros
  • Great API trading service
  • Free stock & ETF trading
  • Fantastic charting tools
  • Low fund fees
  • Great customer service
  • Easy deposit and withdrawal
overall cons
  • Customer support limited to email
  • Limited deposit and withdrawal options
  • Only US stocks and ETFs available
  • Limited product portfolio
  • Limited education materials
  • Basic research tools
fees
4.9
  • Commission-Free Stock and ETF Trading
  • No inactivity fee
  • No withdrawal fee
3.8
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Low fund fees
  • Average stock and ETF fees
account opening
4.8
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • Bit complex process for integrating third-party tools
4.7
  • Fully digital
  • Low minimum deposit
  • User-friendly
  • Available only to UK residents
deposit and withdrawal
1.8
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • User-friendly
  • Credit/Debit card not available
  • Only one account base currency
  • High withdrawal fee for wire transfers
3.8
  • Credit/Debit card available
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Only one account base currency
web trading platform
3.7
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Modern design
  • Poor search function
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • No price alerts
3.5
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Price alerts
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Limited order types
mobile trading platform
4.2
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Order confirmation
  • Poor search function
  • No price alerts
  • No Touch/Face ID login
4.0
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Touch/Face ID login
  • Limited order types
  • No price alerts
  • Confusing search function
desktop trading platform
markets and products
2.0
  • Stock
  • ETF
1.6
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
research
5.0
  • Access to highly functional API
  • Great charting tools
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • No trading ideas
3.5
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • User-friendly
  • Limited interactive charting
  • No/limited set of analytic tools
customer service
1.9
  • Great Slack and community forums
  • No phone support
  • No live chat
  • Mediocre email support
4.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
  • No 24/7 support
education
4.0
  • Demo account
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No webinars
2.0
  • Glossary of terms
  • No demo account
  • No trading platform tutorial videos
  • Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
  • High level of investor protection
  • Does not hold a banking license
  • Not listed on stock exchange
  • Financial information is not publicly available
  • Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
  • High level of investor protection
  • Listed on stock exchange
  • Does not hold a banking license
recommended for Traders interested in algorithmic stock trading Beginners and buy-and-hold investors focusing on the UK market
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