Compare Alpaca Trading vs Comdirect


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

Alpaca Trading vs Comdirect
overall rating
4.6
4.3
overall pros
  • Great API trading service
  • Free stock & ETFs
  • Fantastic charting tools
  • Extensive range of products and exchanges
  • Great mobile platform
  • Rock-solid background
overall cons
  • Customer support limited to email
  • Limited deposit and withdrawal options
  • Only US stocks and ETFs available
  • High fees
  • Complicated account opening for non-German/Austrian residents
  • Slow phone support and no live chat
fees
4.9
  • Commission-Free Stock and ETF Trading
  • No inactivity fee
  • No withdrawal fee
2.0
  • No withdrawal fee
  • High trading fees
  • High stock and ETF fees
  • High forex fees
account opening
4.8
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • Bit complex process for integrating third-party tools
2.6
  • No minimum deposit
  • Fully digital account opening for German/Austrian residents
  • Slow
  • Not fully digital
  • Complicated account opening for non-German/Austrian 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
3.5
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Several account base currencies
  • Credit/Debit card not available
  • Slow withdrawal - over 3 days
web trading platform
3.7
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Modern design
  • No price alerts
  • Limited customizability
  • Limited search function
4.4
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • No price alerts
  • CFD trading is on a separate platform
mobile trading platform
4.2
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Order confirmation
  • Poor search function
  • No price alerts
  • No Touch/Face ID login
4.7
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Price alerts
  • Search function is a bit complicated
desktop trading platform
  • Limited order types
3.5
  • Good customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Price alerts
  • No clear fee report available
  • Outdated design
markets and products
2.0
  • Stock
  • ETF
5.0
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Forex
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
  • Futures
  • CFD
  • Crypto
  • Warrants
research
5.0
  • Access to highly functional API
  • Great charting tools
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • No trading ideas
4.0
  • Good interactive chart
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • News is only in German
customer service
1.9
  • Great Slack and community forums
  • Email support
  • No phone support
  • No live chat
  • Mediocre email support
2.8
  • Relevant answers
  • 24/7 support
  • No live chat
  • Slow phone support
education
4.0
  • Demo account
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No webinars
5.0
  • Demo account
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational 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
  • High level of investor protection
  • Banking background
  • Listed on stock exchange
recommended for Traders interested in algorithmic stock trading Investors and CFD traders speaking German and focusing on European securities
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