Compare ATFX vs Charles Stanley Direct


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

ATFX vs Charles Stanley Direct
overall rating
4.3
4.5
overall pros
  • Low forex fees
  • Fast and easy account opening
  • Free deposit and withdrawal options
  • Low fund fees
  • Great customer service
  • Easy deposit and withdrawal
overall cons
  • Limited product portfolio
  • Slow email support
  • No fundamental data
  • Limited product portfolio
  • Limited education materials
  • Basic research tools
fees
4.0
  • Low forex fees
  • No withdrawal fee
  • No inactivity fee
  • Average CFD fees
3.8
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Low fund fees
  • Average stock and ETF fees
account opening
5.0
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • User-friendly
  • High minimum deposit for accounts other than 'Standard'
4.7
  • Fully digital
  • Low minimum deposit
  • User-friendly
  • Available only to UK residents
deposit and withdrawal
4.5
  • Credit/Debit card available
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • A limited number of available base currencies
3.8
  • Credit/Debit card available
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Only one account base currency
web trading platform
2.8
  • Clear fee report
  • Good customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Order confirmation
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • No price alerts
  • Poor design
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
3.8
  • User-friendly
  • Good search function
  • Modern design
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • No Touch/Face ID login
  • No order confirmation
4.0
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Touch/Face ID login
  • Limited order types
  • No price alerts
  • Confusing search function
desktop trading platform
3.4
  • Clear fee report
  • Good customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Price alerts
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Poor design
markets and products
1.5
  • Forex
  • CFD
  • Crypto
1.6
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
research
3.5
  • Trading ideas
  • User-friendly
  • No fundamental data available
  • Limited news feed
3.5
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • User-friendly
  • Limited interactive charting
  • No/limited set of analytic tools
customer service
3.8
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Great phone support
  • No 24/7 support
  • Slow communication via email
4.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
  • No 24/7 support
education
5.0
  • Demo account
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
2.0
  • Glossary of terms
  • No demo account
  • No trading platform tutorial videos
  • Regulated by the top-tier FCA
  • High level of investor protection under FCA
  • Negative balance protection under FCA and CySEC
  • 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 Forex and CFD traders familiar with the MetaTrader 4 trading platform Beginners and buy-and-hold investors focusing on the UK market
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