Compare Charles Schwab vs CITIC Securities


Online brokers compared for fees, trading platforms, safety and more. See how Charles Schwab stacks up against CITIC Securities!

Charles Schwab vs CITIC Securities
overall rating
4.8
4.8
overall pros
  • Free stock and ETF trading
  • Outstanding research
  • Great customer service
  • Low fees on Chinese markets
  • Easy account opening
  • Excellent research tools
overall cons
  • High fees for some mutual funds
  • Only US/Canada markets available
  • Limited product selection
  • No demo account
  • Platforms lack important features
fees
4.4
  • Free stock/ETF trading
  • Some mutual funds and bonds are free
  • Low non-trading fees
  • High fees for non-free mutual funds
4.1
  • Low fees for Chinese stocks
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Higher fees for Hong Kong stocks
account opening
4.4
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • $25,000 minimum deposit for non-US clients
5.0
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
deposit and withdrawal
2.2
  • No deposit fee
  • User-friendly
  • High fee for wire (bank transfer) withdrawals
3.8
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Instant deposit and withdrawal
  • Limited account currency selection
web trading platform
4.3
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Price alerts
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
3.2
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Good search function
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Limited order types
mobile trading platform
4.2
  • User-friendly
  • Touch/Face ID login
  • Order confirmation
  • No price alerts
4.2
  • User-friendly
  • Good search function
  • Price alerts
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Limited order types
desktop trading platform
4.0
  • Clear fee report
  • Good customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Good variety of order types
  • Only for Windows
3.0
  • Clear fee report
  • Good customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Good search function
  • Limited order types
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Interface is a bit complex
markets and products
3.3
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
  • Futures
2.5
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
  • Futures
research
4.3
  • Good interactive chart
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Trading ideas for stocks and ETFs
  • Hard to navigate among research tools
4.3
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Quality news flow
  • Limited set of analytic tools
customer service
4.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
  • No email support
5.0
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
education
4.5
  • Demo account
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • Not well-structured
3.5
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No demo account
  • Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
  • High level of investor protection
  • Banking background
  • No negative balance protection
  • Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
  • Listed on stock exchange
  • Financial information is publicly available
recommended for Investors and traders looking for solid research, low fees and great customer service Investors and traders looking for assets in China and Hong Kong markets
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