Compare Charles Schwab vs Comdirect


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

Charles Schwab vs Comdirect
overall rating
4.7
4.3
overall pros
  • Free stock and ETF trading
  • Outstanding research
  • Great customer service
  • Extensive range of products and exchanges
  • Great mobile platform
  • Rock-solid background
overall cons
  • High fees for some mutual funds
  • Only US/Canada markets available
  • High fees
  • Complicated account opening for non-German/Austrian residents
  • Slow phone support and no live chat
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
2.3
  • No withdrawal fee
  • Low inactivity fee
  • High trading fees
  • High stock and ETF fees
  • High forex fees
account opening
4.3
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • $25,000 minimum deposit for non-US clients
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
2.2
  • No deposit fee
  • User-friendly
  • High fee for wire (bank transfer) withdrawals
3.5
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Several account base currencies
  • Credit/Debit card not available
  • Slow withdrawal - over 3 days
web trading platform
4.3
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Price alerts
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
4.4
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • No price alerts
mobile trading platform
4.2
  • User-friendly
  • Touch/Face ID login
  • Order confirmation
  • No price alerts
4.7
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Price alerts
  • Search function is a bit complicated
desktop trading platform
4.0
  • Clear fee report
  • Good customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Good variety of order types
  • Only for Windows
3.5
  • Good customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Price alerts
  • No clear fee report available
  • Outdated design
markets and products
3.0
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
  • Futures
5.0
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Forex
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
  • Futures
  • Crypto
  • Warrants
research
4.2
  • Good interactive chart
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Trading ideas for stocks and ETFs
  • Hard to navigate among research tools
4.0
  • Good interactive chart
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • News is only in German
customer service
5.0
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
2.8
  • Relevant answers
  • 24/7 support
  • No live chat
  • Slow phone support
education
4.5
  • Demo account
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • Not well-structured
5.0
  • Demo account
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
  • High level of investor protection
  • Banking background
  • No negative balance protection
  • High level of investor protection
  • Banking background
  • Listed on stock exchange
recommended for Investors and traders looking for solid research, low fees and great customer service Investors speaking German and focusing on European securities
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