Compare Charles Schwab vs Fidelity International


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

Charles Schwab vs Fidelity International
overall rating
4.9
4.4
overall pros
  • Free stock and ETF trading
  • Outstanding research
  • Great customer service
  • Low fund fees and non-trading fees
  • User-friendly trading platform
  • Great research tools
overall cons
  • High fees for some mutual funds
  • Only US/Canada markets available
  • Poorly-structured educational platform
  • Limited product selection
  • High minimum deposit
  • Electronic wallets not available
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
  • No withdrawal fee
  • No inactivity fee
  • Average stock and ETF fees
account opening
4.5
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • $25,000 minimum deposit for non-US clients
3.0
  • Fast
  • User-friendly
  • Fully online for most clients
  • Minimum deposit is higher than $500
  • Only for UK residents
  • Offline account opening for clients who cannot be verified electronically
deposit and withdrawal
2.2
  • No deposit fee
  • User-friendly
  • High fee for wire (bank transfer) withdrawals
3.8
  • Credit/Debit card available
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Electronic wallets not available
web trading platform
4.3
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Price alerts
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
3.7
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Limited order types
  • No price alerts
mobile trading platform
4.2
  • User-friendly
  • Touch/Face ID login
  • Order confirmation
  • No price alerts
4.2
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Good search function
  • Limited order types
  • No price alerts
desktop trading platform
4.0
  • Clear fee report
  • Good customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Good variety of order types
  • Only for Windows
markets and products
3.3
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
  • Futures
1.4
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Investment Trusts
research
4.3
  • Good interactive chart
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Trading ideas for stocks and ETFs
  • Hard to navigate among research tools
4.0
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Quality news flow
  • Only basic charting and analytics tools
customer service
4.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
  • No email support
3.9
  • Phone support
  • Relevant answers
  • No live chat
  • No 24/7 support
education
3.0
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No demo account
  • Not well-structured
2.5
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No demo account
  • No webinars
  • 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
  • All clients belong to a top-tier financial regulator
  • Does not hold a banking license
  • Not listed on stock exchange
recommended for Investors and traders looking for solid research, low fees and great customer service Beginners and long-term investors focusing on the UK market
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