Compare Charles Schwab vs Stake


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

Charles Schwab vs Stake
overall rating
4.8
4.4
overall pros
  • Free stock and ETF trading
  • Outstanding research
  • Great customer service
  • Free stock and ETF trading
  • Fast and fully digital account opening
  • Easy-to-use trading platforms
overall cons
  • High fees for some mutual funds
  • Only US/Canada markets available
  • Poorly-structured educational platform
  • Basic product portfolio
  • Limited availability of customer service
  • Lack of educational tools
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
4.8
  • Free stock and ETF trading
  • No inactivity fee
  • Transparent fee structure
  • Withdrawal fee
account opening
4.4
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • $25,000 minimum deposit for non-US clients
5.0
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • Low minimum deposit
deposit and withdrawal
2.2
  • No deposit fee
  • User-friendly
  • High fee for wire (bank transfer) withdrawals
3.7
  • Credit/Debit card available for AU, NZ customers
  • Only one account base currency
  • $2 withdrawal fee
web trading platform
4.3
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Price alerts
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
3.6
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • No price alerts
mobile trading platform
4.2
  • User-friendly
  • Touch/Face ID login
  • Order confirmation
  • No price alerts
3.6
  • User-friendly
  • Touch/Face ID login
  • Order confirmation
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • 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
1.6
  • Stock
  • ETF
research
4.3
  • Good interactive chart
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Trading ideas for stocks and ETFs
  • Hard to navigate among research tools
3.3
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • User-friendly
  • Live market data
  • Limited interactive charting
  • No/limited set of analytic tools
  • Some research tools available only for premium account holders
customer service
4.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
  • No email support
0.4
  • Fast response time
  • No phone support
  • No live chat
  • No 24/7 support
education
3.0
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No demo account
  • Not well-structured
0.5
  • Easy to understand
  • No demo account
  • No trading platform tutorial videos
  • No educational videos
  • 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
  • High level of investor protection
  • Does not hold a banking license
  • Not listed on stock exchange
  • Financial information is not publicly available
recommended for Investors and traders looking for solid research, low fees and great customer service Beginners and investors looking for free US stocks/ETFs and a simple, easy to use trading platform
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