Compare Charles Stanley Direct vs E*TRADE


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

Charles Stanley Direct vs E*TRADE
overall rating
4.5
4.9
overall pros
  • Low fund fees
  • Great customer service
  • Easy deposit and withdrawal
  • Low trading fees (free stock and ETF trading)
  • User-friendly mobile trading platform
  • Great research tools
overall cons
  • Limited product portfolio
  • Limited education materials
  • Basic research tools
  • Only US markets, no forex
  • Only bank transfer
  • Slow live chat
fees
3.8
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Low fund fees
  • Average stock and ETF fees
4.4
  • Free stock and ETF trading
  • Some mutual funds and bonds are free
  • Low non-trading fees
  • High fees for non-free mutual funds
account opening
4.7
  • Fully digital
  • Low minimum deposit
  • User-friendly
  • Available only to UK residents
4.4
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • User-friendly
  • Slow account verification
deposit and withdrawal
3.8
  • Credit/Debit card available
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Only one account base currency
2.2
  • No deposit fee
  • User-friendly
  • Credit/Debit card not available
  • High fee for wire transfer withdrawal
web trading platform
3.5
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Price alerts
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Limited order types
4.5
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
mobile trading platform
4.0
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Touch/Face ID login
  • Limited order types
  • No price alerts
  • Confusing search function
4.5
  • User-friendly
  • Good search function
  • Good variety of order types
desktop trading platform
markets and products
1.6
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
3.1
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
  • Futures
  • Crypto
research
3.5
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • User-friendly
  • Limited interactive charting
  • No/limited set of analytic tools
4.8
  • Good interactive chart
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
customer service
4.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
  • No 24/7 support
3.6
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Relevant answers
  • Slow live chat and phone
education
2.0
  • Glossary of terms
  • No demo account
  • No trading platform tutorial videos
3.9
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • Good production quality
  • Demo account is only for Power E*TRADE
  • 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
  • Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
  • High level of investor protection
  • Banking background
  • No negative balance protection
recommended for Beginners and buy-and-hold investors focusing on the UK market Investors and traders looking for solid research and a great mobile trading platform
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