Charles Stanley Direct vs Firstrade compared

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

Charles Stanley Direct
Firstrade
Charles Stanley Direct
4.3
Firstrade
4.3

Last update of dataJan 2022

Charles Stanley Direct

Charles Stanley Direct is a UK broker, regulated by the top-tier FCA. It was acquired by Raymond James Financial, Inc in 2022, which is an NYSE listed financial services company, a constituent of the blue-chip S&P 500, a stock index of the biggest listed companies in the USA.

Recommended for beginners and buy-and-hold investors focusing on the UK market.

Firstrade

Firstrade is a US discount broker regulated by the top-tier SEC and FINRA.

Recommended for beginners and investors looking for zero-commission trading, focusing on the US market.

Charles Stanley Direct's service is on par with Firstrade's and a comparison of their fees shows that Charles Stanley Direct's fees are slightly higher than Firstrade's.

Account opening takes about the same effort at Charles Stanley Direct compared to Firstrade, deposit and withdrawal processes are more seamless at Charles Stanley Direct, while customer service quality is much better than Firstrade's.

Our experts rated the trading platform of Charles Stanley Direct as being of the same quality as the platform of Firstrade, found that clients have access to slightly less markets and products with Charles Stanley Direct, while Firstrade provides better research and education.

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Basic data of broker

Overall Score
4.3

Recommended for Beginners and buy-and-hold investors focusing on the UK market

Best broker for funds

Overall Score
4.3

Recommended for Beginners and investors looking for zero-commission trading, focusing on the US market

Country of origin

UK

Country of origin

USA

Fees

Fees score
3.4
Fees score
4.5
Fees summary

Low trading and non-trading fees

Fees summary

Low trading and non-trading fees, free stock, ETF, fund and options trading

Stock and ETF fees

Forex fees

Fund fees

Bond fees

Options fees

Futures fees

CFD fees

Non-trading fees

Deposit and withdrawal

Deposit and withdrawal score
3.8
Deposit and withdrawal score
2.0
Number of base currencies

1

Number of base currencies

1

Deposit type

Withdrawal type

Account opening

Account opening score
4.6
Account opening score
4.2
Account opening fully online
Account opening fully online
Minimum deposit
*

$28

*
Minimum deposit
*

$0

*
Time to open account

1-3 days

Time to open account

1-3 days

Required documents
*

Proof of identity: passport / driver's license Proof of residency: bank statement / utility bill

*
Required documents

Proof of identity: SSN / passport / national ID card / driver's license

Trading platform

Web platform score
3.5
Web platform score
4.3
Mobile platform score
3.7
Mobile platform score
3.8
Desktop platform score
-
Desktop platform score
-

Markets and products

Markets and products score
1.4
Markets and products score
2.5
Stocks
Stocks
*
*
Fractional shares
Fractional shares
ETFs
ETFs
Forex
Forex
Funds
Funds
*
*
Bonds
Bonds
Options
Options
Futures
Futures
Crypto
Crypto
CFDs
CFDs

Research, education

Research score
3.3
Research score
4.7
Charting quality

Mid-range

Charting quality

Great

Education score
2.0
Education score
3.5
Demo account
Demo account

Customer service

Customer service score
4.5
Customer service score
0.3
Phone
Phone
Live chat
Live chat
Email
Email
24/7 availability
24/7 availability

Security

Investor protection amount

£85,000

Investor protection amount

$500,000 (securities up to $500,000, cash up to $250,000)

Banking background
Banking background
Listed on stock exchange
Listed on stock exchange
Foundation date

1985

Foundation date

1985

Country of regulation

UK

Country of regulation

USA

Charles Stanley Direct

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Firstrade

For detailed information and hands-on experience, read our review of this broker.

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