Compare Charles Stanley Direct vs Freetrade


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

Charles Stanley Direct vs Freetrade
overall rating
4.5
4.4
overall pros
  • Low fund fees
  • Great customer service
  • Easy deposit and withdrawal
  • Free stock and ETF trading
  • Easy and fast account opening
  • Great mobile trading platform
overall cons
  • Limited product portfolio
  • Limited education materials
  • Basic research tools
  • Basic product portfolio
  • Limited research tools
  • Debit card only for deposits
fees
3.8
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Low fund fees
  • Average stock and ETF fees
5.0
  • Low trading fees
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Free stock and ETF trading
account opening
4.7
  • Fully digital
  • Low minimum deposit
  • User-friendly
  • Available only to UK residents
5.0
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
deposit and withdrawal
3.8
  • Credit/Debit card available
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Only one account base currency
4.0
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • User-friendly
  • Only one account base currency
  • Debit card available, but only for deposits
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
mobile trading platform
4.0
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Touch/Face ID login
  • Limited order types
  • No price alerts
  • Confusing search function
4.7
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Good search function
  • Limited order types
  • No price alerts
desktop trading platform
markets and products
1.6
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
1.6
  • Stock
  • ETF
research
3.5
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • User-friendly
  • Limited interactive charting
  • No/limited set of analytic tools
0.0
  • Limited interactive charting
  • No trading ideas
  • No fundamental data available
customer service
4.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
  • No 24/7 support
3.8
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
  • Relevant answers
  • No phone support
  • No 24/7 support
education
2.0
  • Glossary of terms
  • No demo account
  • No trading platform tutorial videos
3.0
  • Invest HUB blog
  • Educational content in a newsletter
  • No educational videos
  • No webinars
  • 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
  • No negative balance protection
  • Does not hold a banking license
  • Not listed on stock exchange
recommended for Beginners and buy-and-hold investors focusing on the UK market Long-term investors on the hunt for low fees and focusing on the UK and US markets
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