Charles Stanley Direct vs Merrill Edge compared

Your expert:
Gyula Lencsés, CFA
Your expert:
Nicole Conrad
Charles Stanley Direct
Merrill Edge
Key differences
  • Deposit and withdrawal score
  • Fees score
  • Trading platform combined score
  • Deposit and withdrawal score
  • Fees score
  • Trading platform combined score
Recommended for
  • Beginners
  • Equity
  • Forex
  • CFD
  • Beginners
  • Equity
  • Forex
  • CFD
Fees score
US stock fee
EURUSD spread
US index options fee
S&P 500 CFD spread
Withdrawal fee
Deposit fee
Inactivity fee
Top-tier regulators
Foundation date
Investor protection
Deposit and Withdrawal
Minimum deposit
Bank transfer for deposit
Bank transfer for withdrawal
Credit/debit for deposit
Credit/debit for withdrawal
PayPal for deposit
Wise for deposit
Revolut for deposit
Other electronic wallets
Platform and Experience
Mobile platform score
Web platform score
MT4 available
MT5 available
Customer service score
Account opening score

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

Account opening takes somewhat more effort at Charles Stanley Direct compared to Merrill Edge, deposit and withdrawal processes are more seamless at Charles Stanley Direct, while customer service quality is somewhat better than Merrill Edge's.

Our experts rated the trading platform of Charles Stanley Direct as somewhat worse than the platform of Merrill Edge, found that clients have access to slightly less markets and products with Charles Stanley Direct, while Merrill Edge provides just about the same quality of research and education.

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