Compare Charles Stanley Direct vs Vanguard


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

Charles Stanley Direct vs Vanguard
overall rating
4.5
4.3
overall pros
  • Low fund fees
  • Great customer service
  • Easy deposit and withdrawal
  • Some ETFs and mutual funds are free to trade
  • Easy account opening
  • Great mobile trading platform
overall cons
  • Limited product portfolio
  • Limited education materials
  • Basic research tools
  • Only the US market covered
  • Basic research tools
  • High financing rates (margin rates)
fees
3.8
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Low fund fees
  • Average stock and ETF fees
3.7
  • No inactivity fee
  • Free ETF trading
  • Some mutual funds and bonds are free to trade
  • High margin rates
  • 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
  • Low minimum deposit
  • Slow account opening time
deposit and withdrawal
3.8
  • Credit/Debit card available
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Only one account base currency
2.4
  • No deposit fee
  • User-friendly
  • Free withdrawal (via ACH)
  • Credit/Debit card not available
  • $10 for wire transfer withdrawals
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
3.4
  • Clear fee report
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Price alerts
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Some features are hard to find
mobile trading platform
4.0
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Touch/Face ID login
  • Limited order types
  • No price alerts
  • Confusing search function
4.4
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Good search function
  • No price alerts
  • Options and bond trading are not available
desktop trading platform
markets and products
1.6
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
2.8
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
research
3.5
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • User-friendly
  • Limited interactive charting
  • No/limited set of analytic tools
2.3
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • User-friendly
  • Limited interactive charting
  • Limited set of research tools
customer service
4.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
  • No 24/7 support
4.0
  • Phone support
  • Fast response time
  • Relevant answers
  • No live chat
  • No 24/7 support
education
2.0
  • Glossary of terms
  • No demo account
  • No trading platform tutorial videos
3.5
  • Educational videos
  • Good educational tools
  • No demo account
  • No trading platform tutorial videos
  • 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 who are looking for great ETF and mutual fund offers
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