Compare CITIC Securities vs Merrill Edge


Online brokers compared for fees, trading platforms, safety and more. See how CITIC Securities stacks up against Merrill Edge!

CITIC Securities vs Merrill Edge
overall rating
4.8
4.7
overall pros
  • Low fees on Chinese markets
  • Easy account opening
  • Excellent research tools
  • Low trading fees
  • Easy and seamless account opening
  • Strong parent company
overall cons
  • Limited product selection
  • No demo account
  • Platforms lack important features
  • Limited to US clients and products
  • No demo account
  • Few options for deposit/withdrawal
fees
4.1
  • Low fees for Chinese stocks
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Higher fees for Hong Kong stocks
4.3
  • Low trading fees
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Low stock and ETF fees / Free stock trading
  • High financing rate
account opening
5.0
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
5.0
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • Only US clients are accepted
deposit and withdrawal
3.8
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Instant deposit and withdrawal
  • Limited account currency selection
2.2
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • User-friendly
  • Credit/Debit card not available
  • Only one account base currency
  • Slow withdrawal - over 3 days
web trading platform
3.2
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Good search function
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Limited order types
4.3
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
mobile trading platform
4.2
  • User-friendly
  • Good search function
  • Price alerts
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Limited order types
4.8
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Touch/Face ID login
  • Poor search function
desktop trading platform
3.0
  • Clear fee report
  • Good customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Good search function
  • Limited order types
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Interface is a bit complex
markets and products
2.5
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
  • Futures
2.4
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
research
4.3
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Quality news flow
  • Limited set of analytic tools
3.9
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Quality news flow
  • Limited interactive charting
  • No/limited set of analytic tools
customer service
5.0
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
4.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • No email support
education
3.5
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No demo account
3.5
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No demo account
  • Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
  • Listed on stock exchange
  • Financial information is publicly available
  • Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
  • High level of investor protection
  • Banking background
  • No negative balance protection
recommended for Investors and traders looking for assets in China and Hong Kong markets Investors and traders looking for low fees, quick account opening, and simple platforms
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