Compare CITIC Securities vs RBC Direct Investing


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

CITIC Securities vs RBC Direct Investing
overall rating
4.8
4.1
overall pros
  • Low fees on Chinese markets
  • Easy account opening
  • Excellent research tools
  • Quick, useful customer service
  • Easy account opening in some cases
  • High-quality educational tools
overall cons
  • Limited product selection
  • No demo account
  • Platforms lack important features
  • Only US and Canadian markets covered
  • Lack of withdrawal/deposit options
  • Outdated mobile trading platform
fees
4.2
  • Low fees for Chinese stocks
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Higher fees for Hong Kong stocks
3.8
  • No mutual fund trading fee
  • No withdrawal fee for RBC clients
  • Quarterly account fee
  • High withdrawal fee for non-RBC clients
account opening
5.0
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
3.9
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • Account opening complicated for non-RBC bank account holders
deposit and withdrawal
3.8
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Instant deposit and withdrawal
  • Limited account currency selection
2.4
  • No deposit fee
  • User-friendly
  • Free withdrawal for clients with RBC bank account
  • Credit/Debit card not available
  • Fewer withdrawal and deposit options for non-RBC clients
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
2.9
  • Clear fee report
  • Price alerts
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Outdated design
mobile trading platform
4.2
  • User-friendly
  • Good search function
  • Price alerts
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Limited order types
0.7
  • Touch/Face ID login
  • Not user-friendly
  • No price alerts
  • Bugs
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
2.3
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
research
4.3
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Quality news flow
  • Limited set of analytic tools
3.8
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Baisc news feed
  • Basic charting tools
customer service
5.0
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
4.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Relevant answers
  • No 24/7 support
education
3.5
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No demo account
4.0
  • Demo account
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No webinars
  • 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, including beginners, focusing on the Canadian and US markets
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