Compare CITIC Securities vs TradeStation


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

CITIC Securities vs TradeStation
overall rating
4.8
4.7
overall pros
  • Low fees on Chinese markets
  • Easy account opening
  • Excellent research tools
  • Great web and mobile trading platform
  • Low stock and ETF fees
  • High-quality educational tools
overall cons
  • Limited product selection
  • No demo account
  • Platforms lack important features
  • Not user-friendly deposit and withdrawal
  • No forex trading
  • Mediocre customer service
fees
4.2
  • Low fees for Chinese stocks
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Higher fees for Hong Kong stocks
4.1
  • Low trading fees
  • Low stock and ETF fees / Free stock trading
  • Multiple fee structures to choose from
  • Withdrawal fee
account opening
5.0
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
5.0
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • User-friendly
  • Only USD accounts (unless you trade futures)
deposit and withdrawal
3.8
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Instant deposit and withdrawal
  • Limited account currency selection
2.3
  • No deposit fee
  • Deposit and withdrawal in cryptocurrencies
  • Credit/Debit card not available
  • High fee for wire withdrawal
  • Only USD accounts (unless you trade futures)
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
4.5
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • No price alerts
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
  • Good variety of order types
  • Limited search functions
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
2.5
  • Good customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Good variety of order types
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Not user-friendly
  • Poor search function
  • Poor design
markets and products
2.5
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
  • Futures
2.8
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Options
  • Futures
  • Crypto
research
4.3
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Quality news flow
  • Limited set of analytic tools
4.3
  • Good interactive chart
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Many add-on research tools are not free
customer service
5.0
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
2.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • No 24/7 support
education
3.5
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No demo account
5.0
  • Demo account
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • 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
  • Financial information is publicly available
  • Parent company listed on stock exchange
  • No negative balance protection
  • Does not hold a banking license
recommended for Investors and traders looking for assets in China and Hong Kong markets Traders focusing on US markets and buy-and-hold investing
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