Compare Comdirect vs Firstrade


Online brokers compared for fees, trading platforms, safety and more. See how Comdirect stacks up against Firstrade!

Comdirect vs Firstrade
overall rating
4.3
4.4
overall pros
  • Extensive range of products and exchanges
  • Great mobile platform
  • Rock-solid background
  • Free stock, ETF, fund and options trading
  • Solid research tools
  • Quality educational tools
overall cons
  • High fees
  • Complicated account opening for non-German/Austrian residents
  • Slow phone support and no live chat
  • No credit/debit cards and electronic wallets for money transfer
  • You can trade only on US markets
  • No live chat or 24/7 availability
fees
2.0
  • No withdrawal fee
  • Low inactivity fee
  • High trading fees
  • High stock and ETF fees
  • High forex fees
4.7
  • Low trading fees
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Free stock, ETF, fund and options trading
  • High margin rates
account opening
2.6
  • No minimum deposit
  • Fully digital account opening for German/Austrian residents
  • Slow
  • Not fully digital
  • Complicated account opening for non-German/Austrian residents
4.4
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • Low minimum deposit
  • Slow account verification
deposit and withdrawal
3.5
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Several account base currencies
  • Credit/Debit card not available
  • Slow withdrawal - over 3 days
2.0
  • No deposit fee
  • User-friendly
  • Credit/Debit card not available
  • Only one account base currency
  • High outgoing wire transfer fee
web trading platform
4.4
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • No price alerts
  • CFD trading is on a separate platform
4.3
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Good search function
  • No two-step (safer) login
mobile trading platform
4.7
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Price alerts
  • Search function is a bit complicated
3.3
  • User-friendly
  • Good search function
  • Good variety of order types
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • No price alerts
  • Mutual funds and bonds are not covered
desktop trading platform
3.5
  • Good customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Price alerts
  • No clear fee report available
  • Outdated design
markets and products
5.0
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Forex
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
  • Futures
  • CFD
  • Crypto
  • Warrants
2.8
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
research
4.0
  • Good interactive chart
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • News is only in German
4.8
  • Good interactive chart
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
customer service
2.8
  • Relevant answers
  • 24/7 support
  • No live chat
  • Slow phone support
0.3
  • Email support
  • No live chat
  • No 24/7 support
  • Slow support
  • Irrelevant answers
  • Phone support didn't connect anyone
education
5.0
  • Demo account
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
3.5
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No demo account
  • High level of investor protection
  • Banking background
  • Listed on stock exchange
  • 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 Investors and CFD traders speaking German and focusing on European securities Beginners and investors looking for zero-commission trading, focusing on the US market
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