Compare Firstrade vs Stake


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

Firstrade vs Stake
overall rating
4.4
4.4
overall pros
  • Free stock, ETF, fund and options trading
  • Solid research tools
  • Quality educational tools
  • Free stock and ETF trading
  • Fast and fully digital account opening
  • Easy-to-use trading platforms
overall cons
  • No credit/debit cards and electronic wallets for money transfer
  • You can trade only on US markets
  • No live chat or 24/7 availability
  • Basic product portfolio
  • Limited availability of customer service
  • Lack of educational tools
fees
4.7
  • Low trading fees
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Free stock, ETF, fund and options trading
  • High margin rates
4.8
  • Free stock and ETF trading
  • No inactivity fee
  • Transparent fee structure
  • Withdrawal fee
account opening
4.4
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • Low minimum deposit
  • Slow account verification
5.0
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • Low minimum deposit
deposit and withdrawal
2.0
  • No deposit fee
  • User-friendly
  • Credit/Debit card not available
  • Only one account base currency
  • High outgoing wire transfer fee
3.7
  • Credit/Debit card available for AU, NZ customers
  • Only one account base currency
  • $2 withdrawal fee
web trading platform
4.3
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Good search function
  • No two-step (safer) login
3.6
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • No price alerts
mobile trading platform
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
3.6
  • User-friendly
  • Touch/Face ID login
  • Order confirmation
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • No price alerts
desktop trading platform
markets and products
2.8
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • Options
1.6
  • Stock
  • ETF
research
4.8
  • Good interactive chart
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
3.3
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • User-friendly
  • Live market data
  • Limited interactive charting
  • No/limited set of analytic tools
  • Some research tools available only for premium account holders
customer service
0.3
  • Email support
  • No live chat
  • No 24/7 support
  • Slow support
  • Irrelevant answers
  • Phone support didn't connect anyone
0.4
  • Fast response time
  • No phone support
  • No live chat
  • No 24/7 support
education
3.5
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No demo account
0.5
  • Easy to understand
  • No demo account
  • No trading platform tutorial videos
  • No educational videos
  • 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
  • Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
  • High level of investor protection
  • Does not hold a banking license
  • Not listed on stock exchange
  • Financial information is not publicly available
recommended for Beginners and investors looking for zero-commission trading, focusing on the US market Beginners and investors looking for free US stocks/ETFs and a simple, easy to use trading platform
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