Firstrade vs Zacks Trade compared

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

Firstrade
Zacks Trade
Firstrade
4.3
Zacks Trade
4.4

Last update of dataDec 2021

Firstrade

Firstrade is a US discount broker regulated by the top-tier SEC and FINRA.

Recommended for beginners and investors looking for zero-commission trading, focusing on the US market.

Zacks Trade

Zacks Trade is a US discount broker that also allows international clients to open an account. Zacks Trade is a division of LBMZ Securities, which is regulated by SEC and FINRA. Customers are protected by the SIPC scheme, up to $500,000 (including a $250,000 limit for cash).

Recommended for traders and investors looking for comprehensive research tools, a wide product selection and low fees.

Firstrade's service is on par with Zacks Trade's and a comparison of their fees shows that Firstrade's fees are similar to Zacks Trade's.

Account opening takes less effort at Firstrade compared to Zacks Trade, deposit and withdrawal processes are more complicated at Firstrade, while customer service quality is considerably lower than Zacks Trade's.

Our experts rated the trading platform of Firstrade as being of the same quality as the platform of Zacks Trade, found that clients have access to slightly less markets and products with Firstrade, while Zacks Trade provides somewhat lower-quality research and education.

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Basic data of broker

Overall Score
4.3

Recommended for Beginners and investors looking for zero-commission trading, focusing on the US market

Overall Score
4.4

Recommended for Traders and investors looking for comprehensive research tools, a wide product selection and low fees

Country of origin

USA

Country of origin

USA

Fees

Fees score
4.5
Fees score
4.2
Fees summary

Low trading and non-trading fees, free stock, ETF, fund and options trading

Fees summary

Low trading and non-trading fees, high fund fees

Stock and ETF fees

Forex fees

Fund fees

Bond fees

Options fees

Futures fees

CFD fees

Non-trading fees

Deposit and withdrawal

Deposit and withdrawal score
2.0
Deposit and withdrawal score
3.5
Number of base currencies

1

Number of base currencies

20

Deposit type

Withdrawal type

Account opening

Account opening score
4.2
Account opening score
2.5
Account opening fully online
Account opening fully online
Minimum deposit
*

$0

*
Minimum deposit
*

$0

*
Time to open account

1-3 days

Time to open account

>3 days

Required documents

Proof of identity: SSN / passport / national ID card / driver's license

Required documents

Proof of identity: national ID / passport / driver's license Proof of residency: bank statement / utility bill / driver's license / credit card statement

Trading platform

Web platform score
4.3
Web platform score
4.0
Mobile platform score
3.8
Mobile platform score
3.5
Desktop platform score
-
Desktop platform score
3.8

Markets and products

Markets and products score
2.5
Markets and products score
3.5
Stocks
*
*
Stocks
*
*
Fractional shares
Fractional shares
*
*
ETFs
ETFs
*
*
Forex
Forex
Funds
*
*
Funds
*
*
Bonds
Bonds
*
*
Options
Options
*
*
Futures
Futures
Crypto
Crypto
*
*
CFDs
CFDs

Research, education

Research score
4.7
Research score
4.3
Charting quality

Great

Charting quality

Great

Education score
3.5
Education score
2.5
Demo account
Demo account

Customer service

Customer service score
0.3
Customer service score
4.1
Phone
Phone
Live chat
Live chat
Email
Email
24/7 availability
24/7 availability

Security

Investor protection amount

$500,000 (securities up to $500,000, cash up to $250,000)

Investor protection amount

$500,000 ($250,000 cash limit) plus $30 million (with a cash sub-limit of $900,000) subject to an aggregate limit of $150 million.

Banking background
Banking background
Listed on stock exchange
Listed on stock exchange
Foundation date

1985

Foundation date

1978

Country of regulation

USA

Country of regulation

USA

Firstrade

For detailed information and hands-on experience, read our review of this broker.

Zacks Trade

For detailed information and hands-on experience, read our review of this broker.

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