Merrill Edge vs Plus500 compared

Online brokers compared for fees, trading platforms, safety and more. See how Merrill Edge stacks up against Plus500!

Merrill Edge
Plus500
Merrill Edge
4.7
Plus500
4.7
77% of retail CFD accounts lose money

Last update of dataMar 2022

Merrill Edge

Merrill Edge is a US based broker owned by Bank of America (BofA). It is regulated by the top-tier SEC and Finra; BofA is listed on the NYSE.

Recommended for investors and traders looking for low fees, quick account opening, and simple platforms.

Plus500

Plus500 is a global CFD broker, listed on the London Stock Exchange's Main Market and regulated by many authorities including the UK FCA and CySEC of Cyprus.

Recommended for experienced traders looking for an easy-to-use platform and a great user experience.

Merrill Edge's service is on par with Plus500's and a comparison of their fees shows that Merrill Edge's fees are similar to Plus500's.

Account opening takes about the same effort at Merrill Edge compared to Plus500, deposit and withdrawal processes are considerably more complicated at Merrill Edge, while customer service quality is somewhat lower than Plus500's.

Our experts rated the trading platform of Merrill Edge as being of the same quality as the platform of Plus500, found that clients have access to slightly less markets and products with Merrill Edge, while Plus500 provides somewhat lower-quality research and education.

*Data marked with an asterisk contain additional info, expand the relevant sections below to see details.

Basic data of broker

Overall Score
4.7

Recommended for Investors and traders looking for low fees, quick account opening, and simple platforms

Overall Score
4.7

Recommended for Experienced traders looking for an easy-to-use platform and a great user experience

Country of origin

USA

Country of origin

Israel

Fees

Fees score
4.3
Fees score
3.9
Fees summary

Low trading and non-trading fees, high fund fees

Fees summary

Average trading and non-trading 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
2.2
Deposit and withdrawal score
5.0
Number of base currencies

1

Number of base currencies

16

Deposit type

Withdrawal type

Account opening

Account opening score
5.0
Account opening score
5.0
Account opening fully online
Account opening fully online
Minimum deposit
*

$0

*
Minimum deposit
*

$100

*
Time to open account

1 day

Time to open account

1 day

Required documents

None for those with an IP address in the US; for those that don't--2 utility bills, drivers license, passport

Required documents

Proof of identity: ID / passport / driving license, passport, residence permit Proof of residency: bank statement / utility bill / toll taxes letter / salary slip / address card

Trading platform

Web platform score
4.3
Web platform score
4.5
Mobile platform score
4.8
Mobile platform score
5.0
Desktop platform score
-
Desktop platform score
-

Markets and products

Markets and products score
2.4
Markets and products score
2.9
Stocks
Stocks
Fractional shares
Fractional shares
ETFs
ETFs
Forex
Forex
*
*
Funds
Funds
Bonds
Bonds
Options
Options
Futures
Futures
Crypto
Crypto
*
*
CFDs
CFDs
CFD disclaimer

Disclaimer: 77% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Research, education

Research score
3.9
Research score
3.4
Charting quality

Mid-range

Charting quality

Great

Education score
3.5
Education score
3.5
Demo account
Demo account

Customer service

Customer service score
4.5
Customer service score
5.0
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

£85,000 in the UK, €20,000 in other EU countries, no protection for residents of all other countries

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

2010

Foundation date

2008

Country of regulation

USA

Country of regulation

UK, Cyprus, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Israel, Seychelles

Merrill Edge

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

Plus500

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

*Data marked with an asterisk contain additional info, expand the relevant sections below to see details.

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