Merrill Edge vs TradeStation Global compared

Merrill Edge
TradeStation Global

Merrill Edge

Key score differences
We took 8 criteria of our comparison (fee, account opening, customer service, markets&product, research, trading platform, deposit&withdrawal) and listed the angles with the greatest difference here below.
  • Markets and products score2.5/5.0
  • Deposit and withdrawal score2.2/5.0
  • Trading platform combined score4.5/5.0
Good to know
Recommended for
  • beginners 4.20/5
  • equity 4.37/5
You can open an account at Merrill Edge

TradeStation Global

Key score differences
We took 8 criteria of our comparison (fee, account opening, customer service, markets&product, research, trading platform, deposit&withdrawal) and listed the angles with the greatest difference here below.
  • Markets and products score5.0/5.0
  • Deposit and withdrawal score3.5/5.0
  • Trading platform combined score3.5/5.0
Good to know
Recommended for
  • equity 4.84/5
  • forex 3.89/5
You can't open an account at TradeStation Global
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Basic data of broker

Overall Score
4.8

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

Overall Score
4.8

Recommended for Traders and investors looking for low fees and a wide selection of products

Country of origin
Broker's country of establishment

USA

Country of origin
Broker's country of establishment

UK

Fees

Fees score
4.4
Fees score
4.1
Fees summary
BrokerChooser's qualitative summary on the broker's prices

Low trading and non-trading fees, high fund fees

Fees summary
BrokerChooser's qualitative summary on the broker's prices

Low trading and average non-trading fees

Stock and ETF fees

Forex fees

Fund fees

Bond fees

Options fees

Futures fees

Crypto fees

CFD fees

Non-trading fees

Deposit and withdrawal

Deposit and withdrawal score
2.2
Deposit and withdrawal score
3.5
Number of base currencies
How many account currencies you can choose from

1

Number of base currencies
How many account currencies you can choose from

23

Deposit type

Withdrawal type

Account opening

Account opening score
5.0
Account opening score
4.0
Account opening fully online
Account opening fully online
Minimum deposit
The minimum amount you have to deposit for using the account
No minimum deposit
*

$0

*
Minimum deposit
The minimum amount you have to deposit for using the account
No minimum deposit, $1000 to use the desktop trading platform
*

$0

*
Time to open account
BrokerChooser estimation on time needed to access account after all documents are provided by customer

1 day

Time to open account
BrokerChooser estimation on time needed to access account after all documents are provided by customer

1 day

Required documents
Documents required for opening an account

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

Required documents
Documents required for opening an account

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
3.8
Mobile platform score
4.8
Mobile platform score
3.5
Desktop platform score
4.3
Desktop platform score
3.3

Markets and products

Markets and products score
2.5
Markets and products score
5.0
Stocks
Stocks are available
Stocks
Stocks are available
Fractional shares
Fractional shares are available
Fractional shares
Fractional shares are available
$1 is the minimum
*
*
ETFs
ETFs are available
ETFs
ETFs are available
Forex
Forex is available
Forex
Forex is available
Funds
Funds are available
Funds
Funds are available
Bonds
Bonds are available
Bonds
Bonds are available
Options
Options are available
Options
Options are available
Futures
Futures are available
Futures
Futures are available
Crypto
Crypto is available in any form (e.g. as a CFD or ETF)
Crypto
Crypto is available in any form (e.g. as a CFD or ETF)
ETN and futures
*
*
CFDs
Any CFD is available, e.g. stock CFD or commodity CFD
CFDs
Any CFD is available, e.g. stock CFD or commodity CFD
CFD disclaimer

Disclaimer: 60% 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
4.0
Research score
4.3
Charting quality

Mid-range

Charting quality

Great

Education score
3.5
Education score
2.5
Demo account
Demo account

Customer service

Customer service score
4.0
Customer service score
4.5
Phone
You can reach the broker by phone
Phone
You can reach the broker by phone
Live chat
Live chat is available
Live chat
Live chat is available
Email
Email support is available
Email
Email support is available
24/7 availability
At least one customer support channel, i.e. live chat, phone or email, is available even on the weekend
24/7 availability
At least one customer support channel, i.e. live chat, phone or email, is available even on the weekend

Security

Investor protection amount
The protection amount depends on the country where you opened your account. In the US, forex trading and commodity-related contract (e.g. futures or options) are generally not covered.

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

Investor protection amount
The protection amount depends on the country where you opened your account. In the US, forex trading and commodity-related contract (e.g. futures or options) are generally not covered.

£85,000

Banking background
Whether the broker has a banking background
Banking background
Whether the broker has a banking background
Listed on stock exchange
The broker is listed on a stock exchange
Listed on stock exchange
The broker is listed on a stock exchange
Foundation date

2010

Foundation date

1982

Country of regulation
Which countries' regulators oversee the broker

USA

Country of regulation
Which countries' regulators oversee the broker

UK

Merrill Edge

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

TradeStation Global

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.

Everything you find on BrokerChooser is based on reliable data and unbiased information. We combine our 10+ years finance experience with readers feedback. Read more about our methodology.

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

Account opening takes somewhat less effort at Merrill Edge compared to TradeStation Global, deposit and withdrawal processes are more complicated at Merrill Edge, while customer service quality is somewhat lower than TradeStation Global's.

Our experts rated the trading platform of Merrill Edge as somewhat better than the platform of TradeStation Global, found that clients have access to much less markets and products with Merrill Edge, while TradeStation Global provides just about the same quality of research and education.

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