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Charles Schwab vs Firstrade Review

Brandon Reinkensmeyer

Published by Brandon Reinkensmeyer


Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Firstrade vs Charles Schwab

StockBrokers.com 2016 review compares Charles Schwab vs Firstrade. Compare Charles Schwab and Firstrade trade commissions, fees and overall broker ratings by using the chart above. Is Charles Schwab or Firstrade a better online broker? The StockBrokers.com staff breaks down all the key broker features, rates, and commissions charged to clients to determine the best broker.

There is a $2.00 difference in the per trade stock price for Charles Schwab and Firstrade. Firstrade's per trade stock price of $6.95 is a little less than Charles Schwab's per trade stock price of $8.95.

The Charles Schwab's "Overall" rating of 5 stars is a slight advantage over Firstrade's "Overall" rating of 4 stars.

Only Charles Schwab has an iPad app for tablet trading while Firstrade does not support the device at this time. You can find the app in the iTunes app store. Both Charles Schwab and Firstrade have an iPhone App for mobile trading.

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Overall
Commissions & Fees
Offering of Investments
Platforms & Tools
Research
Customer Service
Mobile Trading
Ease of Use
Education
Order Execution
Banking
Stock Trade Fee (flat)
Options Base Fee
Options Per Contract Fee
Mutual Fund Trade Fee
Broker Assisted Trades Fee
Minimum Deposit
No Inactivity Fees
No Fee IRAs
Stock Trading
Options Trading
Mutual Funds
Forex Trading
Futures Trading
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Web Platform
Virtual Trading
Charting - Drawing Tools
Charting - Indicators / Studies
Option Chains - Total Columns
Watch Lists - Total Fields
iPhone App
iPad App
Android App
Android Tablet App
Apple Watch App
Trading - After-Hours
Trading - Mutual Funds
Trading - Conditional Orders
Trading - Simple Options
Trading - Complex Options
Commission Free ETFs
Mutual Funds (No Load)
Mutual Funds (Total)
# of Easy to Borrow Stocks
Retail Locations
Under $24,999.99
$25,000.00 to 49,999.99
$50,000.00 to $99,999.99
$100,000.00 to $249,999.99
$250,000.00 to $499,999.99
Above $1,000,000.00
$500,000.00 to $999,999.99
Checking Accounts
Savings Accounts
Credit Cards
Debit Cards
Mortgage Loans
No Fee Banking
Charles Schwab
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4.5
2
4.5
4.5
5
4
4
4.5
4.5
4.5
4.5
 
$6.95
$6.95
$0.70
$76.00
$25.00
$1,000.00
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
No
15
40
34
94
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
 
229
5165
5165
5975
300
 
8.50%
8.00%
7.00%
6.88%
6.75%
6.25%
6.75%
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Firstrade
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3.5
3
3.5
2
4
4
3.5
4.5
3
2
2
 
$4.95
$4.95
$0.65
$9.95
$19.95
$0.00
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
No
Yes
No
5
58
8
57
 
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
 
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
 
12
4928
12191
4200
2
 
7.75%
7.50%
7.00%
6.50%
6.00%
4.50%
5.00%
 
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No

All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 2/16/2016 and is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. The StockBrokers.com staff is constantly working with its online broker representatives to obtain the latest pricing data. If you believe any data listed above is inaccurate, please contact us using the link at the bottom of this page. For stock trade rates, advertised pricing is for a standard order size of 500 shares of stock priced at $30 per share. For options orders, an options regulatory fee per contract may apply.

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