Using data from the StockBrokers.com 2017 Broker Rankings
, we can compare E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio vs Wealthfront to determine which broker is better for you. Our database includes thousands of data points on everything from research to trading tools. Let's take a closer look at E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio and Wealthfront.
First we will break down the commission charges of both brokers for placing stock and options trades. E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio and Wealthfront have equal fees for trading equities, $0 per trade. For options trading, E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio has a base fee of $0, and Wealthfront a base fee of $-1. Contracts are pricier at E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio, costing $0 versus $-1 at Wealthfront, a difference of $1.00 per contract. Note that flat rate trading is not available everywhere though, so it is important to read the complete commission notes for each broker to know the full breakdown (go to any stock broker review
page, then scroll down to the "Commission Notes" section).
Trading fees aside, having access to trade what you want is also an important consideration. E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio and Wealthfront unfortunately do not provide clients with Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds, Forex Trading and Futures Trading. As far as mutual funds go, both E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio and Wealthfront provide clients with access to total funds. And, commission free ETFs deserve a mention, which in this case means trading a possible funds at both brokers.
Finally, by looking at the most popular features and offerings of each broker, we can really see the differences between the two. Neither broker offers virtual trading. For mobile trading, E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio and Wealthfront sadly do not provide clients with an iPhone App, iPad App and Android App. Online banking is also used by many clients, and multiple brokerages provide these services. Neither E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio nor Wealthfront offers Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Mortgage Loans. All things considered, when it comes to platform tools, research, and trading via smartphone, Neither E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio nor Wealthfront were rated Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Research and Best in Class - Mobile Trading.
Overall, Wealthfront boasts 4.00 stars versus E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio's 3.00 stars.