The StockBrokers.com 2017 Brokerage Review
compares Merrill Edge Guided Investing vs Schwab Intelligent Portfolios. Compare Merrill Edge Guided Investing and Schwab Intelligent Portfolios trade commissions, fees and overall broker ratings by using the table below. Is Merrill Edge Guided Investing or Schwab Intelligent Portfolios a better online broker?
Looking at both brokers, first we will take a look at the commission rates for both placing regular stock and options trades. Merrill Edge Guided Investing and Schwab Intelligent Portfolios both cost $0 per trade. With options, the base fee is $0 for both Merrill Edge Guided Investing and Schwab Intelligent Portfolios. Contracts at both of the brokerages are the same at $0 each. It should be noted that not every broker uses a flat rate stock trade fee structure, so it is important to read the full commission notes (head over to any online brokerage review
page, then navigate to the "Commission Notes" section).
Alongside trade commissions, being able to trade the way you want is a must. Merrill Edge Guided Investing alongside Schwab Intelligent Portfolios both do not offer Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds, Forex Trading and Futures Trading. When it comes to mutual funds, both Merrill Edge Guided Investing and Schwab Intelligent Portfolios provide clients with access to total funds. Commission free ETFs can also be a nice plus, which for investors means access to funds at both brokers.
Last but not least, by breaking down important features that each broker offers, we can really help to separate the two brokers. Neither broker offers virtual trading. For mobile trading, Neither Merrill Edge Guided Investing nor Schwab Intelligent Portfolios supports the iPhone App, iPad App and Android App. Furthermore, some investors like to bank online, and multiple brokerages provide these services to clients. Neither Merrill Edge Guided Investing nor Schwab Intelligent Portfolios offers Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Mortgage Loans. On the whole, when it comes to tools, research, and trading on the go, Both Merrill Edge Guided Investing and Schwab Intelligent Portfolios found themselves without awards for Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Research and Best in Class - Mobile Trading in 2014.
Overall, Schwab Intelligent Portfolios boasts 4.50 stars versus Merrill Edge Guided Investing's 4.00 stars.