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Charles Schwab vs OptionsHouse Review

Brandon Reinkensmeyer

Published by Brandon Reinkensmeyer


Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Comparing brokers side by side is no easy task. For our 2017 Broker Review, we assessed 16 brokers on 308 different variables to find the best online broker. Yielding a database of over 5,000 data points, let's compare Charles Schwab vs OptionsHouse.

To start this comparison, first, we will take a look at the online broker commission rates for placing regular stock and options trades. Charles Schwab and OptionsHouse have equal fees for trading stocks (equities), $4.95 per trade. With options, the base fee is $4.95 for both Charles Schwab and OptionsHouse. OptionsHouse's per contract rate of $0.50 is less than Charles Schwab which charges $0.65. It's important to note that not all brokers charge a flat fee per trade. Thus, it is important to read the full commission notes for each broker, which we include with each online broker review.

Next to commission rates, being able to trade what you want is important. Charles Schwab alongside OptionsHouse offer clients Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds and Futures Trading. Looking at mutual funds, OptionsHouse offers its clients access to 12275 different mutual funds while Charles Schwab has 5165 available funds, a difference of 7,110. Commission free ETFs can also be valuable for customers, with OptionsHouse falling behind Charles Schwab, offering 5 commission free ETFs compared to Charles Schwab's 229.

Trading access aside, by comparing popular features and functionality, we can break down relevant differences between both brokers. OptionsHouse offers virtual trading while Charles Schwab does not. Taking a look at mobile trading, Charles Schwab and OptionsHouse both have a iPhone App, iPad App and Android App. Not to be left out, online banking is also a nice benefit for many investors, and some brokerages provide these services to clients. Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Mortgage Loans are offered by Charles Schwab while OptionsHouse offers none of these. On the whole, when it comes to tools, research, and mobile trading, Charles Schwab finished with awards Best in Class - Platforms & Tools and Best in Class - Research in 2017, while OptionsHouse came up with Best in Class - Mobile Trading.

Overall, Charles Schwab boasts 4.50 stars versus OptionsHouse's 4.00 stars.
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Overall
Commissions & Fees
Offering of Investments
Platforms & Tools
Research
Customer Service
Mobile Trading
Ease of Use
Education
Order Execution
Banking
Minimum Deposit
Stock Trade Fee (flat)
Options Base Fee
Options Per Contract Fee
Mutual Fund Trade Fee
Broker Assisted Trades Fee
IRA Annual Fee
IRA Closure Fee
Stock Trading
OTCBB / Pink Sheets
Options Trading
Complex Options Max Legs
Futures Trading
Forex Trading
Commission Free ETFs
Mutual Funds (No Load)
Mutual Funds (Total)
Bonds (US Treasury)
Bonds (Corporate)
Bonds (Municipal)
# of Easy to Borrow Stocks
Advisor Services
Order Type - Market
Order Type - Limit
Order Type - Stop
Order Type - Trailing Stop
Order Type - Contingent
Order Type - MultiContingent
Order Type - OCO
Order Type - OTO
Order Type - OTOCO
Order Type - Algo
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Desktop Platform (Mac)
Web Platform
Virtual Trading
Watch Lists - Total Fields
Two-Factor Authentication Login
Charting - Trade Off Chart
Charting - Drawing Tools
Charting - Indicators / Studies
Charting - Historical Trades
Charting - Save Profiles
Charting - Study Customizations
Charting - Custom Studies
Option Chains - Total Columns
Option Chains - Greeks Viewable
Options Analysis - P&L Charts
Option Positions - Rolling
Heat Mapping
Stock Alerts - Basic Fields
Stock Alerts - Advanced Fields
Streaming Time & Sales
Streaming TV
Direct Market Routing - Stocks
Direct Market Routing - Options
Ladder Trading
Trade Hot Keys
Level 2 Quotes - Stocks
Level 2 Quotes - Options
Trade Ideas - Backtesting
Client Liquidity Rebates
Screener - Stocks
Screener - ETFs
Screener - Mutual Funds
Screener - Options
Screener - Bonds
Misc - Portfolio Allocation
Misc - Portfolio Builder
Equity Research - Earnings
Equity Research - SEC Filings
Equity Research - Insiders
Equity Research - Social
Equity Research - Reports
ETF Research - Top 10 Holdings
ETF Research - Reports
ETF Research - Ratings
Mutual Fund Research - Reports
iPhone App
iPad App
Android App
Android Tablet App
Apple Watch App
Trading - Stocks
Trading - After-Hours
Trading - Conditional Orders
Trading - Mutual Funds
Trading - Simple Options
Trading - Complex Options
Trading - Option Rolling
Touch ID
Watch List Syncing
Stock Alerts - Basic Fields
Stock Alerts - Advanced Fields
Charting - After Hours
Charting - Study Customizations
Customizable Homescreen
Heatmapping
Stream Live TV
Barcode Lookup
Retail Locations
Member FDIC
Checking Accounts
Savings Accounts
Credit Cards
Debit Cards
Mortgage Loans
No Fee Banking
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
Has Education - Stocks
Has Education - ETFs
Has Education - Options
Has Education - Mutual Funds
Has Education - Fixed Income
Has Education - Retirement
Videos
Client Webinars
Client Webinars (Archived)
Live Seminars
Progress Tracking
Interactive Learning - Quizzes
Client Magazine
Charles Schwab
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4.5
3.5
4.5
4.5
5
4
4
4.5
4.5
4.5
4.5
 
$1,000.00
$4.95
$4.95
$0.65
$76.00
$25.00
$0.00
$50.00
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
4
Yes
No
229
5165
5165
Yes
Yes
Yes
5975
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
94
No
Yes
15
40
No
Yes
6
No
34
5
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
8
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
 
300
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
8.50%
8.00%
7.00%
6.88%
6.75%
6.25%
6.75%
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
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4
4.5
4
3.5
2
4
4.5
4
1.5
2
0.5
 
$0.00
$4.95
$4.95
$0.50
$20.00
$25.00
$0.00
$60.00
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
4
Yes
No
5
4650
12275
Yes
Yes
Yes
3951
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
No
No
Yes
Yes
29
No
Yes
9
35
Yes
No
2
No
30
5
Yes
Yes
No
 
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
0
No
No
Yes
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
0
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
 
7.75%
7.25%
6.50%
6.00%
5.25%
3.25%
3.50%
 
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No

All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 2/20/2017 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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