Online brokerage services have existed for over 20 years. Trading investments today has never been cheaper. So while the race towards cheap trades (in some cases free) is happening, other functionality is becoming more important when selecting a stock broker.
For this review, I compare Charles Schwab and Robinhood. Which one is better depends on your needs? So let's examine the major features first.
We've determined with online brokerages the most critical feature customers care about is the
cost per trade. The second most important feature is the minimum deposit, and the last is if the broker
offers mutual funds. Let's look at how Charles Schwab and Robinhood
stack up against each other on these points.
To start, we will consider the minimum investment required for both applications. In other words, how much does one need to invest to use the service? Out of the two, Robinhood minimum investment of $0 is smaller than the deposit of required by Charles Schwab.
Next I'll consider cost per trade for both brokers.
Out of the two, Robinhood is cheaper per trade at $0.00 than Charles Schwab at $4.95/trade.
When it comes to having support for mutual funds, there is a clear division between Charles Schwab and Robinhood. Charles Schwab does have support for mutual funds, while Robinhood does not.
|Review||Charles Schwab Review||Robinhood Review|
Overall rating as by Investor Junkie.Rating
|Commissions & Fees|
|Ease of Use|
|Tools & Resources|
|Amount of Deals|
|Options Trades||$4.95/trade + $0.65/contract||Free|
|Investment Types||Stocks, Penny Stocks, ETFs, Mutual Funds, Bonds||Stocks, ETFs, Cryptocurrencies|
|Access||Website, iOS App, Apple Watch, Android App||Website, iOS App, Apple Watch, Android App|
|Broker Assisted Trade|
|No Fee ETFs|
|Sign Up||Sign Up|
About Charles Schwab
Charles Schwab is the Nordstrom of the investment world, and customers virtually always leave happy. As a customer, you'll get access to virtually all the investment services that come standard at any major brokerage. However, if you're an active trader, you might find other firms with better options.
If you think free stock trades are a fantasy, think again! Robinhood offers commission-free stock trades. No fees, really! If a free, simple, basic stock trading app with no extras sounds good to you, Robinhood might be the broker you’ve been looking for.