Capital One Investing vs Etrade



Capital One Investing vs Etrade: Introduction


While E*Trade emphasizes advanced trading technology, Capital One Investing promotes its low fees. Which broker is the overall better firm will come down to how the two companies perform in other areas. The following article will compare the two brokerage firms against each other and see which one is the better company.


Fund Choices


Investors at E*Trade will find over 7,500 mutual funds using the broker's screener. Roughly 2,000 on this list have neither load nor transaction fee. Traders are assessed $49.99 if they sell one of these NTF funds in less than 90 days. There is also a $19.99 charge for funds that don't have NTF status. This fee is applied to all transactions.

Capital One Investing offers fewer mutual fund choices. There is only a thousand mutual funds on the firm's website. Approximately 400 carry no transaction fee and no load. The broker imposes a $19.95 charge for the other 600. This fee is applied to purchases, sales, and exchanges.

ETF traders have plenty of choices at either firm. E*Trade customers can buy and sell 105 exchange-traded funds free of charge. The vast majority of these products have expense ratios under 1%. The broker imposes a $19.99 short-term trade fee if one of its commission-free ETF's is sold in less than 1 month. The broker only charges $15.99 if an account places more than 150 trades per quarter. While Capital One Investing clients can trade ETF's, the broker does not offer any commission-free.

E*Trade is victorious in the opening category.


Trading Technology


E*Trade clients get to use a well-designed website that has a lot of useful information on it. Drop-down and side menus make site navigation fairly straightforward. Educational information can be found in video, article, and web seminar formats. The website does not have a trade bar. Trades are placed on web pages instead. Charting on the website is fairly advanced; a chart can be expanded to fill the entire monitor. Technical indicators are also available. A desktop trading system can also be used by active traders. The software streams CNBC.

Capital One Investing's site has less material on it, but it does have a trade bar at the bottom of the browsing window. It is somewhat simple. Trades cannot be placed directly on it. Rather, clicking on a trade button generates a web page where the order is submitted. The trade bar can be easily hid, a feature that not all brokers offer. Charting on the Capital One site has a wealth of features; events such as dividends and announcements can be shown on a graph, for example. However, a graph cannot be displayed full screen, although it can be saved. The broker does not have an advanced platform.

E*Trade wins again.


Mobile Apps


E*Trade has mobile platforms for Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire HD, Amazon Fire phone, Android devices, and Windows phone. The broker provides many features that users will find helpful, such as bill pay, mobile check deposit, and charting. A CNBC video library is also available. Frequent traders receive live streaming of CNBC.

Capital One Investing has apps for Apple, Android, and Windows. The broker does not have a platform for Apple Watch. There is also no mobile check deposit on the Capital One Investing app. There is charting capability, but no technical studies are available.

Capital One loses again.


Fees and Commissions


E*Trade customers pay $6.95 for stock and ETF transactions. Active traders pay a lower $4.99. Option contracts are an extra 75¢ for all clients. The broker has agents on the phone who can help clients execute a trade. Utilizing this service costs $25.

Investors at Capital One Investing pay a very low $6.95 for equity trades. Derivatives cost an additional 75¢. Using a customer service rep over the phone to complete a trade is $19.95.

Neither firm charges any fees for a securities account. There are no inactivity, annual, or low-balance fees. Capital One Investing has no minimum deposit requirement to open an account, while E*Trade requires a $500 deposit.

This category is a tie.




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Customer Service


E*Trade can be reached over the phone day and night. The website also has on-line chat. In-person service is available at one of the company's branch locations. Currently, E*Trade has thirty offices located in seventeen states. Customers who travel outside the U.S. can reach the broker using an international phone number.

Capital One Investing doesn't offer phone service for as many hours as E*Trade does. Representatives are available only during the weekday. The firm does, however, provide on-line chat service. Unfortunately, the broker does not have any branch locations. Some Capital One Bank locations do provide investment advisors for Capital One Investing clients; although there is an additional fee for this service.

E*Trade wins once again.


Etrade vs Capital One ShareBuilder - Results


E*Trade (read review) won four categories, there was one tie, and Capital One Investing (read review) failed to win even one category. E*Trade wins comfortably. Despite the results of the contest, Capital One Investing is still a good choice for traders who don't need advanced technology. Those who want the lowest prices should take a look at TradeKing (read review).


Updated on 3/9/2017.




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