Computershare vs Fidelity, TD Ameritrade, Etrade, Charles Schwab, and Vanguard (2020)

Computershare vs TD Ameritrade & Co: Compare Fees

Broker Fees Stock/ETF
Mutual Fund
Annual IRA
Ally Invest $0 $9.95 $0.50 per contract $0 $0
TD Ameritrade $0 $49.99 $0.65 per contract $0 $0
Fidelity $0 $49.95 $0.65 per contract $0 $0
Charles Schwab $0 $49.95 $0.65 per contract $0 $0
Etrade $0 $19.95 $0.65 per contract $0 $0
Vanguard $0 $20 $1.00 per contract $20* $20*

Computershare vs Vanguard & Co: Compare Services

Broker Review Cost Investment Products Trading Tools Customer Service Research Overall Rating
Ally Invest
TD Ameritrade
Charles Schwab

New Account Promotions

Ally Invest: Up to $3,500 cash bonus + $0 commission trades.

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TD Ameritrade: $0 commission stock and ETF trades.

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Computershare vs Fidelity and Other Competitors

Computershare is a stock transfer agent, which means that it holds corporate shareholder records. Publicly held companies usually designate one such company to transfer stock for them. Unlike a traditional or online broker, there are no fees associated with making trades. However, shareholders are charged when withdrawing funds. Computershare is not a brokerage and does not have a set fee for the purchase or sale of stock. Purchase and sales fees are determined by each company individually. Since most online brokers now charge $0 for stock and ETF trades, they are now much cheaper than a transfer agent. See Differences between brokerage and transfer agent article for more info.

Computershare vs Fidelity

While customers could only invest in stocks with Computershare, with most brokerage firms they could also buy and sell mutual funds, exchange traded funds, options, bonds and other investments.

All Computershare competitors in this review — TD Ameritrade, Etrade, Charles Schwab, Fidelity, Vanguard and Ally Invest — are the household names, the largest discount brokerage houses in the U.S. These companies are very popular among all investors — from beginners to institutions.


There is a huge difference in pricing structure between Computershare and its competition. The best priced competitors, Ally Invest, TD Ameritrade, and Schwab are charging for stocks and ETF's $0 per trade.

For mutual funds investors Ally Invest is the cheapest broker and charges only $9.95 per transaction. Other online investment firms have much higher cost: from $20 (Etrade and Vanguard) to $49.95 (all others) for the same mutual funds trades. As already mentioned, Computershare does not offer investing in mutual funds, ETF's or bonds at all.

TD Ameritrade vs Computershare


TD Ameritrade offers its customers easy access to an online trader community, where investors can see what other, more advanced users invest in or trade, create and follow other members blogs, and interact with like-minded individuals.

Ally Invest and Charles Schwab are the best ranking firms in customer service. Fidelity Investments and TD Ameritrade also got very high scores in this category.

All the companies in this review (except Vanguard and Computershare) created easy-to-use, powerful trading tools that will satisfy just about everyone. But only TD Ameritrade also offers professional trading platform which is must-have for very active traders as well as for forex and futures trading.

Because Ally Invest and TD Ameritrade created well-designed, intuitive trading screens, offer large network of local offices (TD Ameritrade), and provide award-winning customer service, in 2020 we rated them the Best Brokers For Beginners.

All firms in this article (except Vanguard) do not charge IRA accounts (ROTH, Traditional, self-employed) setup and custodial fees (sometimes also called annual or maintenance fees). Some of these companies don't even charge for closing IRA accounts. There might be, however, a fee if you decide to move your IRA or non-IRA account to a different firm.


We do not recommend opening account at Computershare — it is often too expensive and offers too few services and products compared to a brokerage firm.

If you would like to have access to professional-level trading platform that day-traders and hedge funds are using, or you want to practice trading without risking your hard-earned money, then TD Ameritrade is your broker. It is also great for mutual funds and long-term investors as well as for beginner investors and for IRA accounts.

Fidelity Investments, Charles Schwab and Vanguard are highly recommended to anyone who wants to invest mostly in Fidelity's and Vanguard's own families of mutual funds and ETFs. If third-party investment research is important to you then go with Fidelity Investments as well.

Etrade is our pick for clients investing mostly in fixed income securities — bonds, Treasuries, CDs, and munis.


Ally Invest: Up to $3,500 cash bonus + $0 commission trades.

TD Ameritrade: $0 commission stock and ETF trades.

Fidelity Investments: Get 500 free trades with $100,000+ deposit.

Etrade: Get zero commission on stock and ETF trades.