With so many online investing apps available to you today, you can pick and choose from among the crowded field.
If you are just starting out, you should be able to find a platform designed for beginners with plenty of tips and educational content along the way. You may be looking for a glossary or a library of articles explaining financial assets and how to build a portfolio.
Conversely, if you’ve been investing for quite some time, you will want an app that gives a wide array of tools, indicators and higher levels of analysis. You may want to be kept up-to-date on the worldwide market, have access to margin trading, or diversify with assets ranging from international stocks to cryptocurrency.
It’s worth the investment of your time to shop around and compare what various platforms offer, until you find one that suits you right now.
Transferring assets from one investing app to another isn’t as complicated as it may sound.
In this article, we will be reviewing the process to transfer from Fidelity to Charles Schwab. Let's jump in!
Transferring assets from Fidelity to Charles Schwab is actually pretty simple. This is because both platforms support ACATS (Automated Customer Account Transfer Service).
This transfer takes 5 steps:
Let's review each of these steps in more detail.
In order to kick off the transfer to Charles Schwab, you will need to open an account. If you already have an account, you can skip to the next step.
When opening an account, determine whether you want a self-directed brokerage account or one that is managed for you, allowing you to buy and sell stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, and other investments and trade or invest for long-term goals like retirement, college, or major purchases.
There are no hidden costs of opening a Schwab brokerage account, $0 monthly service fees and $0 account minimum.
All you need to open a Schwab brokerage account are the following:
You can sign up for a new Charles Schwab account in just a few minutes!
All you need to transfer an account is your name and your Fidelity account number. You can find your Fidelity account number by logging into your account in the Fidelity App.
After logging in and navigating to the "Accounts" page using the bottom navigation menu, you will see all accounts you have with Fidelity. The account number will be beneath the name of the account.
Transferring a brokerage account to Schwab is as simple as opening the type of account that you plan to transfer. Most assets, such as publicly traded stocks and ETFs, mutual funds, and bonds can be transferred to your Schwab account.
Once you have a Schwab account that is verified and approved, you can initiate the transfer by following the steps below:
When making a transfer of this kind, it is important that the name of the account matches. This will ensure smooth delivery of your assets.
Choose whether you wish to transfer the entire account or just specific assets from your Fidelity account.
You do have the option to transfer only certain assets from Fidelity into a Schwab account, which is known as a partial transfer.
Or you may decide to liquidate some assets and transfer cash to Schwab. However, there may be capital gains tax implications if you make a profit from the sale.
Schwab does not charge for a full or partial Automated Customer Account Transfer Service (ACAT) transfer. However, Fidelity does charge a $75 charge for ACATS transfers.
After finishing the prompts, you will need to consent to the terms and conditions and authorize the transfer.
This transfer can take 5-16 business days.
Moving assets from Fidelity to Charles Schwab is actually fairly straightforward.
Before you do so, you ought to be aware of potential capital gains taxes. You will also have to pay Fidelity's ACATS transfer fee.
In order to execute this transfer, you will need your Fidelity account number. From there, it is a simple process to initiate the transfer.