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4.5-star brokerage firm rating

Scottrade Review


Stocks, ETFs: $7

Mutual Funds: $17

Options: $7 plus
$1.25 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • CDs
  • Munis
  • ETFs
  • International Stocks
Scottrade
Review

4.5-star brokerage firm rating




Stocks, ETFs: $4.95

Mutual Funds: $9.95

Options: $4.95 plus
$0.65 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Forex
  • CDs
  • ETFs
TradeKing
Review

4.5-star brokerage firm rating

OptionsXpress review


Stocks, ETFs: $8.95

Mutual Funds: $9.95

Options: $14.95
(1 - 10 contracts)
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Futures
  • ETFs
OptionsXpress by
Charles Schwab
Review

4-star brokerage firm rating

Optionshouse Review


Stocks, ETFs: $4.95

Mutual Funds: $20

Options: $4.95 + $0.50 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • ETFs
Optionshouse
Review

4-star brokerage firm rating




Stocks, ETFs: $4.95

Mutual Funds: $20

Options: $4.95 + $0.50 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Futures
  • Bonds
  • Mutual Funds
  • Futures
  • ETFs
TradeMonster
Review

4-star brokerage firm rating

Etrade Review


Stocks, ETFs: $9.99

Mutual Funds: $19.99

Options: $9.99 plus
$0.75 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Futures
  • ETFs
Etrade
Review

4-star brokerage firm rating

TDAmeritrade review


Stocks, ETFs: $9.99

Mutual Funds: $49.99

Options: $9.99 plus
$0.75 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • ETFs
  • Futures
  • Forex
TD Ameritrade
Review

4-star brokerage firm rating

Charles Schwab review


Stocks, ETFs: $8.95

Mutual Funds: $76 to buy
$0 to sell

Options: $8.95 plus
$0.75 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • CDs
  • Annuities
  • ETFs
Charles Schwab
Review

4-star brokerage firm rating

Fidelity review


Stocks, ETFs: $7.95

Mutual Funds: $49.95 ($75 for some funds)

Options: $7.95 plus
$0.75 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • CDs
  • Annuities
  • ETFs
  • Money Market Funds
  • International Stocks
Fidelity
Review

3-star brokerage firm rating

USAA Brokerage Review


Stocks, ETFs: $5.95 - $8.95

Mutual Funds: $45 minimum

Options: $5.95 or $8.95 plus
$0.75 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Annuities
  • ETFs
USAA Brokerage
Review

3.5-star brokerage firm rating

Motif investing review


Stocks, ETFs: $4.95

Mutual Funds: N/A

Options: NA
  • Stocks
  • ETFs
Motif Investing
Review

3-star brokerage firm rating

TradeStation review 2015


Stocks, ETFs: $4.99 - $9.99

Mutual Funds: $14.95

Options: $1 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Futures
  • ETFs
  • Forex
TradeStation
Review

3.5-star brokerage firm rating

MBTrading review 2015


Stocks, ETFs: $4.95

Mutual Funds: $9.95

Options: $0.95 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • No-load Mutual Funds
  • Futures
  • Bonds
  • Futures
  • ETFs
MB Trading
Review

3-star brokerage firm rating

Interactive Brokers review 2015


Stocks, ETFs: $0.005 per share
with $1 minimum

Mutual Funds: $14.95

Options: $0.70 per contract
plus exchange fees
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Futures
  • Forex
  • ETFs
  • International Stocks
Interactive Brokers
Review

3-star brokerage firm rating

Sharebuilder Review


Stocks, ETFs: $6.95

Mutual Funds: $19.95

Options: $6.95 plus
$0.75 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • ETFs
ShareBuilder
Review

3-star brokerage firm rating

Cobra Trading review


Stocks, ETFs: $5

Mutual Funds: NA

Options: $5 plus
$0.95 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • ETFs
Cobra Trading
Review

3-star brokerage firm rating

Firstrade Review


Stocks, ETFs: $6.95

Mutual Funds: $9.95

Options: $6.95 plus
$0.75 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • CDs
  • ETFs
Firstrade
Review

3-star brokerage firm rating

Lightspeed Trading Review


Stocks, ETFs: $4.50

Mutual Funds: NA

Options: $0.60 per contract
plus exchange fees
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Futures
  • Bonds
  • ETFs
Lightspeed
Review


3-star brokerage firm rating

ChoiceTrade Review


Stocks, ETFs: $5

Mutual Funds: $25

Options: $0.99 per contact
$8.95 minimum
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • ETFs
ChoiceTrade
Review

3-star brokerage firm rating

Muriel Siebert review


Stocks, ETFs: $14.95+

Mutual Funds: $35

Options: $34 - $370
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • International Stocks
  • ETFs
Muriel Siebert
Review

3-star brokerage firm rating

WellsTrade review 2015


Stocks, ETFs: $8.95

Mutual Funds: $35

Options: $9.95 plus
$1 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • ETFs
WellsTrade
Review

3-star brokerage firm rating

Vanguard review


Stocks, ETFs: $7 - $20

Mutual Funds: $8 - $35

Options: $30 plus
$1.50 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • CDs
  • ETFs
  • International Stocks
  • Insurance
  • Commercial paper
Vanguard
Review

3-star brokerage firm rating

Merrill Edge review


Stocks, ETFs: $6.95

Mutual Funds: $19.95

Options: $6.95 plus
$0.75 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Futures
  • CDs
  • Annuities
  • International Stocks
  • ETFs
Merrill Edge
Review

3-star brokerage firm rating

SogoTrade review


Stocks, ETFs: $5

Mutual Funds: N/A

Options: $5 plus
$0.50 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • ETFs
SogoTrade
Review

3-star brokerage firm rating

TradingBlock review


Stocks, ETFs: $7.50

Mutual Funds: $20

Options: $7.50 plus
$0.75 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • ETFs
Trading Block
Review

2-star brokerage firm rating

SpeedTrader Review


Stocks, ETFs: $6.95

Mutual Funds: NA

Options: $2.50 plus
$1 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • ETFs
SpeedTrader
Review

1-star brokerage firm rating

Just2trade review


Stocks, ETFs: $2.50

Mutual Funds: $12

Options: $2.50 plus
$0.50 per contract
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • ETFs
  • International Stocks
Just2trade
Review

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Best Broker For Students, Feb 19, 2015

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Betterment Review, Feb 18, 2015

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Limit Order Fees, Feb 17, 2015

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OptionsXpress Review, Feb 16, 2015

Updated OptionsXpress review article.


WiseBanyan Review, Feb 13, 2015

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Thinkorswim Review, Feb 12, 2015

Updated Thinkorswim review article.


TradeKing Review, Feb 11, 2015

Updated TradeKing review article.


PlaceTrade Review, Feb 10, 2015

Updated PlaceTrade review article.


ShareBuilder Review, Feb 9, 2015

Updated ShareBuilder review article.


Best Customer Service, Feb 6, 2015

Updated Best customer service broker article.


Best Online Broker Article, Feb 5, 2015

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Mutual Funds Brokers Page, Feb 4, 2015

Updated Top Brokerages for Mutual Funds page.


Best Cash Accounts Article, Feb 3, 2015

Updated Best stock broker cash accounts article.


TD Waterhouse Review, Feb 2, 2015

Updated TD Waterhouse Review - Canadian most popular discount brokerage firm.


Sogotrade Review, Jan 30, 2015

Updated Sogotrade review article.


Speedtrader Review, Jan 29, 2015

Updated Speedtrader review article.


TICRX/Social Choice Equity Fund, Jan 28, 2015

Added TICRX/Social Choice Equity Fund review.


Cobra Trading Review, Jan 27, 2015

Updated Cobra Trading review article.


Capital One ShareBuilder Review, Jan 26, 2015

Updated Capital One brokerage account review.


Ameriprice Review, Jan 23, 2015

Updated review of Ameriprise.


Low Cost Options Brokers, Jan 22, 2015

Updated Cheapest Options Brokers page.


OptionsHouse Review, Jan 21, 2015

Updated OptionsHouse review


TradeMonster Review, Jan 20, 2015

Updated TradeMonster review


Charles Schwab Review, Jan 19, 2015

Updated Charles Schwab review


Scottrade Review, Jan 16, 2015

Updated Scottrade review


USAA Brokerage Review, Jan 15, 2015

Updated USAA brokerage review


TradeStation Review, Jan 14, 2015

Updated TradeStation review


Wellstrade Review, Jan 13, 2015

Updated Wells Fargo brokerage review


Etrade IRA Review, Jan 12, 2015

Updated Etrade IRA Review article.


Betterment Review, Jan 9, 2015

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Is TD Ameritrade a direct access broker?, Jan 8, 2015

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American Funds Review Updated, Jan 7, 2015

Updated American Funds review: article about our experience investing with American Funds.


Vanguard IRA Review, Jan 6, 2015

Updated Vanguard IRA review - pros and cond of opening individual retirement account at the Vanguard brokerage firm.


TD Ameritrade IRA Review, Jan 5, 2015

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Vanguard Review, Jan 2, 2015

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Best commission-free ETFs broker, Dec 28, 2014

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Wells Fargo Business Checking Review, Dec 23, 2014

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Amex Savings Review, Dec 22, 2014

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Best silver ETFs, Dec 17, 2014

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What are pink sheet and OTC stocks?, Dec 16, 2014

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How do REITs work?, Dec 15, 2014

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How do Treasuries work?, Dec 12, 2014

Updated How do Treasuries work? article.


How to invest in gold?, Dec 11, 2014

Updated How to invest in gold? article.


What are the best gold ETFs?, Dec 10, 2014

Updated What are the best gold ETFs? article.


Inverse ETFs for commodities, Dec 9, 2014

Updated Inverse ETFs for commodities article.


Best oil ETFs, Dec 8, 2014

Updated Best oil ETFs article.


What are options?, Dec 4, 2014

Updated What are options article.


What are DRIPs?, Dec 3, 2014

Updated What are DRIPs article.


Mint.com Review, Dec 2, 2014

Updated Mint.com review.


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About our online brokerage reviews, ratings and rankings


Note: most brokerage firms listed on our website do not accept account applications from non-U.S. citizens and residents. If you are one of them, read this.

When compiling online brokerage firm ratings, we considered and compared the following parameters: investment commissions and brokerage fees, customer service, usability of trading tools, presence of an online trader community and educational resources about investing, various additional free services, range of products to invest, and research amenities.

Every discount stock broker targeting do-it-yourself (DIY) investors has its strengths and weaknesses, and might not be right for your specific needs. Please take a time to read online brokerage firm reviews, to see if a particular company is a good fit for you.

Some online brokers allow new clients to open an account with no initial cash deposit (a.k.a. $0 minimum to open account) and do not charge for closing regular brokerage account. We advise to take advantage of these opportunities to open few brokerage accounts, try them out, and choose the one(s) you like more. This will allow you to make more precise decision about where to invest your money. This idea usually only works for non-IRA accounts, since many brokers charge IRA account closing fee anywhere from $20 to $125 (see fee schedule in broker reviews).

Understanding how stock market works is crucial to becoming a successful investor. We provide a number of educational articles in our Education Center on various investing and trading related topics. Learning as much as you can about stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, options, bonds, and other investments you plan to buy, will not only help you make better decisions, but it might also save you from loosing a lot of money (definitely read "Exit strategy for investments" article). Our Education Center also contains links to the lists of best-selling books on investing and trading.

On our website you could find online brokerage reviews for the following firms: Ameriprise, TD Ameritrade, BuyAndHold, Chase, Charles Schwab, Choicetrade, Cobra Trading, Etrade, Fidelity Investments, Firstrade, Interactive Brokers, Just2trade, LightSpeed Trading, MB Trading, Merrill Edge, Merrill Lynch, Motif Investing, Muriel Siebert, Northwestern Mutual, Optionshouse, Optionsxpress, Scottrade, Capital One Sharebuilder, Sogotrade, Speedtrader, TD Waterhouse, Thinkorswim, Tradeking, Trademonster, Trading Block, Tradestation, USAA Brokerage, Vanguard, Wells Fargo's Wellstrade, Zecco. All of them are members of US regulation agencies: SIPC (FDIC insurance equivalent) and/or FINRA.

You could also add your own online broker review, comment, leave feedback or ask a question at the end of the each article for all the companies listed above. When reading user reviews, keep in mind that customers who had a negative experience with a company are more likely to go and post a review than a vast majority of satisfied clients.

If you would like for us to review an online investing or trading website not listed above, please send us a message.

The stock broker ratings, reviews and rankings provided on this website are our own opinion unless specified otherwise. Information was partially updated in January of 2015 and is subject to change at any time.
This article was updated on 2/23/2015.


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