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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-star brokerage firm rating

Optionshouse Review


Stocks, ETFs: $4.75

Mutual Funds: $9.95

Options: up to five contracts for $5,
each additional contract $1
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • ETFs
Optionshouse
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




Stocks, ETFs: $4.95

Mutual Funds: $15 to buy
$0 to sell

Options: $0.50 per contract
minimum $12.50
  • Stocks
  • Options
  • Futures
  • Bonds
  • Mutual Funds
  • Futures
  • ETFs
TradeMonster
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
  • International Stocks
  • Margin Loans
  • Insurance
Charles Schwab
Review

4-star brokerage firm rating

Fidelity review


Stocks, ETFs: $7.95

Mutual Funds: $75

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 2014


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 2014


Stocks, ETFs: $4.95

Mutual Funds: $12.95

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 2014


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 2014


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 Customer Service Broker, Jul 28, 2014

Updated Best rated service broker article.


Edward Jones IRA Review, Jul 25 2014

Added Fidelity cash management review article.


Edward Jones IRA Review, Jul 24 2014

Added Edward Jones IRA review article.


Huntington Savings Review, Jul 23 2014

Added Huntington savings account review article.


Huntington Checking Review, Jul 22, 2014

Added Huntington checking account review article.


Etrade IRA Review, Jul 10, 2014

Added Etrade IRA Review article.


Citibank Bonds Review, May 19, 2014

Added Citibank bonds review article.


BOA MMA Review, May 16, 2014

Added Bank of America money market review article.


Brokerage With Lowest Options Assignment Fee, May 12, 2014

Updated Lowest options assignment fee article, which talks about the company with the lowest options assignment and exercise fees.


Best Trading Tools for Beginners, May 9, 2014

Added Best trading tools for beginners article.


Updated Low Cost Options Brokers Page, May 8, 2014

Updated Cheapest Options Brokers page.


Updated Mutual Funds Brokers Page, May 7, 2014

Updated Top Brokerages for Mutual Funds page.


PNC Wealth Management, May 6, 2014

Added PNC wealth management review.


HSBC Wealth Management, May 5, 2014

Added HSBC wealth management review.


Updated Home Page, May 2, 2014

Updated website's home page.


Day Trading DVDs, Apr 30, 2014

Added Forex Trading DVDs article.


ETF Investing DVDs, Apr 29, 2014

Added ETF Investing DVDs article.


Day Trading DVDs, Apr 28, 2014

Added Best Day Trading DVDs article.


Updated Best Online Broker Article, Apr 25, 2014

Updated Best Online Broker article.


Chase Savings Accounts Review, Apr 24, 2014

Added Chase savings account review article.


Chase Business Checking Accounts Review, Apr 23, 2014

Added Chase business checking account review article.


Wells Fargo Savings Account Review, Apr 22, 2014

Updated Wells Fargo savings account review article.


Vanguard Review, Apr 21, 2014

Updated Vanguard review.


USAA Brokerage Review, Apr 18, 2014

Updated USAA Brokerage review.


Thinkorswim Review, Apr 17, 2014

Updated Thinkorswim review.


TradeStation Review, Apr 16, 2014

Updated TradeStation review.


US Bank Checking Accounts Review, Apr 15, 2014

Added US bank checking accounts review article.


Securian Brokerage Review, Apr 14, 2014

Added Securian brokerage review article.


Etrade Mobile Trading Review, Apr 11, 2014

Updated Etrade mobile trading review talking about companies mobile trading app.


Spanish Versions of Pages Added, Apr 10, 2014

Added Spanish versions of our Best IRA Brokerages and Best Online Broker: Mejores compañías de IRA and Mejor Corredora.


TD Ameritrade Mobile Trading Apps Review, Apr 9, 2014

Updated TD Ameritrade mobile apps review: see what mobile trading tools are provided.


Updated Sogotrade Review, Apr 8, 2014

Updated Sogotrade Review article.


Updated ShareBuilder Review, Apr 7, 2014

Updated ShareBuilder Review article.


Spanish Versions of Pages Added, Apr 4, 2014

Added Spanish versions of our Best for Beginner Investor and Lowest Commissions pages: Mejores compañías de corredores para principiantes and Comisiones de cambio más bajas.


Spanish Version of Page Added, Apr 3, 2014

Added Spanish version of our Best Brokerage Firms page: Mejores agencias de cambio.


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Added Chinese version of Best Brokers For Beginners, Mar 31, 2014

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Added Chinese version of Lowest Stock Commissions Article, Mar 28, 2014

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Added Chinese version of Best IRA Brokers Article, Mar 27, 2014

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Added New Article, Mar 26, 2014

Added What happens if broker goes bankrupt? article explaining what happens with clients money in case of brokerage bankruptcy.


Citigold Checking Review, Mar 25, 2014

Added Citigold interest checking review.


Updated Best Investment Books, Mar 24, 2014

Updated Best selling investment books article.



Brokerage Firms News

New tradeMONSTER features, Jun 18, 2014

Options Chain Performance: Integrating the latest technology, our options chains have been overhauled, providing you with faster loading times and greater overall performance.

New Probability Metrics: New columns are now available for use in the option chain. Scan probability statistics by adding the Probability In-The-Money Anytime, Probability In-The-Money Expiration, or Standard Deviation columns to your option chain.

Enhanced Risk Profiles: Risk profiles in thumbnail panels, spreadMAKER and the tradeLAB have been upgraded with a new look and advanced capabilities.


Optionshouse is Merging With TradeMonster, May 27, 2014

Optionshouse announced that they have reached definitive agreements to combine OptionsHouse and tradeMONSTER into a new standalone company. For all OptionsHouse customers who have funded accounts as of today, the existing rates will remain in effect and won't change.

The transaction is expected to close in Q3, pending regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. After closing, General Atlantic, a global growth investor committed to investing in the company, will own a majority stake in the new company.


Optionshouse launched "10,000 United MileagePlus Miles when you trade with OptionsHouse" promotion, Apr 10, 2014

Optionshouse now offers new clients 10,000 United MileagePlus Miles when they open new account: promotion link.


TRADINGAPP™ Store Launch, Apr 9, 2014

The TradingApp Store offers TradeStation clients access to more than 650 products – including strategies, indicators, analysis techniques and more. TradingApps can be downloaded directly from, and will run seamlessly on, TradeStation’s award-winning trading platform.


tradeMONSTER Lowering Commissions, April 3, 2014

tradeMONSTER adds new features:

Trade Indicators on Charts – this new addition to Chart displays makes reviewing your trading history a lot easier. Now you can view all of your filled orders as an overlay on the chart. You can even include option trades!

strategySEEK Filter – with this enhancement to our patented strategySEEK tool, you can now target specific strategies that you want to see and offers improved algorithms for better results.

Earnings Calendar – Now discover which companies are reporting soon with the new Calendar tool. The upcoming earnings, both confirmed and estimated, are shown and segregated by whether they report pre-market or after the close.

Symbol Navigation – Navigate through your watchlists and positions to see Quote details, Charts or Options symbol by symbol—and easily jump to any symbol of interest with our advanced symbol navigation.

New Order Types – More order management tools are here. We have added 3 Leg Bracket Stop and Stop Limit orders. Also, you can now make any order triggered off of a fill and we added custom quote trigger parameters to our Quote triggered order automation.


tradeMONSTER Lowering Commissions, March 1, 2014

On Monday, March 3, 2014, tradeMONSTER is decreasing equity commission cost from the current $7.50 per trade to a flat rate of $4.95 per trade.


Optionshouse launched free iPad Mini with Retina Display promotion, Feb 27, 2014

Optionshouse now offers new clients Free iPad Mini with Retina display for opening new account. Conditions apply.


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 May of 2014 and is subject to change at any time.
This article was updated on 7/29/2014.


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