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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: $4.75

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




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

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
  • 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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FXCM Review, Sep 15, 2014

Added Lincoln Financial review article.


FXCM Review, Sep 12, 2014

Added FXCM review article.


Muriel Siebert Review, Sep 11, 2014

Updated Muriel Siebert review article.


Northwestern Mutual Review, Sep 10, 2014

Updated Northwestern Mutual review article.


Dough.com Review, Sep 9, 2014

Added Dough.com review.


Optionshouse Review, Sep 8, 2014

Updated Optionshouse review article.


Lightspeed Review, Sep 5, 2014

Updated Lightspeed review article.


IB Review, Sep 4, 2014

Updated IB review article.


Firstrade Review, Sep 3, 2014

Updated Firstrade review article.


Cobra Trading Review, Sep 2, 2014

Updated Cobra Trading review article.


Choicetrade Review, Sep 1, 2014

Updated Choicetrade review article.


eOption Review, Aug 29, 2014

Updated eOption review article.


Merrill Edge Review, Aug 28, 2014

Updated Merrill Edge review article.


MB Trading Review, Aug 27, 2014

Updated MB Trading review article.


Motif Investing Review, Aug 26, 2014

Updated Motif Investing review article.


Muriel Siebert Review, Aug 25, 2014

Updated Muriel Siebert review article.


Brokers With NTF Mutual Funds, Aug 22, 2014

Updated Brokers with NTF funds article.


US Treasuries Brokers, Aug 21, 2014

Updated Best US Treasuries online brokers article.


Ally Savings Review, Aug 20, 2014

Added Ally Online Savings Review article.


Brokers With No Inactivity Fees, Aug 19, 2014

Updated Brokers with no inactivity fees article.


Minimum Deposit To Open Broker Account, Aug 18, 2014

Updated Minimum initial deposit to open broker accounts article.


Minimum Deposit To Open Broker Account, Aug 15, 2014

Updated Minimum initial deposit to open broker accounts article.


Limit Order Fees, Aug 14, 2014

Updated Limit order fees article.


ETF Fees List, Aug 13, 2014

Updated ETF fees list article.


Compare Broker Options Fees, Aug 12, 2014

Updated Options fees comparison article.


Compare Broker Mutual Fund Fees, Aug 11, 2014

Updated Mutual fund fees comparison article.


Fidelity Review, Aug 7, 2014

Updated Fidelity review article.


Etrade Review, Aug 6, 2014

Updated Etrade review article.


Charles Schwab, Aug 5, 2014

Updated Charles Schwab review article.


TD Ameritrade Review, Aug 4, 2014

Updated TD Ameritrade review article.


Best Online Trading Company, Aug 1, 2014

Added Best online trading website article.


TradeMonster Review, Jul 31, 2014

Updated TradeMonster review article.


Best Broker For Students, Jul 30, 2014

Added Best brokerage for students article.


Vanguard Mutual Funds Through TDA, Jul 29, 2014

Added TDA offering Vanguard/Fidelity funds article.


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.


Optionshouse Review, Jul 18, 2014

Updated Optionshouse review article.


Ally Checking Review, Jul 17, 2014

Added Ally bank checking review article.


Etrade IRA Review, Jul 10, 2014

Added Etrade IRA Review article.


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 9/16/2014.


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