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4.5-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

4.5-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





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






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

Thinkorswim 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
Thinkorswim
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

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

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

2-star brokerage firm rating

Kapitall review


Stocks, ETFs: $7.95

Mutual Funds: NA

Options: NA
  • Stocks
  • ETFs
Kapitall
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 Forex Trading Books, Jul 9, 2015

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OptionsXpress Review, Jun 30, 2015

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Low Fee Mutual Funds Brokers, Jun 22, 2015

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Cheapest Options Brokers, Jun 19, 2015

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Best Penny Stock Brokers, Jun 18, 2015

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Penny Stock Brokers, Jun 17, 2015

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Stock Brokers, Jun 16, 2015

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Best IRA Brokerage, May 18, 2015

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OptionsHouse Review, May 14, 2015

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Promotions, May 13, 2015

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Ameritrade HSA Review, May 12, 2015

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Etrade Review, Apr 30, 2015

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Charles Schwab For Beginners, Apr 29, 2015

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Schwab Review, Apr 28, 2015

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Fidelity Review, Apr 27, 2015

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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 (or go to Top rated firms), 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 7/22/2015.


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