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4.5-star brokerage firm rating

Brokerage Pricing

Stocks and ETFs $4.95
Options $4.95 + $0.65 per contract
Mutual funds $9.95
Bonds $1 per bond with $10 minimum, $250 maximum
Treasuries commission-free
Certificates of Deposit (CDs) $24.95

Investments stocks, options, mutual funds, bonds, CDs, forex, treasuries, ETFs
TradeKing minimum deposit to open account $0 for cash account, $2,000 for margin account
FeesTradeKing fees
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TradeKing offers professional-caliber trading tools for stocks, options, ETFs, mutual funds and fixed income securities. Some of the tools include MarketGrader Research Reports, Maxit Tax Manager, Probability Calculator, Profit and Loss Calculator, Stock and Option Screeners, Technical Analysis Tools and more. A new alerts center enables clients to set up alerts that are delivered via both email and text.

The firm also created highly rated mobile trading applications for iPhone, Android, and all other smartphones, featuring streaming quotes and watchlists, the ability to trade stocks and options, set up charts, option chains and alerts.

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4-star brokerage firm rating

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Brokerage Pricing

Stocks and ETFs $4.95
Stocks and ETFs broker assisted $4.95
Options$4.95 + $0.50 per contract
Mutual funds $9.95
U.S. Treasury bonds and listed corporate bondsOrders are accepted by phone

Investments stocks, options, mutual funds, bonds, ETFs
Optionshouse minimum deposit to open account $1,000 for cash account, $2,000 for margin account
FeesOptionshouse fees
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Optionshouse offers lots of trading tools: Risk Viewer, Stock Screener, The Trade Generator, streaming charts and news, volatility charts, Spread Investigators and much more. All of them are customizable, fast and easy to use.

Volatility Charts - track changes in both implied and historic volatility to help you analyze volatility trends. This is huge for options traders as these charts help tell you if the option has a high or low premium attached to it. We love using this tool to find good options candidates to sell naked puts and calls on and keep the cash. The current, 52 week high and 52 week low of each volatility measurement is also given which is really helpful data to have.

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Trade free for 90 days when you open and fund a new OptionsHouse account

4-star brokerage firm rating

Brokerage Pricing

Stocks and ETFs $4.95
Stocks and ETFs broker assisted $22.50
Options $0.50 per contract (minimum $12.50 for single leg orders and $15 minimum per spread for multi-leg orders)
Futures $1.50 per contract
Options on Futures $1.50 per contract (excluding exchange fees, NFA fees, overnight and platform fees as applicable)
Mutual funds $15 to buy, $0 to sell
Bonds $15 + $1 per bond (Municipal, Corporate, Agency, Treasury)

Investments stocks, options, mutual funds, bonds, stock futures, commodities futures, futures options, ETFs
TradeMonster minimum deposit to open account $2,000
FeesTradeMonster fees
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TradeMonster offers a powerful and flexible webbrowser-based trading platform, where just about everything is customizable. There are also great tools for charting, trending, drawing your own patterns on the charts, and scanning for opportunities.

While the company's complex platform is great for advanced traders, it can be very confusing for beginners and for anyone who has used Scottrade, TD Ameritrade or any other big brokerage firm. The design is not intuitive at all, and even simple things like stock order entry, takes too long to complete. On the other hand, it is loaded with features, for example, allowing the construction of a spread with up to eight legs.

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3.5-star brokerage firm rating

MBTrading review 2015

Brokerage Pricing

Stocks and ETFs $4.95
OR $0.0075 per share with a $4.95 minimum per trade (proprietary order routing through MBTX system)
Executions on foreign stock exchange $4.95 + 0.01 per share
Options $0.95 per contract (1-10 contracts)
Mutual funds $15 Transaction Fee + $25 Commission
Bonds Corporate/Treasuries $25
Bonds Listed $2 per bond ($25 minimum)
Bonds Allocation $25
Futures $0.45 - $0.85 per contract
Pink Sheets & OTC BB $8.95 per trade, no limit to number of shares
Forex $2.50 per 100,000 traded

Investments stocks, options, mutual funds, Forex, futures, bonds, ETFs
MB Trading minimum deposit to open account $1,000 for cash account, $2,000 for margin, $400 for a Forex, $500 for IRA
FeesMB Trading fees
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MB Trading's trading software, called MBT Navigator, is a stand-alone (non-browser based) application - clients have to download and install it. Because it's not browser-based, it offers many advanced features usually found only in a professional trading software. Barron's has consistently ranked the firm near the top for trading technology, though not as high as Thinkorswim (Thinkorswim Platform Review).

MB Trading provides some of the best charting among online brokers. Their intelligent order-routing is the standard for "smart" order routes, and it is available for CME, NYMEX, CBOT and COMEX.

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This article was updated on 10/30/2014.

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