$5 Stock Trade Commission Brokerage Firms in 2016


TradeKing is a raising star in the online trading world. While not a household name yet, it is now the sixth largest brokerage house in the United States. The firm is growing very rapidly by both organic growth and by mergers and acquisitions. Actually, it's about to complete another acquisition of a fellow "$5 per trade" broker mentioned in this article - MB Trading.

TradeKing charges $4.95 on stocks and ETFs trades. Options trades are $0.65 per contract more. The firm is highly rated by all financial magazines and websites, and it is adding new features and services at an impressive rate.

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TradeKing's main competitor, OptionsHouse is another up and coming brokerage firm that makes established brokerage houses nervous. In 2014 OptionsHouse completed merger with a "$5 per trade" online investing company called TradeMonster, nearly doubling in size. The firm's focus is on options traders for whom they also offer great pricing - only 50 cents per contract in addition to a ticket price.

OptionsHouse actually started years ago with aggressive stock and ETF commission rate of $2.95 per trade. A few years later the cost grew to $3.95, and in another couple of years became $4.95. We think the rate is unlikely to go higher while TradeKing sticks to its pricing.

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Motif Investing

Motif Investing is by far the newest brokerage firm in this article with a unique approach to investing described in detail in company's review. They only allow investing in stocks and ETFs (no options, bonds, or mutual funds) and, like at TradeKing and OptionsHouse, their commission on equity trades is 5 cents short of $5 dollars.

Motif Investing is very unconventional company, and while some clients are in love with it, it will probably not be a good fit for a majority of investors.

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MB Trading

MB Trading is a very interesting company charging $5 dollars for stock trades. It just got acquired by TradeKing, and as soon as regulators approve the deal the firm's products and services will start to get consolidated into new owner's offerings. It probably doesn't make sense to open account at MB Trading at this time, especially considering how long it takes to setup and fund an account at the firm.

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Updated on 6/2/2016.

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