Best Low Cost Brokerage Firm Investment Accounts




Scottrade Pricing

InvestmentsCommissions
Stocks and ETFs $7
Stocks and ETFs broker assisted $32
Options $7 + $0.70 per contract
Mutual funds $17
CDs, OTC Secondary Corporates, OTC Secondary Municipals,
U.S. Treasury Bills, Notes, Bonds and STRIPS, New Corporate Offerings
subject to a markup or markdown
Listed Corporate Bonds $35 + $3 per bond (minimum investment $1,000)
Unit Investment Trusts (UIT) $50 liquidation fee
Foreign Stocks Transferring In or Out $60

Investments stocks, options, mutual funds, CDs, munis, U.S. Treasury, Canadian and foreign stocks, ETFs
Scottrade minimum deposit to open account $2,500
FeesScottrade fees
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Scottrade Advantages

  • No inactivity, account maintenance or hidden fees
  • No-fee IRAs
  • #1 in customer satisfaction according to JD Power and Associates
  • 500+ local branches for in-person assistance
  • Great support for beginner investors
  • Good banking services: savings, CDs, money market, and free checking account that comes with free ATM withdrawals, VISA check card, and first order of checks
  • Free real-time streaming quotes
  • Flexible dividend reinvestment program (DRIP)
  • Large number of no-commission mutual funds available
  • Instant funds deposits


Scottrade Disadvantages

  • Surcharge of 0.5% of the principal value on stocks priced under $1
  • No electronic withdrawals, but clients can use a debit card, checks, or ACH transfer from their bank
  • $25,000 account balance, or 9+ stock/option trades during the previous three months is required to use advanced trading platform (ScottradeELITE)
  • $2,500 minimum to open a brokerage account


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Tthe company offers flat rate, $7 per trade commission on stocks and ETFs priced over $1. It has over 2,600 no transaction fee (NTF) mutual funds, which allows mutual fund investors to invest commission-free.

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TradeKing Pricing

InvestmentsCommissions
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 Advantages

  • Very low commissions
  • No minimums, or maintenance or hidden fees
  • Free real-time quotes
  • Top-rated customer service
  • Best online investor community
  • Fee-free IRAs
  • Free DRIPs (dividend reinvestment plans)
  • Low cost professional portfolio management


TradeKing Disadvantages

  • Additional $0.01 per share on the entire order for stocks priced at less than $2
  • $50 annual inactivity fee if BOTH apply to an account(s):
    • Combined account value of the household account(s) is less than $2,500
    • No commission-charged trades have been executed in the account(s) during the last 12 months
  • Short after-hours trading: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST, instead of 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST


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TradeKing's new account setup took just 10 minutes to complete. All online forms are very well designed, though some of the questions in our opinion should be optional. To fund the account, we opted for setting up ACH from a checking account at our bank, which is what most users will do. To complete ACH setup process, the user must mail, fax, or email (the email option is not mentioned on the website but appears in the email TradeKing sends after registration) a copy of his/her photo id and a voided check. We scanned both of these documents and emailed the file to TradeKing. Two days later ACH was ready to be used.

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OptionsHouse Pricing

InvestmentsCommissions
Stocks and ETFs $4.95
Stocks and ETFs broker assisted $29.95
Options$4.95 + $0.50 per contract
Mutual funds $20
Futures $2.00 per contract

Investments stocks, options, mutual funds, bonds, futures, ETFs
Optionshouse minimum deposit to open account $0 for cash account, $2,000 for margin account
FeesOptionshouse fees
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OptionsHouse Advantages

  • Very low commissions
  • Free streaming quotes
  • No fee IRA accounts
  • No volume requirements, or maintenance or inactivity fees
  • Free check-writing privileges
  • Free DRIPs/dividend reinvestment (complete, non-fractional shares only)
  • No surcharges on large orders or extended hours trading
  • Low margin rates
  • Free virtual trading


OptionsHouse Disadvantages

  • For stocks priced $2 or less that are not options eligible, there is a $0.005 per share surcharge for the entire order (including OTCBB, Pink Sheets)
  • Short after-hours trading: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST, instead of 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST


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The online application for new accounts is easy and fast: usually takes 8 minutes to complete. We had to fax two paper forms to transfer an existing IRA account, and we would have preferred the option to email scanned forms instead. Customer service called the next day to make sure everything was in order.

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Updated on 6/3/2016.



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