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TradeKing Review

TradeKing Promotion Code For 2015: Get $200 and trade for just $4.95.

TradeKing Review 2015: Commissions, Fees, and Minimum Deposit

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
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TradeKing New Account Setup

TradeKing's new account setup took just 10 minutes to complete. To open an account simply click on their current promotion link: Get $200 and trade for just $4.95. than click on "Open An Account Today" button and you'll be taken to application forms. All 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.

Types of accounts available include Individual, Joint, Custodial, Transfer on Death, Trust, Corporate, Investment Club, Partnership, LLC, Sole Proprietorship, Traditional, Roth, Rollover IRAs, SEP, Coverdell, and SIMPLE IRA.

TradeKing Review: Website/Trading Platform/Tools

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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 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 company's trading platform called TradeKing LIVE, combines news, streaming charts, options chains, account data, and a flexible trade ticket. It offers the ability for traders to customize features on the main dashboard, an enhanced Options Workbench with strategy recognition, and real-time, intraday updates that display cost basis on all stock positions.

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After TradeKing finishes MB Trading acquisition (late October 2015), their clients will gain access to MB Trading’s professional-grade trading platform, empowering them to trade stocks, options, bonds, Forex and futures. The platform is fully customizable with enhanced market data, real-time P&L, Level II quotes, and more order types with a robust, automated alert-and-trigger order system (based on over 100 parameters). For the first time TradeKing customers will get access to advanced charting with more than 100 indicators and studies, a complete scripting language to create custom executable trading scripts, and a comprehensive scanner to find tradeable patterns.

The firm also created highly rated by users mobile trading applications for iPhone, Android, and 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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TradeKing Trader Community

The first to introduce social networking into the world of online trading, TradeKing.com now boasts a vibrant and helpful online investor community called Trader Network. Its users can share experiences, ideas, strategies, and see what others are trading and how they are performing. They can even gather insights and analysis from professional traders.

TradeKing Review: Company Pros

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

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TradeKing Review: Company Cons

  • 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
  • Shorter after-hours trading: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST, instead of 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

TradeKing Review: Summary

TradeKing is one of our favorite online brokers - we rated it one of the Top Brokerage Firms in last five years. TradeKing does not have minimum account balance requirements or hidden fees. Beginners can place broker-assisted trades for the same low price as online trades - $4.95, and can learn to trade and pick up investing ideas in the website's friendly trader community.

The 2012 merger of TradeKing with another popular discount broker - Zecco - created the sixth largest brokerage house in the United States, with more than 500,000 total accounts. The new company offers by far the lowest commissions among big brokerage firms.

After TradeKing completes its acquisition of MB Trading in late October of 2015, the company will offer clients direct market access; access to MB Trading’s paper trading capability; futures trading; and MB Trading’s Market Analysis Software offerings.

TradeKing does not charge account setup, maintenance, or annual fees for both IRA and regular brokerage accounts. There is, however, a $50 inactivity fee if combined account value of the household account(s) is less than $2,500 AND no commission-charged trades have been executed in the account(s) during the last 12 months. The company is a great choice for investors looking to open a no-fee retirement account with a "buy-and-hold" investment strategy provided they could avoid the inactivity fee.

For anyone who doesn't want to manage their investments themselves and would rather have an investment firm take care of their money, TradeKing Advisors has a solution. They offer two professionally managed portfolios, called Core and Momentum, designed by Ibbotson Associates. The fees are a fraction of what is charged by a full service brokerage: 0.25% for Core portfolios and 0.50% for Momentum.

In summary, we strongly recommend TradeKing for all account types. Investors can open a cash account with no money down and no commitment (all accounts don't have account closing fees), and give TradeKing a try completely risk-free.

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