List of Brokerage Firms in US

List of online brokerage firms in U.S.
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Below is the 2015 list of major online stock brokers in the United States. Their names are listed in alphabetical order. The table contains companies website links, commissions on stock and ETF investing (trading), and minimum amounts required to open a new brokerage account. There you could also see the firms ratings as well as links to complete account reviews.

Brokerage Website Rating Stock/ETF Commissions Minimum to Open Stock Broker Review
Ameritrade 4-star brokerage firm rating

$9.99 $0 TD Ameritrade Review
Capital One Investing

$6.95 $0 Capital One Investing Review
Charles Schwab 4-star brokerage firm rating

$8.95 $1,000 Charles Schwab Review
ChoiceTrade 3-star brokerage firm rating

$5 $0 ChoiceTrade Review

$9.99 $500 Etrade Review
Fidelity 4-star brokerage firm rating

$7.95 $2,500 Fidelity Review

$6.95 $0 Firstrade Review
Interactive Brokers 3-star brokerage firm rating

$1-$100 $10,000 IB Review
Kapitall 2-star brokerage firm rating

$7.95 $0 Kapitall Review
Just2trade 1-star brokerage firm rating

$2.50 $2,500 Just2trade Review
LightSpeed 3-star brokerage firm rating

$4.50 $10,000 LightSpeed Review
MB Trading 4.5-star brokerage firm rating

$4.95 $1,000 MB Trading Review
Merrill Edge

$6.95 $0 Merrill Edge Review
Muriel Siebert

$14.95+ $0 Muriel Siebert Review
Motif Investing

$4.95 $200 Motif Investing Review
Optionshouse 4.5-star brokerage firm rating

$4.95 $0 Optionshouse Review

$7 $2,500 Scottrade Review
Sogotrade 3-star brokerage firm rating

$5 $0 Sogotrade Review
SpeedTrader 2-star brokerage firm rating

$6.95 $0 SpeedTrader Review
Thinkorswim 4-star brokerage firm rating

$9.99 $0 Thinkorswim Review
TradeKing 4.5-star brokerage firm rating

$4.95 $0 TradeKing Review
TradeMonster 4.5-star brokerage firm rating

$4.95 $0 TradeMonster Review

$9.99 $5,000 TradeStation Review
Trading Block 3-star brokerage firm rating

$7.50 $500 Trading Block Review
USAA Brokerage

$8.95 $0 USAA Review
Vanguard 3-star brokerage firm rating

$7 ($20) $1,000 Vanguard Review
WellsTrade 3-star brokerage firm rating

$8.95 $1,000 WellsTrade Review

As you can see, we used a "star" rating system to rate online stock brokers in the list. The best brokerage firm accounts got the highest, five-star rating. Any company with two- or one-star rating should be avoided. Three-star rated firm is perfectly fine, but there are, probably, better options for you to consider. All companies with three and half stars and higher are recommended at least for one category of investors.

Every online investing firm listed has its strengths and weaknesses which could work for one customer but might not work for the other. Before opening an account, there are a lot of parameters to consider beside commissions, well-known name and pretty website: surcharges and fees, friendliness to your knowledge level (perhaps you are a beginner? or you need a professional trading platform?), availability of investment products you want to buy, online community, virtual trading, discounts, and others. We suggest you take a time to read brokerage reviews, to see for yourself if a particular firm is right for you.

Some online brokers in the list let you open an account with $0 down: you should take this opportunity and open few brokerage accounts, to see which one you like the most. It will also allow you to take advantage of unique and valuable features some companies provide at no charge. For example, OptionsHouse offers lots of great trading and screening tools, and $0 to open account. If you decide to invest, the firm has hard-to-beat $4.95 commission on stocks and ETFs. With TD Ameritrade there is $0 minimum to open account, and you'll get amazing selection of independent, third-party investment research, best trading platform, free market data, and generous promotional offer. There are no inactivity or maintenance fees to worry about - everything is free.

This list of stock brokerage firms was last updated in September of 2015. All companies are members of SIPC and FINRA, which means that they have to follow strict government rules and regulations, and client accounts are insured (similar to bank accounts FDIC insurance) in case of brokerage company failure. If you know a North American/U.S. online stock trading broker that should be included here, please contact us.

Choosing The Right Brokerage Firm For You

If you are trying to figure out how to choose the best stock broker for you, it is not an easy task - there are hundreds of brokerage companies in the United States. Most of them are small, local and unknown beyond their little area. They also tend to be more expensive and offer few investment choices to their customers. But there are also around 30 bigger brokerages firms, that have a lot of clients, and are well known in investing/trading community. So how exactly do you choose the best stock broker for you from the list above? That depends on what kind of investor you are, and what are your goals.

1. Are you beginner in investing?

If you are completely new or semi-new to investing, you need a company that will be very friendly to beginners, providing great customer service, lots of educational materials, easy-to-use trading tools and, preferably, an investment community where you could learn from other, more advanced users, and even get some ideas on how to get started. Read more in Best Brokers For Beginners article.

2. Are you looking for a retirement account?

Investors who want to open a retirement account, tend to look for an established, well-known brokerage house that doesn't have IRA setup and IRA maintenance or annual fees. They also tend not to be very risky with their retirement savings: they invest for long term, and therefore do not trade that much. For them, the cost of trades is not that important. Read more in Top Brokers For IRA article.

3. Are you a conservative, long term, "buy-and-hold" investor, or want to invest only with large brokerage house?

Very similar to retirement investors, customers looking to invest for long term, as well as those who believe in "buy-and-hold" strategy (and that one cannot time the market), will tend to select a company that is not necessarily the cheapest (they don't trade that much), but is large, well-known and have been in business for a while. For you we compiled the list of Largest Brokerage Firms In U.S., consisting of so called "Big 5" brokerages (TD Ameritrade, Etrade, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab) and the sixth largest firm - TradeKing.

4. Are you an active trader or a day-trader?

If you trade often, maybe even daily, then finding a broker that has the lowest commissions and best trading tools is the most important criteria for you. Take a look at the list of Best Brokers For Day-Traders for some ideas.

Updated on 10/23/2015.

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