Best Companies to Open Investment Account

Best Companies to Open Investment, Stock Trading Account in 2014



4.5-star brokerage firm rating

Scottrade Review

Scottrade Commissions and Investment Products

InvestmentsCommissions
Stocks and ETFs $7
Stocks and ETFs broker assisted $32
Stocks and ETFs interactive voice response (IVR) telephone system $32
Options $7 + $1.25 per contract
Mutual funds 3,000+ commission-free NTF funds, $17 for others
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 per transaction

Investments stocks, options, mutual funds, CDs, munis, U.S. Treasury, Canadian and foreign stocks, ETFs
Scottrade minimum deposit to open account $500 for a cash account, $2,000 for a margin account
FeesScottrade fees

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Scottrade is one of the best companies to open an investment account in 2014 -- a solid, well-established firm that has been around for over 30 years. The firm offers $7 flat rate commission on stocks and ETFs (with the exception of penny stocks). It keeps customers happy by not charging fees for things like IRAs, large orders, extended-hours trading, account maintenance, or inactivity.

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4-star brokerage firm rating

Fidelity review

Fidelity Commissions and Investment Products

InvestmentsCommissions
Stocks and ETFs $7.95
Stocks and ETFs broker assisted $32.95
Stocks and ETFs FAST (automated service phone) $12.95
Options $7.95 + $0.75 per contract
Mutual funds $75
Bonds ((U.S. Treasury Auctions, including TIPS Auctions, U.S. Treasury Bills, Notes), primary market CDs on a net yield basis
GSE (Agency Securities), secondary CDs, Municipals, Corporates (BBB- or higher), CATS/TIGRS, Corporates (BB+ or lower) $1 per bond ($250 max.; $50 max if maturing in one year)
Commercial Paper $50 per transaction

Investments stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, commercial paper, forex, foreign stocks, UITs, precious metals, ETFs
Fidelity minimum deposit to open account $2,500
FeesFidelity fees

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Fidelity Mutual Funds Review


Fidelity Investments is one of the largest mutual fund companies in the world with 430 mutual funds under management that target dozens of asset classes: index funds, U.S. stocks and international stocks funds, asset allocation funds, sector funds and others.

Below we will introduce you to the best Fidelity mutual funds in 2014. Our picks are based on the mutual fund's past performance, ability to outperform its peers in the nearest future, and professional skills of the fund managers.


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4-star brokerage firm rating

TDAmeritrade review

TD Ameritrade Commissions and Investment Products

InvestmentsCommissions
Stocks and ETFs $9.99
Stocks and ETFs broker assisted $49.99
Stocks and ETFs interactive voice response (IVR) telephone system $34.99
Options $9.99 + $0.75 per contract
No-load mutual funds $49.99
Treasuries at auction $25
All other bonds and CMOs, CDs on a net yield basis
Futures $2.25 per contract (plus exchange & regulatory fees)
Forex Non-commission currency pairs trade in increments of 10,000 units (and do not contain a "#" symbol suffix). There are no additional fees or charges.

Investments stocks, mutual funds, options, ETFs, bonds, CDs, UITs, futures, and forex
TD Ameritrade\TDA minimum deposit to open account $0 for cash account, $2,000 for margin account
FeesTD Ameritrade fees

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TD Ameritrade is one of the best-known and largest online stock brokers in the country, and it has been in business for over 35 years. But it's definitely not the cheapest: $9.99 per stock trade was a good price in 2000, but it is considered high in 2014, and $49 to buy or sell a mutual fund is expensive too. On the other hand, you are not charged for market data or for third-party trading tools.

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This article was updated on 2/13/2014.



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