Etrade Login

Etrade clients can safely log on into their account by hitting "Etrade Account Login" button link below which will take them to the Etrade login page (member sign in screen).

Etrade Account Login

E*Trade advertises heavily, but investors should be aware that the broker has some weaknesses. For example, the broker's trade commission is $6.95, while Ally Invest charges only $4.95.

E*Trade also has some drawbacks when it comes to mutual funds. The broker has a total of 7,400 funds available for purchase. Vanguard has more than 16,000, and WellsTrade offers more than 10,000. For funds that carry a transaction fee, E*Trade charges $19.99, while Ally Invest charges just $9.95.

E*Trade's advanced platform requires at least 30 option or stock trades every 90 days, or an account balance of at least $250,000. Those are some pretty steep requirements. Schwab's advanced platform, by comparison, only requires an account balance of $1,000. TD Ameritrade has no frequent trader requirements at all for its very sophisticated Thinkorswim.

E*Trade does have a mobile app for its clients. However, they have to pay for live streaming of CNBC. Other brokers, such as Schwab, Fidelity, and TD Ameritrade, offer video business news free of charge. The charting on E*Trade's mobile app has ten technical indicators, including volume. TD Ameritrade's thinkorswim mobile app has around 400 technical studies.

After you go through E*Trade login screen, you'll see that there is no trading ticket at the bottom of E*Trade's website. Other brokers, such as Firstrade and Merrill Edge, do have a trading system that appears at the bottom of a browsing window. This technology makes security research and order entry more convenient.

While E*Trade does offer Individual Retirement Accounts, the broker imposes a $25 fee in several situations. For example, there is a fee for removing excess contributions. There is another $25 charge for early withdrawals, even when the debit is within IRS rules. A final $25 fee is assessed for recharacterizations. Other securities firms, such as TD Ameritrade and Schwab, do not have any IRA fees.

E*Trade customers can open an FDIC-insured deposit account with the broker's affiliate E*Trade Bank. However, accounts with balances below $5,000 don't receive ATM fee reimbursements. Other securities brokers, such as Schwab and Fidelity, offer ATM fee refunds with no strings attached. The E*Trade cash account is a separate bank account. Some customers may prefer to have checks and a debit card simply attached to a regular brokerage account. Merrill Edge and TD Ameritrade have this type of arrangement.

Investors who would like in-person service might be better off with another firm. While E*Trade does operate a network of local branches, there are only 30 locations. By comparison, Fidelity has 180 branches, Schwab has 325, and TD Ameritrade has over 600.

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E*Trade was once a market disrupter. At a time when most trades were made via phone with a stock broker, E*Trade was one of the first companies to offer internet trades. Now there are new providers that offer better service at a lower cost and it seems like E*Trade has done the minimum that needs to be done to stay in the game. A savvy investor just starting out would be wise to consider other brokerage houses in order to get better service and save money. Current E*Trade customers might also benefit from looking at other options.

At E*Trade if you perform a broker-assisted trade, you’ll have to cough up an additional $25 on top of regular commission. Options cost $6.95 plus an additional $0.75 per contract. The fee for futures contracts is $1.50 and FOREX trade fees are charged through the bid-ask spread.

E*Trade nickels and dimes you with all sorts of miscellaneous fees, for items such as outgoing account transfers, paper statements, and short-term ETF trades - up to $19.99 if you round-trip an ETF within 30 days, even if its no-load.

Etrade Log On

You could click on Etrade Login screenshot above and the link will take into Etrade's log on screen.

Frequent traders who are looking for good quality service with low commissions should consider opening an account at OptionsHouse by E*Trade. The brokerage firm has one of the lowest stock and ETF commissions in the industry at just $4.95. Derivative contracts are just 50¢ extra, another very low charge. Despite the low fees, the broker still has good options research and an advanced platform to trade the securities on. Chains and a strategy tester are good tools to help option traders find profit potential. The broker's desktop trading system is free for all clients. Besides option contracts, users can also trade stocks, ETF's, and mutual funds. Bonds are traded over the phone with a representative.

Investors who are new to the world of securities or haven't used the OptionsHouse by E*Trade platform before can try out the software without risking a dime of real money. The discount brokerage firm has incorporated paper trading into the platform, which allows users to trade $100,000 of fake money. All the great features of the platform are available on the practice system. This includes an economic calendar, a watch list, market news, and charting. The brokerage firm's mobile app also has paper trading. The app can be used on Android and Apple devices at no cost. Quotes, option chains, account information, and of course order entry are all available on the mobile platform. As with the desktop system, the mobile app is free of charge.

One of the nice benefits of OptionsHouse by E*Trade is that it offers futures trading. Most securities brokers do not. Investors can buy and sell futures contracts for just $2 per contract. Exchange fees are extra, which is the norm in the industry. The broker currently also has a special of just $1.50 per contract. Despite these low fees, OptionsHouse by E*Trade has good customer service, which includes an on-line chat system. And accounts come with no fees. The stock brokerage firm charges nothing for low balances or inactivity. This policy applies to regular securities accounts and retirement accounts.

Updated on 10/10/2017.

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