Online Broker Reviews

Investopedia has created the most comprehensive tool set to help traders of all styles make an informed, efficient, and intelligent decision in choosing your next online broker. Below you will find comprehensive reviews, platform walkthroughs, and ratings on transparency and fees.

  • Charles Schwab
    OVERALL RATING
    Charles Schwab is one of the world’s largest brokerage firms. Some of their popular features include: commission-free ETFs and mutual funds, independent trading, 3rd party analysis and diverse products offerings. Schwab received a score of 4.8 out of 5 from Investopedia....read more
  • Ally Invest
    Ally is not a foreign name to the brokerage world. In 2017, Ally acquired TradeKing and launched Ally Invest. It offers an intuitive trading experience and wide selection of educational resources. Ally Invest has one of the lowest fees in the industry and offers a straightforward platform....read more
  • AvaTrade
    Avatrade is an online foreign exchange and contract for difference broker operating internationally with its headquarters in Ireland. We'll review Avatrade's proprietary platforms AvatradeAct and Metatrader 4 in the walkthrough....read more
  • Barclays
    Barclays is a household name and a staple of the financial industry. In 2017, Barclays Stockbrokers turned into Barclays Smart Investor, it offers the same cutting-edge service and low fees while providing you the full support of a multinational bank....read more
  • Capital One Investing
    Capital One Investing is a full-service brokerage offering a wide breadth of offerings including it's automatic investing plan. We'll walk through the main features including how to trade, to do research, and investing education....read more
  • City Index
    City Index is an online foreign exchange and contract for difference provider based in the UK. We'll introduce you to some of the key features available to City Index clients, including news and analysis tools, trading platforms, tradable products, and customer support....read more
  • CMC Markets
    CMC Markets is a UK based financial derivatives offering spread betting, contracts for difference, and foreign exchange around the world. We'll review CMC's proprietary web based platform to trade Forex and other various contracts....read more
  • E*Trade
    E-trade is one of the most popular online discount brokerage firm headquartered in New York City. We'll introduce the platform's key features offering stock, bond, ETFs, options, mutual funds and other securities....read more
  • Fidelity
    Fidelity is a multinational corporation offering full-service brokerage services for self-directed investors. We'll review the web and mobile platform suitable for novice and casual investors, and moderately active traders, who want to research, place and manage their own trades....read more
  • Firstrade
    Firstrade is an online discount brokerage headquartered in New York offering competitive trading fees. We'll review the platform which offers a more utilitarian approach to investing, but at the same time you’re not paying for the bells and whistles that come with large competitors....read more
  • Folio Investing
    Folio Investing takes away the hassle of worrying about pricing and fees. It offers low flat fees, a monthly and/or year subscription and is a well-known name in customizing portfolio strategies. With its window-trading and tax management tools, Folio Investing an ideal brokerage for the long-term investor....read more
  • FOREX
    Forex.com is a global platform offering foreign exchange and metals trading. We'll review the ins and outs of the FOREXTrader web-based trading platform along with its advanced charting tools and other features....read more
  • FXCM
    FXCM, also known as Forex Capital Markets, is a retail foreign exchange and CFD broker. FXCM gives its customers 24 hour access to the markets five days a week. FXCM provides a number of platforms such as Metatrader 4 (MT4), NinjaTrader, and ZuluTrade....read more
  • FxPro
    FxPro is a leading online foreign exchange trading house that also offers contract for difference products. FxPro customers are well-equipped with educational material, insightful market commentary, technical analysis, and a suite of algorithmic trading facilities....read more
  • Interactive Brokers
    Interactive Brokers is an international brokerage offering sophisticated traders the power to harness the latest in trading software and execution technology. Interactive Brokers is home to those favoring a powerful and customizable platform....read more
  • IronFX
    IronFx is a retail foreign exchange services brokerage based in the UK. We'll review IronFX’s trading, research and education tools available to its customers as well as test drive its trading access via the MetaTrader 4 (MT4) web platform....read more
  • Just2Trade
    Just2trade offers one of the industry's most competitive commission rates with stock trades at $2.50. The platform caters to active traders especially those early into their investing career. In this review, we'll walk through Just2trade's web trading platform....read more
  • Merrill Edge
    Merrill Edge is the self-directed online brokerage platform offered by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Merrill Edge is great for low-cost trades, access to bonds and other fixed-income investments, sophisticated options trading tools, and extensive in-depth research and analytics....read more
  • Motif
    Motif is a unique investing platform allowing investors to select pre-built or custom made mini portfolios that follows a specific theme. Motif also serves as a traditional online brokerage letting its clients trade stocks and listed ETFs....read more
  • OANDA
    OANDA is a Canadian based platform allowing for trading of foreign exchange and CFDs. One of the main advantages of OANDA is the statistical data provided to traders. The OANDA Research Labs provides historical data on currencies moves and current sentiment....read more
  • Pepperstone
    Pepperstone is an Australian based online retail forex and contract for difference broker. Pepperstone is suited for novice to advanced investors with platforms including cTrader and MetaTrader 4 giving its client global access....read more
  • Saxo UK
    Saxo Bank is a UK based investment bank and offers trading through its online platform. We'll review the two trading platforms: SaxoTrader, a desktop platform geared towards active traders; and SaxoTraderGO, a web-based interface ideal for novice and casual investors....read more
  • SogoTrade
    SogoTrade is a no frills discount brokerage firm headquartered in New York City. SogoTrade offers three web-based trading platforms. Stock and ETF trading are fairly straightforward, but SogoTrade has partnered with third-party vendors to create robust option trading platforms....read more
  • TD Ameritrade
    TD Ameritrade is a one stop shop online broker for self-directed investors. We'll review TD Ameritrade's platform that allows for trading of stocks, ETFs, options, mutual funds, bonds, CDs, forex, futures, and IPOs....read more
  • Tradestation
    TradeStation is online securities & futures brokerage firm best for the seasoned investor. Its robust trading platform outperforms much of the competition with its advanced charting, large library of technical indicators, backtesting capabilities and innovative options analysis....read more
  • Vanguard
    Vanguard is the largest mutual funds provider in the US and the second-largest provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the world. Vanguard's platform is ideal for long-term investors seeking a combination of low fees and quality service....read more
  • Wells Fargo
    Wells Fargo is an international banking and financial services firm. Wells Trade is its online brokerage platform, offering clients a wide range of research and planning tools as well as affordable access to equity markets and mutual funds....read more
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