1. E*Trade Brokerage: Introduction
  2. E*Trade Brokerage: Account Types and Minimum Deposits
  3. E*Trade Brokerage: Services Offered
  4. E*Trade Brokerage: Commissions / Fee Structure
  5. E*Trade Brokerage: Tools and Additional Features
  6. E*Trade Brokerage: Conclusion
E*Trade has a $500 minimum for opening new brokerage accounts. There is no minimum for retirement accounts. Access to better tools and commissions is a function of trading activity, not account size. The minimum amount necessary to open a futures trading account with E*Trade is $10,000, while the minimum balance to open a checking account is $100.

E*Trade Brokerage: Services Offered

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