Online Stock Broker Reviews

There are many kinds of online brokers, and each one appeals to a different kind of customer. Investopedia’s broker reviews are created to help you understand what kind of brokerage is right for you. Whether you have never bought a stock before, or if you have a strategy to trade options and futures; if you are investing for retirement or to achieve financial independence, Investopedia’s broker guides will help you find the right product for you right now.

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 2018
    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 4.6 out of 5 from more
  • TD Ameritrade 2018
    TD Ameritrade offers a large selection of investment products, extensive research tools, comprehensive educational offerings and a well-designed, intuitive platform. TD Ameritrade received a score of 4.6 out of 5 from more
  • Fidelity 2018
    Fidelity Investments is notable for abundant fund choices, reasonable commissions, and unmatched research materials for everyone from novices to advanced traders. Fidelity received a score of 4.5 out of 5.0 from more
  • E*TRADE 2018
    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. E*TRADE received a score of 4.2 out of 5.0 from more
  • Interactive Brokers 2018
    Interactive Brokers' sophisticated trading technology and worldwide coverage make it a top choice for both market professionals and at-home more
  • Merrill Edge 2018
    Merrill Edge is the self-directed online investing platform for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Merrill Edge received a score of 4.1 out of 5.0 from more
  • TradeStation 2018
    A platform for tech-savvy investors who have no qualms about maintaining a high minimum balance. TradeStation received a score of 3.6 out of 5.0 from more
  • Ally Invest (formerly TradeKing) 2018
    Ally Invest focuses on low costs and a broad product offering which will likely appeal to active stock and option investors. Ally received a score of 3.5 out of 5.0 from more
  • Capital One Investing (Formerly ShareBuilder) 2018
    Capital One has expanded its retail banking and financial services with an easy-to-use online brokerage platform for the self-directed investor. Capital One Investing received a score of 3.5 out of 5 from more
  • Firstrade 2018
    Firstrade is an online discount broker with a unique stock lending program, 0.1-second trade execution guarantee, and Chinese-language support. Firstrade received a score of 3.5 out of 5.0 from more
  • USAA Investments 2018
    USAA is a Texas-based financial services company providing a wide range of products for military service members and their families. USAA received a score of 3.5 out of 5.0 from more
  • Questrade 2018
    A Toronto-based online brokerage that provides Canadians with convenient access to U.S. markets at a reasonable more
  • T. Rowe Price 2018
    T. Rowe Price's online brokerage is a self-directed platform meant to complement its actively managed mutual fund business. T. Rowe Price received a score of 3.4 out of 5 from more
  • Vanguard 2018
    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. Vanguard received a score of 3.2 out of 5.0 from more
  • WellsTrade (by Wells Fargo) 2018
    WellsTrade, Wells Fargo's entry into the online brokerage market, is a basic, no-frills platform best for occasional buy-and-hold investors with a solid relationship with Wells Fargo's banking side. WellsTrade received a score of 3.2 out of 5.0 from more
  • Lightspeed 2018
    Online brokerage catering to active traders with a wide range of specialized platforms and competitive commission discounts for high-volume trading. Lightspeed received a score of 2.8 out of 5 from more
  • SogoTrade 2018
    SogoTrade offers a basic, cheap trading platform with limited access to special features and proprietary tools. SogoTrade received a score of 2.5 out of 5.0 from more
  • Just2Trade 2018
    Just2Trade is a discount brokerage focused on stock and options trading on the U.S. exchange with commission rates lower than most of its more
  • ChoiceTrade 2018
    Online brokerage focusing on efficient, user-friendly tools for active traders, with multiple platforms and a simple commission structure. ChoiceTrade received a score of 2.0 out of 5.0 from more
  • Folio Investing Platform Walkthrough
    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 more
  • M1 Finance 2018
    M1 Finance is an online broker and investment manager that combines the best of self-directed and robo-advised more
  • Motif 2018
    Motif is a niche online brokerage that provides pre-built and customizable themed portfolios containing up to 30 stocks and more
  • Nadex Platform Walkthrough
    North American Derivatives Exchange(TM) (Nadex) is a US-based exchange for binary options and spreads; offering its clients a number of ways to participate in short-term trading more
  • Robinhood 2018
    A lean, mean app-based brokerage touting commission-free stock and ETF trading and an intuitive, though basic, trading more

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