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This guides breaks down the best brokers and why we recommend them as well as the brokers that dont make the cut and why we dont recommend them. Note, m is reader-supported. If you use our links to open an account, we may get a commission.
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Heres a summary of the best brokers from our 2019 Annual Review, sorted by their rank and total 1 awards. The StockBrokers.com annual review (9 years running) takes six months to complete and produces over 30,000 words of research each year. Industry leaders trust us because our proprietary testing methodology is completely independent and unbiased.How we test.
The extra cost of trading with TD Ameritrade is worth every cent the brokerage delivers fantastic platforms, research, mobile apps, education, and customer service. This outstanding all-round experience makes TD Ameritrade our No. 1 overall broker in 2019.Read full review
Best for Discount Trading and Investment Research
From industry-leading research to excellent trading tools, mobile apps, and retirement services, Fidelity defines value and provides investors with everything they need to succeed, and more.Read full review
While E*TRADE may not offer the cheapest trades, the Power E*TRADE platform is excellent for options trading, and the broker offers two great mobile apps.Read full review
While Interactive Brokers is not suitable for casual investors, it leads the industry in international trading and low-cost commissions desired by professional traders.Read full review
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Merrill Edge offers investors an excellent rewards program and a well-rounded package worth being a customer for, especially Bank of America clients.Read full review
– Charles Schwab finished third overall despite not winning any individual awards. Bottom line, while the broker is well-balanced and provides a great experience, it just barely misses the mark in multiple areas.Read full review
– TradeStation won our award, Best Trading Platform Technology, and offers a desktop platform that is robust and excellent for active trading.Read full review
– Like Robinhood, Firstrade also offers free trades. While Robinhood is designed to be as simple as possible to use, Firstrade provides better research and more tools, giving customers the basics to maintain a long-term portfolio.Read full review
– Unless you are already a current Ally Banking customer, Ally Invest simply does not match up to the competition; for the same price of $4.95 per trade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab provide a better experience across the board, including for beginners.Read full review
– Robinhood won our award, Best for Ease of Use, and is a viable option for investors with only a few hundred dollars to trade. That said, we found that Robinhoods bare bones approach to investing is not worth the commission savings.Read full review
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Scored on 4,544 data points, heres our final broker rankings for thesixteen brokerageswho participated in our2019 Annual Review, sorted by Overall ranking.
Methodology:For the m ninth annual review published in February 2019, a total of 4,544 data points were collected over six months and used to score brokers. Each broker completed an in-depth data profile and provided executive time (live in person or over the web) for an annual update meeting.Learn more about how we test.
Here is a summary of StockBrokers.coms award winning brokers in 2019.
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TD Ameritrade, Inc. and StockBrokers.com are separate, unaffiliated companies and are not responsible for each others services and products. Options are not suitable for all investors as the special risks inherent to options trading may expose investors to potentially rapid and substantial losses. Options trading privileges subject to TD Ameritrade review and approval. Please readCharacteristics and Risks of Standardized Optionsbefore investing in options. Offer valid for one new Individual, Joint or IRA TD Ameritrade account opened by 9/30/2019 and funded within 60 calendar days of account opening with $3,000 or more. To receive $100 bonus, account must be funded with $25,000-$99,999. To receive $300 bonus, account must be funded with $100,000-$249,999. To receive $600 bonus, account must be funded with $250,000 or more. Offer is not valid on tax-exempt trusts, 401k accounts, Keogh plans, Profit Sharing Plan, or Money Purchase Plan. Offer is not transferable and not valid with internal transfers, accounts managed by TD Ameritrade Investment Management, LLC, TD Ameritrade Institutional accounts, and current TD Ameritrade accounts or with other offers. Qualified commission-free Internet equity, ETF or options orders will be limited to a maximum of 250 and must execute within 90 calendar days of account funding. No credit will be given for unexecuted trades. Contract, exercise, and assignment fees still apply. Limit one offer per client. Account value of the qualifying account must remain equal to, or greater than, the value after the net deposit was made (minus any losses due to trading or market volatility or margin debit balances) for 12 months, or TD Ameritrade may charge the account for the cost of the offer at its sole discretion. TD Ameritrade reserves the right to restrict or revoke this offer at any time. This is not an offer or solicitation in any jurisdiction where we are not authorized to do business. Please allow 3-5 business days for any cash deposits to post to account. Taxes related to TD Ameritrade offers are your responsibility. Retail values totaling $600 or more during the calendar year will be included in your consolidated Form 1099. Please consult a legal or tax advisor for the most recent changes to the U.S. tax code and for rollover eligibility rules. (Offer Code 264) TD Ameritrade Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. TD Ameritrade is a trademark jointly owned by TD Ameritrade IP Company, Inc. and The Toronto-Dominion Bank. © 2019 TD Ameritrade.
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