Compare Online Brokers


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Charles Schwab $2,500; ($2000 for IRAs) $9.95 $1,000,000 account balance or >120 trades per year for lowest rate; $12.95 per trade otherwise. Yes Comission plus $25.00 $12.50 per quarter for accounts that fall below minimum balance.
Muriel Siebert, SiebertNet None $14.95 $14.95 up to 1,000 shares, $0.015 per share over 1,000 shares Yes Minimum $37.50 per trade None
OptionsXpress None $9.95 None. $0.01/share over 1,000 shares. Yes No Extra Charge None
Scottrade $500 $7.00 Some Foreign issues and Pink Sheets must be broker-assisted; additional fee for stocks under $1; Telephone (Touchtone IVR) trades $17.00 Yes $27.00 None None $4.00 $4 trades automatically executed; Real-time trades $9.95; realtime trades over the phone $19.95 N/A None
TD Ameritrade $2,000; ($1,000 IRAs) $9.99 None; $34.99 for telephone IVR trades Yes $44.99 $2-$5 charge for each U.S. mail statements and trade confirmations.
None $4.95 Additional $0.01 per share for stocks priced under $1. Yes $4.95 $50 annual inactivity fee for accounts under $2500 that have 12 months of no commission-charged trades.


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