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Optionshouse Ratings 2015


OptionsHouse Pricing


  • Stocks/ETFs: $4.95 per trade
  • Options: $4.95 + $0.50 per contract
  • Mutual Funds: $20 per transaction for no-load mutual funds
  • Call support to buy U.S. treasury bonds and listed corporate bonds


OptionsHouse Advantages


  • Very low, flat-rate commissions, with only exception being stocks under $2
  • Award winning trading tools and charts
  • Free streaming quotes
  • No account fees (including IRAs)
  • Free automatic reinvestment of dividends
  • Virtual trading is available
  • Free check-writing
  • Low margin rates


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Etrade Review



Etrade Pricing


  • $9.99 per stock/etf trade ($7.99 if making 150+ trades per quarter)
  • Options: $9.99 plus $0.75/contract ($7.99 + $0.75 if making 150+ trades per quarter)
  • Mutual Funds: $19.99
  • Futures contracts: $2.99 per contract, per side + fees
  • Forex: markup or markdown will be included in the prices quoted
  • Bonds: $1 per bond (minimum $10, maximum $250)


Etrade Advantages


  • Great trading platform
  • Good research tools
  • Suggestions for stock picks matching your investing strategy
  • Access to foreign stock exchanges
  • Low investment to open an account - $500 to begin investing, $2,000 allows you to open a margin account


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Fidelity Review


Fidelity Pricing


  • Stocks/ETFs: $7.95 per trade
  • Options: $7.95 + $0.75 per contract
  • Mutual Funds: $49.95 or $75 per buy transaction for no-load mutual funds; sell transactions are free if fund held over 60 days ($49.95 otherwise)


Fidelity Advantages


  • No account maintenance or inactivity fees (except for some IRA accounts)
  • Excellent customer service
  • Over 180 local branches
  • Free dividend reinvestments
  • Best selection of independent investment research
  • Access to foreign stock exchanges
  • 2% of Fidelity Rewards American Express card purchases can be deposited into the investment account


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Charles Schwab review



Charles Schwab Pricing


  • Stocks/ETFs: $8.95 per trade
  • Options: $8.95 + $0.75 per contract
  • Mutual funds: $76 to buy, $0 to sell for no-load mutual funds
  • CDs, Corporate Bonds, Municipal Bonds, Government Agencies, Zero-Coupon Treasuries, including STRIPS and Mortgage-Backed Securities: $1 per bond, $10 minimum, $250 maximum


Charles Schwab Advantages


  • No account maintenance or inactivity fees
  • Knowledgeable and courteous customer service
  • Over 300 local branches
  • Free dividend reinvestments
  • No IRA fees (setup, annual, termination)
  • Free guidance and investment advice for accounts with a minimum balance of $25,000
  • Low minimum deposit requirement of $1,000 to open most accounts


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OptionsXpress review


OptionsXpress Pricing


  • Stocks and ETFs: $8.95
  • Options: $14.95 for up to 10 contracts, $1.50 per contract for over 10 contracts
  • Options Active Traders: $12.95 for up to 10 contracts, $1.25/contract for over 10 contracts
  • Mutual funds: $9.95
  • Bonds: $5 per bond, $9.95 minimum
  • Spreads, Straddles & Combos: $14.95 for up to 10 contracts, $1.50 per contract for over 10 contracts


OptionsXpress Advantages


  • Many easy-to-use and well-designed trading tools
  • Top rated customer service
  • No setup and annual fee IRAs
  • Great research amenities
  • Free real-time streaming quotes
  • Virtual trading
  • $0 to open cash account
  • Free online classes
  • Free DRIPs


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This article was updated on 2/9/2016.










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