Online Broker Comparison Chart – Basic Breakdown

Welcome to BrokerStance.com. Our mission here is to help you find the best online brokerage – or brokerages – that will suit your needs and trading style. Below is a chart comparing trade commissions at 13 of the most popular online discount brokers.

As you know, picking a brokerage is about more than just price, so once you find a price you think you can live with, follow the links to read in-depth reviews of each broker where you’ll learn more about important things like trading and research tools, customer service ratings, education resources and range of investment offerings from each broker.

Finally, if the broker you choose has a current promotion running, it will be listed here, so be sure to check for promos once you make your pick!

Online Brokerage Commission (Stocks) Commission (Options) Commission (Broker Assisted) Min. To Open Account Current Promotions In-Depth Reviews
optionsXpress Open
Account
$8.95 $1.50 per contract2 $8.95 $0 optionsXpress
Promotions
optionsXpress
review
OptionsHouse Open Account $4.75 $8.50 + $0.15 per contract3 $4.75 $1,000 OptionsHouse
Promotions
OptionsHouse
Review
TradeKing Open Account $4.95 $4.95 + $0.65 per contract4 $4.95 $0 TradeKing
Promotions
TradeKing
Review
MB Trading Open Account $4.95 $0.95 per contract $4.95 $1,000 None MB
Trading Review
Scottrade Open
Account
$7.00 $1.25 per contract $27.00 $500 Scottrade
Promotions
Scottrade
Review
TradeStation Open Account $9.99 $1.00 per contract $50 $5,000 TradeStation Promotions TradeStation
Review
Charles Schwab Open
Account
$8.95 $8.95 + $0.75 per contract $33.95 $1,000 Schwab Promotions Schwab Review
tradeMONSTER Open Account $7.50 $0.50 per contract $7.50 $2,000 tradeMONSTER
Promotions
tradeMONSTER
Review
ShareBuilder Open Account $9.955 $9.95 + 1.25 per contract $19.95 $0 ShareBuilder
Promotions
ShareBuilder
Review
Interactive Brokers Open
Account
$5.00 $0.70 per contract $100 $10,000 Interactive
Brokers Promotions
Interactive
Brokers Review
TD Ameritrade Open Account $9.99 $9.99 + $0.75 per contract $44.99 $0 TD
Ameritrade Promotions
TD
Ameritrade Review
Fidelity Investments Open Account $7.95 $7.95 + $0.75 per contract $32.95 $0 Fidelity Promotions Fidelity
Investments Review
E*Trade Open Account $9.99 $9.99 + $0.75 per contract $54.99 $500 E*Trade
Promotions
E*Trade
Review

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Notes:
2 optionsXpress option commissions: (35+ trades/quarter): $12.95 flat (1 – 10 contracts); $1.25/contract (10+ contracts) -OR- (>35 trades/quarter): $14.95 flat (1-10 contracts); $1.50/contract (10+ contracts).
3 OptionsHouse option commissions: $5 for 5 contracts, plus $1 per additional contract – OR – $8.50 + $0.15 per contract.
4 TradeKing option commissions: (1-8 contracts): $4.95 + $0.65 per contract; (9+ contracts): $8.95 + $0.15 per contract.
5 Sharebuilder stock commissions: $4 for automatic trades, $9.95 for real-time trades.

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