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Broker Commissions
(Minimum Commissions)
Minimum Balance Trade Types Features
optionsXpress
Stocks: $7.95

Options: $1.25 / contract ($12.95 min)

All optionsXpress commissions
Cash: 

Margin: 

$0

$2,000

  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Futures
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • Real time data


Scottrade
Stocks: $7.00

Options: $7.00 plus $1.25 / contract

All Scottrade commissions
Cash: 

Margin: 

IRA: 
$2500

$0

$0
  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Foreign Stocks
  • Branches
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • Alerts
  • Real time data


Firstrade
Stocks: $6.95

Options: $6.95 plus $0.75/contract

All Firstrade commissions
  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • Real time data


Suretrader.com
Stocks: $4.95



All Suretrader.com commissions
Cash: 

Margin: 

$0

$500

  • U.S. Stocks


E-Trade
Stocks: $7.99

Options: $7.99 plus $0.75 / contract

All E-Trade commissions
  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Foreign Stocks
  • Forex
  • Futures
  • Branches
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • Active trader platform
  • After Hours Trading
  • Mobile trading
  • Alerts
  • Real time data


OptionsHouse
Stocks: $4.95

Options: $9.95 flat

All OptionsHouse commissions
Cash: 

Margin: 

$1,000

$2,000

  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • Real time data


trade MONSTER
Stocks: $7.50

Options: $12.50

All trade MONSTER commissions
Cash: 

$2,000

  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Phone Support
  • After Hours Trading
  • Real time data


Zecco
Stocks: $4.50

Options: $4.50 + $0.50 / contract

All Zecco commissions
Cash: 

Margin: 

IRA: 
$0

$2,000

$0
  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • Real time data


ShareBuilder from CapitalOne
Stocks: $6.95

Options: $6.95 plus $0.75

All ShareBuilder from CapitalOne commissions
  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Phone Support
  • Mobile trading
  • Alerts
  • Real time data


TD AMERITRADE
Stocks: $9.99

Options: $9.99 + $0.75 per contract

All TD AMERITRADE commissions
Cash: 

Margin: 

IRA: 
$0

$2000

$0
  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • Contingent Orders
  • Smart Order Routing
  • Real time data


Charles Schwab
Stocks: $8.95

Options: $8.95, plus $0.75 per contract

All Charles Schwab commissions
Cash: 

Margin: 

IRA: 
$1000

$1000

$1000
  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Foreign Stocks
  • Branches
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support


Fidelity Investments
Stocks: $8.00

Options: $8.00 + $0.75/contract

All Fidelity Investments commissions
Cash: 

IRA: 
$2,500

$2,500
  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Branches
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • 1-second execution guarantee
  • Active trader platform
  • Advanced order types
  • After Hours Trading
  • Contingent Orders
  • Smart Order Routing
  • Alerts
  • Rate Calculator
  • Real time data


thinkorswim
Stocks: $9.95

Options: $0.95 per contract

All thinkorswim commissions
Cash: 

Margin: 

IRA: 
$3,500

$3,500

$3,500
  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Forex
  • Futures
  • Branches
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • Active trader platform
  • After Hours Trading
  • Mobile trading
  • Alerts
  • Real time data


SOGOTRADE
Stocks: $3.00



All SOGOTRADE commissions
Cash: 

$500

  • U.S. Stocks
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • Rate Calculator
  • Real time data


Open E Cry
Stocks: fee schedule on request

Options: fee schedule on request

All Open E Cry commissions
Cash: 

Margin: 

$5,000

$5,000

  • Options
  • Futures
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • Active trader platform
  • Advanced order types
  • Alerts
  • Rate Calculator
  • Real time data


Interactive Brokers
Stocks: $0.005/stock

Options: $0.70/contract

All Interactive Brokers commissions
  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Foreign Stocks
  • Forex
  • Futures
  • Phone Support
  • Advanced order types
  • Smart Order Routing
  • Real time data


TradeStation
Stocks: $1.00/100 shares

Options: $1.00/contract

All TradeStation commissions
Cash: 

Margin: 

$5,000.00

$5,000.00

  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Forex
  • Futures
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • Active trader platform
  • Advanced order types


Bank of America
Stocks: $0.00

Options: $19.95 + $1.50 per contract

All Bank of America commissions
  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • Real time data


Wachovia
Stocks: $15.95 + $0.020/share above 1,000 shares

Options: $15.95 + $1.50/contract

All Wachovia commissions
Margin: 

$1,000

  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Branches
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • Active trader platform
  • Real time data


TradeKing
Stocks: $4.95

Options: $4.95 + $0.65 / contract

All TradeKing commissions
Cash: 

Margin: 

IRA: 
$0

$0

$500
  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • After Hours Trading
  • Smart Order Routing
  • Alerts
  • Real time data


BUYandHOLD
Stocks: $6.99/month plus $2.99 after first two trades



All BUYandHOLD commissions
  • U.S. Stocks
  • Mutual Funds
  • Phone Support
  • Rate Calculator
  • Real time data


MB Trading
Stocks: $4.95 flat

Options: $0.95 per contract

All MB Trading commissions
Cash: 

$1,000

  • U.S. Stocks
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Bonds
  • Forex
  • Futures
  • Branches
  • Broker Assistance
  • Phone Support
  • Active trader platform
  • Advanced order types
  • Smart Order Routing
  • Rate Calculator
  • Real time data





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