Comparing brokers side by side is no easy task. For our 2014 broker review
, we factored in 266 different variables to assess 17 different brokers. So when taking a look at Cobra Trading vs Fidelity Investments, there is a huge database of information available to us.
To start this comparison, first we will take a look at the broker commission rates for placing regular stock and options trades. Fidelity Investments charges $7.95 per stock trade which is $2.95 more than Cobra Trading which charges clients $5.00 per trade. Looking at trading options, Cobra Trading's base fee is $5.00 while Fidelity Investments's is $7.95. At a difference of $0.20 per contract, Fidelity Investments's per contract rate of $0.75 is less than Cobra Trading which charges $0.95. Not all brokers charge a flat rate fee per trade though, so it is important to read the full commission notes to know the complete breakdown (go to any stock broker review
page, then click the "Commissions & Fees" tab).
Next to commission rates, being able to trade the instrument you want is important. Fidelity Investments supports Stock Trading, Options Trading and Mutual Funds while Cobra Trading supports Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds, Forex Trading and Futures Trading. Looking at mutual funds, Cobra Trading trails Fidelity Investments by 14,391.00 total funds, with Fidelity Investments offering 14391 and Cobra Trading offering . Commission free ETFs also should not be forgotten, Fidelity Investments offers 76 versus Cobra Trading's total of 0.
Lastly, taking a look at popular features and functionality, we can go a bit deeper to really break down the difference of both brokers. Cobra Trading offers virtual trading while Fidelity Investments does not. Taking a look at mobile trading, Fidelity Investments supports the iPhone App, iPad App and Android App while Cobra Trading supports the none of these. Not to be left out, online banking is also a nice benefit for many investors, and some brokerages provide these services to clients. Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Debit Cards and Credit Cards are offered by Fidelity Investments while Cobra Trading offers none of these. On the whole, when it comes to tools, research, and trading on the go, Fidelity Investments finished with awards for Best in Class Platforms & Tools, Best in Class Research and Best in Class Mobile Trading in 2014, while Cobra Trading came up with none of these.
Overall, Fidelity Investments takes the upper hand with 4.50 stars over Cobra Trading's -1.00 stars.