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Fidelity Investments vs Lightspeed Trading Review

Brandon Reinkensmeyer

Published by Brandon Reinkensmeyer


Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Comparing brokers side by side is no easy task. For our Annual Broker Review, we factored in 266 different variables to assess 17 different brokers. So when taking a look at Fidelity Investments vs Lightspeed Trading, 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, with its regular stock trades costing $7.95, is more expensive than Lightspeed Trading's rate of $3.00 per trade. With options, the base fees charged are $7.95 (Fidelity Investments) and $0.00 (Lightspeed Trading). Each contract then costs $0.75 at Fidelity Investments and $0.60 at Lightspeed Trading for a difference in price of $0.15 per contract. 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. Lightspeed Trading supports Stock Trading, Options Trading, Forex Trading and Futures Trading while Fidelity Investments supports Stock Trading, Options Trading and Mutual Funds. Looking at mutual funds, Lightspeed Trading trails Fidelity Investments by 14,391.00 total funds, with Fidelity Investments offering 14391 and Lightspeed Trading offering 0. Commission free ETFs also should not be forgotten, Fidelity Investments offers 76 versus Lightspeed 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. Lightspeed Trading makes virtual trading available to clients, while Fidelity Investments does not. Taking a look at mobile trading, Fidelity Investments supports the iPhone App, iPad App and Android App while Lightspeed 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 Lightspeed 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 2016, while Lightspeed Trading came up with none of these.

Overall, Fidelity Investments takes the upper hand with 4.50 stars over Lightspeed Trading's 3.00 stars.
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Overall
Commissions & Fees
Offering of Investments
Platforms & Tools
Research
Customer Service
Mobile Trading
Ease of Use
Education
Order Execution
Banking
Stock Trade Fee (flat)
Options Base Fee
Options Per Contract Fee
Mutual Fund Trade Fee
Broker Assisted Trades Fee
Minimum Deposit
No Inactivity Fees
No Fee IRAs
Stock Trading
Options Trading
Mutual Funds
Forex Trading
Futures Trading
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Web Platform
Virtual Trading
Charting - Drawing Tools
Charting - Indicators / Studies
Option Chains - Total Columns
Watch Lists - Total Fields
iPhone App
iPad App
Android App
Android Tablet App
Apple Watch App
Trading - After-Hours
Trading - Mutual Funds
Trading - Conditional Orders
Trading - Simple Options
Trading - Complex Options
Commission Free ETFs
Mutual Funds (No Load)
Mutual Funds (Total)
# of Easy to Borrow Stocks
Retail Locations
Under $24,999.99
$25,000.00 to $49,999.99
$50,000.00 to $99,999.99
$100,000.00 to $249,999.99
$250,000.00 to $499,999.99
Above $1,000,000.00
$500,000.00 to $999,999.99
Checking Accounts
Savings Accounts
Credit Cards
Debit Cards
Mortgage Loans
No Fee Banking
Fidelity Investments
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4.5
3
4.5
4.5
5
4.5
4.5
4.5
4.5
5
4
 
$4.95
$4.95
$0.65
$49.95
$32.95
$2,500.00
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
22
166
26
80
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
 
91
4052
13204
3748
195
 
8.33%
7.83%
6.88%
6.58%
6.58%
4.00%
4.00%
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Lightspeed Trading
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2.5
4
3
3
0.5
3.5
0.5
2.5
1.5
4
0.5
 
$4.50
$0.00
$0.60
N/A
$25.00
$5,000.00
Yes
No
 
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
5
18
35
141
 
No
No
No
No
No
 
No
No
No
No
No
 
0
0
0
5500
0
 
6.50%
6.50%
5.50%
5.50%
4.75%
4.00%
4.25%
 
No
No
No
No
No
No

All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 2/20/2017 and is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. The StockBrokers.com staff is constantly working with its online broker representatives to obtain the latest pricing data. If you believe any data listed above is inaccurate, please contact us using the link at the bottom of this page. For stock trade rates, advertised pricing is for a standard order size of 500 shares of stock priced at $30 per share. For options orders, an options regulatory fee per contract may apply.

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