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Fidelity Investments vs Merrill Edge Review

Brandon Reinkensmeyer

Published by Brandon Reinkensmeyer


Friday, December 2nd, 2016

The StockBrokers.com Annual Broker Review compares Fidelity Investments vs Merrill Edge. Compare Fidelity Investments and Merrill Edge trade commissions, fees and overall broker ratings by using the chart above. Is Fidelity Investments or Merrill Edge a better online broker?

Looking at both brokers, first we will take a look at the commission rates for both placing regular stock and options trades. Fidelity Investments charges more than Merrill Edge for placing regular stock trades ($7.95 and $6.95, respectively). With options, the base fees charged are $7.95 (Fidelity Investments) and $6.95 (Merrill Edge). Contracts at both of the brokerages are the same at $0.75 each. It should be noted that not every broker uses a flat rate stock trade fee structure, so it is important to read the full commission notes (head over to any stock broker review page, then click the "Commissions & Fees" tab).

Alongside trade commissions, being able to trade the way you want is a must. Fidelity Investments and Merrill Edge provide clients with Stock Trading, Options Trading and Mutual Funds. When it comes to mutual funds, Fidelity Investments offers its clients access to 14391 different mutual funds while Merrill Edge has 9235 available funds, a difference of 5,156.00. Commission free ETFs can also be a nice plus, with Fidelity Investments having the upper hand thanks to its 76 available ETFs compared to Merrill Edge's offering of 0.

Last but not least, by breaking down important features that each broker offers, we can really help to separate the two brokers. Neither broker offers virtual trading. For mobile trading, Fidelity Investments and Merrill Edge both have a iPhone App, iPad App and Android App. Furthermore, some investors like to bank online, and multiple brokerages provide these services to clients. Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Mortgage Loans are offered by Merrill Edge while Fidelity Investments offers Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Debit Cards and Credit Cards. On the whole, when it comes to tools, research, and trading on the go, Merrill Edge finished with awards for Best in Class Research in 2016, while Fidelity Investments came up with Best in Class Platforms & Tools, Best in Class Research and Best in Class Mobile Trading.

Overall, both Fidelity Investments and Merrill Edge share a rating of 4.50 stars.
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Overall
Commissions & Fees
Offering of Investments
Platform & Tools
Research
Customer Service
Mobile Trading
Ease of Use
Education
Order Execution
Banking
Flat-fee Trade Plan*
Per-Share Trade Plan
Mutual Fund Trade Fee*
Options Trade Base
Options Per Contract
Options Exercise Fee
Options Assignment Fee
Broker Assisted Trades
Minimum Deposit
Stock Trading
Options Trading
Mutual Funds
FOREX Trading
Futures Trading
Desktop Based Platform
Web Based Platform
Virtual Trading
No Minimum Deposit
No Inactivity Fees
No-Fee IRAs
Commission Free ETFs
Mutual Funds (No Load)
Mutual Funds (Total)
# of Easy to Borrow Stocks
Retail Locations
iPhone App
iPad App
Android App
Android Tablet App
Mobile Site
Checking Accounts
Savings Accounts
Credit Card Accounts
Debit Card Accounts
Mortgage Loans
No Fee Banking
Under $25k
$25k - $49k
$50k - $99k
$100k - $249k
$250k - $499k
$500k - $999k
Above $1,000,000
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$7.95
N/A
$49.95
$7.95
$0.75
$7.95
$7.95
$32.95
$2,500.00
 
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No
 
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4052
13204
3748
195
 
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Yes
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8.08%
7.58%
7.08%
6.58%
6.58%
3.75%
3.75%
Merrill Edge
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$6.95
N/A
$19.95
$6.95
$0.75
$6.95
$6.95
$29.95
$0.00
 
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Yes
No
No
 
No
Yes
No
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2764
7649
3793
2161
 
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8.88%
7.75%
7.75%
6.38%
6.38%
6.13%
5.50%

All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 2/16/2016 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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