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On Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 .


While ChoiceTrade does offer discounted trades, the broker charges clients for numerous platform features that could otherwise be free and lacks strong research capabilities.


Multiple platforms makes for confusing overall offering; real-time streaming quotes are not free; research tools are very basic; pricey fees for option exercising and assignments.

Our ChoiceTrade review includes a variety of information for researching and finding a brokerage to suit your needs. We have detailed commissions & fees data, an extensive features checklist, and other important broker information available. Our team encourages all investors to compare ChoiceTrade with their competitors to find out how they stack up.

Please Note: Our annual review requires the online brokers to actively participate due to the extensive amount of testing, data, and research that takes place over the course of six months. Since ChoiceTrade elected not to be included in our 2014 Online Broker Review, ChoiceTrade does not have star ratings or rankings.

Blain Reinkensmeyer

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Blain has been involved in the markets for over 12 years, heading equity broker research and reviews. His personal blog,, provides to-the-point daily market recaps to over 17,000 subscribers.

Commission Notes

ChoiceTrade offers clients a variety of market data options which change in price depending on which platform or addon is being used. The web based platform (default) is free, with the QuoteStream addon (streaming real-time quotes) available starting at  $9.95 per month. The other two platforms include ChoiceTrade Direct Pro and ChoiceTrader Select with eSignal. Data packages for these two platforms start at $49.95 and $126 per month, respectively. Further additional data feeds can be purchased such as Level 2 quotes and Pink Sheet advanced quotes for additional fees.

Stock Trades - All stock trades are $5 per trade with unlimited shares and no minimums. Any trade made during extended hours add $.005 per share. There is no additional charge for trading penny stocks (stocks under $1 per share) unless order size is more than 500,000 shares then add 1% of order dollar value.

Options Trades - Options trades are $5 per trade + $.15 per contract with no minimums. There is a $5 fee to exercise or assign an option position.

Mutual Funds - All mutual funds cost $25.00 per trade. Additional fees may apply depending on the fund.

Retirement Accounts - ChoiceTrade charges an annual fee of $30 for IRA accounts.

Trade Commissions Breakdown

$5.00 Stock Trade Fee (flat)*
N/A Stock Trade Fee (per share)*
$5.00 Options Base Fee*
$0.15 Options Per Contract Fee*
N/A Options Exercise Fee
N/A Options Assignment Fee
$25.00 Mutual Fund Trade Fee
$25.00 Broker Assisted Trades Fee
$0.00 Minimum Deposit

Margin Rates

-1.00% Under $24,999.99
-1.00% $25,000.00 to 49,999.99
-1.00% $50,000.00 to $99,999.99
-1.00% $100,000.00 to $249,999.99
-1.00% $250,000.00 to $499,999.99
-1.00% $500,000.00 to $999,999.99
-1.00% Above $1,000,000.00

Miscellaneous Fees

N/A Bond Trade Fee
N/A Treasury Trade Fee
$0.00 CD Trade Fee
N/A IVR Trade Fee
N/A IRA Annual Fee
N/A IRA Closure FEe
N/A Forced Margin Sellout Fee
N/A Returned ACH Fee
N/A Returned Wire Fee
N/A Stock Certificate Processing Fee
N/A Stock Certificate Delivery Fee
N/A Paper Statement Fee
N/A Paper Confirmation Fee
N/A Domestic Wire Fee
N/A International Wire Fee

Broker Ratings

Commissions & Fees
Ease of Use
Platforms & Tools
Customer Service
Mobile Trading
Offering of Investments

Broker Awards

Offering of Investments

Yes Stock Trading
Yes Options Trading
Yes Mutual Funds
Yes Forex Trading
Futures Trading
OTCBB / Pink Sheets
After Hours Trading
N/A Commission Free ETFs
N/A Retail Locations
N/A Mutual Funds (Load)
N/A Mutual Funds (No Load)
Mutual Funds (NTF)
Mutual Funds (Total)
N/A Complex Options Max Legs
-1 Clearing Firm
Yes No Inactivity Fees
Yes No Minimum Deposit
No Fee IRAs
Broker Assisted Trades


Mutual Funds Research
Pink Sheets / OTCBB Research
Fixed Income Research
Global Market Overview
Equity Research - SEC Filings
ETF Research - Top 10 Holdings
ETF Research - 3rd Party Reports
Fund Research - Strategy Overview
Fund Research - 3rd Party Reports
Fund Research - Fees Breakdown
Fund Research - 3rd Party Ratings
Screener - Stocks
Screener - ETFs
Screener - Funds
Screener - Options
Screener - Bonds


Checking Accounts
Savings Accounts
Credit Cards
Debit Cards
Mortgage Loans
Retail Locations
No Fee Banking
Mobile Check Deposit
ATM Fee Reimbursement

Customer Service

Yes Phone Support
Yes Email Support
Live Chat (prospect clients)
Live Chat (current clients)
24/7 Support

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Mobile Trading

Yes iPhone App
iPad App
Android App
Mobile Site

Platforms & Tools

Yes Virtual Trading
Web Platform
Desktop Platform
Mac Platform
Trade Ideas - Backtesting
Trade Hot Keys
Streaming Time & Sales
Level 2 Quotes - Stocks
Streaming CNBC TV
Sitewide Real-time Quotes
Watchlist Streaming Real-time Quotes
Options - Chains Basic View
Options - Chains Spreads View
Options - Chains Greeks Viewable

Active Trading

Internalizes Trades
Receives Payment for Order Flow
Direct Market Routing (Stocks)
Client Liquidity Rebates
# of Easy to Borrow Stocks


Investor Dictionary
Live Seminars
Yes Community Forums

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All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 04/07/2014 and is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. The 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 top 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. Square Logo