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On Tuesday, February 24th, 2015





Our SpeedTrader review provides broker notes, commissions information, and online broker ratings. Please note - SpeedTrader chose not to be included in our 2015 Online Broker Review> and thus has limited information alongside no star ratings.
Blain Reinkensmeyer

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Blain has been involved in the markets for over 13 years, heading equity broker research and reviews. His personal blog,, provides to-the-point daily market recaps to over 17,000 subscribers.

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SpeedTrader Ratings

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

Best in Class

Best in Class - Offering of Investments
Best in Class - Commissions & Fees
Best in Class - Platforms & Tools
Best in Class - Research
Best in Class - Customer Service
Best in Class - Ease of Use
Best in Class - Investor Education
Best in Class - Mobile Trading
Best in Class - Active Trading
Best in Class - Options Trading
Best in Class - New Investors

SpeedTrader Awards

Commission Notes

SpeedTrader has two main platforms: SpeedTrader 2.0 (Free) and SpeedTrader PRO. PRO costsĀ  start at $49.00 per month unless $49 spent in commissions that month. There are additional market feeds that be purchased for extra. All accounts are subject to a $30 quarterly inactivity fee if less than 15 trades are placed in the quarter.

Stock Trades - SpeedTrader offers two sets of commission rates for trading equities. Plan A offers $6.95 flat rate trades. Plan B offers a $.0039 per share rate with a $.99 minimum order.

Options - Options are $1 per contract, no minimums. Option exercise and assignments are $30 each.

Mutual Funds - Are supported at a minimum charge of $50 per transaction and must be phoned in.

Other Offerings - SpeedTrader also offers futures and forex trading.

Retirement accounts - Are supported but there is a $25 setup fee and a $35 yearly maintenance fee.

Trade Commissions Breakdown

$6.95 Stock Trade Fee (flat)*
N/A Stock Trade Fee (per share)*
N/A Options Base Fee*
$1.00 Options Per Contract Fee*
N/A Options Exercise Fee
N/A Options Assignment Fee
$50.00 Mutual Fund Trade Fee
N/A Broker Assisted Trades Fee
$500.00 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

Offering of Investments

Bonds (Corporate)
Bonds (Municipal)
Bonds (US Treasury)
N/A Clearing Firm
N/A Commission Free ETFs
Direct Market Routing - Stocks
Direct Market Routing - Options
# of Easy to Borrow Stocks
Yes Forex Trading
Yes Futures Trading
No Fee IRAs
Yes Mutual Funds
N/A Mutual Funds (Load)
N/A Mutual Funds (No Load)
Mutual Funds (NTF)
Mutual Funds (Total)
Mutual Funds Phone Trades
Mutual Funds Web Trades
No Inactivity Fees
No Minimum Deposit
Options Exercising (Phone)
Options Exercising (Web)
Yes Options Trading
Options Trading (Mini)
Options Trading (Weekly)
OTCBB / Pink Sheets
Yes Stock Trading

Customer Service

Yes Phone Support
Yes Email Support
Live Chat (Current Clients)
24/7 Support

Platforms & Tools

Desktop Platform (Windows)
Desktop Platform (Mac)
Web Platform
0 Active Trading Platform
Auto Investing
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Charting - Drawing Tools
Charting - Notes
Heat Mapping
Ladder Trading
Level 2 Quotes - Stocks
Level 2 Quotes - Options
Option Chains - Streaming Real-time
Option Analysis - P&L Charts
Stock Alerts Delivery - Email
Stock Alerts Delivery - Sound
Stock Alerts Delivery - Text SMS
Streaming Time & Sales
Streaming TV
Trade Hot Keys
Yes Virtual Trading
Watchlists - Streaming Real-time Quotes


Research - ETFs
Research - Mutual Funds
Research - Pink Sheets / OTCBB
Research - Fixed Income
N/A Equity Research - Research Reports
ETF Research - Top 10 Holdings
ETF Research - Morningstar Style Box
ETF Research - Research Reports
Mutual Fund Research - Research Reports
Mutual Fund Research - Fees Breakdown
Mutual Fund Research - Performance Analysis
Mutual Fund Research - Top 10 Holdings
Screener - Stocks
Screener - ETFs
Screener - Mutual Funds
Screener - Options
Screener - Bonds


Has Education - Stocks
Has Education - ETFs
Has Education - Options
Has Education - Mutual Funds
Has Education - Bonds
Has Education - Retirement
Investor Dictionary
Client Webinars
Live Seminars
Retirement Calculator
Community Forums

Mobile Trading

Yes iPhone App
iPad App
Android App
Android Tablet App
Mobile Site
Quotes (Real-time)
Quotes (Streaming Real-time)
Watch List Syncing
Market Movers (Top Gainers)
Stock Alerts Delivery - Push Notifications
Customizable Homescreen
Stream Live TV
Trading - Stocks
Trading - Stocks (After-Hours)
Trading - Simple Options
Trading - Complex Options


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

Active Trading

Receives Payment for Order Flow
Client Liquidity Rebates

All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 5/01/2015 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