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On Monday, December 15th, 2014 .



Please see our TD Ameritrade Review.

Thinkorswim by TD ameritrade is an online broker that offers low cost stock trades to its large client base of investors. Thinkorswim by TD Ameritrade provides its traders with a wide spectrum of tools for the self-directed investor. Forex and bond trading can also be performed with a TD Ameritrade online trading account.
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.

thinkorswim Ratings

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

thinkorswim Awards

Commission Notes

Trade Commissions Breakdown

$9.95 Stock Trade Fee (flat)*
N/A Stock Trade Fee (per share)*
$9.95 Options Base Fee*
$1.50 Options Per Contract Fee*
N/A Options Exercise Fee
N/A Options Assignment Fee
$15.00 Mutual Fund Trade Fee
$27.00 Broker Assisted Trades Fee
$3,500.00 Minimum Deposit

Margin Rates

0.00% Under $24,999.99
0.00% $25,000.00 to 49,999.99
0.00% $50,000.00 to $99,999.99
0.00% $100,000.00 to $249,999.99
0.00% $250,000.00 to $499,999.99
0.00% $500,000.00 to $999,999.99
0.00% 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

0 Clearing Firm
N/A Commission Free ETFs
Corporate Bonds
Direct Market Routing - Stocks
# of Easy to Borrow Stocks
Yes Forex Trading
Yes Futures Trading
Yes No Fee IRAs
Mini Options
Municipal Bonds
Yes Mutual Funds
N/A Mutual Funds (Load)
N/A Mutual Funds (No Load)
Mutual Funds (NTF)
Mutual Funds (Total)
Yes No Inactivity Fees
No Minimum Deposit
Yes Options Trading
Order Type - After Hours
Order Type - Algo
Order Type - Broker Assisted
OTCBB / Pink Sheets
N/A Retail Locations
Yes Stock Trading
US Treasury Bonds
Weekly Options

Customer Service

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

Platforms & Tools

Desktop Platform
Mac Platform
Web Platform
0 Active Trading Platform
Auto Investing
Ladder Trading
Level 2 Quotes - Stocks
Option Chains - Basic View
Option Chains - Strategy View
Option Analysis - P&L Charts
Streaming Time & Sales
Streaming TV
Trade Hot Keys
Yes Virtual Trading


Research - ETFs
Research - Mutual Funds
Research - Pink Sheets / OTCBB
Research - Fixed Income
Misc - Global Market Overview
Equity Research - News
Equity Research - Chart
Equity Research - Option Chains
Equity Research - Balance Sheet
Equity Research - Cash Flows
Equity Research - SEC Filings
Equity Research - Insider Analysis
N/A Equity Research - Research Reports
ETF Research - Top 10 Holdings
ETF Research - Research Reports
Mutual Fund Research - Research Reports
Mutual Fund Research - Fees Breakdown
Mutual Fund Research - Performance Analysis
Mutual Fund Research - Performance Chart
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
Yes Community Forums

Mobile Trading

Yes iPhone App
Yes iPad App
Yes Android App
Android Tablet App
Yes Mobile Site
Company Data
Company News
Watch List Syncing
Options Chains Viewable
Market Movers (Top Gainers)
Barcode Lookup
Charting - Multiple Time Frames
Charting - Can Turn Horizontally
Charting - Portfolio Perf vs Indices
Charting - Stock Comparisons
Trading - Stocks
Trading - Simple Options
Withdrawal Balance Available


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

Active Trading

Internalizes Trades
Receives Payment for Order Flow
Client Liquidity Rebates

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

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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