In total, 4,544 data points were gathered to rate and rank online brokers. To determine an Overall winner for self-directed investing, we weighted each category as follows:
Click on any category name to filter brokers results by that category. For more information, see How We Test. *For brokers who do not offer phone support, no testing was conducted and this category's weighting was proportionally distributed among the remaining categories.
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Over the past six months, I have again had the honor of leading our ninth annual StockBrokers.com Review.
As a hobby trader for the past 18 years, I have completed over 1,000 trades in my personal portfolio, finishing 2018 with a total of 1,024 trades (2,458 individual buys and sells, to be exact). Of the 16 brokers that volunteered to subject themselves to our thorough assessment this year, I personally have traded with 13 of them.
Experience provides a true perspective that cannot be found elsewhere. Looking at the 2019 Review, there were 284 variables spread across nine categories.
New this year, we merged the categories of Commissions & Fees with Order Execution, which now is known just as Commissions & Fees. This was a milestone I’ve been working towards for the past two years; it’s crucial for investors to understand that the underlying cost per trade is not the only factor in pricing. We also unveiled a new sub-category, Best for Professionals, to acknowledge the brokerages that cater to the most demanding traders.
Alongside the StockBrokers.com annual review, our third annual international forex brokers review, which includes 28 FX brokers, was also published today on our sister site, ForexBrokers.com. Finally, be sure to check the latest Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) ratings, which you can view on investor.com.
To narrow down your choice of a broker that best suits your needs, you can start with the “Best in Class” category lists below, which feature recommended brokers based on aspects that matter most to you. Then read a full-length review and compare your favorites side by side, using the comparison tool to finalize your selection.
Since our inception back in 2011, StockBrokers.com has helped over six million investors research and compare online brokers. While the markets are anything but certain, you can feel confident StockBrokers.com has your back in 2019 to help you find the right broker.
Here’s to us as investors and our success in 2019,
Each year online brokers stand out for going "above and beyond" in the areas that matter most to customers. To recognize these brokers, we distribute industry awards. Here are the 2019 winners.