Using data from the StockBrokers.com 2017 Broker Rankings
, we can compare Betterment vs E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio to determine which broker is better for you. Our database includes thousands of data points on everything from research to trading tools. Let's take a closer look at Betterment and E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio.
First we will break down the commission charges of both brokers for placing stock and options trades. Betterment and E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio charge the same amount for regular stock trades, $0. With options, the base fee is $0 for both Betterment and E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio. Contracts cost $0 each at both brokerages. Note that flat rate trading is not available everywhere though, so it is important to read the complete commission notes for each broker to know the full breakdown (go to any stock broker review
page, then scroll down to the "Commission Notes" section).
Trading fees aside, having access to trade what you want is also an important consideration. Neither Betterment nor E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio support Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds, Forex Trading and Futures Trading. As far as mutual funds go, both Betterment and E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio provide clients with access to total funds. And, commission free ETFs deserve a mention, which is a wash in this comparison as both Betterment and E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio offer funds.
Finally, by looking at the most popular features and offerings of each broker, we can really see the differences between the two. Neither broker offers virtual trading. For mobile trading, Neither Betterment nor E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio supports the iPhone App, iPad App and Android App. Online banking is also used by many clients, and multiple brokerages provide these services. Neither Betterment nor E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio offers Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Mortgage Loans. All things considered, when it comes to platform tools, research, and trading via smartphone, Neither Betterment nor E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio were rated Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Research and Best in Class - Mobile Trading.
Overall, Betterment comes out on top with 4.50 stars over E*TRADE Adaptive Portfolio's 3.00 stars.