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Interactive Brokers vs Ally Invest 2019

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Is Interactive Brokers better than Ally Invest? After scoring brokers in nine separate categories for our 2019 review, Interactive Brokers (80.99%) is better than Ally Invest (62.44%). While Interactive Brokers is not suitable for casual investors, it leads the industry for low-cost trading for professionals. Through the Trader Workstation (TWS) platform, Interactive Brokers offers excellent tools and an extensive selection of tradable securities.

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Overall Rating

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
Overall 4 3
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Trading Fees

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
Minimum Deposit $0.00 $0.00
Stock Trade Fee (per trade) N/A $4.95
ETF Trade Fee $0.01 $4.95
Options Base Fee $0.00 $4.95
Options Per Contract Fee $0.70 $0.65
Mutual Fund Trade Fee $14.95 $9.95
Broker Assisted Trades Fee $30.00 $20.00
Commissions & Fees 4.5 3.5
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Margin Rates

Feature Interactive Brokers
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Under $24,999.99 3.68% 9.75%
$25,000.00 to $49,999.99 3.68% 9.50%
$50,000.00 to $99,999.99 3.68% 8.75%
$100,000.00 to $249,999.99 3.18% 7.50%
$250,000.00 to $499,999.99 3.18% 6.50%
$500,000.00 to $999,999.99 3.18% 6.00%
Above $1,000,000.00 2.68% 5.25%
Commissions & Fees 4.5 3.5
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Account Fees

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
IRA Annual Fee $0.00 $0.00
IRA Closure Fee $0.00 $50.00
Returned ACH Fee N/A $30.00
Returned Wire Fee N/A $30.00
Stock Certificate Processing Fee N/A $300.00
Stock Certificate Delivery Fee N/A $300.00
Paper Statement Fee N/A $2.00
Paper Confirmation Fee N/A $1.00
Domestic Wire Fee $10.00 $30.00
International Wire Fee $10.00 N/A
Commissions & Fees 4.5 3.5

Investment Options

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
Stock Trading
Yes Yes
OTCBB / Pink Sheets
Yes Yes
Options Trading
Yes Yes
Complex Options Max Legs
8 4
Futures Trading
Yes No
Forex Trading
No Yes
Commission-Free ETFs 48 116
Mutual Funds (No Load)
7558 7200
Mutual Funds (Total)
11000 14000
Bonds (US Treasury)
Yes Yes
Bonds (Corporate)
Yes Yes
Bonds (Municipal)
Yes Yes
Advisor Services
No Yes
International Trading
Yes No
Offering of Investments 5 4
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Order Types

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
Order Type - Market
Yes Yes
Order Type - Limit
Yes Yes
Order Type - Stop
Yes Yes
Order Type - Trailing Stop
Yes Yes
Order Type - Contingent
Yes Yes
Order Type - MultiContingent
Yes No
Order Type - OCO
Yes Yes
Order Type - OTO
Yes Yes
Order Type - OTOCO
Yes No
Offering of Investments 5 4
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Trading Platforms

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Yes No
Desktop Platform (Mac)
Yes No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
Paper Trading
Yes No
Trade Journal
Yes No
Watch Lists - Total Fields
453 21
Two-Factor Authentication Login
Yes Yes
Heat Mapping
Yes No
Platforms & Tools 4.5 2.5
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Charting Features

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
Charting - Trade Off Chart
Yes No
Charting - Indicators / Studies
121 117
Charting - Drawing Tools
9 36
Charting - Historical Trades
Yes No
Charting - Corporate Events
Yes Yes
Charting - Automated Analysis
No Yes
Charting - Save Profiles
Yes Yes
Charting - Study Customizations
6 5
Charting - Custom Studies
No No
Platforms & Tools 4.5 2.5
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Day Trading

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
Stock Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Stock Alerts - Advanced Fields
No No
Streaming Time & Sales
Yes No
Streaming TV
Yes No
Direct Market Routing - Stocks
Yes No
Direct Market Routing - Options
Yes No
Ladder Trading
Yes No
Trade Hot Keys
Yes No
Level 2 Quotes - Stocks
Yes No
Level 2 Quotes - Options
Yes No
Trade Ideas - Backtesting
Yes No
Short Locator
Yes No
Client Liquidity Rebates
Yes No
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Mobile Trading Apps

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
iPhone App
Yes Yes
Android App
Yes Yes
Apple Watch App
Yes No
Trading - Stocks
Yes Yes
Trading - After-Hours
Yes No
Trading - Conditional Orders
Yes No
Trading - Mutual Funds
Yes No
Trading - Simple Options
Yes Yes
Trading - Complex Options
Yes Yes
Trading - Option Rolling
No No
Touch / Face ID
Yes Yes
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Mobile App Features

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
Watch List Syncing
Yes Yes
Stock Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes No
Stock Alerts - Advanced Fields
No No
Charting - After Hours
Yes No
Charting - Drawing
No No
Charting - Study Customizations
Yes No
Customizable Homescreen
No No
Heatmapping
No No
Stream Live TV
Yes No
Barcode Lookup
No No
Mobile Trading 4.5 3
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Research Overview

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
Research - Stocks
Yes Yes
Research - ETFs
Yes Yes
Research - Mutual Funds
No Yes
Research - Pink Sheets / OTCBB
Yes Yes
Research - Fixed Income
Yes No
Research - Futures
Yes No
Research - Forex
Yes No
Screener - Stocks
Yes No
Screener - ETFs
Yes No
Screener - Mutual Funds
No No
Screener - Options
Yes No
Screener - Bonds
Yes No
Misc - Portfolio Builder
Yes Yes
Misc - Portfolio Allocation
Yes No
Research 3.5 2
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Stock Research

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
Stock Research - Reports
1 2
Stock Research - Earnings
Yes No
Stock Research - Insiders
Yes No
Stock Research - Metric Comp
Yes No
Stock Research - SEC Filings
Yes No
Stock Research - Social
Yes No
Stock Research - Balance Sheet
Yes No
Stock Research - Cash Flows
Yes No
Stock Research - News
Yes Yes
Stock Research - ESG
Yes No
Research 3.5 2
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ETF Research

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
ETFs - Strategy Overview
Yes Yes
ETFs - Top 10 Holdings
Yes No
ETFs - Sector Exposure
Yes No
ETFs - Risk Analysis
Yes Yes
ETFs - Performance Analysis
Yes Yes
ETFs - Ratings
Yes Yes
ETFs - Morningstar StyleMap
No No
ETFs - Reports
Yes Yes
Research 3.5 2
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Mutual Fund Research

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
Mutual Funds - Strategy Overview
No Yes
Mutual Funds - Prospectus
Yes No
Mutual Funds - Reports
Yes No
Mutual Funds - Fees Breakdown
Yes Yes
Mutual Funds - Top 10 Holdings
No No
Mutual Funds - Asset Allocation
No No
Mutual Funds - Sector Allocation
No Yes
Mutual Funds - Country Allocation
No No
Mutual Funds - StyleMap
No No
Mutual Funds - 3rd Party Ratings
No Yes
Research 3.5 2
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Options Trading

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
Option Chains - Streaming
Yes Yes
Option Chains - Total Columns
37 8
Option Chains - Greeks
4 1
Option Chains - Quick Analysis
Yes Yes
Option Analysis - P&L Charts
Yes Yes
Option Probability Analysis
Yes Yes
Option Probability Analysis Adv
Yes Yes
Option Positions - Greeks
Yes Yes
Option Positions - Adv Analysis
Yes Yes
Option Positions - Rolling
Yes No
Option Positions - Grouping
Yes Yes
Platforms & Tools 4.5 2.5
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Beginners

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
Has Education - Stocks
Yes Yes
Has Education - ETFs
No No
Has Education - Options
Yes Yes
Has Education - Mutual Funds
No Yes
Has Education - Fixed Income
No Yes
Has Education - Retirement
No Yes
Paper Trading
Yes No
Videos
Yes No
Webinars (Monthly Avg)
20 17
Webinars (Archived)
Yes No
Live Seminars
No Yes
Progress Tracking
Yes No
Interactive Learning - Quizzes
Yes No
Investor Magazine
Yes No
Education 3 3.5
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Banking

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
Retail Locations
0 0
Member FDIC
No Yes
Checking Accounts
Yes Yes
Savings Accounts
No Yes
Credit Cards
No Yes
Debit Cards
Yes Yes
Mortgage Loans
No Yes
No Fee Banking
No Yes
Banking 2 4
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Overall

Feature Interactive Brokers Ally Invest
Interactive Brokers Review Ally Invest Review
Overall 4 3
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Using data from our latest annual broker review which tested more than a dozen different online brokers over six months, we can compare Ally Invest vs Interactive Brokers to determine which broker is best. Let's dive in.

First, we will break down the commission charges of both brokers for placing stock and options trades. Ally Invest, with its regular stock trades costing $4.95, is more expensive than Interactive Brokers's rate of $0 (the broker charges a per share rate instead) per trade. Looking at trading options, Interactive Brokers's base fee is $0 while Ally Invest's is $4.95. Option contracts are pricier at Interactive Brokers, costing $0.70 versus $0.65 at Ally Invest. Instead of flat rate fees, several brokers charge a per-share fee instead. For a complete review of trading charges, read our full online broker reviews.

Next, investors want to make sure they can trade the investment vehicle they want. Interactive Brokers provides its clients with Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds and Futures Trading while Ally Invest provides clients access to Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds and Forex Trading. As far as mutual funds go, Interactive Brokers trails Ally Invest by 3,000 total mutual funds, with Ally Invest offering 14000 and Interactive Brokers offering 11000.

Finally, by comparing the each broker's website and platform features, we can surface interesting differences. Interactive Brokers makes virtual trading available to clients, while Ally Invest does not. For mobile trading, Ally Invest along with Interactive Brokers both support the iPhone App, iPad App and Android App. Online banking is also used by many customers, and multiple full-service brokerages provide these services. Checking Accounts and Debit Cards are available to clients of Interactive Brokers while Ally Invest offers customers Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Mortgage Loans.

Overall, between Ally Invest and Interactive Brokers, Interactive Brokers is the winner.

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All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 02/18/2019 and is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. 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.

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