The StockBrokers.com annual broker review assesses more than a dozen different brokers over six months, surfacing the best online stock brokers. This review compares Ally Invest vs Lightspeed. Is Ally Invest or Lightspeed a better online broker?
First, we will make a comparison of the stock and option trading fees for trading with both brokers. Lightspeed charges more than Ally Invest for placing regular stock trades ($4.50 and $0, respectively). Looking at options, the base fees charged are the same for both brokers, $0. Each option contract then costs $0.60 at Lightspeed and $0.50 at Ally Invest. Note that some brokers charge a per-share fee instead of a flat-fee commission. For a full breakdown of commissions, read our online broker reviews.
For our next comparison of these two brokers, being able to trade the way you want is a must. Lightspeed supports Stock Trading, Options Trading and Futures Trading while Ally Invest supports Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds and Forex Trading. When it comes to mutual funds, Ally Invest offers its clients access to 18728 different mutual funds while Lightspeed has 0 available funds, a difference of 18,728.
Last but not least, by breaking down important features, tools, etc that each broker offers, we can really help to separate the two. Lightspeed has virtual trading, Ally Invest doesn't. For mobile trading, Ally Invest and Lightspeed both have a iPhone App, iPad App and Android App. Furthermore, some investors like to bank online, and multiple brokerages provide these services to clients. Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Mortgage Loans are available to clients of Ally Invest while Lightspeed offers customers none of these.
Overall, between Ally Invest and Lightspeed, Ally Invest is the winner.
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