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Ally Invest vs Robinhood 2019

Is Ally Invest better than Robinhood? Based on over 4,000 data points from our 2019 annual broker review, Ally Invest (62.44%) is better than Robinhood (46.99%).

Ally Invest

Best for IRA Accounts Overall
Among the bank and brokerage combinations, Ally shines and competes with the best in the industry. Ally’s high-yield savings account is easy to use and offers competitive annual yields above 2%. Also, Ally does not nickel and dime its customers; it embraces no-fee banking. Read full review.

Robinhood

Great Mobile App
Robinhood makes trading simple for beginners by offering an easy-to-use mobile app and $0 stock, options, ETF, and cryptocurrency trades. However, Robinhood makes money by accepting payment for order flow. Furthermore, few trading tools are offered, and there is no phone support. Read full review.

Overall Rating

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
Overall 3 2.5
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Trading Fees

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
Minimum Deposit $0.00 $0.00
Stock Trade Fee (per trade) $0.00 $0.00
ETF Trade Fee $0.00 $0.00
Options Base Fee $0.00 $0.00
Options Per Contract Fee $0.50 $0.00
Mutual Fund Trade Fee $9.95 N/A
Broker Assisted Trades Fee $20.00 $0.00
Commissions & Fees 3.5 4.5
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Margin Rates

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
Under $24,999.99 9.50% 5.00%
$25,000.00 to $49,999.99 9.25% 5.00%
$50,000.00 to $99,999.99 8.50% 5.00%
$100,000.00 to $249,999.99 7.25% 5.00%
$250,000.00 to $499,999.99 6.25% 5.00%
$500,000.00 to $999,999.99 5.75% 5.00%
Above $1,000,000.00 5.00% 5.00%
Commissions & Fees 3.5 4.5
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Account Fees

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
IRA Annual Fee $0.00 $0.00
IRA Closure Fee $50.00 $0.00
Returned ACH Fee $30.00 $9.00
Returned Wire Fee $30.00 $9.00
Stock Certificate Processing Fee $300.00 N/A
Stock Certificate Delivery Fee $300.00 N/A
Paper Statement Fee $2.00 $5.00
Paper Confirmation Fee $1.00 $2.00
Domestic Wire Fee $30.00 $25.00
International Wire Fee N/A $50.00
Commissions & Fees 3.5 4.5

Investment Options

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
Stock Trading
Yes Yes
OTCBB / Pink Sheets
Yes No
Options Trading
Yes Yes
Complex Options Max Legs
4 4
Futures Trading
No No
Forex Trading
Yes No
Commission-Free ETFs all all
Mutual Funds (No Load)
11234 0
Mutual Funds (Total)
18728 0
Bonds (US Treasury)
Yes No
Bonds (Corporate)
Yes No
Bonds (Municipal)
Yes No
Advisor Services
Yes No
International Trading
No No
Offering of Investments 4 2
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Order Types

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
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 No
Order Type - MultiContingent
No No
Order Type - OCO
Yes No
Order Type - OTO
Yes No
Order Type - OTOCO
No No
Offering of Investments 4 2
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Trading Platforms

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Desktop Platform (Mac)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
Paper Trading
No No
Trade Journal
No No
Watch Lists - Total Fields
21 7
Heat Mapping
No No
Platforms & Tools 2.5 1
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Charting Features

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
Charting - Trade Off Chart
No No
Charting - Indicators / Studies
117 5
Charting - Drawing Tools
36 0
Charting - Historical Trades
No No
Charting - Corporate Events
Yes No
Charting - Automated Analysis
Yes No
Charting - Save Profiles
Yes No
Charting - Study Customizations
5 2
Charting - Custom Studies
No No
Platforms & Tools 2.5 1
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Day Trading

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

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
iPhone App
Yes Yes
Android App
Yes Yes
Apple Watch App
No Yes
Trading - Stocks
Yes Yes
Trading - After-Hours
No Yes
Trading - Conditional Orders
No No
Trading - Mutual Funds
No 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 Ally Invest Robinhood
Watch List Syncing
Yes Yes
Stock Alerts
No Yes
Charting - After Hours
No Yes
Charting - Drawing
No No
Charting - Study Customizations
No No
Heatmapping
No No
Stream Live TV
No No
Barcode Lookup
No No
Mobile Trading 3 3.5
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Research Overview

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
Research - Stocks
Yes Yes
Research - ETFs
Yes Yes
Research - Mutual Funds
Yes No
Research - Pink Sheets / OTCBB
Yes No
Research - Fixed Income
No No
Screener - Stocks
No No
Screener - ETFs
No No
Screener - Mutual Funds
No No
Screener - Options
No No
Screener - Bonds
Yes No
Misc - Portfolio Builder
Yes No
Misc - Portfolio Allocation
No Yes
Research 2 1
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Stock Research

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
Stock Research - Reports
2 0
Stock Research - Earnings
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Insiders
Yes No
Stock Research - Metric Comp
No No
Stock Research - SEC Filings
Yes No
Stock Research - Social
No No
Stock Research - Balance Sheet
Yes No
Stock Research - Cash Flows
Yes No
Stock Research - News
Yes Yes
Stock Research - ESG
No No
Research 2 1
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ETF Research

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
ETFs - Strategy Overview
Yes Yes
ETFs - Top 10 Holdings
No No
ETFs - Sector Exposure
No No
ETFs - Risk Analysis
Yes No
ETFs - Performance Analysis
Yes Yes
ETFs - Ratings
Yes No
ETFs - Morningstar StyleMap
No No
ETFs - Reports
Yes No
Research 2 1
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Mutual Fund Research

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
Mutual Funds - Strategy Overview
Yes No
Mutual Funds - Prospectus
No No
Mutual Funds - Reports
Yes No
Mutual Funds - Fees Breakdown
Yes No
Mutual Funds - Top 10 Holdings
No No
Mutual Funds - Asset Allocation
No No
Mutual Funds - Sector Allocation
Yes No
Mutual Funds - Country Allocation
No No
Mutual Funds - StyleMap
No No
Mutual Funds - 3rd Party Ratings
Yes No
Research 2 1
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Options Trading

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
Option Chains - Streaming
Yes No
Option Chains - Total Columns
8 5
Option Chains - Greeks
1 0
Option Chains - Quick Analysis
Yes No
Option Analysis - P&L Charts
Yes No
Option Probability Analysis
Yes No
Option Probability Analysis Adv
No No
Option Positions - Greeks
Yes No
Option Positions - Adv Analysis
Yes No
Option Positions - Rolling
No No
Option Positions - Grouping
Yes No
Platforms & Tools 2.5 1
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Beginners

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
Has Education - Stocks
Yes Yes
Has Education - ETFs
No No
Has Education - Options
Yes Yes
Has Education - Mutual Funds
Yes No
Has Education - Fixed Income
Yes No
Has Education - Retirement
Yes No
Paper Trading
No No
Videos
No No
Webinars (Monthly Avg)
15 0
Webinars (Archived)
No No
Live Seminars
No No
Progress Tracking
No No
Interactive Learning - Quizzes
No No
Investor Magazine
No No
Education 3.5 2
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Banking

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
Retail Locations
0 0
Member FDIC
Yes No
Checking Accounts
Yes No
Savings Accounts
Yes No
Credit Cards
Yes No
Debit Cards
Yes No
Mortgage Loans
Yes No
No Fee Banking
Yes No
Banking 4 0.5
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Overall

Feature Ally Invest Robinhood
Ally Invest Review Robinhood Review
Overall 3 2.5
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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 Robinhood. Is Ally Invest or Robinhood a better online broker?

First, we will make a comparison of the stock and option trading fees for trading with both brokers. Ally Invest and Robinhood charge the same amount for regular stock trades, $0. With options, the base fee is $0 for both Ally Invest and Robinhood. Option contracts are pricier at Ally Invest, costing $0.50 versus $0 at Robinhood. 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. Robinhood offers clients Stock Trading and Options Trading while Ally Invest offers Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds and Forex Trading. When it comes to mutual funds, Robinhood trails Ally Invest by 14,000 total mutual funds, with Ally Invest offering 14000 and Robinhood offering 0.

Last but not least, by breaking down important features, tools, etc that each broker offers, we can really help to separate the two. Ally Invest nor Robinhood offers virtual trading. For mobile trading, Ally Invest along with Robinhood both support the 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 Robinhood offers customers none of these.

Overall, between Ally Invest and Robinhood, Ally Invest 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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