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Lightspeed vs ChoiceTrade 2019

The StockBrokers.com annual review (9 years running) takes six months to complete and produces over 30,000 words of research each year. Here's how we test.

Is Lightspeed better than ChoiceTrade? After scoring brokers in nine separate categories for our 2019 review, Lightspeed (51.8%) is better than ChoiceTrade (45.72%). Lightspeed is a direct-access, online discount brokerage that focuses on serving active and professional traders through its in-house and third-party trading platforms. Casual traders beware though, not trading enough will mean getting stuck paying high monthly platform fees.

Overall Rating

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
Overall 2.5 2.5
Lightspeed Review ChoiceTrade Review

Trading Fees

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
Minimum Deposit $10,000.00 $0.00
Stock Trade Fee (per trade) $4.50 $0.00
ETF Trade Fee $4.50 $0.00
Options Base Fee $0.00 $5.00
Options Per Contract Fee $0.60 $0.15
Mutual Fund Trade Fee N/A N/A
Broker Assisted Trades Fee $25.00 $30.00
Commissions & Fees 3 3.5
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Margin Rates

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
Under $24,999.99 8.50% 8.25%
$25,000.00 to $49,999.99 8.50% 8.25%
$50,000.00 to $99,999.99 7.50% 8.25%
$100,000.00 to $249,999.99 7.50% 8.25%
$250,000.00 to $499,999.99 6.75% 8.25%
$500,000.00 to $999,999.99 6.25% 8.25%
Above $1,000,000.00 6.00% 8.25%
Commissions & Fees 3 3.5
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Account Fees

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
IRA Annual Fee $35.00 $50.00
IRA Closure Fee $95.00 $50.00
Returned ACH Fee $30.00 $40.00
Returned Wire Fee $30.00 $40.00
Stock Certificate Processing Fee $75.00 N/A
Stock Certificate Delivery Fee $50.00 N/A
Paper Statement Fee $5.00 $5.00
Paper Confirmation Fee $2.00 $1.00
Domestic Wire Fee $20.00 $35.00
International Wire Fee $50.00 $60.00
Commissions & Fees 3 3.5

Investment Options

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
Stock Trading
Yes Yes
OTCBB / Pink Sheets
Yes Yes
Options Trading
Yes Yes
Complex Options Max Legs
4 0
Futures Trading
Yes No
Forex Trading
No No
Commission-Free ETFs 0 0
Mutual Funds (No Load)
0 0
Mutual Funds (Total)
0 0
Bonds (US Treasury)
Yes No
Bonds (Corporate)
No No
Bonds (Municipal)
No No
Advisor Services
No No
International Trading
No No
Offering of Investments 3 2
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Order Types

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
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 Yes
Order Type - OCO
Yes No
Order Type - OTO
Yes No
Order Type - OTOCO
Yes No
Offering of Investments 3 2
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Trading Platforms

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Yes Yes
Desktop Platform (Mac)
Yes Yes
Web Platform
Yes Yes
Paper Trading
Yes Yes
Trade Journal
No No
Watch Lists - Total Fields
141 4
Two-Factor Authentication Login
Yes No
Heat Mapping
No No
Platforms & Tools 3 2
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Charting Features

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
Charting - Trade Off Chart
Yes No
Charting - Indicators / Studies
20 20
Charting - Drawing Tools
8 0
Charting - Historical Trades
Yes No
Charting - Corporate Events
No No
Charting - Automated Analysis
No Yes
Charting - Save Profiles
Yes No
Charting - Study Customizations
4 1
Charting - Custom Studies
No No
Platforms & Tools 3 2
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Day Trading

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

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

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
Watch List Syncing
No Yes
Stock Alerts - Basic Fields
No No
Charting - After Hours
No Yes
Charting - Drawing
No No
Charting - Study Customizations
No No
Customizable Homescreen
No No
Heatmapping
No No
Stream Live TV
No No
Barcode Lookup
No No
Mobile Trading 1.5 2
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Research Overview

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
Research - Stocks
Yes Yes
Research - ETFs
No Yes
Research - Mutual Funds
No No
Research - Pink Sheets / OTCBB
No Yes
Research - Fixed Income
No Yes
Screener - Stocks
Yes No
Screener - ETFs
No No
Screener - Mutual Funds
No No
Screener - Options
No No
Screener - Bonds
No No
Misc - Portfolio Builder
No No
Misc - Portfolio Allocation
No No
Research 1 1.5
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Stock Research

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
Stock Research - Reports
0 0
Stock Research - Earnings
No Yes
Stock Research - Insiders
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Metric Comp
No No
Stock Research - SEC Filings
No Yes
Stock Research - Social
Yes No
Stock Research - Balance Sheet
No Yes
Stock Research - Cash Flows
No Yes
Stock Research - News
Yes Yes
Stock Research - ESG
No No
Research 1 1.5
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ETF Research

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
ETFs - Strategy Overview
No Yes
ETFs - Top 10 Holdings
No No
ETFs - Sector Exposure
No No
ETFs - Risk Analysis
No No
ETFs - Performance Analysis
No No
ETFs - Ratings
No No
ETFs - Morningstar StyleMap
No No
ETFs - Reports
No No
Research 1 1.5
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Mutual Fund Research

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
Mutual Funds - Strategy Overview
No No
Mutual Funds - Prospectus
No No
Mutual Funds - Reports
No No
Mutual Funds - Fees Breakdown
No No
Mutual Funds - Top 10 Holdings
No No
Mutual Funds - Asset Allocation
No No
Mutual Funds - Sector Allocation
No No
Mutual Funds - Country Allocation
No No
Mutual Funds - StyleMap
No No
Mutual Funds - 3rd Party Ratings
No No
Research 1 1.5
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Options Trading

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
Option Chains - Streaming
Yes Yes
Option Chains - Total Columns
60 11
Option Chains - Greeks
5 1
Option Chains - Quick Analysis
Yes Yes
Option Analysis - P&L Charts
Yes Yes
Option Probability Analysis
No Yes
Option Probability Analysis Adv
No No
Option Positions - Greeks
Yes No
Option Positions - Adv Analysis
No No
Option Positions - Rolling
Yes No
Option Positions - Grouping
Yes Yes
Platforms & Tools 3 2
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Beginners

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
Has Education - Stocks
Yes No
Has Education - ETFs
No No
Has Education - Options
Yes Yes
Has Education - Mutual Funds
No No
Has Education - Fixed Income
No No
Has Education - Retirement
No No
Paper Trading
Yes Yes
Videos
Yes No
Webinars (Monthly Avg)
1 0
Webinars (Archived)
Yes No
Live Seminars
No No
Progress Tracking
No No
Interactive Learning - Quizzes
No No
Investor Magazine
No No
Education 2.5 1
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Banking

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
Retail Locations
0 0
Member FDIC
No No
Checking Accounts
No No
Savings Accounts
No No
Credit Cards
No No
Debit Cards
No No
Mortgage Loans
No No
No Fee Banking
No No
Banking 0.5 0.5
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Overall

Feature Lightspeed ChoiceTrade
Lightspeed Review ChoiceTrade Review
Overall 2.5 2.5
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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 ChoiceTrade vs Lightspeed 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. Lightspeed, with its regular stock trades costing $4.50, is more expensive than ChoiceTrade's rate of $0 per trade. With options, the base fees charged are $5 (ChoiceTrade) and $0 (Lightspeed). Each option contract then costs $0.60 at Lightspeed and $0.15 at ChoiceTrade. 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. ChoiceTrade provides its clients with Stock Trading and Options Trading while Lightspeed provides clients access to Stock Trading, Options Trading and Futures Trading. As far as mutual funds go, both brokers offer the same number of mutual funds, 0.

Finally, by comparing the each broker's website and platform features, we can surface interesting differences. Both ChoiceTrade and Lightspeed offer virtual trading. For mobile trading, ChoiceTrade supports the iPhone App and Android App while Lightspeed supports the iPhone App, iPad App and Android App. Online banking is also used by many customers, and multiple full-service brokerages provide these services. Banking is not popular with ChoiceTrade and Lightspeed as Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Mortgage Loans are all unavailable.

Overall, between ChoiceTrade and Lightspeed, Lightspeed is the winner.

ChoiceTrade Review
Lightspeed Review


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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