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Merrill Edge vs ChoiceTrade Review

Brandon Reinkensmeyer

Published by Brandon Reinkensmeyer


Thursday, June 1st, 2017

The StockBrokers.com 2017 Brokerage Review compares ChoiceTrade vs Merrill Edge. Compare ChoiceTrade and Merrill Edge trade commissions, fees and overall broker ratings by using the table below. Is ChoiceTrade or Merrill Edge a better online broker?

Looking at both brokers, first we will take a look at the commission rates for both placing regular stock and options trades. Merrill Edge charges $6.95 per stock trade which is $1.95 more than ChoiceTrade which charges clients $5.00 per trade. Looking at trading options, ChoiceTrade's base fee is $5.00 while Merrill Edge's is $6.95. Contracts are pricier at Merrill Edge, costing $0.75 versus $0.50 at ChoiceTrade, a difference of $0.25 per contract. It should be noted that not every broker uses a flat rate stock trade fee structure, so it is important to read the full commission notes (head over to any online brokerage review page, then navigate to the "Commission Notes" section).

Alongside trade commissions, being able to trade the way you want is a must. ChoiceTrade and Merrill Edge provide clients with Stock Trading, Options Trading and Mutual Funds. When it comes to mutual funds, Merrill Edge offers its clients access to 7649 different mutual funds while ChoiceTrade has 500 available funds, a difference of 7,149.00. Commission free ETFs can also be a nice plus, which for investors means access to 0 funds at both brokers.

Last but not least, by breaking down important features that each broker offers, we can really help to separate the two brokers. ChoiceTrade has virtual trading, Merrill Edge doesn't. For mobile trading, Merrill Edge offers the iPhone App, iPad App and Android App while ChoiceTrade offers the none of these. 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 Merrill Edge while ChoiceTrade offers clients none of these. On the whole, when it comes to tools, research, and trading on the go, Merrill Edge finished with awards for Best in Class - Research in 2014, while ChoiceTrade came up with none of these.

Overall, Merrill Edge boasts 4.00 stars versus ChoiceTrade's 2.00 stars.
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Overall
Commissions & Fees
Offering of Investments
Platforms & Tools
Research
Customer Service
Mobile Trading
Ease of Use
Education
Order Execution
Banking
Stock Trade Fee (flat)
Options Base Fee
Options Per Contract Fee
Mutual Fund Trade Fee
Broker Assisted Trades Fee
Minimum Deposit
No Inactivity Fees
No Fee IRAs
Stock Trading
Options Trading
Mutual Funds
Forex Trading
Futures Trading
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Web Platform
Virtual Trading
Charting - Drawing Tools
Charting - Indicators / Studies
Option Chains - Total Columns
Watch Lists - Total Fields
iPhone App
iPad App
Android App
Android Tablet App
Apple Watch App
Trading - After-Hours
Trading - Mutual Funds
Trading - Conditional Orders
Trading - Simple Options
Trading - Complex Options
Commission Free ETFs
Mutual Funds (No Load)
Mutual Funds (Total)
# of Easy to Borrow Stocks
Retail Locations
Under $24,999.99
$25,000.00 to $49,999.99
$50,000.00 to $99,999.99
$100,000.00 to $249,999.99
$250,000.00 to $499,999.99
Above $1,000,000.00
$500,000.00 to $999,999.99
Checking Accounts
Savings Accounts
Credit Cards
Debit Cards
Mortgage Loans
No Fee Banking
Merrill Edge
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4
4.5
3
3.5
4.5
4.5
4
4.5
4
3.5
5
 
$6.95
$6.95
$0.75
$19.95
$29.95
$0.00
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
No
Yes
No
22
73
62
216
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
 
0
2764
7649
3793
2161
 
8.88%
7.75%
7.75%
6.38%
6.38%
5.50%
6.13%
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
ChoiceTrade
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2
4
3
1
1
3
0.5
0.5
1
1
0.5
 
$5.00
$5.00
$0.50
$25.00
$25.00
$0.00
No
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
No
Yes
Yes
0
20
11
4
 
No
No
No
No
No
 
No
No
No
No
No
 
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235
500
2500
0
 
7.45%
7.45%
7.45%
7.45%
7.45%
7.45%
7.45%
 
No
No
No
No
No
No

All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 2/20/2017 and is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. The StockBrokers.com staff is constantly working with its online broker representatives to obtain the latest pricing data. If you believe any data listed above is inaccurate, please contact us using the link at the bottom of this page. 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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