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E*TRADE vs Firstrade Review

Brandon Reinkensmeyer

Published by Brandon Reinkensmeyer


Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Using data from our latest annual broker review which tested more than a dozen different online brokers over six months, we can compare E*TRADE vs Firstrade 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. E*TRADE charges $6.95 per stock trade which is $4.00 more than Firstrade which charges customers $2.95 per trade. Looking at trading options, Firstrade's base fee is $2.95 while E*TRADE's is $6.95. Option contracts are pricier at E*TRADE, costing $0.75 versus $0.50 at Firstrade. 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. Firstrade supports Stock Trading, Options Trading and Mutual Funds while E*TRADE supports Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds and Futures Trading. As far as mutual funds go, Firstrade boasts an offering of 12603 mutual funds compared to E*TRADE's 8998 available funds. And, commission free ETFs deserve a comparison, Firstrade offers 703 commission free ETFs versus E*TRADE's total of 225.

Finally, by comparing the each broker's website and platform features, we can surface interesting differences. Neither E*TRADE and Firstrade offer virtual trading. For mobile trading, E*TRADE along with Firstrade 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 found at E*TRADE alongside Firstrade. All factors considered, when it comes to platform tools, research, and mobile trading, E*TRADE was rated Best in Class - Research, while Firstrade was rated none of these.

Overall, E*TRADE boasts 4.50 stars versus Firstrade's 4.00 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
Minimum Deposit
Stock Trade Fee (flat)
Options Base Fee
Options Per Contract Fee
Mutual Fund Trade Fee
Broker Assisted Trades Fee
IRA Annual Fee
IRA Closure Fee
Advantage
Stock Trading
OTCBB / Pink Sheets
Options Trading
Complex Options Max Legs
Futures Trading
Forex Trading
Commission Free ETFs
Mutual Funds (No Load)
Mutual Funds (Total)
Bonds (US Treasury)
Bonds (Corporate)
Bonds (Municipal)
Advisor Services
International Trading
Advantage
Order Type - Market
Order Type - Limit
Order Type - Stop
Order Type - Trailing Stop
Order Type - Contingent
Order Type - MultiContingent
Order Type - OCO
Order Type - OTO
Order Type - OTOCO
Order Type - Algo
Advantage
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Desktop Platform (Mac)
Web Platform
Virtual Trading
Watch Lists - Total Fields
Two-Factor Authentication Login
Charting - Trade Off Chart
Charting - Drawing Tools
Charting - Indicators / Studies
Charting - Historical Trades
Charting - Save Profiles
Charting - Study Customizations
Charting - Custom Studies
Option Chains - Total Columns
Option Chains - Greeks Viewable
Option Analysis - P&L Charts
Option Positions - Rolling
Heat Mapping
Advantage
Stock Alerts - Basic Fields
Stock Alerts - Advanced Fields
Streaming Time & Sales
Streaming TV
Direct Market Routing - Stocks
Direct Market Routing - Options
Ladder Trading
Trade Hot Keys
Level 2 Quotes - Stocks
Level 2 Quotes - Options
Trade Ideas - Backtesting
Client Liquidity Rebates
Advantage
Screener - Stocks
Screener - ETFs
Screener - Mutual Funds
Screener - Options
Screener - Bonds
Misc - Portfolio Allocation
Misc - Portfolio Builder
Equity Research - Earnings
Equity Research - SEC Filings
Equity Research - Insiders
Equity Research - Social
Equity Research - Reports
ETF Research - Top 10 Holdings
ETF Research - Reports
ETF Research - Ratings
Mutual Fund Research - Reports
Advantage
iPhone App
iPad App
Android App
Android Tablet App
Apple Watch App
Trading - Stocks
Trading - After-Hours
Trading - Conditional Orders
Trading - Mutual Funds
Trading - Simple Options
Trading - Complex Options
Trading - Option Rolling
Touch ID
Watch List Syncing
Stock Alerts - Basic Fields
Stock Alerts - Advanced Fields
Charting - After Hours
Charting - Study Customizations
Customizable Homescreen
Heatmapping
Stream Live TV
Barcode Lookup
Advantage
Retail Locations
Member FDIC
Checking Accounts
Savings Accounts
Credit Cards
Debit Cards
Mortgage Loans
No Fee Banking
Advantage
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
$500,000.00 to $999,999.99
Above $1,000,000.00
Has Education - Stocks
Has Education - ETFs
Has Education - Options
Has Education - Mutual Funds
Has Education - Fixed Income
Has Education - Retirement
Videos
Client Webinars (Monthly Avg)
Client Webinars (Archived)
Live Seminars
Progress Tracking
Interactive Learning - Quizzes
Client Magazine
Advantage
E*TRADE
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E*TRADE Review
 
4.5
3.5
4.5
4.5
4.5
4.5
5
4
4.5
3.5
3.5
 
$500.00
$6.95
$6.95
$0.75
$19.99
$25.00
$0.00
$60.00
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
4
Yes
No
225
5995
8998
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
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Yes
Yes
Yes
No
112
Yes
Yes
33
118
Yes
Yes
6
No
30
5
Yes
Yes
No
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Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
4
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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30
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
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10.25%
10.00%
9.50%
9.00%
8.50%
8.00%
7.00%
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
10
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
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Firstrade
Special Offer $2.95 per Stock Trade + No Minimum Deposit Learn More
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4
4.5
3.5
2
4
4
3.5
4.5
3
1.5
2
 
$0.00
$2.95
$2.95
$0.50
$9.95
$19.95
$0.00
$50.00
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Yes
Yes
Yes
2
No
No
703
5234
12603
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
No
No
Yes
No
57
No
No
5
58
No
No
6
No
8
5
No
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
1
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
 
2
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
 
8.75%
8.50%
8.00%
7.50%
7.25%
5.50%
4.75%
 
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
5
Yes
No
No
No
No

All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 02/20/18 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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