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E*TRADE vs Merrill Edge 2019

Is Merrill Edge better than E*TRADE? After scoring brokers in nine separate categories for our 2019 review, E*TRADE (83.68%) is better than Merrill Edge (77.93%).

E*TRADE

Best Web Platform - Open Account
Promo Offer: Get $100 when you deposit just $5,000 into a new E*TRADE account!

E*TRADE, with its $0 stock trades, finished fourth overall in 2019. E*TRADE was awarded 5 stars and #1 for Options Trading, thanks to its Power E*TRADE trading platform. The broker also won first place for Mobile Trading, and offers well-rounded access to quality research, trading tools, education, and more. Read full review.

Merrill Edge

Best Rewards Program - Open Account
Special Offer: Invest in a new account and get up to $600.

Merrill Edge ($2.95 per trade) was awarded #1 for Banking Services and #1 Overall Client Experience, thanks to its parent company, Bank of America (BofA). Not limited to just BofA customers, Merrill Edge's Preferred Rewards program is excellent, offering unlimited $0 stock trades among other perks such as bonus rewards on credit cards and discounted mortgage rates.Read full review.

Overall Rating

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
Overall 4 4
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Trading Fees

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
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 $0.65 $0.65
Mutual Fund Trade Fee $19.99 $19.95
Broker Assisted Trades Fee $25.00 $29.95
Commissions & Fees 4.5 4
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Margin Rates

Feature E*TRADE
Open Account
Merrill Edge
Open Account
Under $24,999.99 10.00% 10.13%
$25,000.00 to $49,999.99 9.75% 9.00%
$50,000.00 to $99,999.99 9.25% 9.00%
$100,000.00 to $249,999.99 8.75% 7.63%
$250,000.00 to $499,999.99 8.25% 7.63%
$500,000.00 to $999,999.99 7.75% 7.38%
Above $1,000,000.00 6.75% 6.75%
Commissions & Fees 4.5 4
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Account Fees

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
IRA Annual Fee $0.00 $0.00
IRA Closure Fee $60.00 $49.95
Returned ACH Fee $0.00 $30.00
Returned Wire Fee $0.00 N/A
Stock Certificate Processing Fee $0.00 $500.00
Stock Certificate Delivery Fee $75.00 N/A
Paper Statement Fee $2.00 $5.00
Paper Confirmation Fee $0.00 $3.00
Domestic Wire Fee $25.00 $24.95
International Wire Fee $25.00 $24.95
Commissions & Fees 4.5 4

Investment Options

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
Stock Trading
Yes Yes
OTCBB / Pink Sheets
Yes Yes
Options Trading
Yes Yes
Complex Options Max Legs
4 2
Futures Trading
Yes No
Forex Trading
No No
Commission-Free ETFs all 0
Mutual Funds (No Load)
6663 2471
Mutual Funds (Total)
9291 3709
Bonds (US Treasury)
Yes Yes
Bonds (Corporate)
Yes Yes
Bonds (Municipal)
Yes Yes
Advisor Services
Yes Yes
International Trading
No No
Offering of Investments 4.5 3
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Order Types

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
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
Yes No
Offering of Investments 4.5 3
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Trading Platforms

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No Yes
Desktop Platform (Mac)
No Yes
Web Platform
Yes Yes
Paper Trading
Yes No
Trade Journal
No No
Watch Lists - Total Fields
125 285
Heat Mapping
No Yes
Platforms & Tools 4.5 4
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Charting Features

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
Charting - Trade Off Chart
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
119 100
Charting - Drawing Tools
32 22
Charting - Historical Trades
Yes Yes
Charting - Corporate Events
Yes Yes
Charting - Automated Analysis
Yes Yes
Charting - Save Profiles
Yes Yes
Charting - Study Customizations
6 8
Charting - Custom Studies
No No
Platforms & Tools 4.5 4
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Day Trading

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

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
iPhone App
Yes Yes
Android App
Yes Yes
Apple Watch App
Yes Yes
Trading - Stocks
Yes Yes
Trading - After-Hours
Yes Yes
Trading - Conditional Orders
Yes No
Trading - Mutual Funds
Yes Yes
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 E*TRADE Merrill Edge
Watch List Syncing
Yes Yes
Stock Alerts
Yes Yes
Charting - After Hours
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawing
No Yes
Charting - Study Customizations
Yes Yes
Heatmapping
No Yes
Stream Live TV
Yes No
Barcode Lookup
Yes No
Mobile Trading 5 4.5
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Research Overview

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
Research - Stocks
Yes Yes
Research - ETFs
Yes Yes
Research - Mutual Funds
Yes Yes
Research - Pink Sheets / OTCBB
Yes Yes
Research - Fixed Income
Yes Yes
Screener - Stocks
Yes Yes
Screener - ETFs
Yes Yes
Screener - Mutual Funds
Yes Yes
Screener - Options
Yes Yes
Screener - Bonds
Yes Yes
Misc - Portfolio Builder
Yes Yes
Misc - Portfolio Allocation
Yes Yes
Research 4.5 4.5
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Stock Research

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
Stock Research - Reports
5 3
Stock Research - Earnings
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Insiders
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Metric Comp
No Yes
Stock Research - SEC Filings
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Social
Yes No
Stock Research - Balance Sheet
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Cash Flows
Yes Yes
Stock Research - News
Yes Yes
Stock Research - ESG
No Yes
Research 4.5 4.5
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ETF Research

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
ETFs - Strategy Overview
Yes Yes
ETFs - Top 10 Holdings
Yes Yes
ETFs - Sector Exposure
Yes Yes
ETFs - Risk Analysis
Yes Yes
ETFs - Performance Analysis
Yes Yes
ETFs - Ratings
Yes Yes
ETFs - Morningstar StyleMap
Yes Yes
ETFs - Reports
Yes Yes
Research 4.5 4.5
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Mutual Fund Research

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
Mutual Funds - Strategy Overview
Yes Yes
Mutual Funds - Prospectus
Yes Yes
Mutual Funds - Reports
Yes Yes
Mutual Funds - Fees Breakdown
Yes Yes
Mutual Funds - Top 10 Holdings
Yes Yes
Mutual Funds - Asset Allocation
Yes Yes
Mutual Funds - Sector Allocation
Yes Yes
Mutual Funds - Country Allocation
Yes Yes
Mutual Funds - StyleMap
Yes Yes
Mutual Funds - 3rd Party Ratings
Yes Yes
Research 4.5 4.5
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Options Trading

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
Option Chains - Streaming
Yes Yes
Option Chains - Total Columns
30 69
Option Chains - Greeks
5 5
Option Chains - Quick Analysis
Yes Yes
Option Analysis - P&L Charts
Yes Yes
Option Probability Analysis
Yes Yes
Option Probability Analysis Adv
Yes No
Option Positions - Greeks
Yes Yes
Option Positions - Adv Analysis
Yes Yes
Option Positions - Rolling
Yes Yes
Option Positions - Grouping
Yes Yes
Platforms & Tools 4.5 4
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Beginners

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
Has Education - Stocks
Yes Yes
Has Education - ETFs
Yes Yes
Has Education - Options
Yes Yes
Has Education - Mutual Funds
Yes Yes
Has Education - Fixed Income
Yes Yes
Has Education - Retirement
Yes Yes
Paper Trading
Yes No
Videos
Yes Yes
Webinars (Monthly Avg)
12 0
Webinars (Archived)
Yes No
Live Seminars
Yes Yes
Progress Tracking
No Yes
Interactive Learning - Quizzes
Yes Yes
Investor Magazine
No Yes
Education 4.5 4.5
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Banking

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
Retail Locations
30 4300
Member FDIC
Yes Yes
Checking Accounts
Yes Yes
Savings Accounts
Yes Yes
Credit Cards
No Yes
Debit Cards
Yes Yes
Mortgage Loans
No Yes
No Fee Banking
No No
Banking 4 5
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Overall

Feature E*TRADE Merrill Edge
E*TRADE Review Merrill Edge Review
Overall 4 4
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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 E*TRADE vs Merrill Edge 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. Merrill Edge charges $2.95 per stock trade which is $2.95 more than E*TRADE which charges customers $0 per trade. For options trading, Merrill Edge has a base fee of $2.95, and E*TRADE a base fee of $0. Option contracts cost $0.65 each at both brokerages. 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. Merrill Edge provides its clients with Stock Trading, Options Trading and Mutual Funds while E*TRADE provides clients access to Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds and Futures Trading. As far as mutual funds go, Merrill Edge trails E*TRADE by 5,353 total mutual funds, with E*TRADE offering 9062 and Merrill Edge offering 3709.

Finally, by comparing the each broker's website and platform features, we can surface interesting differences. E*TRADE offers virtual trading while Merrill Edge does not. For mobile trading, Both E*TRADE and Merrill Edge offer clients access to an 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, Savings Accounts, Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Mortgage Loans are offered by Merrill Edge while E*TRADE offers Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts and Debit Cards.

Overall, between E*TRADE and Merrill Edge, E*TRADE 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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