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TD Ameritrade vs E*TRADE 2019

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Is E*TRADE better than TD Ameritrade? After scoring brokers on over 4,000 data points for our 2019 review, TD Ameritrade (86.98%) is better than E*TRADE (83.68%). The extra cost of trading with TD Ameritrade is worth every cent – the brokerage delivers fantastic platforms, research, mobile apps, education, and customer service. This outstanding all-round experience makes TD Ameritrade our No. 1 overall broker in 2019.

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Overall Rating

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
Overall 4.5 4
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Trading Fees

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
Minimum Deposit $0.00 $500.00
Stock Trade Fee (per trade) $6.95 $6.95
ETF Trade Fee $6.95 $6.95
Options Base Fee $6.95 $6.95
Options Per Contract Fee $0.75 $0.75
Mutual Fund Trade Fee $49.99 $19.99
Broker Assisted Trades Fee $44.99 $25.00
Commissions & Fees 3.5 3.5
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Margin Rates

Feature TD Ameritrade
Open Account
E*TRADE
Open Account
Under $24,999.99 10.25% 10.50%
$25,000.00 to $49,999.99 10.00% 10.25%
$50,000.00 to $99,999.99 9.00% 9.75%
$100,000.00 to $249,999.99 8.75% 9.25%
$250,000.00 to $499,999.99 8.50% 8.75%
$500,000.00 to $999,999.99 8.50% 8.25%
Above $1,000,000.00 7.75% 7.25%
Commissions & Fees 3.5 3.5
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Account Fees

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
IRA Annual Fee $0.00 $0.00
IRA Closure Fee $0.00 $60.00
Returned ACH Fee $25.00 $0.00
Returned Wire Fee $25.00 $0.00
Stock Certificate Processing Fee $0.00 $0.00
Stock Certificate Delivery Fee $500.00 $75.00
Paper Statement Fee $0.00 $2.00
Paper Confirmation Fee $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Wire Fee $25.00 $25.00
International Wire Fee $25.00 $25.00
Commissions & Fees 3.5 3.5

Investment Options

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
Stock Trading
Yes Yes
OTCBB / Pink Sheets
Yes Yes
Options Trading
Yes Yes
Complex Options Max Legs
4 4
Futures Trading
Yes Yes
Forex Trading
Yes No
Commission-Free ETFs 571 295
Mutual Funds (No Load)
5185 6266
Mutual Funds (Total)
12418 9062
Bonds (US Treasury)
Yes Yes
Bonds (Corporate)
Yes Yes
Bonds (Municipal)
Yes Yes
Advisor Services
Yes Yes
International Trading
Yes No
Offering of Investments 4.5 4.5
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Order Types

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
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 No
Order Type - OCO
Yes Yes
Order Type - OTO
Yes Yes
Order Type - OTOCO
Yes Yes
Offering of Investments 4.5 4.5
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Trading Platforms

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Yes Yes
Desktop Platform (Mac)
Yes Yes
Web Platform
Yes Yes
Paper Trading
Yes Yes
Trade Journal
Yes No
Watch Lists - Total Fields
514 125
Two-Factor Authentication Login
Yes Yes
Heat Mapping
Yes No
Platforms & Tools 5 4.5
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Charting Features

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
Charting - Trade Off Chart
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
411 118
Charting - Drawing Tools
22 33
Charting - Historical Trades
Yes Yes
Charting - Corporate Events
Yes Yes
Charting - Automated Analysis
Yes No
Charting - Save Profiles
Yes Yes
Charting - Study Customizations
9 6
Charting - Custom Studies
Yes No
Platforms & Tools 5 4.5
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Day Trading

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

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
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 Yes
Trading - Mutual Funds
No Yes
Trading - Simple Options
Yes Yes
Trading - Complex Options
Yes Yes
Trading - Option Rolling
Yes No
Touch / Face ID
Yes Yes
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Mobile App Features

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
Watch List Syncing
Yes Yes
Stock Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Charting - After Hours
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawing
Yes No
Charting - Study Customizations
Yes Yes
Customizable Homescreen
No Yes
Heatmapping
No Yes
Stream Live TV
Yes Yes
Barcode Lookup
Yes Yes
Mobile Trading 4.5 5
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Research Overview

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
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 5 4.5
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Stock Research

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
Stock Research - Reports
7 4
Stock Research - Earnings
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Insiders
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Metric Comp
Yes No
Stock Research - SEC Filings
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Social
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Balance Sheet
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Cash Flows
Yes Yes
Stock Research - News
Yes Yes
Stock Research - ESG
No No
Research 5 4.5
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ETF Research

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
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 5 4.5
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Mutual Fund Research

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
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
No Yes
Mutual Funds - StyleMap
Yes Yes
Mutual Funds - 3rd Party Ratings
Yes Yes
Research 5 4.5
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Options Trading

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
Option Chains - Streaming
Yes Yes
Option Chains - Total Columns
33 30
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 Yes
Option Positions - Greeks
Yes Yes
Option Positions - Adv Analysis
Yes Yes
Option Positions - Rolling
Yes Yes
Option Positions - Grouping
Yes Yes
Platforms & Tools 5 4.5
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Beginners

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
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 Yes
Videos
Yes Yes
Webinars (Monthly Avg)
500 12
Webinars (Archived)
Yes Yes
Live Seminars
Yes Yes
Progress Tracking
Yes No
Interactive Learning - Quizzes
Yes Yes
Investor Magazine
Yes No
Education 5 4.5
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Banking

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
Retail Locations
364 30
Member FDIC
No Yes
Checking Accounts
Yes Yes
Savings Accounts
No Yes
Credit Cards
Yes No
Debit Cards
Yes Yes
Mortgage Loans
No No
No Fee Banking
Yes No
Banking 3 4
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Overall

Feature TD Ameritrade E*TRADE
TD Ameritrade Review E*TRADE Review
Overall 4.5 4
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Comparing brokers side by side is no easy task. For our annual broker review, we assess over a dozen brokers on hundreds of different variables to find the best online broker. Yielding a database of over 4,000 data points, let's compare E*TRADE vs TD Ameritrade.

To start this comparison, first, we will take a look at the online broker commission rates for placing regular stock and options trades. E*TRADE and TD Ameritrade have equal fees for trading stocks (equities), $6.95 per trade. With options, the base fee is $6.95 for both E*TRADE and TD Ameritrade. Option contracts run $0.75 a piece at both brokerages. It's important to note that not all brokers charge a flat fee per trade. Thus, it is important to read the full commission notes for each broker, which we include with each online broker review.

Next to commission rates, being able to trade what you want is important. TD Ameritrade offers clients Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds, Forex Trading and Futures Trading while E*TRADE offers Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds and Futures Trading. Looking at mutual funds, E*TRADE trails TD Ameritrade by 3,356 total mutual funds, with TD Ameritrade offering 12418 and E*TRADE offering 9062.

Trading access aside, by comparing popular features and functionality, we can break down relevant differences between both brokers. Both E*TRADE and TD Ameritrade offer virtual trading. Taking a look at mobile trading, E*TRADE and TD Ameritrade both have a iPhone App, iPad App and Android App. Not to be left out, online banking is also a nice benefit for many investors, and some brokerages provide these services to clients. Checking Accounts, Debit Cards and Credit Cards are available to clients of TD Ameritrade while E*TRADE offers customers Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts and Debit Cards.

Overall, between E*TRADE and TD Ameritrade, TD Ameritrade 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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