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Fidelity vs Firstrade 2019

Is Firstrade better than Fidelity? After scoring brokers in nine separate categories for our 2019 review, Fidelity (86.62%) is better than Firstrade (67.1%).

fideltiy

Best for Investors
Fidelity Investments charges $0 per trade and received 4.5 stars in our 2019 Review, including being awarded Best in Class for 12 different categories. It is our top recommendation for discount trading. The broker also took home the #1 awards for Research and Order Execution. Finally, Fidelity's mobile app was rated Best Mobile App for Investors. Read full review.

Firstrade

Great For Chinese Americans - Open Account
Special Offer: Commission-Free Trading on 700+ ETFs

Founded in 1985, Firstrade has a long history of providing value for its customers. Known for its easy-to-use website, Firstrade offers $0 stock and options trading. Firstrade offers Morningstar research; however, its trading platform struggles to stand out against industry leaders. Read full review.

Overall Rating

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
Overall 4.5 3.5
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Trading Fees

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
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 $0.00
Mutual Fund Trade Fee $49.95 $0.00
Broker Assisted Trades Fee $32.95 $19.95
Commissions & Fees 4.5 4
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Margin Rates

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
Open Account
Under $24,999.99 9.58% 9.50%
$25,000.00 to $49,999.99 9.08% 9.00%
$50,000.00 to $99,999.99 8.13% 8.50%
$100,000.00 to $249,999.99 8.08% 8.00%
$250,000.00 to $499,999.99 7.83% 7.75%
$500,000.00 to $999,999.99 5.50% 6.00%
Above $1,000,000.00 5.25% 5.25%
Commissions & Fees 4.5 4
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Account Fees

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
IRA Annual Fee $0.00 $0.00
IRA Closure Fee $0.00 $0.00
Returned ACH Fee $0.00 $50.00
Returned Wire Fee $0.00 $50.00
Stock Certificate Processing Fee $0.00 $300.00
Stock Certificate Delivery Fee $100.00 $300.00
Paper Statement Fee $0.00 $5.00
Paper Confirmation Fee $0.00 $3.00
Domestic Wire Fee $0.00 $30.00
International Wire Fee $0.00 $50.00
Commissions & Fees 4.5 4

Investment Options

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
Stock Trading
Yes Yes
OTCBB / Pink Sheets
Yes Yes
Options Trading
Yes Yes
Complex Options Max Legs
4 2
Futures Trading
No No
Forex Trading
No No
Commission-Free ETFs all all
Mutual Funds (No Load)
4031 5234
Mutual Funds (Total)
11782 12603
Bonds (US Treasury)
Yes Yes
Bonds (Corporate)
Yes Yes
Bonds (Municipal)
Yes Yes
Advisor Services
Yes No
International Trading
Yes No
Offering of Investments 4.5 3.5
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Order Types

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
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 Yes
Order Type - OTO
Yes Yes
Order Type - OTOCO
Yes No
Offering of Investments 4.5 3.5
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Trading Platforms

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Yes No
Desktop Platform (Mac)
Yes No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
Paper Trading
No No
Trade Journal
Yes No
Watch Lists - Total Fields
91 13
Two-Factor Authentication Login
Yes No
Heat Mapping
Yes Yes
Platforms & Tools 4.5 2
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Charting Features

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
Charting - Trade Off Chart
Yes No
Charting - Indicators / Studies
166 58
Charting - Drawing Tools
22 5
Charting - Historical Trades
Yes No
Charting - Corporate Events
Yes Yes
Charting - Automated Analysis
Yes No
Charting - Save Profiles
Yes No
Charting - Study Customizations
5 6
Charting - Custom Studies
No No
Platforms & Tools 4.5 2
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Day Trading

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
Stock Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Stock Alerts - Advanced Fields
Yes No
Streaming Time & Sales
Yes No
Streaming TV
Yes 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 No
Level 2 Quotes - Options
Yes No
Trade Ideas - Backtesting
Yes No
Short Locator
Yes No
Order Liquidity Rebates
No No
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Mobile Trading Apps

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

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
Watch List Syncing
Yes Yes
Stock Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes No
Charting - After Hours
Yes No
Charting - Drawing
No No
Charting - Study Customizations
Yes Yes
Customizable Homescreen
Yes No
Heatmapping
Yes No
Stream Live TV
Yes No
Barcode Lookup
No No
Mobile Trading 4.5 3.5
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Research Overview

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
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 No
Screener - Bonds
Yes Yes
Misc - Portfolio Builder
Yes No
Misc - Portfolio Allocation
Yes Yes
Research 5 4
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Stock Research

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
Stock Research - Reports
12 1
Stock Research - Earnings
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Insiders
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Metric Comp
Yes 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
Yes No
Research 5 4
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ETF Research

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
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
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Mutual Fund Research

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
Mutual Funds - Strategy Overview
Yes Yes
Mutual Funds - Prospectus
Yes Yes
Mutual Funds - Reports
No No
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 5 4
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Options Trading

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
Option Chains - Streaming
Yes No
Option Chains - Total Columns
26 8
Option Chains - Greeks
5 5
Option Chains - Quick Analysis
Yes No
Option Analysis - P&L Charts
Yes No
Option Probability Analysis
Yes No
Option Probability Analysis Adv
Yes No
Option Positions - Greeks
Yes No
Option Positions - Adv Analysis
Yes No
Option Positions - Rolling
Yes Yes
Option Positions - Grouping
Yes No
Platforms & Tools 4.5 2
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Beginners

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
Has Education - Stocks
Yes Yes
Has Education - ETFs
Yes No
Has Education - Options
Yes Yes
Has Education - Mutual Funds
Yes No
Has Education - Fixed Income
Yes No
Has Education - Retirement
Yes Yes
Paper Trading
No No
Videos
Yes Yes
Webinars (Monthly Avg)
8 5
Webinars (Archived)
Yes Yes
Live Seminars
Yes No
Progress Tracking
Yes No
Interactive Learning - Quizzes
Yes No
Investor Magazine
Yes No
Education 5 3
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Banking

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
Retail Locations
197 2
Member FDIC
No No
Checking Accounts
Yes Yes
Savings Accounts
Yes No
Credit Cards
Yes No
Debit Cards
Yes Yes
Mortgage Loans
No No
No Fee Banking
Yes No
Banking 4 2
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Overall

Feature Fidelity Firstrade
Fidelity Review Firstrade Review
Overall 4.5 3.5
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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 Fidelity 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. Fidelity and Firstrade both cost $0 per trade. Looking at options, the base fees charged are the same for both brokers, $0. Firstrade's per contract rate of $0 is less than Fidelity which charges $0.65. 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. Fidelity alongside Firstrade offer clients Stock Trading, Options Trading and Mutual Funds. As far as mutual funds go, Fidelity trails Firstrade by 821 total mutual funds, with Firstrade offering 12603 and Fidelity offering 11782.

Finally, by comparing the each broker's website and platform features, we can surface interesting differences. Neither Fidelity and Firstrade offer virtual trading. For mobile trading, Both Fidelity and Firstrade 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. Clients can have Checking Accounts and Debit Cards at Firstrade while customers at Fidelity can have Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Debit Cards and Credit Cards.

Overall, between Fidelity and Firstrade, Fidelity 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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