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Fidelity Investments vs Firstrade Review

Brandon Reinkensmeyer

Published by Brandon Reinkensmeyer


Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Comparing brokers side by side is no easy task. For our 2017 Broker Review, we factored in 308 different variables to assess 16 different brokers. So when taking a look at Fidelity Investments vs Firstrade, there is a huge database of information available to us.

To start this comparison, first we will take a look at the broker commission rates for placing regular stock and options trades. Fidelity Investments and Firstrade charge the same amount for regular stock trades, $4.95. For options trading, both Fidelity Investments and Firstrade charge the same base fee of $4.95. Contracts cost $0.65 each at both brokerages. Not all brokers charge a flat rate fee per trade though, so it is important to read the full commission notes to know the complete breakdown (go to any online broker review page, then scroll to the "Commissions Notes" section).

Next to commission rates, being able to trade the instrument you want is important. Fidelity Investments alongside Firstrade offer clients Stock Trading, Options Trading and Mutual Funds. Looking at mutual funds, Fidelity Investments boasts an offering of 13204 compared to Firstrade's 12191 available funds. Commission free ETFs also should not be forgotten, with Fidelity Investments having the upper hand thanks to its 91 available ETFs compared to Firstrade's offering of 12.

Lastly, taking a look at popular features and functionality, we can go a bit deeper to really break down the difference of both brokers. Fidelity Investments makes virtual trading available to clients, while Firstrade does not. Taking a look at mobile trading, Firstrade gives clients access to an iPhone App and Android App while Fidelity Investments has an 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 and Debit Cards are offered by Firstrade while Fidelity Investments offers Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Debit Cards and Credit Cards. On the whole, when it comes to tools, research, and trading on the go, Fidelity Investments finished with awards for Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Research and Best in Class - Mobile Trading in 2014, while Firstrade came up with none of these.

Overall, Fidelity Investments boasts 4.50 stars versus Firstrade's 3.50 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
Fidelity Investments
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Fidelity Investments Review
 
4.5
3
4.5
4.5
5
4.5
4.5
4.5
4.5
5
4
 
$4.95
$4.95
$0.65
$49.95
$32.95
$2,500.00
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
22
166
26
80
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
 
91
4052
13204
3748
195
 
8.33%
7.83%
6.88%
6.58%
6.58%
4.00%
4.00%
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Firstrade
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Firstrade Review
 
3.5
3.5
3.5
2
4
4
3.5
4.5
3
1.5
2
 
$4.95
$4.95
$0.65
$9.95
$19.95
$0.00
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
No
Yes
No
5
58
8
57
 
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
 
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
 
12
4928
12191
4200
2
 
7.75%
7.50%
7.00%
6.50%
6.00%
4.50%
5.00%
 
Yes
No
No
Yes
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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