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Firstrade vs Robinhood 2019

Is Firstrade better than Robinhood? After scoring brokers on over 4,000 data points for our 2019 review, Firstrade (67.1%) is better than Robinhood (46.99%).

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.

Robinhood

Great Mobile App
Robinhood makes trading simple for beginners by offering an easy-to-use mobile app and $0 stock, options, ETF, and cryptocurrency trades. However, Robinhood makes money by accepting payment for order flow. Furthermore, few trading tools are offered, and there is no phone support. Read full review.

Overall Rating

Feature Firstrade Robinhood
Overall 3.5 2.5
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Trading Fees

Feature Firstrade Robinhood
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 $0.00 $0.00
Mutual Fund Trade Fee $0.00 N/A
Broker Assisted Trades Fee $19.95 $0.00
Commissions & Fees 4 4.5
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Margin Rates

Feature Firstrade
Open Account
Robinhood
Under $24,999.99 9.50% 5.00%
$25,000.00 to $49,999.99 9.00% 5.00%
$50,000.00 to $99,999.99 8.50% 5.00%
$100,000.00 to $249,999.99 8.00% 5.00%
$250,000.00 to $499,999.99 7.75% 5.00%
$500,000.00 to $999,999.99 6.00% 5.00%
Above $1,000,000.00 5.25% 5.00%
Commissions & Fees 4 4.5
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Account Fees

Feature Firstrade Robinhood
IRA Annual Fee $0.00 $0.00
IRA Closure Fee $0.00 $0.00
Returned ACH Fee $50.00 $9.00
Returned Wire Fee $50.00 $9.00
Stock Certificate Processing Fee $300.00 N/A
Stock Certificate Delivery Fee $300.00 N/A
Paper Statement Fee $5.00 $5.00
Paper Confirmation Fee $3.00 $2.00
Domestic Wire Fee $30.00 $25.00
International Wire Fee $50.00 $50.00
Commissions & Fees 4 4.5

Investment Options

Feature Firstrade Robinhood
Stock Trading
Yes Yes
OTCBB / Pink Sheets
Yes No
Options Trading
Yes Yes
Complex Options Max Legs
2 4
Futures Trading
No No
Forex Trading
No No
Commission-Free ETFs all all
Mutual Funds (No Load)
5234 0
Mutual Funds (Total)
12603 0
Bonds (US Treasury)
Yes No
Bonds (Corporate)
Yes No
Bonds (Municipal)
Yes No
Advisor Services
No No
International Trading
No No
Offering of Investments 3.5 2
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Order Types

Feature Firstrade Robinhood
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
Yes No
Order Type - OCO
Yes No
Order Type - OTO
Yes No
Order Type - OTOCO
No No
Offering of Investments 3.5 2
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Trading Platforms

Feature Firstrade Robinhood
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Desktop Platform (Mac)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
Paper Trading
No No
Trade Journal
No No
Watch Lists - Total Fields
13 7
Two-Factor Authentication Login
No Yes
Heat Mapping
Yes No
Platforms & Tools 2 1
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Charting Features

Feature Firstrade Robinhood
Charting - Trade Off Chart
No No
Charting - Indicators / Studies
58 5
Charting - Drawing Tools
5 0
Charting - Historical Trades
No No
Charting - Corporate Events
Yes No
Charting - Automated Analysis
No No
Charting - Save Profiles
No No
Charting - Study Customizations
6 2
Charting - Custom Studies
No No
Platforms & Tools 2 1
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Day Trading

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

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

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

Feature Firstrade Robinhood
Research - Stocks
Yes Yes
Research - ETFs
Yes Yes
Research - Mutual Funds
Yes No
Research - Pink Sheets / OTCBB
Yes No
Research - Fixed Income
Yes No
Screener - Stocks
Yes No
Screener - ETFs
Yes No
Screener - Mutual Funds
Yes No
Screener - Options
No No
Screener - Bonds
Yes No
Misc - Portfolio Builder
No No
Misc - Portfolio Allocation
Yes Yes
Research 4 1
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Stock Research

Feature Firstrade Robinhood
Stock Research - Reports
1 0
Stock Research - Earnings
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Insiders
Yes No
Stock Research - Metric Comp
Yes No
Stock Research - SEC Filings
Yes No
Stock Research - Social
No No
Stock Research - Balance Sheet
Yes No
Stock Research - Cash Flows
Yes No
Stock Research - News
Yes Yes
Stock Research - ESG
No No
Research 4 1
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ETF Research

Feature Firstrade Robinhood
ETFs - Strategy Overview
Yes Yes
ETFs - Top 10 Holdings
Yes No
ETFs - Sector Exposure
Yes No
ETFs - Risk Analysis
Yes No
ETFs - Performance Analysis
Yes Yes
ETFs - Ratings
Yes No
ETFs - Morningstar StyleMap
Yes No
ETFs - Reports
Yes No
Research 4 1
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Mutual Fund Research

Feature Firstrade Robinhood
Mutual Funds - Strategy Overview
Yes No
Mutual Funds - Prospectus
Yes No
Mutual Funds - Reports
No No
Mutual Funds - Fees Breakdown
Yes No
Mutual Funds - Top 10 Holdings
Yes No
Mutual Funds - Asset Allocation
Yes No
Mutual Funds - Sector Allocation
Yes No
Mutual Funds - Country Allocation
Yes No
Mutual Funds - StyleMap
Yes No
Mutual Funds - 3rd Party Ratings
Yes No
Research 4 1
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Options Trading

Feature Firstrade Robinhood
Option Chains - Streaming
No No
Option Chains - Total Columns
8 5
Option Chains - Greeks
5 0
Option Chains - Quick Analysis
No No
Option Analysis - P&L Charts
No No
Option Probability Analysis
No No
Option Probability Analysis Adv
No No
Option Positions - Greeks
No No
Option Positions - Adv Analysis
No No
Option Positions - Rolling
Yes No
Option Positions - Grouping
No No
Platforms & Tools 2 1
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Beginners

Feature Firstrade Robinhood
Has Education - Stocks
Yes Yes
Has Education - ETFs
No No
Has Education - Options
Yes Yes
Has Education - Mutual Funds
No No
Has Education - Fixed Income
No No
Has Education - Retirement
Yes No
Paper Trading
No No
Videos
Yes No
Webinars (Monthly Avg)
5 0
Webinars (Archived)
Yes No
Live Seminars
No No
Progress Tracking
No No
Interactive Learning - Quizzes
No No
Investor Magazine
No No
Education 3 2
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Banking

Feature Firstrade Robinhood
Retail Locations
2 0
Member FDIC
No No
Checking Accounts
Yes No
Savings Accounts
No No
Credit Cards
No No
Debit Cards
Yes No
Mortgage Loans
No No
No Fee Banking
No No
Banking 2 0.5
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Overall

Feature Firstrade Robinhood
Firstrade Review Robinhood Review
Overall 3.5 2.5
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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 Firstrade vs Robinhood.

To start this comparison, first, we will take a look at the online broker commission rates for placing regular stock and options trades. Firstrade and Robinhood have equal fees for trading stocks (equities), $0 per trade. With options, the base fee is $0 for both Firstrade and Robinhood. Option contracts at both of the brokerages are the same at $0 each. 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. Robinhood offers clients Stock Trading and Options Trading while Firstrade offers Stock Trading, Options Trading and Mutual Funds. Looking at mutual funds, Firstrade boasts an offering of 12603 mutual funds compared to Robinhood's 0 available funds.

Trading access aside, by comparing popular features and functionality, we can break down relevant differences between both brokers. Neither broker offers virtual trading. Taking a look at mobile trading, Both Firstrade and Robinhood offer clients access to 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. Clients can have Checking Accounts and Debit Cards at Firstrade while customers at Robinhood can have none of these.

Overall, between Firstrade and Robinhood, Firstrade is the winner.

Firstrade Review
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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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