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TD Ameritrade vs Lightspeed 2019

Blain Reinkensmeyer

The StockBrokers.com annual review (9 years running) takes six months to complete and produces over 30,000 words of research each year. Here's how we test.

Is Lightspeed better than TD Ameritrade? After scoring brokers on over 4,000 data points for our 2019 review, TD Ameritrade (86.98%) is better than Lightspeed (51.8%). 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 Lightspeed
Overall 4.5 2.5
TD Ameritrade Review Lightspeed Review

Trading Fees

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
Minimum Deposit $0.00 $10,000.00
Stock Trade Fee (per trade) $6.95 $4.50
ETF Trade Fee $6.95 $4.50
Options Base Fee $6.95 $0.00
Options Per Contract Fee $0.75 $0.60
Mutual Fund Trade Fee $49.99 N/A
Broker Assisted Trades Fee $44.99 $25.00
Commissions & Fees 3.5 3
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Margin Rates

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
Under $24,999.99 10.25% 8.50%
$25,000.00 to $49,999.99 10.00% 8.50%
$50,000.00 to $99,999.99 9.00% 7.50%
$100,000.00 to $249,999.99 8.75% 7.50%
$250,000.00 to $499,999.99 8.50% 6.75%
$500,000.00 to $999,999.99 8.50% 6.25%
Above $1,000,000.00 7.75% 6.00%
Commissions & Fees 3.5 3
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Account Fees

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
IRA Annual Fee 0 35
IRA Closure Fee 0 95
Returned ACH Fee 25 30
Returned Wire Fee 25 30
Stock Certificate Processing Fee 0 75
Stock Certificate Delivery Fee 500 50
Paper Statement Fee 0 5
Paper Confirmation Fee 0 2
Domestic Wire Fee 25 20
International Wire Fee 25 50
Commissions & Fees 3.5 3

Investment Options

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
Stock Trading
Yes Yes
OTCBB / Pink Sheets
Yes Yes
Options Trading
Yes Yes
Complex Options Max Legs
4 6
Futures Trading
Yes Yes
Forex Trading
Yes No
Commission-Free ETFs 571 0
Mutual Funds (No Load)
5185 0
Mutual Funds (Total)
12418 0
Bonds (US Treasury)
Yes Yes
Bonds (Corporate)
Yes No
Bonds (Municipal)
Yes No
Advisor Services
Yes No
International Trading
Yes No
Offering of Investments 4.5 3
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Order Types

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
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 Yes
Offering of Investments 4.5 3
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Trading Platforms

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
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
514 141
Two-Factor Authentication Login
Yes Yes
Heat Mapping
Yes No
Platforms & Tools 5 3
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Charting Features

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
Charting - Trade Off Chart
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
411 20
Charting - Drawing Tools
22 8
Charting - Historical Trades
Yes Yes
Charting - Corporate Events
Yes No
Charting - Automated Analysis
Yes No
Charting - Save Profiles
Yes Yes
Charting - Study Customizations
9 4
Charting - Custom Studies
Yes No
Platforms & Tools 5 3
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Day Trading

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

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

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
Watch List Syncing
Yes No
Stock Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes No
Stock Alerts - Advanced Fields
No No
Charting - After Hours
Yes No
Charting - Drawing
Yes No
Charting - Study Customizations
Yes No
Customizable Homescreen
No No
Heatmapping
No No
Stream Live TV
Yes No
Barcode Lookup
Yes No
Mobile Trading 4.5 1.5
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Research Overview

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
Research - Stocks
Yes Yes
Research - ETFs
Yes No
Research - Mutual Funds
Yes No
Research - Pink Sheets / OTCBB
Yes No
Research - Fixed Income
Yes No
Research - Futures
Yes No
Research - Forex
Yes No
Screener - Stocks
Yes Yes
Screener - ETFs
Yes No
Screener - Mutual Funds
Yes No
Screener - Options
Yes No
Screener - Bonds
Yes No
Misc - Portfolio Builder
Yes No
Misc - Portfolio Allocation
Yes No
Research 5 1
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Stock Research

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
Stock Research - Reports
7 0
Stock Research - Earnings
Yes No
Stock Research - Insiders
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Metric Comp
Yes No
Stock Research - SEC Filings
Yes No
Stock Research - Social
Yes Yes
Stock Research - Balance Sheet
Yes No
Stock Research - Cash Flows
Yes No
Stock Research - News
Yes Yes
Stock Research - ESG
No No
Research 5 1
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ETF Research

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
ETFs - Strategy Overview
Yes No
ETFs - Top 10 Holdings
Yes No
ETFs - Sector Exposure
Yes No
ETFs - Risk Analysis
Yes No
ETFs - Performance Analysis
Yes No
ETFs - Ratings
Yes No
ETFs - Morningstar StyleMap
Yes No
ETFs - Reports
Yes No
Research 5 1
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Mutual Fund Research

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
Mutual Funds - Strategy Overview
Yes No
Mutual Funds - Prospectus
Yes No
Mutual Funds - Reports
Yes 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
No No
Mutual Funds - StyleMap
Yes No
Mutual Funds - 3rd Party Ratings
Yes No
Research 5 1
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Options Trading

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
Option Chains - Streaming
Yes Yes
Option Chains - Total Columns
33 60
Option Chains - Greeks
5 5
Option Chains - Quick Analysis
Yes Yes
Option Analysis - P&L Charts
Yes Yes
Option Probability Analysis
Yes No
Option Probability Analysis Adv
Yes No
Option Positions - Greeks
Yes Yes
Option Positions - Adv Analysis
Yes No
Option Positions - Rolling
Yes Yes
Option Positions - Grouping
Yes Yes
Platforms & Tools 5 3
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Beginners

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
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 No
Paper Trading
Yes Yes
Videos
Yes Yes
Webinars (Monthly Avg)
500 1
Webinars (Archived)
Yes Yes
Live Seminars
Yes No
Progress Tracking
Yes No
Interactive Learning - Quizzes
Yes No
Investor Magazine
Yes No
Education 5 2.5
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Banking

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
Retail Locations
364 0
Member FDIC
No No
Checking Accounts
Yes No
Savings Accounts
No No
Credit Cards
Yes No
Debit Cards
Yes No
Mortgage Loans
No No
No Fee Banking
Yes No
Banking 3 0.5
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Overall

Feature TD Ameritrade Lightspeed
TD Ameritrade Review Lightspeed Review
Overall 4.5 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 Lightspeed 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. TD Ameritrade charges $6.95 per stock trade which is $2.45 more than Lightspeed which charges customers $4.50 per trade. For options trading, TD Ameritrade has a base fee of $6.95, and Lightspeed a base fee of $0. Lightspeed's per contract rate of $0.60 is less than TD Ameritrade which charges $0.75. 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 provides its clients with Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds, Forex Trading and Futures Trading while Lightspeed provides clients access to Stock Trading, Options Trading and Futures Trading. Looking at mutual funds, TD Ameritrade boasts an offering of 12418 mutual funds compared to Lightspeed's 0 available funds.

Trading access aside, by comparing popular features and functionality, we can break down relevant differences between both brokers. Lightspeed and TD Ameritrade both offer virtual trading. Taking a look at mobile trading, Lightspeed along with TD Ameritrade both support the 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, Debit Cards and Credit Cards at TD Ameritrade while customers at Lightspeed can have none of these.

Overall, between Lightspeed 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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