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TradeStation Securities vs Lightspeed Trading Review

Brandon Reinkensmeyer

Published by Brandon Reinkensmeyer


Thursday, June 1st, 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 Lightspeed Trading vs TradeStation Securities, 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. TradeStation Securities, with its regular stock trades costing $5.00, is more expensive than Lightspeed Trading's rate of $4.50 per trade. Looking at trading options, Lightspeed Trading's base fee is $0 while TradeStation Securities's is $5. Each contract then costs $0.60 at Lightspeed Trading and $0.50 at TradeStation Securities for a difference in price of $0.10 per contract. 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. TradeStation Securities provides its clients with Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds and Futures Trading while Lightspeed Trading gives clients access to Stock Trading, Options Trading and Futures Trading. Looking at mutual funds, TradeStation Securities boasts an offering of 4854 compared to Lightspeed Trading's 0 available funds. Commission free ETFs also should not be forgotten, which in this case means trading a possible 0 funds at both brokers.

Lastly, taking a look at popular features and functionality, we can go a bit deeper to really break down the difference of both brokers. Lightspeed Trading alongside TradeStation Securities have virtual trading. Taking a look at mobile trading, TradeStation Securities supports the iPhone App, iPad App and Android App while Lightspeed Trading supports the none of these. Not to be left out, online banking is also a nice benefit for many investors, and some brokerages provide these services to clients. Banking is not popular with Lightspeed Trading and TradeStation Securities as Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Mortgage Loans are all unavailable. On the whole, when it comes to tools, research, and trading on the go, TradeStation Securities was rated for Best in Class - Platforms & Tools in 2014, while Lightspeed Trading was rated for none of these.

Overall, TradeStation Securities boasts 3.50 stars versus Lightspeed Trading's 2.50 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
TradeStation Securities
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3.5
3.5
4
4.5
1
4.5
4
3.5
3
3.5
0.5
 
$5.00
$5.00
$0.50
$14.95
$20.00
$5,000.00
No
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
21
270
32
318
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
0
988
4854
2500
0
 
8.50%
8.25%
7.75%
7.75%
7.25%
6.75%
7.25%
 
No
No
No
No
No
No
Lightspeed Trading
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2.5
4
3
3
0.5
3.5
0.5
2.5
1.5
4
0.5
 
$4.50
$0.00
$0.60
N/A
$25.00
$10,000.00
Yes
No
 
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
5
18
35
141
 
No
No
No
No
No
 
No
No
No
No
No
 
0
0
0
5500
0
 
6.50%
6.50%
5.50%
5.50%
4.75%
4.00%
4.25%
 
No
No
No
No
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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