Merrill Edge vs Sofi Invest Comparison
Comparing brokers side by side is no easy task. For our 2022 annual broker review, we spent hundreds of hours assessing 15 brokerages to find the best online broker. Let's compare Merrill Edge vs Sofi Invest.
Is Merrill Edge or Sofi Invest better for beginners?
E*TRADE offers more comprehensive new investor education for beginner investors than Merrill Edge. Merrill Edge offers investors access to Videos, Education (Stocks), Education (ETFs), Education (Options), Education (Mutual Funds), Education (Bonds) and Education (Retirement), while Sofi Invest offers investors access to Education (Stocks), Education (ETFs), Education (Options), Education (Mutual Funds), Education (Bonds) and Education (Retirement), neither have Paper Trading.
What about Merrill Edge vs Sofi Invest pricing?
Merrill Edge and Sofi Invest charge the same amount for regular stock trades, $0.00. Option contracts are pricier at Merrill Edge, costing $0.65 per contract versus $0.00 per contract at Sofi Invest. For a complete commissions summary, see our best brokers for free stock trading guide.
Does Merrill Edge or Sofi Invest offer a wider range of investment options?
Merrill Edge offers investors access to Stock Trading, Options Trading, OTCBB / Pink Sheets, Mutual Funds and Advisor Services, while Sofi Invest offers investors access to Stock Trading, Fractional Shares and OTCBB / Pink Sheets, neither have Futures Trading and Forex Trading. Looking at Mutual Funds, Sofi Invest trails Merrill Edge in its offering of no transaction fee (NTF) mutual funds, with Merrill Edge offering 3095 and Sofi Invest offering 0.
Which trading platform is better: Merrill Edge or Sofi Invest?
To compare the trading platforms of Merrill Edge and Sofi Invest, we tested each broker's trading tools, research capabilities, and mobile apps. For trading tools, E*TRADE offers a better experience. With research, Merrill Edge offers superior market research. Finally, we found E*TRADE to provide better mobile trading apps.
Does either broker offer banking?
Online banking can be a benefit for investors, and some brokerages do provide banking services to customers. Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Mortgage Loans are available to customers of Merrill Edge and Sofi Invest.
Is Merrill Edge good?
Merrill Edge offers $0 trades with industry-leading research tools — especially for ESG research — and excellent customer service. Better yet, the Preferred Rewards program at Bank of America, Merrill Edge’s parent, offers the best rewards of any bank broker we tested in 2022.
Is Sofi Invest good?
SoFi Invest offers a wide range of services, including access to cryptocurrencies, IPOs and automated investing. It is relatively easy to use, and gets high marks for its mobile app. However, its lack of research, as well as its lagging education and trading tools, leave it a step behind industry leaders.
Merrill Edge vs Sofi Invest Winner
Overall winner: E*TRADE
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