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TD Ameritrade vs Scottrade Review

Brandon Reinkensmeyer

Published by Brandon Reinkensmeyer


Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Using data from the StockBrokers.com 2017 Broker Rankings, we can compare Scottrade vs TD Ameritrade to determine which broker is better for you. Our database includes thousands of data points on everything from research to trading tools. Let's take a closer look at Scottrade and TD Ameritrade.

First we will break down the commission charges of both brokers for placing stock and options trades. Scottrade and TD Ameritrade charge the same amount for regular stock trades, $6.95. Looking at options, the base fees charged are the same for both brokers, $6.95. At a difference of $0.05 per contract, Scottrade's per contract rate of $0.70 is less than TD Ameritrade which charges $0.75. Note that flat rate trading is not available everywhere though, so it is important to read the complete commission notes for each broker to know the full breakdown (go to any stock broker review page, then scroll down to the "Commission Notes" section).

Trading fees aside, having access to trade what you want is also an important consideration. TD Ameritrade offers clients Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds, Forex Trading and Futures Trading while Scottrade offers Stock Trading, Options Trading and Mutual Funds. As far as mutual funds go, Scottrade boasts an offering of 13599 compared to TD Ameritrade's 12851 available funds. And, commission free ETFs deserve a mention, with TD Ameritrade having the upper hand thanks to its 101 available ETFs compared to Scottrade's offering of 0.

Finally, by looking at the most popular features and offerings of each broker, we can really see the differences between the two. Scottrade and TD Ameritrade both have virtual trading. For mobile trading, Scottrade along with TD Ameritrade both support the iPhone App, iPad App and Android App. Online banking is also used by many clients, and multiple brokerages provide these services. Checking Accounts, Debit Cards and Credit Cards are offered by TD Ameritrade while Scottrade offers Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts and Debit Cards. All things considered, when it comes to platform tools, research, and trading via smartphone, TD Ameritrade posted awards for Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Research and Best in Class - Mobile Trading in 2014, while Scottrade found itself with none of these.

Overall, TD Ameritrade boasts 4.50 stars versus Scottrade's 4.00 stars.
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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
TD Ameritrade
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4.5
2.5
4.5
5
4.5
5
4.5
4.5
5
2
3.5
 
$6.95
$6.95
$0.75
$49.99
$44.99
$0.00
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
22
370
33
401
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
101
7573
12851
3000
105
 
9.00%
8.75%
7.75%
7.50%
7.25%
6.50%
7.25%
 
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Scottrade
Scottrade Review
 
4
3.5
3
4
4.5
4.5
3.5
4.5
4
3.5
4
 
$6.95
$6.95
$0.70
$17.00
$32.00
$2,500.00
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
12
67
28
236
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
 
0
7213
13599
3500
503
 
8.00%
7.25%
7.00%
6.50%
6.25%
5.25%
5.75%
 
Yes
Yes
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.

TD Ameritrade, Inc. and StockBrokers.com are separate, unaffiliated companies and are not responsible for each other’s services and products. Options are not suitable for all investors as the special risks inherent to options trading may expose investors to potentially rapid and substantial losses. Options trading privileges subject to TD Ameritrade review and approval. Please read Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options before investing in options. Offer valid for one new Individual, Joint or IRA TD Ameritrade account opened by 09/30/2017 and funded within 60 calendar days of account opening with $3,000 or more. To receive $100 bonus, account must be funded with $25,000-$99,999. To receive $300 bonus, account must be funded with $100,000-$249,999. To receive $600 bonus, account must be funded with $250,000 or more. Offer is not valid on tax-exempt trusts, 401k accounts, Keogh plans, Profit Sharing Plan, or Money Purchase Plan. Offer is not transferable and not valid with internal transfers, accounts managed by TD Ameritrade Investment Management, LLC, TD Ameritrade Institutional accounts, and current TD Ameritrade accounts or with other offers. Qualified commission-free Internet equity, ETF or options orders will be limited to a maximum of 250 and must execute within 90 calendar days of account funding. Contract, exercise, and assignment fees still apply. Limit one offer per client. Account value of the qualifying account must remain equal to, or greater than, the value after the net deposit was made (minus any losses due to trading or market volatility or margin debit balances) for 12 months, or TD Ameritrade may charge the account for the cost of the offer at its sole discretion. TD Ameritrade reserves the right to restrict or revoke this offer at any time. This is not an offer or solicitation in any jurisdiction where we are not authorized to do business. Please allow 3-5 business days for any cash deposits to post to account. Taxes related to TD Ameritrade offers are your responsibility. Retail values totaling $600 or more during the calendar year will be included in your consolidated Form 1099. Please consult a legal or tax advisor for the most recent changes to the U.S. tax code and for rollover eligibility rules. (Offer Code 264) TD Ameritrade Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. TD Ameritrade is a trademark jointly owned by TD Ameritrade IP Company, Inc. and The Toronto-Dominion Bank. © 2016 TD Ameritrade IP Company, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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