Online Trading Guides

Using a proprietary scoring methodology, StockBrokers.com continually tests and analyzes online brokerages, collecting thousands of data points and writing thousands of words of research. From stock trading to options trading, active trading, investing for beginners, and more, our team has accumulated a wealth of knowledge.

To help investors find the right broker for their needs, it's important to read individual brokerage reviews as well as educational guides. Our in-depth guides cover a variety of investing-related and broker-related topics. Each guide is also centered around educating retail investors on the topic they are interested in. Below you will find a listing of all investment guides we current offer on the site.

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Best Stock Brokers for May 2024

Every online stock broker is unique. Deciding which one is right for you comes down to differences in the overall trading experience. Here's a look at the best online brokers and platforms available today.

Sam Levine, CFA, CMT      March 25, 2024

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Best Stock Trading Apps of 2024

To find the best app for stock trading, our research had us comparing live trading apps side by side. We collected data across more than 25 different features.

Sam Levine, CFA, CMT      March 25, 2024

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Best Stock Trading Platforms for Beginners of May 2024

To find the best trading platform for beginner investors, we tested and scored 18 trading platforms, focusing on features that are essential for new investors.

Sam Levine, CFA, CMT      March 25, 2024

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StockBrokers.com 2024 Annual Awards

18 brokers competed for the StockBrokers.com Annual Awards. See the winners here.

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Best Brokers for Penny Stock Trading of May 2024

To help investors find the best brokers for penny stocks trading, we compared the pricing and trading platforms of 17 brokers.

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Best Futures Trading Platforms of May 2024

To find the best futures trading platform, we compared pricing and the platforms themselves, including trading tools, research, usability, and available order types. Here are our picks.

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Best Day Trading Platforms of May 2024

To find the best day trading platform, we focused on both web and desktop platforms and assessed each platform across 55 different features.

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Best Options Trading Platforms & Brokers

We tested and scored 17 different trading platforms. Here are the best options trading platforms, based on multiple variables and live trading.

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Best IRA Accounts of May 2024

For our 2023 Annual Review, we reviewed and rated 17 top online brokers and focused on their fees and available retirement account options.

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Best Crypto Trading Platforms of May 2024

Here's a breakdown of some of the best crypto brokers for U.S. residents. We focused on traditional brokerages headquartered and regulated in the U.S.

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Other Guides

Best Brokers for Order Execution of May 2024

Our research finds that Fidelity offers the best order execution quality for everyday investors, while Interactive Brokers offers the best order execution quality for professionals.

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Best Bank Brokerages of May 2024

To determine which online brokerage offers the best bank-broker experience, we explored the availability and quality of cash management tools.

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Best Brokerage Firms for High Net Worth Individuals of May 2024

The best brokerage firms for high net worth households have extensive and consolidated reporting, a wide range of account types, and a rich palette of investing options to manage risk. Here are our top picks for those with over $1 million of liquid, investable assets.

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Best US Forex Brokers of May 2024

Looking for the best forex brokers? StockBrokers.com analysts review the best online stock brokers for forex trading.

Steven Hatzakis

Best DAS Trader Pro Brokers of May 2024

The best stock brokers for DAS Trader Pro. DAS Trader Pro is a desktop and mobile trading platform built for professional direct-access trading.

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Online Broker Features & Fees Glossary

StockBrokers.com tracks over 4,000 online broker data points. Here we've summarized 21 of the most common brokerage features and fees to help everyday investors.

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International Guides

Historical Awards

Recently Updated Guides

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Best International Brokers for Stock Trading in May 2024

Here are the best online brokers for international trading. To qualify, online brokers must be based in the U.S., U.S.-regulated, and offer international investors the ability to buy and sell stocks.

Sam Levine, CFA, CMT      May 04, 2024

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Best US Forex Brokers of May 2024

Looking for the best forex brokers? StockBrokers.com analysts review the best online stock brokers for forex trading.

Steven Hatzakis      May 03, 2024

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Best Options Trading Platforms & Brokers

We tested and scored 17 different trading platforms. Here are the best options trading platforms, based on multiple variables and live trading.

Sam Levine, CFA, CMT      April 26, 2024

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Best Crypto Trading Platforms of May 2024

Here's a breakdown of some of the best crypto brokers for U.S. residents. We focused on traditional brokerages headquartered and regulated in the U.S.

Steven Hatzakis      April 17, 2024

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Best Online Brokerages in Canada May 2024

In this guide, we break down the best online brokers available to Canadian residents looking to trade stocks online in Canada and the United States.

Sam Levine, CFA, CMT      April 16, 2024

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Best Forex Brokers in the UK for May 2024

We tested more than 27 of the most regulated forex brokers globally to find the best. Based on our analysis, these are the the best forex brokers in the U.K.

Steven Hatzakis      April 03, 2024

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Best Share Trading Platforms in Australia for May 2024

In this guide, we will break down the best online brokers available to Australian residents looking to trade stocks online in Australia and the United States.

Sam Levine, CFA, CMT      April 02, 2024

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Best Brokerage Firms for High Net Worth Individuals of May 2024

The best brokerage firms for high net worth households have extensive and consolidated reporting, a wide range of account types, and a rich palette of investing options to manage risk. Here are our top picks for those with over $1 million of liquid, investable assets.

Sam Levine, CFA, CMT      March 28, 2024

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Best Paper Trading Platforms of May 2024

Paper trading, or virtual trading, lets you experiment in stock trading without risking money. Our top picks for brokers with paper trading require no minimum deposit nor charge ongoing fees to practice.

Sam Levine, CFA, CMT      March 25, 2024

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Best Stock Trading Platforms for Beginners of May 2024

To find the best trading platform for beginner investors, we tested and scored 18 trading platforms, focusing on features that are essential for new investors.

Sam Levine, CFA, CMT      March 25, 2024

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