Barrons Survey 2018 Rankings

Brandon Reinkensmeyer

Published by Brandon Reinkensmeyer

Monday, March 26th, 2018

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Below are the final rankings from the Barron’s 2018 Best Online Brokers Ranking. The Barron's annual broker survey assessed 19 brokerages across eight categories: Trading Experience & Technology, Usability, Mobile, Range of Offerings, Research Amenities, Portfolio Analysis and Reports, Customer Service / Education / Security, and Costs.

They then rate the brokers with stars for each category and overall rating. In addition, they rank the brokers in order. There were some newcomers to their review for 2018. The final ranking (Source):

  1. Interactive Brokers - 36.8
  2. Fidelity - 34.7
  3. TD Ameritrade - 34.1
  4. Charles Schwab - 33.9
  5. TradeStation - 32.8
  6. Merrill Edge - 32.7
  7. E*TRADE - 32.3
  8. tastyworks - 31.5
  9. Ally Invest - 29.4
  10. Lightspeed Trading - 29.2
  11. eOption - 24.2
  12. SogoTrade - 23.1
  13. Firstrade - 22.0
  14. OptionsRoute - 19.6
  15. Just2Trade - 19.2
  16. AutoShares - 19.4
  17. TradingBlock - 18.3
  18. Vanguard - 17.2
  19. Planner Securities - 16.3

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