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Annual Review Historical Rankings

Blain Reinkensmeyer

Dec 06, 2021

Since 2011, the research team at has conducted thorough annual broker reviews. Each year the data points assessed increases and the broker roster changes. New awards recipients, new best in class winners, and new star ratings are assessed to the firms included.

You can read more about How We Test for these reviews. In addition, you can see each individual annual review by clicking on the associated link provided.

2021 Rankings

The 2021 Annual Review assessed 11 online brokers on 256 variables across 7 categories. Note: Due to the pandemic and extensive market volatility, Customer Service was not scored as a main category.

2021 Rankings Table

2020 Rankings

The 2020 Annual Review assessed 15 online brokers on 236 variables across 8 categories.

2020 Rankings Table

2019 Rankings

The 2019 Annual Review assessed 16 online brokers on 284 variables across 9 categories.

2019 Rankings Table

2018 Rankings

The 2018 Annual Review assessed 13 online brokers on 292 variables across 10 categories.

2018 Rankings Table

2018 Robo Rankings

The 2018 Annual Robo Review assessed 8 robo-advisors on 22 variables across 3 categories.

2018 Robo Rankings Table

2017 Rankings

The 2017 Annual Review assessed 16 online brokers on 308 variables across 10 categories.

2017 Rankings Table

2017 Robo Rankings

The 2017 Annual Robo Review assessed 8 robo-advisors across 4 categories.

2017 Robo Rankings Table

2016 Rankings

Read the 2016 Annual Review, which assessed 13 online brokers on 295 variables across 10 categories.

2016 Rankings Table

2015 Rankings

Read the 2015 Annual Review, which assessed 15 online brokers on 272 variables across 9 categories.

2015 Rankings Table

2014 Rankings

Read the 2014 Annual Review, which assessed 17 online brokers on 266 variables across 8 categories.

2014 Rankings Table

2013 Rankings

Read the 2013 Annual Review, which assessed 17 online brokers on 283 variables across 8 categories.

2013 Rankings Table

2012 Rankings

Read the 2012 Annual Review, which assessed 24 online brokers across 8 categories.

2012 Rankings Table

2011 Rankings

Read the 2011 Annual Review, which assessed 23 brokers on 7 categories.

2011 Rankings Table

2011 Forex Rankings

See our new FX broker rankings and reviews at our sister site, Read the 2011 Annual Forex Review.

2011 Forex Rankings Table

About the Author

Blain Reinkensmeyer

As Head of Research at, Blain Reinkensmeyer has 20 years of trading experience with over 1,000 trades placed during that time. Referenced as a leading expert on the US online brokerage industry, Blain has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Fast Company, among others.

All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 01/19/2021 and is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. 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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