Best Brokerage Accounts for 2019

Blain Reinkensmeyer

Published by Blain Reinkensmeyer

Monday, February 18th, 2019

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Looking for an online brokerage account for stock trading?

Here's our list of the best brokers for 2019 and why we recommend them, sorted by broker rank and total #1 awards.

Best Brokerage Accounts for 2019

The best online brokers for stock trading, based on 4,544 data points.

  • Best Overall Broker - TD Ameritrade
  • Best Broker for Discount Trading - Fidelity
  • Balanced Offering - Charles Schwab
  • Best Web Platform - E*TRADE
  • Best Broker for Professionals - Interactive Brokers
  • Best Broker Rewards Program - Merrill Edge
  • Best Platform Technology - TradeStation
TD Ameritrade Logo
Exclusive Offer Trade free for 90 days + get up to $600 cash. Learn More
Fidelity Investments Logo
Current Offer Get 300 commission-free trades and 2 years to use them. Learn More
Charles Schwab Logo
Current Offer $4.95 online equity trades + $0.65 per options contract Open Account
Current Offer Trade Free for 60 Days & Get Up to $600. Learn More
Interactive Brokers Logo
Exclusive Offer New clients that open an account today receive a special margin rate. Learn More
Merrill Edge Logo
Current Offer Invest in a new account and get up to $600. Learn More
TradeStation Logo
Current Offer Low Fees and Free Market Data. Trade with TradeStation. Learn More

2019 Overall Brokerage Ranking

Scored on 4,544 data points, here's our final broker rankings for the sixteen brokerages who participated in our 2019 Broker Review, sorted by Overall ranking. online stock broker rankings 2019 online stock broker rankings 2019

Best Online Stock Brokers 2019 Summary

Online Broker Best For Minimum Deposit Commissions Overall Rating
TD Ameritrade Best broker overall $0 $6.95 4.5 Stars
Fidelity Best for low costs $0 $4.95 4.5 Stars
Charles Schwab Well-rounded broker $1,000 $4.95 4 Stars
E*TRADE Best web platform $500 $6.95 4 Stars
Interactive Brokers Best for Professionals $0 $.005 per share 4 Stars
Merrill Edge Best rewards program $0 $6.95 4 Stars
TradeStation Best platform technology $500 $5.00 3.5 Stars

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All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 02/18/2019 and is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. The 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 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 9/30/2019 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. No credit will be given for unexecuted trades. 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. © 2019 TD Ameritrade.

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