Online Broker Reviews reviews many of the online brokers available today for trading. Our online broker reviews assess brokers that offer stock trading, options trading, ETFs, mutual funds, IRAs, bonds, futures, and forex.

Our goal is to provide the most in-depth reviews so investors can find the best brokerage for their investing needs. Each year our team tests and assess these firms on over 256 variables which formulate their star ratings for various categories, as well as the scoring for the best online brokers 2021 review.


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How We Test

Our mission at is to provide accurate and widespread data for every online broker we track. is home to the largest independent database on the web covering the US online brokerage industry. In our 2020 Review, we assessed each broker on 236 separate variables across eight core categories.

With this data, we are able to thoroughly evaluate each broker and provide visitors with accurate and easy to understand star ratings. Broker star ratings can also be compared side by side using the brokerage comparison tool.

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Historical Broker Reviews

Over the years, online brokers come and go. Here is a list of brokerages that have been acquired and no longer operate as a standalone business: Capital One Investing (acquired by E*TRADE), MB Trading (acquired by Ally Invest) OptionsHouse (acquired by E*TRADE), optionsXpress (acquired by Charles Schwab), Scottrade (acquired by TD Ameritrade), thinkorswim (acquired by TD Ameritrade), TradeKing (acquired by Ally), tradeMONSTER (merged with OptionsHouse), Zecco (merged with TradeKing).