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    Charles Schwab

    • Online Community: Yes
    Pros:
    • Vast selection of commission-free ETFs and mutual funds
    • 2 platforms (one for beginners and one for advanced traders)
    • 24/7 customer service including online chat
    Cons:
    • $1,000 minimum to open a brokerage account
    • Commission costs on mutual funds outside of the commission-free funds
    • Robo-advisor option requires a minimum investment of $5,000

    Our Review: (4.2) Charles Schwab is one of the oldest names in the world of investing. With something for investors of all levels, it's often the go-to brokerage for investors looking for a new broker... Read full review

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    Interactive Brokers

    • Online Community: Yes
    Pros:
    • Large number of investments, including options, futures, and forex
    • Customize trading platform
    • Tools and opportunities for research
    Cons:
    • $10,000 minimum to open an account.
    • Platform can be too much for a beginner to understand
    • Inactivity fees if you don't meet the trade commission requirements.

    Our Review: (4.3) Do you have $10,000 and plenty of trading knowledge? Interactive Brokers may provide you with a solid trading platform. With their competitive fees and robust trading options, they are a common choice for the experienced trader... Read full review

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    Merrill Edge

    • Online Community: No
    Pros:
    • No account minimums
    • Current Bank of America customers experience seamless account integration
    • Robust research opportunities
    Cons:
    • Platform is not friendly for frequent traders who execute quick trades
    • No commission-free ETFs available
    • Market research reports can be hard for beginners to understand

    Our Review: (4.3) If you are looking for excellent customer service, competitive pricing, and robust investment options, you may have found what you are looking for in Merrill Edge... Read full review

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    Robinhood

    • Online Community: No
    Pros:
    • Commission-free stock trading on a mobile platform
    • No minimum investment required
    Cons:
    • No retirement accounts
    • Limited research
    • No bond trading
    • No mutual fund trading

    Our Review: (4.0) Robinhood is a commission-free stock trading app. It has no minimum balance requirement, so what's the catch? Read this review for the pros and cons... Read full review

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    Vanguard

    • Online Community: No
    Pros:
    • Large selection of mutual funds and commission-free ETFs
    • Broker assistance is available at no additional cost
    • Easy to use
    Cons:
    • Commission structure penalizes frequent traders
    • Customer service wait times
    • Commission costs on non-Vanguard investment options

    Our Review: (3.9) Vanguard Brokerage may be a full-service broker, but typically long-term investors preferring ETFs and mutual funds see the greatest return on their investment with them... Read full review

    Ally Invest
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    Ally Invest

    • Online Community: Trader Network to connect with other investors
    Pros:
    • Low commission for stock trades
    • No account minimums
    • Ally LIVE platform
    Cons:
    • No physical locations

    Our Review: (4.4) Ally Invest (formerly TradeKing) offers one of the lowest trade fees, but is it good? Learn the pros and cons and see comparisons with other online brokers in this in-depth review... Read full review

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    E*TRADE
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    E*TRADE

    • Online Community: ETrade Community lets you exchange trading and investing ideas with other ETrade customers.
    Pros:
    • Expansive set of resources and tools
    • Easy to use website
    • Industry leader
    Cons:
    • Trade fees

    Our Review: (4.2) E*TRADE is a highly well-known name, but does that mean it's that much better than its competitors? Read our in-depth review and see how it compares... Read full review

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