You know which stock you want to buy, sell, or hold.  Unless you are making at least a few hundred trades per year, commission amounts between brokers that vary by a few dollars will likely not have a material effect on your annual return. 

If you are using leverage to finance your stock portfolio, margin interest is likely to be your most significant cost factor.

• See how Trading Direct stacks up against the competition...

Margin rates comparison for various debit balance amounts among selected online brokers:

                            Loan amounts & rates →
Firm   $100k $250k $500k $1 mill
Trading Direct 5.00% 4.25% 3.75% 3.50%
Etrade 9.50% 9.00% 8.50% 7.50%
Schwab 8.325% 8.075% N/A N/A
Ameritrade 9.00% 8.75% 8.75% 8.00%
Fidelity 8.325% 8.075% 5.75% 5.50%

Note: Data acquired from respective company websites.  Data accurate as of December 21st 2018, and is subject to change.


Disclaimer:  Trading Direct is a discount broker who does not provide investment advice. All orders are unsolicited.  Use of margin entails risk, and is not suitable for all investors.  Clients may make or lose money with investments. Obtain and review a Margin Agreement & Disclosure Statement from the Document Center, or contact us with any questions.