Best Stock Brokers

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Quick and easy. These are the best online stock brokers for 2018.

Stock BrokerBest For
Very low fees, 24/7 customer service, & integration with a high-yield savings account
Technology-focused traders who demand sophisticated platforms
Investors looking to use options as part of their strategies
Investors seeking a lower priced version of Interactive Brokers

What’s The Best Stock Broker?

We spent 200+ hours testing individual stock brokers in 2018, because not all stock brokers are made equal. Overall, we enjoyed Ally Invest the most. Heres two reasons why:

Good online stock brokers have all of the following qualities:

  • Low fees, look for per-trade fees of less than $5
  • 24/7 customer service, don’t underestimate the power of knowledgable professionals when you need help with your account or a particular investment
  • Free trading platforms with free market data and educational guides

First, Ally offers some of the lowest pricing per stock out of every major stock broker that offers 24/7 customer service. This cannot be overlooked. At $3.95 to $4.95 per trade, you’ll save money and still get full access to investment products and trading strategies.

Second, Ally’s online banking is fantastic, and their APY on products like savings and checking accounts is over 1.85%. If you have extra cash in your brokerage account, it’s seamless to transfer it over to an Ally savings account an earn a risk-free return on nearly 2%. No other online stock broker offers trades as low as $3.95 and interest products that pay more than 150 basis points.

What is Options Bro?

Options Bro is an online financial information site dedicated to providing independent, informative, and objective reviews, comparisons, and tutorials on all things finance.

Collectively, we’ve spent hundreds of hours examining the most popular financial products and tools. Bottom line, we simplify and explain the myriad of consumer financial options available today, so you can make smarter financial decisions.

Updated: December 1, 2018

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