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6 Best Online Brokers for Bonds of March 2024

The best brokers for bonds offer a range of different types of bond products – including individual bonds and ETFs — as well as low trading fees and high cash sweep rates.

Alieza Durana
By Alieza Durana 
Edited by Arielle O'Shea

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Bonds are often an important part of a balanced investment portfolio. They can be used as a source of fixed income, or as a way to potentially pad the losses of other portfolio assets, like stocks. Brokers range in the types of bonds they offer, from simple products like bond ETFs to extensive offerings of government, corporate and international bonds and bond funds.

The following brokers score highest among all brokers we review for the types of bonds on offer, the fees charged for trading bonds, the level of customer support they provide and their interest rate on uninvested cash.

Note: The below trade fees refer to the broker's commission for U.S. Treasurys — all of the brokers on this list allow you to purchase those with no commission or trade fee except for Interactive Brokers, which charges a small percentage of face value. Other types of bonds at these brokers may carry a different fee; we've described those fees in detail in the product cards below the table. Often, brokers require a minimum commission of $10 and limit commissions to $250 per trade.

Best Online Brokers for Bonds

NerdWallet rating 

4.9

/5
Charles Schwab
Learn more

on Charles Schwab's website

Fees

$0

per online equity trade

Account minimum

$0

Promotion

None

no promotion available at this time

NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
Fidelity
Fees

$0

per trade

Account minimum

$0

Promotion

None

no promotion available at this time

NerdWallet rating 

4.1

/5
J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing
Learn more

on J.P. Morgan's website

Fees

$0

per trade

Account minimum

$0

Promotion

Get up to $700

when you open and fund a J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing account with qualifying new money.

NerdWallet rating 

4.2

/5
Vanguard
Learn more

on Vanguard's website

Fees

$0

per trade

Account minimum

$0

Promotion

None

no promotion available at this time

NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
Interactive Brokers IBKR
Learn more

on Interactive Brokers' website

Fees

0.002%

Account minimum

$0

Promotion

None

no promotion available at this time

NerdWallet rating 

4.2

/5
Merrill Edge® Self-Directed
Fees

$0

per trade

Account minimum

$0

Promotion

None

no promotion available at this time

Last updated on March 1, 2024

Methodology

NerdWallet’s comprehensive review process evaluates and ranks the largest U.S. brokerage firms by assets under management, along with emerging industry players. Our aim is to provide an independent assessment of providers to help arm you with information to make sound, informed judgements on which ones will best meet your needs. We adhere to strict guidelines for editorial integrity.

We collect data directly from providers through detailed questionnaires, and conduct first-hand testing and observation through provider demonstrations. The questionnaire answers, combined with demonstrations, interviews of personnel at the providers and our specialists’ hands-on research, fuel our proprietary assessment process that scores each provider’s performance across more than 20 factors. The final output produces star ratings from poor (one star) to excellent (five stars).

For more details about the categories considered when rating brokers and our process, read our full methodology.

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NerdWallet's Best Online Brokers for Bonds of March 2024