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NerdWallet’s Picks: The Best Online Brokers

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There’s no shortage of online brokers to choose from these days. There’s one that caters to every type of investor, whether you’re a novice or a stock-picking veteran; into mutual funds or option; just want to dip your toe into the market or are itching to dive into active trading. It’s just a matter of identifying the best online broker for your particular needs. And NerdWallet can help with that.

We’ve sliced and diced the universe of offerings and rounded up the best online brokerage accounts for different types of investors. Our “Best Brokers for…” series features NerdWallet’s top picks in various categories and highlights the ins and outs of each firm’s offerings. Each roundup also links to full reviews of the individual brokers.

For even more in-depth, custom-tailored guidance, NerdWallet’s free brokerage comparison tool helps you to search more than 70 online brokers for the specific features you want — including investment choices, research and data, mobile trading apps and margin accounts — and compare total monthly trading and service costs based on the number of trades you place per month.

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Dayana Yochim is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website: Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @DayanaYochim.