It’s hard to compare E*TRADE and Robinhood: Both brokers allow investors to trade stocks and exchange-traded funds for free, yes. But the similarities come to a halt — a bit of a screeching one — there.
E*TRADE ticks the boxes you’d expect in a broker: several trading platforms, a well-rounded selection of research, a range of investment options. These aren’t exactly bells and whistles in the online broker world … until you stack them up against Robinhood, which offers little of the above. (That said, Robinhood is at least in part to thank for driving down fees at E*TRADE and other brokers — it used to be the lone free-trading option in the pack.)
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