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|Broker||Best For||Highlights||Commissions||Account Minimum||Current Offers||Start Investing|
|Goal-based tools motivate investors to save more||Up to six months of free management|
Get Startedon Betterment’s secure website.
Charles Schwab(Our Review)
|Among largest selections of commission-free ETFs|
Up to $500 cash bonus
Get Startedon Charles Schwab’s secure website.
|Leads on research - reports from 20+ firms||300 commission-free trades|
Get Startedon Fidelity’s secure website.
Options House(Our Review)
|Low commissions; superior tools, particularly for options||Trade free for 60 days with balance of $5,000 or more|
Get Startedon Options House’s secure website.
TD Ameritrade(Our Review)
|Top research; two powerful trade platforms; educational content||Up to $600 cash bonus|
Get Startedon TD Ameritrade’s secure website.
|Offers superior tax efficiency on accounts over $100,000||NerdWallet readers get the first $15,000 managed for free|
Get Startedon Wealthfront’s secure website.
|Large selection; reasonable commissions and fees||Cash bonus for new E-Trade account funded within 45 days of opening|
Get Startedon Etrade’s secure website.
Merrill Edge(Our Review)
|High-quality customer service with low commissions and fees||Up to $600 cash bonus|
Get Startedon Merrill Edge’s secure website.
Interactive Brokers(Our Review)
|Discounts for frequent traders; among best platforms||$3000 minimum deposit if you are under age 25|
Get Startedon Interactive Brokers’s secure website.
Personal Capital(Our Review)
|Offers a number of tools completely free||None available|
Get Startedon Personal Capital’s secure website.
|Real-time data and charting in a customizable package|
Receive 50 free trades with deposits over $10,000.
Get Startedon Scottrade’s secure website.
|Impressive platform and research depth; low commissions|
Get up to $1,000 in free trade commissions
Get Startedon TradeKing’s secure website.
|Industry leader in low-cost mutual funds, ETFs and index funds||None available|
Get Startedon Vanguard’s secure website.
|Automatic-investing program is great for a newbie||Get up to $600 when you open and fund a new account|
Get Startedon Sharebuilder’s secure website.
|Award-winning platform, in-depth research, and advanced tools||Save 20% on commissions through September 2016|
Get Startedon TradeStation’s secure website.