Best Online Broker for Stock Trading Platform and Research
NerdWallet reviewed 16 online brokerages that offer self-directed accounts. These brokerages constitute the majority of that market based on their assets under management. Some of the providers are NerdWallet partners, but this did not influence our selection of the winner.
How we picked the companies to evaluate:
NerdWallet evaluated each provider across the weighted criteria below to determine the winner for platform and research:
How we chose the winner:
- Trading platform: ease of use, availability and included tools (40%).
- Consumer access to research and data (e.g., third-party analyst reports, company financial data) (40%).
- Mobile app ratings in the Apple and Google Play app stores (10%).
- Tradable securities available (10%).
NerdWallet writers sent detailed questions to all reviewed companies. NerdWallet writers and editors also confirmed fees, rates, policies and other key features on each company's website.