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Investors who trade individual stocks and advanced securities like options are looking for exposure to specific companies or trading strategies.

Mutual funds and ETFs are typically best suited to investing for long-term goals that are at least 5 years away, like retirement, a far-off home purchase or college.

Beginners and long term investors often look to get exposure to whole markets and don't have a preference on which type of securities to trade.

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TD Ameritrade

TD Ameritrade

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Top research; two powerful trade platforms; educational content

Commissions

$0

per trade

Current Offers

None

no promotion available at this time

on TD Ameritrade's secure website

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Betterment

Betterment

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Offers access to human advisors for additional fee.

Commissions

0.25%

management fee

Current Offers

Up to 1 year

of free management with a qualifying deposit

on Betterment's secure website

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Ellevest

Ellevest

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Targets 70% chance of hitting investing goal and shows trade-offs among investing goals.

Commissions

$1 - $9

per month

Current Offers

2 months free

with promo code "nerdwallet"

on Ellevest's secure website

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