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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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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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Interactive Brokers

Interactive Brokers

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Professional-level trading platform and tool.

Commissions

$0.005

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0.25% reduction on margin loans. Tiers apply

on Interactive Brokers's secure website

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Wealthfront

Wealthfront

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Free management of first $5,000 (for NerdWallet readers); advanced tax optimization strategies.

Commissions

0.25%

management fee

Current Offers

$5,000

amount of assets managed for free

on Wealthfront's secure website

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