ConsumerSearch Rating



Online Broker


Minimum to Open


Commissions


Maintenance or inactivity fees
Fidelity

http://www.fidelity.com
$2,500 $19.95 equity trades for those with balances less than $50,000. 

$10.95 equity trades for those with balances between $50,000 and $1,000,000.

$8 trades for those with $1,000,000 or more in assets.

1,400 NTF (no transaction fee) mutual funds.

No transaction fee for Fidelity mutual funds. Most other funds incur a $75 fee when you buy or exchange into (no fee to sell).
No
TD Ameritrade

http://www.tdameritrade.com
No minimum $9.99 stock trades 

NTF funds available; no-load funds are offered for $49.99 per transaction.
No
Scottrade

http://www.scottrade.com
$500 $7.00 equity trades. 

NTF funds available; no-load funds incur $17 fee for buy/sell/exchange.
No
ShareBuilder

http://www.sharebuilder.com
No minimum $15.95 for real-time trades. $4 per automatic investment trade. 

You can trade equities and exchange-traded funds, but not mutual funds.
No

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