Scottrade
Scottrade

Best online broker

Scottrade offers superior customer service -- including more than 500 branches nationwide -- competitive, clear pricing and solid personal finance resources. Reviewers note that its trading tools are not the most sophisticated, but they praise this broker for its $7 commission, which has been in place since 1998, and its relative lack of other fees. It takes only $500 to open a Scottrade account.
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Est. $7 per trade Estimated Price
TD Ameritrade
TD Ameritrade

Best broker for IRAs

TD Ameritrade offers an unmatched number of commission-free funds and stellar research. While it's not the cheapest for trading stocks, TD offers no-fee, no-minimum IRAs, setting it apart from other brokers. You can set up accounts online, by phone or at one of their more than 100 local branches.
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No fees for IRAs; Est. $10 per trade Estimated Price
TradeKing
TradeKing

Best discount broker

With cheap commissions, no minimums, stellar customer service and an active and helpful online community, TradeKing is an excellent choice for a discount broker. Its investment options are generous too: you can trade stocks, options, exchange-traded funds, mutual funds and currencies on TradeKing.
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Est. $5 per trade Estimated Price
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