Updated June 30, 2013
Bottom Line

Fidelity is a one-stop shop, offering services that range from international trading to checking accounts. It excels in research and tools, as well as providing excellent educational resources like retirement planning.

Ease of use

Dozens of calculators; a $2,500 new-account minimum. Fidelity offers a large selection of no-load, no-transaction-fee mutual funds, and its website is packed with helpful planning and educational tools. (Some say the information can be difficult to navigate.) The firm is also known for its large selection of investment products.

ProsOutstanding research and trading tools, Full range of financial services, Wide range of investment products, Easy-to-use websiteConsMinimum opening balance of $2,500, High mutual fund commissions