Best Online Brokers and Trading Platforms

Find the best online brokers using our survey that compares investment offerings, tools, apps, advice and more.

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Investing has become more accessible to more people, but that hasn't made finding the right broker any easier. If anything, brokerage firms look more alike. Low commissions, for instance, are no longer a differentiator – all firms have low costs now. 

Figuring out which broker is right for you depends on what you need and what you value. You may want a broker that has an array of no-transaction-fee mutual funds at the ready. Maybe you need technical reports on stocks or charting tools that let you slice and dice a stock's moves. If you're just getting started, you may want the ability to invest in fractional shares of stocks. Or if you don't know much about investing, a firm with a good robo advisor may suit you best. 

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Nellie S. Huang
Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Nellie joined Kiplinger in August 2011 after a seven-year stint in Hong Kong. There, she worked for the Wall Street Journal Asia, where as lifestyle editor, she launched and edited Scene Asia, an online guide to food, wine, entertainment and the arts in Asia. Prior to that, she was an editor at Weekend Journal, the Friday lifestyle section of the Wall Street Journal Asia. Kiplinger isn't Nellie's first foray into personal finance: She has also worked at SmartMoney (rising from fact-checker to senior writer), and she was a senior editor at Money.