Online brokerage services have existed for over 20 years. Trading investments today has never been cheaper. So while the race towards cheap trades (in some cases free) is happening, other functionality is becoming more important when selecting a stock broker.
For this review, I compare Interactive Brokers and Tastyworks. Which one is better depends on your needs? So let's examine the major features first.
We've determined with online brokerages the most critical feature customers care about is the
cost per trade. The second most important feature is the minimum deposit, and the last is if the broker
offers mutual funds. Let's look at how Interactive Brokers and Tastyworks
stack up against each other on these points.
To start, we will consider the minimum investment required for both applications. In other words, how much does one need to invest to use the service? Out of the two, Tastyworks minimum investment of $0 is smaller than the deposit of required by Interactive Brokers.
Next I'll consider cost per trade for both brokers.
Out of the two, Interactive Brokers is cheaper per trade at $0.01 than Tastyworks at $5.00/trade.
When it comes to having support for mutual funds, there is a clear division between Interactive Brokers and Tastyworks. Interactive Brokers does have support for mutual funds, while Tastyworks does not.
|Review||Interactive Brokers Review||Tastyworks Review|
Overall rating as by Investor Junkie.Rating
|Commissions & Fees|
|Ease of Use|
|Tools & Resources|
|Amount of Deals|
|Stock Trades||$0.005/trade $1.00 minimum||$5/trade|
|Options Trades||$0.70/trade + $1.00 minimum||$1/trade + $1/contract|
|Investment Types||Stocks, Penny Stocks, ETFs, Mutual Funds, Bonds, FOREX, Futures||Stocks, Penny Stocks, Futures|
|Access||Website, iOS App, Android App, Blackberry App||Website, iOS App, Android App|
|Broker Assisted Trade|
|No Fee ETFs|
|Sign Up||Sign Up|
About Interactive Brokers
Interactive Brokers is perhaps one of the most comprehensive stock brokers for active and advanced traders. It offers professional customer service, and execution of trades is easy. However, for novice and less active investors, we recommend you look elsewhere.
Tastyworks is a brokerage platform from financial video network Tastytrade. Designed with options traders in mind, this low-cost, technology-driven platform is best for active traders looking to save a few bucks on stock, options and futures commissions. However, it's not for everyone, and some might find the site's investment options a bit lacking.