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 Robinhood and Merrill Edge. 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 Robinhood and Merrill Edge
stack up against each other on these points.
To start, we will consider the minimum investment required for both applications. In
how much does one need to invest to use the service?
Both Robinhood and Merrill Edge have the same minimum of $0. So they are equal in this requirement.
Next I'll consider cost per trade for both brokers.
Out of the two, Robinhood is cheaper per trade at $0.00 than Merrill Edge at $6.95/trade.
When it comes to having support for mutual funds, there is a clear division between Robinhood and Merrill Edge. Merrill Edge does have support for mutual funds, while Robinhood does not.
|Review||Robinhood Review||Merrill Edge Review|
Overall rating as by Investor Junkie.Rating
|Commissions & Fees|
|Ease of Use|
|Tools & Resources|
|Amount of Deals|
|Promotions||None||Get up to $600 when you invest in a new Merrill Edge™ account|
|Options Trades||Free||$6.95/trade + $0.75/contract|
|Investment Types||Stocks, ETFs, Cryptocurrencies||Stocks, Penny Stocks, ETFs, Mutual Funds, Bonds|
|Access||Website, iOS App, Apple Watch, Android App||Website, iOS App, Apple Watch, Android App|
|Broker Assisted Trade|
|No Fee ETFs|
|Sign Up||Sign Up|
If you think free stock trades are a fantasy, think again! Robinhood offers commission-free stock trades. No fees, really! If a free, simple, basic stock trading app with no extras sounds good to you, Robinhood might be the broker you’ve been looking for.
About Merrill Edge
Merrill Edge offers helpful online tools to help investors simplify their financial goals and gain better control over their investments. However, the fees to use the service can be steep, and users have complained about poor customer service and slow updates on trades.