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 Tastyworks and Ally Invest. 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 Tastyworks and Ally Invest
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 Tastyworks and Ally Invest 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, Ally Invest is cheaper per trade at $4.95 than Tastyworks at $5.00/trade.
When it comes to having support for mutual funds, there is a clear division between Tastyworks and Ally Invest. Ally Invest does have support for mutual funds, while Tastyworks does not.
|Review||Tastyworks Review||Ally Invest Review|
Overall rating as by Investor Junkie.Rating
|Commissions & Fees|
|Ease of Use|
|Tools & Resources|
|Amount of Deals|
|Promotions||None||Get up to a $3,500 Cash Bonus|
|Stock Trades||$5/trade||$4.95/trade ($3.95/trade – 30 trades per quarter or $100k+ balance)|
|Options Trades||$1/trade + $1/contract||$4.95/trade + $0.65/contract ($3.95/trade + $0.50/contract)|
|Investment Types||Stocks, Penny Stocks, Futures||Stocks, Penny Stocks, ETFs, Mutual Funds, Bonds, FOREX, Futures|
|Access||Website, iOS App, Android App||Website, iOS App, Android App|
|Broker Assisted Trade|
|No Fee ETFs|
|Sign Up||Sign Up|
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.
About Ally Invest
Ally Invest is the online brokerage firm of Ally Bank with great pricing and customer service, making it hard to beat. Unfortunately, the funding process can be tricky, taking up to seven days. If you are looking for a local branch office, you'll have to look elsewhere.