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Investing is important to your financial well-being, no matter when you start. Our resources for new investors will help you begin this journey.

Average Cost of Online Trading


We cover the main types of fees contributing to the cost to trade stocks through online brokerages. We included base trading fees, account management and services fees, and other miscellaneous fees to calculate the average costs.


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Average Fee

$ 8.90
Fee-per-trade
$ 30.99
Broker-assisted fee
$ 32.50
Account maintenance fee

Beginning Investing

Investing is important to your financial well-being, no matter when you start. Our resources for new investors will help you begin this journey.


Choosing a Brokerage

Selecting the right brokerage can help you reduce fees, so you can earn more on your investments. Our guides and analysis will help make that process easier.


Industry and
Sector Analysis

We’ve conducted in-depth research on different industries and sectors so you can make better investment decisions.

New to Real Estate Investing? Advice from an Industry Expert

Thinking about investing in real estate? Click to read our interview with a real estate veteran about what new investors should do.

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Best Brokerages
and Robo-Advisors

Should you look for a brokerage with commission-free ETFs or one with a great sign-up bonus? Our articles will help you find the best brokerage or robo-advisor for your needs.


Investment Analysis News

What Are Options and How Do They Work?

An option gives its holder the right, but not obligation, to buy or sell an underlying investment, such as a stock or bond, for a specific... Read More

Utilities Sector: Overview and Funds

The utilities sector is comprised of companies that provide or transmit electricity, gas or water to businesses and consumers. Click to... Read More

Energy Sector: Overview and Funds

The energy sector is comprised of companies involved in the exploration, production and refinement of oil and gas. Click to read our... Read More

Materials Sector: Overview and Funds

The materials sector is composed of companies that make basic products, such as concrete, cardboard, glue, and paint, for use by other... Read More

Industrials Sector: Overview and Funds

The industrials sector includes aerospace and defense, construction and civil engineering, professional services, office services, airlines... Read More

Consumer Staples Sector: Overview and Funds

The consumer staple sector, sometimes called consumer defensive, includes products and services that are considered vital for basic living... Read More

Telecommunications Sector: Overview and Funds

The telecommunication sector includes companies that provide wireless and cellphone services, Internet services, or fiber optic networks.... Read More

Information Technology Sector: Overview and Funds

The information technology (IT) sector includes companies that make software, hardware, and semiconductors, and companies that provide... Read More

Financials Sector: Overview and Funds

The Financials sector includes banks, insurance providers, real estate companies, and other specialized financial institutions, such as... Read More