Stephen Helmholz May 19 2012, 08:28:06 am interactivebrokers.com has great execution and is one of the best and cheapest around in my personal opinion. I have been using them for over 10 years and I have never had a problem or issue. 0 Likes cld sid May 19 2012, 11:21:38 pm I have used IB for over 4 years. Executions are fast and price reasonable. IB trading desk personnel are great. Chatroom response is good. 0 Likes CaveBear May 21 2012, 10:43:49 pm I have never used IB; but a couple years ago I discovered OptionsHouse (http://newanswertech.com/oh is my referal link for them), and they have been serving me and several of my friends well ever since. $3.95 stock trades, $5 for 5 or $8.50 +$0.15-per-contract for options. Mobile site, regular site, mobile apps, and an API if you’re in to that sort of thing. 0 Likes Jerry Gant May 22 2012, 11:38:05 pm It depends to a degree on your existing knowledge of the market, trading or investing, and the corresponding need for explanation/definition of terms and types of transactions. I’ve found that Scottrade is very good for a broad set of market actions. They do carry IRAs and have a good knowledge center. Their stock trades (and options, I believe) are $7 for either buy or sell. If you’re into trading, day or otherwise, they recently implemented streaming quotes, and they also have the Elite Trader option (a fee-based trading scheme apparently. If you’re already ready fairly knowledgeable, you might try SoGo trade. Their basic transaction fees are $3 for std stock trades, and a formula similar to “CaveBear’s” above. Scottrade has very good phone support, while SoGo is primarily email, which can be too slow for many situations. 0 Likes What These Icons Mean The user who posted this comment is a Stock Gumshoe Premium Member (also known as an "IRREGULAR"). This user regularly writes articles for Stock Gumshoe. They may or may not be the author of the current article. This user's comments have been "liked” by at least a few members of the Stock Gumshoe community. This user has commented widely, with input that has been liked enough to earn a two-thumbs-up rating from other readers. This is the highest rating a user can get. They are among the most respected commentors of our community. Copyright ©2019 Stock Gumshoe unless otherwise noted.