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Stock Flat Fee $9.99 $9.99 $4.95 $4.99 - $9.99 $7
Options Flat Fee $9.99 $9.99 $4.95 $4.99 - $9.99 $7
Options Contract Price $0.75 $0.75 $0.50 $0.20 - $0.70 $1.25
Mutual Funds Fee - Load Varies by fund $0 $9.95 $14.95 $0 to buy, $17 to sell
Mutual Funds Fee - No-Load $19.99 $49.99 $9.95 $14.95 $17
Futures Contract Fee $2.99 $2.25 Not offered $0.25 - $1.20 Not offered
Broker Assisted Trades $25 $44.99 $0 $20 $32
Margin Rates 4.14-8.14% 6.25-8.75% 1.5-5% 6.25% - 8.50% 5.75-7.5%
Minimum Account Balance Fee $0 $0 $0 Trading account restricted $0
Maintenance Fees $25/quarter $0 $0 $99.95/month (unless minimum criteria is met) $0
Other Fees
Bounced Check $25 $25 $30 $25 $20
Check Withdrawal Unknown $0 $0 $25 $0
Domestic Wire Withdrawal $25 $25 $15 $25 $20
Forced Margin Sellout $9.99 + $25 broker fee $25 + broker commission Regular commission $20 $20
IRA Annual Fee $0 $0 $0 $35 $0
Stop Payment on Check $25 $25 $30 $25 $25
Telephone Orders $9.99 + $25 broker fee $44.99 Not offered Unknown $17
Full Account Transfer $60 $75 $50 $50 $75
ACH/EFT Withdrawal Unknown $0 $30 $25 $0
Partial Account Transfer $25 $75 $0 $0 $75
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