Summary

Recommended for investors and traders looking for low fees and focusing on the US market

Ally Invest is a US stockbroker regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Its parent company, Ally Financial Inc. dates back to 1911 when its predecessor, General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) was founded. Ally Financial Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and has a banking subsidiary, Ally Bank.

Ally Invest is considered safe because it has a long track record and is regulated by top-tier financial authorities.

Overall Rating
4.7
Fees
4.5
Account opening
4.4
Deposit and withdrawal
2.6
Trading platform
3.4
Markets and products
2.9
Research
3.8
Customer service
3.5
Education
4.3

Ally Invest pros and cons

Ally Invest offers low trading fees and non-trading fees. The account opening process is easy and fully digital. There are also a lot of high-quality educational tools.

As a con, you can only trade on US markets, and forex trading is not available for basic brokerage accounts. The login process could also be made safer via proper two-factor authentication.

Pros Cons
Low trading and non-trading fees You can trade only on US markets
Easy and fully digital account opening Forex trading is available through a separate account
Great education Lack of proper 2-step authentication
Ally Invest main features and highlights
🗺️ Country of regulation USA
💰 Trading fees class Low
💰 Inactivity fee charged No
💰 Withdrawal fee amount $0
💰 Minimum deposit $0
🕖 Time to open an account 1-3 days
🎮 Demo account provided No
🛍️ Products offered Stock, ETF, Fund, Bond, Options

Author of this review

Gergely Korpos

Author of this review

Gergely is the co-founder and CPO of Brokerchooser. His aim is to make personal investing crystal clear for everybody. Gergely has 10 years of experience in the financial markets. He concluded thousands of trades as a commodity trader and equity portfolio manager.

Gergely Korpos

Co-founder, CPO

Gergely is the co-founder and CPO of Brokerchooser. His aim is to make personal investing crystal clear for everybody. Gergely has 10 years of experience in the financial markets. He concluded thousands of trades as a commodity trader and equity portfolio manager.

Everything you find on BrokerChooser is based on reliable data and unbiased information. We combine our 10+ years finance experience with readers feedback. Read more about our methodology

Ally Invest review
Fees

4.5
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Ally Invest has low trading fees and non-trading fees, including zero base commission on most stocks and ETFs. On the negative side, margin rates are quite high.
Pros Cons
Low trading fees Margin rates could be lower
Low non-trading fees
Zero commission on most stocks and ETFs
Ally Invest fees snapshot
Assets Fee level Fee terms
US stock Low Free stock and ETF trading for stocks priced above $2, otherwise $4.95 per trade + $0.1 per stock
EURUSD - Not available
Mutual fund Low $9.95 per trade
Inactivity fee Low No inactivity fee

We ranked Ally Invest's fee levels as low, average or high based on how they compare to those of all reviewed brokers.

To get things rolling, let's go over some lingo related to broker fees. What you need to keep an eye on are trading fees, and non-trading fees.

Below you will find the most relevant fees of Ally Invest for each asset class. For example, in the case of stock investing commissions are the most important fees.

We also compared Ally Invest's fees with those of two similar brokers we selected, E-Trade and Charles Schwab. This selection is based on objective factors such as products offered, client profile, fee structure, etc. See a more detailed rundown of Ally Invest alternatives.

To have a clear overview of Ally Invest, let's start with the trading fees.

Ally Invest trading fees

Ally Invest trading fees are low. The fee structure is transparent and easy to understand. 

Forex products and services are offered through Ally Invest Forex LLC, which acts as an introducing broker to GAIN Capital Group LLC. We didn't include forex trading fees in this review, but if you need info on Ally Forex fees, head over to our Forex.com review.

Stock fees and ETF fees

Ally Invest charges no commission on stocks and ETFs priced above $2. If you trade stocks or ETFs cheaper than $2, a $4.95 flat fee plus a futher $0.1 per-stock fee is charged.

Stock and ETF commission of a $2,000 trade
  Ally Invest E-Trade Charles Schwab
US stock $0.0 $0.0 $0.0

If you prefer stock trading on margin, you should check Ally Invest margin rates.

Trading on margin basically means that you borrow money from your broker and can purchase more shares than you could with just the available cash in your account. For this borrowed money you have to pay interest; the interest rate is called the margin rate. It can amount to a significant portion of your trading costs.

Ally Invest margin rates are in line with those of other US brokers but are markedly higher than what Interactive Brokers (IBKR) provides. 

Ally Invest annual financing rates for stocks and options
  Ally Invest E-Trade Charles Schwab
USD margin rate 7.8% 9.0% 8.3%

The Ally Invest margin rate for stocks is volume-tiered. The higher the amount, the lower the margin rate.

Ally Invest - annual margin rates
Debit balance Rate%
Under $10,000 7.75%
$10,000 - $24,999 7.75%
$25,000 - $49,999 7.50%
$50,000 - $99,999 6.75%
$100,000 - $249,999 5.50%
$250,000 - $499,999 4.50%
$500,000 - $999,999 4.00%
$1,000,000 - 3.25%

Fund fees

Ally Invest fund fees are generally low.

Commission for a $2,000 fund purchase
  Ally Invest E-Trade Charles Schwab
Mutual fund $10.0 $20.0 $24.8

Ally Invest charges $9.95 per trade for mutual funds. In mutual fund pricing, you don't get a discount if you trade frequently or maintain a higher account balance.

Bond fees

Ally Invest has generally low bond fees, though some of its closest competitors charge even less.

Commission of a $10,000 government bond trade
  Ally Invest E-Trade Charles Schwab
US Treasury bond $10.0 $0.0 $0.0

The commission for bonds is $1 per bond with a $10 minimum. You don't get a discount if you trade frequently or maintain a higher account balance.

Options fees

Ally Invest options fees are low.

Stock index options commission of 10 contracts
  Ally Invest E-Trade Charles Schwab
US stock index options $5.0 $6.5 $6.5

The options fee is $0.5 per contract.

Non-trading fees

Ally Invest has low non-trading fees. It charges no inactivity fee or account fee.

There is no withdrawal fee if you use ACH transfer. However, withdrawals to other banks using wire transfer cost $30. We tested ACH, so we were charged no withdrawal fee.

Ally Invest non-trading fees
  Ally Invest E-Trade Charles Schwab
Account fee No No No
Inactivity fee No No No
Deposit fee $0 $0 $0
Withdrawal fee $0 $0 $0

Ally Invest review
Account opening

4.4
To experience the account opening process, visit Ally Invest

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Compare to its best reviewed alternative: E*TRADE
Account opening is fully digital and user-friendly, and involves no minimum deposit in most cases. On the other hand, account verification takes relatively long.
Pros Cons
Fully digital Slow account verification
Low minimum deposit

Can you open an account?

Only US residents can open an account at Ally Invest.

What is the minimum deposit at Ally Invest?

The required minimum deposit at Ally Invest is $0. The minimum deposit is higher for margin accounts and managed portfolios.

You can also transfer your account from another broker to Ally and get reimbursed for the costs.

Ally Invest minimum deposits by account types
Trading preferences Minimum deposit
Self-Directed Trading (or brokerage account)  $0
Managed Portfolios (automated investing) $100
Forex account* $250 ($2,500 recommended)
Margin account** $2,000

*Forex trading is available through a separate Ally Forex account provided by GAIN Capital (Forex.com)

**You trade with money borrowed from the broker, also called trading on leverage.

Account types

Ally Invest offers several account types. 

Ally Invest account types
Account type Short description
Individual account Account is owned by a single individual
Joint account Two or more account owners
Retirement accounts (Traditional IRA, Roth IRA, etc.) Individual retirement accounts
Custodial account Special accounts for custodial purposes
Coverdell (Education Savings) account (ESA) Savings account for quality educational purposes
Managed Portfolios Accounts with portfolios managed by Ally Invest

In this review, we tested the Individual Brokerage Account without margin.

How to open your account

The account opening process is fully digital and user-friendly. Online application takes roughly 20 minutes, but account verification can take much longer. Our account was verified after 3 business days.

8 steps at Ally Invest to open an account:

  1. Enter your personal information and email address
  2. Choose the account type
  3. Continue with some more personal info and details for later verification of the account, like your Social Security Number
  4. Add your personal phone number (to be used during the registration process and as your default contact), and choose a security question
  5. Provide your employment info
  6. Select your investment profile and trading preferences
  7. Add some investment objectives, and state your margin and option preferences
  8. Upload a copy of the relevant documents to verify your date of birth and your SSN

If you want to trade forex, you need to register a separate Ally Forex account as well.

Ally Invest review - Account opening

Ally Invest review
Deposit and withdrawal

2.6
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Ally Invest doesn't charge a deposit fee, and transferring money is easy. On the other hand, you can use only bank transfer, and wire transfer withdrawals are expensive.
Pros Cons
No deposit fee Credit/Debit card not available
User-friendly High outgoing wire transfer fee
Free ACH withdrawal

Deposit fees and options

Ally Invest charges no deposit fee. Clients can use check, ACH, and wire transfers to deposit. Credit/debit cards and electronic wallets are not accepted, though, similarly to Ally Invest's closest competitors.

Of course, the easiest is if you have an Ally Bank account, in which case you can simply move your funds to the brokerage.

Ally Invest deposit options
  Ally Invest E-Trade Charles Schwab
Bank transfer Yes Yes Yes
Credit/Debit card No No No
Electronic wallets No No No

We tested ACH transfer and it took 2 business days to go through. You can only deposit money from accounts that are in your name.

Ally Invest review - Deposit and withdrawal - Deposit

Ally Invest withdrawal fees and options

Ally Invest charges no withdrawal fees if you use ACH withdrawal, but wire transfers cost $30. Alternatively, you can request a check for a $5 fee.

Ally Invest withdrawal fees and options
  Ally Invest E-Trade Charles Schwab
Bank Transfer Yes Yes Yes
Credit/Debit card No No No
Electronic wallets No No No
Withdrawal fee $0 $0 $0

How long does it take to withdraw money from Ally Invest? We tested the ACH withdrawal and it took 2 business days.

You can only withdraw money to accounts in your name.

How do you withdraw money from Ally Invest? Just follow these steps:

  • Log in to the account
  • Go to 'Transfers'
  • Select the 'Bank Transfers' menu, then 'Withdraw'
  • Choose your Ally Invest account in the 'From' field and your previously linked external account in the 'To' field
  • Add the amount you wish to withdraw and set the frequency and date of the withdrawal
  • Preview and initiate the withdrawal

Compare to other brokers

Ally Invest review
Web trading platform

3.5
To try the web trading platform yourself, visit Ally Invest

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Ally Invest's web trading platform is user-friendly, with a convenient search function. On the negative side, there is no clear fee report, and we also missed two-step login.
Pros Cons
User-friendly No clear fee report available
Good search function No two-step (safer) login
Good customizability (for charts, workspace)
Ally Invest platforms to choose from
Trading platform Score Available
Web 3.5 stars Yes
Mobile 3.3 stars Yes
Desktop - No

Ally Invest has three trading platforms, which differ in tradable products and the devices the platforms are offered for:

Ally Invest's trading platforms
  Ally Invest Ally Forex MetaTrader 4
Tradable products Stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, bonds, options Forex Forex
Web trading platform offered Yes Yes No
Mobile trading platform offered Yes Yes Yes
Desktop trading platform offered No Yes Yes
Own or third-party provided Own Provided by Forex.com (GAIN Capital) Provided by MetaQuotes Software

In this review, we tested Ally Invest's web trading platform. This trading platform is available only in English.

If you are interested in Ally Invest Forex, you can find out more in our Forex.com review.

Look and feel

The Ally Invest web trading platform is user-friendly and well-designed.

You can also do basic customization when setting up your dashboard. You can change the tabs' positions, but you can't change their sizes.

Ally Invest review - Web trading platform

Login and security

Ally Invest provides only one-step authentication for logging in. A two-step login would be more secure.

In theory, when you first log in on a new device, you'll need to give an answer to your security question. However, during our test, we were not always prompted with a security question when we switched to a new device.

Search functions

The search functions are good, you can search by typing both a company's name or an asset's ticker.

There is also a useful auto-suggestion feature that shows relevant results.

Ally Invest review - Web trading platform - Search

Placing orders

Ally Invest offers a wide variety of order types:

  • Market
  • Limit
  • Stop-loss
  • Stop limit
  • Trailing stop
  • Market on close

If you are not familiar with the basic order types, read this overview.

You can also use basic order time limits:

  • Good 'til canceled (GTC)
  • Good 'til Day (GTD, or 'Day')
Ally Invest review - Web trading platform - Order panel

Alerts and notifications

You can easily set up price alerts. To do this, click 'Investments', then go to 'Tools' and select 'Alerts'.

You can't set up alerts for your email or mobile; they pop up only in the trading platform.

Portfolio and fee reports

Ally Invest has a clear portfolio report but lacks a similarly transparent fee report. You can't see how much commission you paid to the broker.

Ally Invest review
Mobile trading platform

3.3
To try the mobile trading platform yourself, visit Ally Invest

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Compare to its best reviewed alternative: E*TRADE
The Ally Invest mobile trading platform is user-friendly and well-designed. However, it lacks a two-step login, doesn't provide price alerts, and doesn't allow bond trading.
Pros Cons
User-friendly No two-step (safer) login
Good search function No price alerts
Good variety of order types Mutual funds and bonds are not covered

Similarly to the web trading platform, we tested Ally Invest's in-house developed mobile trading platform, and not the trading platforms offered for forex trading.

The mobile trading platform is available both on iOS and Android. We tested it on iOS.

Look and feel

Ally Invest's mobile trading platform is user-friendly and well-designed.

Ally Invest review - Mobile trading platform

Login and security

Ally Invest provides only one-step login. A two-step login process would be more secure.

On the plus side, you can log in using fingerprint authentication, a convenient feature.

Search functions

The search functions are good, and are similar to those offered on the web-based platform. You'll easily find what you are looking for.

Ally Invest review - Mobile trading platform - Search

Placing orders

You can use roughly the same order types as on the web trading platform, along with a slightly wider range of order time limits.

These order types are available:

  • Market
  • Limit
  • Stop-loss
  • Stop limit
  • Trailing stop

There are also order time limits you can use:

  • Good 'til canceled (GTC)
  • Good 'til time (GTT)
  • Pre-Market
  • Post-Market
Ally Invest review - Mobile trading platform - Order panel

Alerts and notifications

You can't set alerts or notifications on the Ally Invest mobile platform.

Ally Invest review
Desktop trading platform

We didn't test Ally's available desktop trading platforms because they are only for forex trading. If you are interested in the Ally Invest Forex desktop trading platform, read our Forex.com review.

Ally Invest review
Markets and products

2.9
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At Ally Invest you can trade various asset classes from stocks to options. On the negative side, it covers only the US market, and futures or forex trading is not possible.
  Ally Invest E-Trade Charles Schwab
Stock Yes Yes Yes
ETF Yes Yes Yes
Forex No No No
Fund Yes Yes Yes
Bond Yes Yes Yes
Options Yes Yes Yes
Futures No Yes Yes
CFD No No No
Crypto No No No

​​​​​​Ally Invest has a great selection of bonds and mutual funds. Its stock and options product ranges are average or below-average, though.

Forex trading is offered through Gain Capital's Forex.com brand.

Stocks and ETFs

Ally Invest covers only the US market. In this regard, it is similar to E-Trade and Charles Schwab.

  Ally Invest E-Trade Charles Schwab
Stock markets (#) 5 5 4
ETFs (#) 2,300 2,300 2,300

You can trade stocks on these exchanges: NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX, OTCBB, other OTCs.

Funds

Ally Invest has a great mutual fund coverage.

  Ally Invest E-Trade Charles Schwab
Fund providers (#) 600 530 600

You will find funds from the biggest fund providers like BlackRock or Vanguard and from smaller ones too.

Bonds

Ally Invest has a wide bond offer: agency, treasuries, municipals, strips & zeros, CDs, and new issues.

  Ally Invest E-Trade Charles Schwab
Bonds (#) 221,000 88,000 60,000

Options

At Ally Invest you can trade options only on the CBOE

  Ally Invest E-Trade Charles Schwab
Options markets (#) 1 1 8

Ally Invest Managed Portfolios

Ally Invest also offers a robo-advisory service, called Managed Portfolios. It's a great service if you need help managing your investments.

To get started, first you have to answer questions about your investment goals, risk tolerance, time horizon and available funds. Then, based on your answers, a portfolio is created and the robo-advisor will automatically rebalance the portfolio when needed.

It only takes a $100 minimum amount to start your portfolio, and the annual advisory fee is low, at 0.3% of the account balance.

If you are interested in such automated investment services, check out our robo-advisor reviews.

Ally Invest review - Managed Portfolios

Maxit Tax Manager

As an Ally Invest client, you can also access a platform called Maxit Tax Manager. It's a third-party service that helps you easily manage the factors that determine the taxes you pay on your investments each year.
Maxit has a number of tax strategies that are easy to set up, e.g. which lots get sold when. For example, if you have bought the same share on more than one occasion, you might want to sell a lot with a higher purchase price in order to realize a loss and lower your tax bill that way.

Ally Invest review
Research

3.8
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Ally Invest has a handy charting tool, and you can find good fundamental data for stocks and quality support for options strategies. Aside from these, research tools are generally limited.
Pros Cons
Good interactive chart Screener only for ETFs
Trading ideas
Good option strategy analyzer

Ally Invest focuses on stock and options research tools; however, these tools have room to improve.

Ally Invest has an ETF screening tool, but we missed a good screener for stocks and mutual funds. As for bonds, the platform offers a completely different structure, where you can also find a useful screener.

Ally offers real-time streaming quotes to non-professional users. Quotestream is also available by request to customers who trade more than 10 times a month.

Trading ideas

Ally Invest provides trading ideas. For stocks, the platform channels various third-party providers like Morningstar or CFRA. Morningstar analysis focuses on fundamentals and moats, whereas CFRA is more technicals-oriented.

Options trading is supported by an overall strategy evaluation tool (which calculates greeks), while you can also test your strategy against different volatility settings. However, it's not possible to save and download the results.

Additionally, stock picks and options trades are featured on Allly's YouTube channel “Stock Play of the Day” series. The interactive show is hosted by Brian Overby (author of “The Options Playbook”) and Ally's strategist Lindsey Bell. The emphasis is usually on finding good trades and playing them via options.

Ally Invest review - Research - Recommendations

Fundamental data

Ally Invest offers fundamental data on stocks. You will mainly find financial metrics (i.e. performance measures, margin data) under the 'Fundamentals' menu. We liked that Ally Invest selects 4 other stocks and creates a quick peer comparison. We missed a customizable peer group option, though, as well as a detailed financial statement dataset.

Ally Invest review - Research - Fundamental data

Charting

Ally Invest has excellent, easy-to-use charting tools. You have access to 120 technical indicators and approximately 30 charting options. You can save your charts for later use.

Ally Invest review - Research - Charting

News feed

The news feed could be improved. It is easily readable but lacks visual elements, like charts or pictures. It is provided by a third-party news service, MT Newswires. You'll be better off using other third-party newsfeeds outside the platform.

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Ally Invest review
Customer service

3.5
To find customer service contact information details, visit Ally Invest

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Ally Invest's customer service is available 24/7 and gives relevant answers. On the flip side, the speed of responses was not particularly impressive.
Pros Cons
Phone support Average speed of customer support
Live chat
24/7 availability

You can contact Ally Invest via:

  • phone
  • email
  • live chat

Customer service is available only in English.

Ally Invest phone support gave us relevant answers, and the speed of response was average.

Via email, we got relevant answers, but it took a couple of days to receive a reply.

Ally Invest's live chat could be improved. The response speed was average, and the relevancy of the answers was mediocre.

Despite all this, it's a big plus that the Ally Invest support team is available 24/7.

Ally Invest review - Customer Service

Ally Invest review
Education

4.3
To check the available education material and assets, visit Ally Invest

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Ally Invest offers many platform tutorial videos and high-quality articles, but there is no demo account for the default platform.
Pros Cons
Trading platform tutorial No demo account
Educational videos

At Ally Invest you can learn in the following ways:

  • Platform tutorial videos
  • General educational videos
  • Webinars
  • Quality educational articles
  • Extra features, like live streams

Educational material on the platform covers a wide range of topics and is good quality overall.

The videos and educational articles are beginner-friendly and have useful content. You can access the written material in the 'Do it right' section. It's great that educational materials are broken down by products (e.g. stocks, ETFs). There also are weekly live streams; the series now spans dozens of episodes, all archived on the site for later viewing.

'How to' platform tutorial videos are linked to the relevant parts of the platform. 

Ally Invest's webinars focus on various subjects, mainly on a beginner level. You can also participate in a basic financial education course hosted on the website Ally Wallet Wise.

Ally Invest review - Education

Ally Invest review
Safety

To find out more about safety and regulation, visit Ally Invest

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Ally Invest is overseen by top-tier US regulators, which means a high investor protection amount. Unfortunately, no investor protection is offered for forex accounts.
Pros Cons
High level of investor protection No negative balance protection
Banking background No investor protection for forex
Regulated by top-tier financial authorities in the US

Is Ally Invest regulated?

As Ally Invest is based in the US, it's regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as well as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in the case of Ally Forex.

Is Ally Invest safe?

To be certain, we highly advise to check two facts:

  • how you are protected if something goes wrong
  • and what the background of the broker is.

How you are protected

This matters for you because the investor protection amount and the regulator may differ from entity to entity.

Ally Invest operates several legal entities, but all customers (except forex) are covered by the US investor protection scheme, called SIPC.

The SIPC investor protection scheme protects against the loss of cash and securities in case the broker goes bust. The limit of SIPC protection is $500,000, which includes a $250,000 limit for cash. This amount is substantially higher than what most other investor protection schemes provide. 

Not all investments are protected by SIPC. In general, SIPC covers notes, stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other investment company shares, and other registered securities. It does not cover instruments such as unregistered investment contracts, unregistered limited partnerships, fixed annuity contracts, currency, and interests in gold, silver, or other commodity futures contracts or commodity options.

Below is a rundown of Ally Invest regulators, legal entities and investor protection amounts:

Ally Invest legal entities
Country of clients Protection amount Regulator Legal entity
US (other than forex) SIPC: $500,000 ($250,000 cash limit) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Ally Invest Securities LLC
US (forex) No protection Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Ally Invest Forex LLC

As a plus, Ally's clearing firm, Apex Clearing, has also purchased an additional insurance policy through a group of London Underwriters (with Lloyd's of London Syndicates as the Lead Underwriter) to supplement SIPC protection. This policy becomes available to customers in the event that SIPC limits are exhausted, and provides protection for securities and cash up to a total $150 million.

Like most US brokers, Ally Invest does not provide negative balance protection.

Background

Ally Financial is a bank holding company that was founded in 1919 by General Motors to provide financing to automotive customers. Today Ally is one of the largest car finance companies in the US but also provides online banking, corporate lending and mortgage loans. In 2016, the company acquired TradeKing (a stock brokerage with a focus on options trading) and re-branded it as Ally Invest, with a more general focus for investors and traders.

Ally Group (Ally Financial Inc.) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, which is a big plus for safety as Ally Invest releases financial statements regularly and transparently.

Having a banking license, being listed on a stock exchange, providing financial statements, and being regulated by top-tier financial authorities are all great signs for Ally Invest's safety.

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Bottom line

Visit Ally Invest if you are looking for further details and information

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Ally Invest is one of the biggest US stockbrokers and is overseen by top-tier regulators. Retail clients of Ally Bank will appreciate that its banking and brokerage platforms are very well integrated - so it's very easy to move cash between those accounts.

Ally Invest has low trading and non-trading fees and offers a good product range in the US. The account opening process is easy and fully digital. We also liked the high quality of its educational tools.

Ally Invest has some drawbacks though. You can trade only on US exchanges. Forex trading is available only through a separate Ally Forex account provided by GAIN Capital (Forex.com). Lastly, there is no option to turn on two-factor authentication for added security.

Still, as trading fees are low and no inactivity fee is charged, feel free to try Ally Invest.

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