Overview of TradeStation fees and charges

We know that fees are on top of people's mind when selecting a broker. Brokerage fees consist of trading and non-trading fees. The most important trading fees are commission, spread, and financing rate.

  • Commission: it's charged when you execute a trade (either buy or sell). Commissions can be volume-tiered or flat fees. Nowadays, there are many commission-free brokers, click on the following links to check out the best free stockbrokers in the US and the EU.
  • Spread: it denotes the difference between the bid and ask price. When you trade forex or CFDs, spreads can make up a significant part of your trading costs.
  • Financing rate/overnight costs: if you trade on leverage, you may be charged for holding your positions overnight. This cost can be expressed as a percentage or in swap points.
  • Non-trading fees: these occur when you deposit and withdraw funds, or if you don't use your account for a certain period.

Now, let's dive into the details and see what commissions, spreads, and financing rates TradeStation charges.

TradeStation commission and other fees
TradeStation commission and other trading fees

The good news is that TradeStation has low trading fees in general. We ranked the fees of TradeStation as low, average, or high based on how they compare with all reviewed brokers.

Check out this table to get an overview of whether TradeStation commissions, spreads, and financing rates for each asset class are low/average/high.

Classification of TradeStation commission and other trading fees
TradeStation tastyworks Interactive Brokers
Stock and ETF Low Low Low
Forex - - Average
Fund Average - Average
Bond Low - Low
Options Low Average Low
Futures Low Low Low

Now let's go over the trading fees for each asset class one by one.

TradeStation stock and ETF commissions, spreads

TradeStation stock and ETF commissions are low. TradeStation stock and ETF commissions are charged as per the table below.

TradeStation stock and ETF commission
TradeStation
US stock $0.01 per share; min $1
UK stock Not available
German stock Not available
Indian stock Not available

You can compare TradeStation stock and ETF fees with the two closest competitors.

TradeStation stock and ETF commission, spreads vs competitors
TradeStation tastyworks Interactive Brokers
US stock $1.0 $0.0 $1.0
UK stock - - $4.2
German stock - - $3.6
Indian stock - - $0.20

Stock and ETF commissions are calculated for a $2,000 trade

TradeStation fund commissions

TradeStation fund commissions are average. The table below shows how TradeStation fund commissions are calculated.

TradeStation fund commissions
TradeStation
Mutual fund $14.95 per transaction

Check out how TradeStation fund fees compare with the competition.

TradeStation fund commissions
TradeStation tastyworks Interactive Brokers
Mutual fund $15.0 - $15.0

Fund commissions are calculated for a $2,000 trade

TradeStation bond commissions

TradeStation bond commissions are low. The table below contains the description of TradeStation bond commissions.

TradeStation bond commissions
TradeStation
US Treasury bond $14.95 + $5 per bond
EU government bond Not available

See how TradeStation bond fees stack up against the competition.

TradeStation bond commissions vs competitors
TradeStation tastyworks Interactive Brokers
US Treasury bond $20.0 - $5.0
EU government bond - - $10.0

Bond commissions are calculated for a $10,000 trade

TradeStation options commissions

You can see below the description of TradeStation options commissions. TradeStation options fees are low.

TradeStation options commissions
TradeStation
US stock index options $1 per contract
US stock options $1 per contract
UK stock index options Not available
German stock index options Not available

Compare options commissions charged by TradeStation with those of tastyworks and Interactive Brokers.

TradeStation options commissions vs competitors
TradeStation tastyworks Interactive Brokers
US stock index options $10.0 $12.5 $6.5
US stock options $10.0 $5.0 $6.5
UK stock index options - - $23.8
German stock index options - - $13.2

Options commissions are calculated for 10 contracts

TradeStation futures commissions

You can see below how TradeStation futures commissions are charged. TradeStation futures fees are low.

TradeStation futures commissions
TradeStation
US micro e-mini stock index futures $0.5 per contract
UK stock index futures Not available
German e-mini stock index futures Not available

Compare how the futures commissions of TradeStation stack up against those of tastyworks and Interactive Brokers.

TradeStation futures commissions vs competitors
TradeStation tastyworks Interactive Brokers
US micro e-mini stock index futures $5.0 $8.5 $2.5
UK stock index futures - - $23.8
German e-mini stock index futures - - $9.6

Futures commissions are calculated for 10 contracts

TradeStation commission and other fees
TradeStation non-trading fees

In addition to trading fees, it's important to see if TradeStation charges a fee on deposits, withdrawals, account maintenance, and inactivity. We compared these fees levied by TradeStation with its two closest competitors.

TradeStation non-trading fees vs competitors
TradeStation tastyworks Interactive Brokers
Deposit fee $0 $0 $0
Withdrawal fee $0 $0 $0
Account fee No No No
Inactivity fee Yes No No

CFD fees are calculated for a $2,000 trade using 20:1 leverage for stock index CFDs, and 5:1 leverage for stock CFDs

TradeStation commission and other fees
Bottom line

Hopefully, by now you have a clear picture of the commissions, spreads, financing rates, and non-trading fees charged by TradeStation and its closest competitors. To learn more about TradeStation, check out this detailed review. If you would like more information about fees in general, read this article about brokerage fees.

If you're not sure which broker to choose, get a personal recommendation from our broker recommendation algorithm or compare brokers with our broker comparison table.

Author of this article

András Iván

Author of this article

Andras has over 4 years of experience analysing and trading equities and bonds. He believes that active trading and a more passive investing approach both have merits and everyone can find a strategy that fits their needs. He's eager to help identify the characteristics of specific brokers, so the best match can be found for each client.

András Iván

Broker Analyst

Andras has over 4 years of experience analysing and trading equities and bonds. He believes that active trading and a more passive investing approach both have merits and everyone can find a strategy that fits their needs. He's eager to help identify the characteristics of specific brokers, so the best match can be found for each client.

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

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