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Is stock trading free at TD Ameritrade as of January 2024?

My key findings in a nutshell
Adam Nasli
Trading • Safety • Market Analysis

I've thoroughly tested TD Ameritrade services with our analyst team by opening a real-money account and these are my most important findings:

  • At TD Ameritrade, you can trade US stocks commission free
  • Commission-free stock trading is increasingly common among stock brokers
  • Commission-free stock brokers often charge users via a wider buy/sell spread

You can view stock trading fees charged by TD Ameritrade in the most popular trading locations in the table below.

TD Ameritrade stock trading fees
Country Fee amount
US Free stock and ETF trading
UK Not available
Germany Not available

Data updated on January 26, 2024

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How does commission-free stock trading work?

Are you worried that stock trading commissions will put a dent in your investment performance? There's an easy remedy for that: commission-free stock trading. Yes, you heard that right. Many brokers in the US, and now also increasingly in Europe, charge you nothing for buying or selling stocks (or ETFs).

Some of you must be wondering, how can brokers make a living if they offer stock trading for free? First of all, while stock trading may be free, these brokers often charge fees for trading assets other than stocks (such as bonds or mutual funds), or for other services such as money withdrawals or currency conversion.
Also, did you notice that tiny spread between the buy/sell prices of a stock? That spread goes toward the profit of so-called market makers - basically large traders that help execute everyone's buy/sell orders. Brokers can receive a slice of this profit in exchange for channeling your buy/sell order to a specific market maker; this is called payment for order flow. Because of this, you may get slightly less favorable price quotes than at non-commission-free brokers.

Like with all things free, watch the fine print. Commission-free trading sometimes applies to US stocks only, not international stocks. Be mindful of conversion fees, which may apply if you trade an asset in a currency other than that of your account. In general, don't let a tiny stock commission deter you from a broker if its other fees are low and its services overall are great.

To read more about possible expenses you may face as a long-term investor, check out our summary of the most common brokerage fees.

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Adam Nasli

Trading • Safety • Market Analysis

I bring extensive financial expertise as one of BrokerChooser's earliest team members. Personally, I tested nearly all 100+ brokers on our site, opening real-money accounts, executing trades, assessing customer services, and providing firsthand assessment. My professional background includes roles in the banking sector and a degree from Central European University, where I teach finance. My passions lies in in-depth research of the financial industry, building trading algorithms, and managing long-term investments.

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