TradeKing Review – Exclusive Review of TradeKing Brokerage Comments12 Comments


Hey everyone, thanks for joining me for this week’s review! In true Clarkgym review fashion, we’re bringing it back to investment platforms with an inside look at TradeKing. I’ve noticed several bloggers around the personal finance blogosphere talking about it, so I figured why not take a look myself? Here’s what I’ve found out!

TradeKing Short Review

TradeKing Pros – TradeKing is incredibly competitive when it comes to pricing. With trades under five bucks, you don’t have to spend half of your investment in fees to get started! TradeKing has great customer service as well. One of my favorite things about TradeKing is that through the use of forums and groups, they have created a community of investors that are really willing to help eachother out.

TradeKing Cons – With the low cost of trades at TradeKing comes one thing that I really don’t like. They don’t have very intuitive research and analysis tools. Although they do have some tools, they definitely aren’t on top when it comes to the world of technology in finance!

TradeKing Overall – TradeKing is a great option for the starting investor that doesn’t have a lot to start with. The low cost, friendly customer service and community they have come up with provides one of the best experiences a beginner would have. However, as you get more advanced, and decide there is need for more intuitive tools, you will want to look to other companies like OptionsXpress.

TradeKing Long Review

Alright, now we get to get into the details. When it comes to TradeKing pricing, you already know it! $4.95 per trade, bottom line, flat fee pricing. That’s incredibly competitive in a market where you could easily spend double that per trade.

Now, that we got that out of the way, let’s talk a bit about customer service. Although TradeKing customer service is not open 24 hours like some online investing companies, where they lack in hours, they make up for in ability. From what I’ve read in reviews written by consumers, TradeKing customer service reps are not only friendly, but they value your time and try to find the root to the call and provide a solution in as little time as necessary. That way, you don’t find yourself dealing with long hold times and incompetent customer service reps!

One of the most impressive things that TradeKing offers though is a community. There aren’t very many investing platforms that build communities around their products, but TradeKing has. They’ve created very easy to use forums and groups to allow investors to answer questions for other, newer investors. This unique concept gives you a slew of people who have been there and done that at your finger tips! All you need to do is ask the questions you need answered.

Finally, lets get into the tools offered by TradeKing. As I said above in the short review, the tools for research and analysis that they provide are far from top of the line. However, they are very easy to understand, basic instruments that are great for the novice investor.

One of these tools is called Trading Activity & Trade Notes. Using this tool you can trade using virtual money to see how your decisions would react in the real world. This can definitely help you to come up with a plan! TradeKing also provides simple tax trackers, research tools and analysis tools. However, don’t get too excited about these because they’re definitely not top of the line. If you’re looking for technology, you may want to look elsewhere!

My Final Thoughts Of TradeKing

OK, so, for the money, you can’t beat ‘em. TradeKing has got really got great prices. When it comes to customer service, they’re on top of their game too! However when it comes to tools, they’ve got quite a bit of work to do. That being said, if you’re looking for the most technologically advance trading platform, you may want to look into OptionsXpress or ETrade. However, if you’re looking for an inexpensive option that’s great for the novice investor, you’ve found it!

TradeKing Review

Rating: 4.5 / 5
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By : Josh Rodriguez | 8 Nov 2013
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12 thoughts on “TradeKing Review – Exclusive Review of TradeKing Brokerage

  1. John S @ Frugal Rules

    Lol, I just finished writing my TradeKing review that’ll be going live next Friday. :) I think they’re great, especially when you look at the $4.95 commission.

    The one thing I don’t like though is they do have an annual fee. There is a fairly simple way around it, but if you can’t then I’d hate to be hit with it.

    One other thing as well, their pricing is not flat. If you trade over 1,000 shares, or the stock is under $2 then they ding you with a $.01 per share fee. In that event, the max they’ll charge is 5% of the trade for your commission. It may not be a big deal to a lot of people, but definitely something to watch out for.

    That said, very good review Josh! I think if you as a client can avoid those two issues then they’re definitely a brokerage to consider.

    1. MoneyAhoy

      You’re right – $5 per trade is pretty good.

      Also, the penny stock fees/prices are pretty standard across the industry. I wouldn’t ding them too much for that.

      I guess their major competitor would be Scottrade?

      1. John S @ Frugal Rules

        I would say them and OptionsHouse would be their main competitors, especially based off of price. The penny stock thing, is at some brokers but not the majority. I really don’t ding them too much for it – though I wouldn’t like it if I traded over 1,000 shares of any stock – it’s just that they can’t advertise being truly flat pricing like some brokers can.

  2. Color Me Frugal

    Thanks for the review! We’ve got our accounts with TD Ameritrade and have been satisfied with them, but the trade fee is double what TradeKing’s is. We may have to look into that. Thanks for the great info.

  3. Jayon

    I’m currently using TradeKing after reading a review similar to this. I’m a rookie in every sense of the word so it’s been good for me. Maybe when I become a little more advanced I’ll start to notice what TK lacks.

  4. writing2reality

    Having used TradeKing for several years for retirement, taxable, and partnership accounts, I have been tremendously pleased with their service. I no longer use them for the partnership account as they change a hefty annual fee for those accounts, but continue to have my personal accounts there. Simple, easy, and cheap. I do most of my stock analysis and research outside of trading platforms so any complaints about the lack of depth of resources is not as critical for me.

  5. Sherri Lewis

    I like the idea of forums and groups…. someone like me who is a newbie at this could benefit from the wisdom of those who are old pros at it


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