E*TRADE Review 2023

  • 9.4

E*TRADE review summary

E*TRADE is a US stockbroker regulated by top-tier authorities SEC and FINRA. E*TRADE offers low trading fees, including free stock and ETF trading. In addition, it has one of the best mobile trading platforms on the market, and offers plenty of high-quality research tools such as trading ideas and strategy builders. It is a good choice for beginner investors. E*TRADE’s product portfolio only covers US markets and forex trading is not available. E*TRADE doesn’t accept credit/debit cards and electronic wallets for money transfers. In addition, the live chat support is slow. BrokerChooser gave E*TRADE a 4.7/5 rating based on analyzing 500+ criteria and testing via opening a live account.

E*TRADE is a regulated broker, it is overseen by a top-tier financial regulator in the USA . E*TRADE is also covered by investor protection and it offers negative balance protection in selected jurisdictions. We at BrokerChooser always test brokers with real money, including the withdrawal process.

E*TRADE pros and cons

Low trading fees (free stock and ETF trading) Only US markets, no forex
User-friendly mobile trading platform Only bank transfer
Great research tools Slow live chat

Interactive Brokers main highlights​

🗺️ Country of regulationUSA
💰 Trading fees classLow
💰 Inactivity fee chargedNo
💰 Withdrawal fee amount$0
💰 Minimum deposit$0
🕖 Time to open an account1-3 days
🎮 Demo account providedNo
🛍️ Products offeredStock, ETF, Fund, Bond, Options, Futures, Crypto
Our overall Interactive Brokers rating
  • 9.4

  • Fees
  • Account opening
  • Deposit and withdrawal
  • Web trading platform
  • Mobile trading platform
  • Markets and products
  • Research
  • Customer service
  • Education
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E*TRADE offers free stock and ETFs tradies; some bonds and mutual funds are also free to trade. Non-trading fees are low. On the negative side, fees for mutual funds that aren’t free are high.

Free stock and ETF trading High fees for non-free mutual funds
Some mutual funds and bonds are free 
Low non-trading fees 
E*TRADE fees snapshot
AssetsFee levelFee terms
US stockLowFree stock and ETF trading
EURUSDNot available
Mutual fundHigh$19.99 per trade; ca. 4,500 free mutual funds
Inactivity feeLowNo inactivity fee

How we ranked fees

We ranked E*TRADE’s fee levels as low, average or high based on how they compare to those of all reviewed brokers.

First, let’s go over some basic terms related to broker fees. What you need to keep an eye on are trading fees and non-trading fees.

  • Trading fees occur when you trade. These can be commissions, spreads, financing rates and conversion fees.
  • Non-trading fees include charges not directly related to trading, like withdrawal fees or inactivity fees.

In the sections below, you will find the most relevant fees of E*TRADE for each asset class. For example, in the case of stock investing the most important fees are commissions.

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

To have a clear overview of E*TRADE, let’s start with the trading fees.

E*TRADE trading fees

E*TRADE’s trading fees are low. Let’s see a breakdown of the various asset classes.

Stock fees and ETF fees

Stock and ETF trades are commission-free, which is superb. This is part of an industry-wide trend that’s taken hold among many US brokers since 2019.

E*TRADE stock and ETF commission for a $2,000 trade
 E*TRADECharles SchwabFidelity
US stock$0.0$0.0$0.0
UK stock$10.2
German stock$18.8

The broker charges a $6.95 commission for trading OTC stocks; the commission is $4.95 for clients who make at least 30 stock, ETF or option trades a quarter. 
If you prefer stock trading on margin, check out E*TRADE’s margin rates.

The margin rate is charged when you trade on margin. This basically means that you borrow money or stocks from your broker to trade. On this borrowed money/stock, you have to pay interest. It can be a significant proportion of your trading costs.

E*TRADE annual margin rates
 E*TRADECharles SchwabFidelity
USD margin rate12.7%12.1%12.1%
GBP margin rate
EUR margin rate

E*TRADE’s financing rate is volume-tiered. It applies a base rate plus a premium/discount depending on the financed amount. The base rate is set at E*TRADE’s discretion and may be readjusted from time to time; at the time of our review, the base rate was 10.20%.

E*TRADE annual financing rates
Debit balanceRate %Base rate +/-
Under $10,00012.70%+2.50%
$10,000 – $24,99912.45%+2.25%
$25,000 – $49,99912.20%+2.00%
$50,000 – $99,99911.70%+1.50%

Fund fees

E*TRADE fund fees are generally high at $19.99 per trade. On the positive side, E*TRADE does not charge a commission for ca. 4,500 mutual funds. If you sell these no-transaction-fee funds within 90 days after the purchase, though, a $49.99 fee is charged.

E*TRADE commission for a $2,000 fund purchase
E*TRADE Charles Schwab Fidelity
Mutual fund $20.0 $24.8 $37.5

Bond fees

E*TRADE has low bond fees. Bond fees vary based on the bond type. We calculated the fees for US Treasury bonds.

E*TRADE commission for a $10,000 government bond trade
 E*TRADECharles SchwabFidelity
US Treasury bond$0$0$0
EU government bond

Similarly to Charles Schwab and Fidelity, E*TRADE charges no commission for Treasury bonds. For other bonds, such as corporate bonds, the commission is $1 per bond; a $10 minimum and a $250 maximum apply.

Options fees

E*TRADE options fees are low.

E*TRADE stock index options commission of 10 contracts
 E*TRADECharles SchwabFidelity
US stock index options$6.5$6.5$6.5
UK stock index options
UK stock index options

E*TRADE charges a volume-based fee, The fee is $0.65 per contract for the first 30 trades per quarter and $0.50 per contract above that limit.

Futures fees

E*TRADE futures fees are average.

E*TRADE stock index futures commission of 10 contracts
 E*TRADECharles SchwabFidelity
US micro e-mini stock index futures$15.0$22.5
UK stock index future
German e-mini stock index futures

Futures fees are volume-based, at $1.5 per contract. However, futures pricing is not tiered, meaning you don’t get a discount if you trade frequently or in high volumes.

Non-trading fees

E*TRADE has low non-trading fees. It charges no inactivity fee and no account fee.

There is no withdrawal fee if you use ACH transfer. Withdrawals to other banks using wire transfer cost $25.

E*TRADE non-trading fees
 E*TRADECharles SchwabFidelity
Account feeNoNoNo
Inactivity feeNoNoNo
Deposit fee$0$0$0
Withdrawal fee$0$0$0
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Account opening

Account opening at E*TRADE (only available for US clients) is fully digital and user-friendly, but the account verification process is slow.

 Fully digital Slow account verification
No minimum deposit  

E*TRADE caters to US clients. Similarly to Robinhood and Webull, the retail brokerage branch of E*TRADE is available for US-based clients only.

What is the minimum deposit at E*TRADE?

The required E*TRADE minimum deposit is $0, which is great if you would like to start investing with a low amount.

The minimum deposit can be more if you want to trade on margin or use E*TRADE’s asset selection services.

E*TRADE minimum deposits by account types
Trading preferences Minimum deposit
Basic accounts $0
Margin account* $2,000
E*TRADE Personalized Investments $500-$150,000

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

Account types

E*TRADE provides several account types.

E*TRADE account types
Account typeShort description
Individual accountThe account is owned by a single individual
Joint accountTwo or more account owners
Business accountThe account is owned by a legal entity
Retirement account (Traditional IRA, Roth IRA, etc.)Individual retirement accounts
Pension accountAccounts for self-employed individuals and small businesses
Education Savings AccountAllow you to save for kindergarten through graduate school
Custodial accountsSpecial accounts for custodial purposes
E*TRADE Personalized InvestmentsAccounts for trading portfolios managed by E*TRADE

In this review, we tested the Individual Brokerage Account with the basic option level. E*TRADE offers 4 different levels of option trading. If you are looking for uncovered option trading, you need a margin account and level 3 or 4 upgrades. You can find further information about the different option levels here. 

How to open your account

The account opening process is user-friendly and fully digital. After completing the online account opening form, you can easily upload a copy of your ID card of choice and your SSN. Although online application only took some 15 minutes, account verification was very slow, as it took 7 business days.

Steps to open an E*TRADE account: 

  1. Choose the account type
  2. Add personal information and other details needed to verify your account, such as your Social Security Number, residency and employment status
  3. Select your investment profile and margin trading preferences
  4. Review your application and create your E*TRADE account ID
  5. Set up funding preferences

E*TRADE review – Account opening

Our best alternatives to E*TRADE are:

The highest ranking competitors are:

  1. Charles Schwab full review
  2. Fidelity full review
  3. Merrill Edge full review
  4. TD Ameritrade full review
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Deposit and withdrawal

E*TRADE charges no deposit fees and transferring money is easy. On the negative side, you can only use bank transfer and there is a high fee for wire transfer withdrawals.

No deposit fee Credit/Debit card not available
User-friendly High fee for wire transfer withdrawal

Account base currencies

At E*TRADE, the only available base currency is USD.

A convenient way to save on currency conversion fees is by opening a multi-currency bank account at a digital bank. These usually offer bank accounts in several currencies with great currency exchange rates, as well as free or cheap international bank transfers. Opening an account only takes a few minutes on your phone.If you have a personal bank account in a currency other than USD, then you will be charged a conversion fee.

Deposit fees and options

E*TRADE charges no deposit fees. You can use checks, ACH and wire transfers to deposit funds.

Unfortunately, credit/debit cards and electronic wallets are not accepted, similarly to E*TRADE’s closest competitors.

E*TRADE deposit options
 E*TRADECharles SchwabFidelity
Bank transferYesYesYes
Credit/debit cardNoNoNo
Electronic walletsNoNoYes

*If you have access to E*TRADE’s banking services, E*TRADE credit/debit cards are accepted for deposits.

We tested ACH transfer and it took 2 business days.

You can only deposit money from accounts that are in your name.

E*TRADE review – Deposit and withdrawal – Deposit

E*TRADE withdrawal fees and options

E*TRADE charges no withdrawal fees if you use ACH withdrawal, but wire transfers cost $25.

E*TRADE withdrawal fees and options
 E*TRADECharles SchwabFidelity
Bank transferYesYesYes
Credit/debit cardNoNoNo
Electronic walletsNoNoYes
Withdrawal fee$0$0$0

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

You can only withdraw money to accounts that are in your name.

How do you withdraw money from E*TRADE?

  • Log in to the account
  • Go to ‘Accounts’
  • Select the ‘Transfers’ menu, then click ‘Transfer money’
  • Choose your E*TRADE account in the ‘Transfer from’ field and your previously linked external account in the ‘Transfer to’ field
  • Add the amount you wish to withdraw and set the frequency and date of the withdrawal
  • Preview and initiate the withdrawal
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Web trading platform

E*TRADE has a great, user-friendly web trading platform, offering a clear fee report. On the negative side, it cannot be customized.

 User-friendly Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
Clear fee report 
Two-step (safer) login 
E*TRADE platforms to choose from
Trading platform Score Available
Web 4.5 Yes
Mobile 4.5 Yes
Desktop No

E*TRADE has two trading platforms, which differ in the range of tradable products and their target audience.

E*TRADE trading platforms
Best forInvestors looking for easy executionTraders looking for sophisticated research
Tradable productsStocks, ETFs, bonds, mutual funds, optionsStocks, ETFs, complex options, futures
Web trading platform offeredYesYes
Mobile trading platform offeredYesYes
Desktop trading platform offeredNoNo

There is also a legacy desktop trading platform called E*TRADE Pro. However, E*TRADE doesn’t promote this platform to new clients.

We tested the E*TRADE web platform in this review, as it is the default trading platform. It is available in English and Chinese.

Look and feel

The E*TRADE web trading platform is user-friendly. On the flip side, the platform is not customizable.

E*TRADE review – Web trading platform

Login and security

E*TRADE provides two-step authentication. To use it, you have to download the VIP Access mobile app to your device.

In addition, when you first log in on a new device, you have to register the new device by a security code or call. After registration, you can access your account using a simple ID and password combo.

Search functions

The platform’s search functions are good; you can search by typing a company’s name or an asset’s ticker.

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

E*TRADE review – Web trading platform – Search

Placing orders

There is a good selection of order types to choose from: 

  • Market 
  • Market on Close (MOC)
  • Limit
  • Stop
  • Stop-limit
  • Trailing stop %
  • Trailing stop $

To get a better understanding of these terms, read this overview of order types.

There are also order time limits you can use:

  • Good ’til Day (GTD)
  • All or Nothing (AON)

These are more sophisticated order terms and limits than what you will find at most brokers. For example, All or Nothing (or All or None) is a type of order limit that instructs the broker not to fill the order unless there are enough shares available (as specified by the order).

E*TRADE review – Web trading platform – Order panel

Alerts and notifications

You can set up alerts and notifications by searching for the keyword ‘alerts’ in the keyword search bar in the top right corner. It will take you to the ‘Set & Manage Alerts’ page, where creating alerts and notifications is a breeze.

Portfolio and fee reports

E*TRADE has clear portfolio and fee reports. You can find them in the ‘Accounts’ > ‘Portfolios’ menu.

It is great that you can easily customize the report by choosing from some 100 different columns, such as commission, Net Asset Value, Dividend, etc.

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Mobile trading platform

E*TRADE’s mobile trading platform is one of the best on the market. It’s very easy to use and offers a lot of features.

Good search function 
Good variety of order types 

Similar to the web trading platforms, we tested the E*TRADE mobile application, but a Power E*TRADE mobile application is also available.

It is available for both iOS and Android. We tested it on iOS. The mobile trading supports the following languages: English, French and Spanish.

In functionality and design, it’s almost the same as the web trading platform. The E*TRADE mobile trading platform is user-friendly; has a great search function; offers a wide range of order types, and you can easily set alerts and notifications. However, two-step authentication is not available. E*TRADE only allows two-step to login via a VIP Access App for their web platform.  

On the other hand, you can use TouchID, which is a convenient feature.

Though the web and the mobile trading platforms are quite similar, we assign a higher weight to simplicity and ease-of-use when scoring mobile trading platforms. That is why the E*TRADE mobile trading platform has a higher score than the web trading platform.

E*TRADE review – Mobile trading platform – Order panel

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Desktop trading platform

We did not test the E*TRADE Pro desktop platform in this review as it is not available to new customers.

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Markets and products

You can trade plenty of asset classes at E*TRADE from stocks to futures, but only on the US market; in addition, forex trading is not available.

Interactive Brokers asset classes
 E*TRADECharles SchwabFidelity

E*TRADE has a solid product range, but it doesn’t stand out in any category, with the possible exception of bonds. Elsewhere, its selection is average or below average.

Stocks and ETFs

Similarly to its closest competitors, E*TRADE covers the US market only.

E*TRADE stock and ETF selection
 E*TRADECharles SchwabFidelity
Stock markets (#)5425
ETFs (#)2,3002,3002,300

You can trade stocks on the following stock exchanges: NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX, OTCBB, OTC (other).


E*TRADE’s fund selection is OK, it is similar to those offered by rivals Charles Schwab and Fidelity.

E*TRADE stock and ETF selection
 E*TRADECharles SchwabFidelity
Fund providers (#)600600550

You will find funds from the biggest fund providers such as BlackRock and Vanguard, but also from smaller ones.


E*TRADE has a good bond selection compared with its closest competitors.

E*TRADE stock and ETF selection
 E*TRADECharles SchwabFidelity
Bonds (#)88,00060,000106,000

The bond selection covers both government and corporate bonds.


At E*TRADE, you can trade options on the major US exchanges like CBOE. This selection is largely similar to its competitors.

E*TRADE options selection
 E*TRADECharles SchwabFidelity
Options markets (#)588


E*TRADE’s futures selection is smaller than what its most immediate competitors offer. You can trade futures on three exchanges: CME Group, ICE US and CFEIn addition, you can also trade Bitcoin futures.

E*TRADE futures selection
 E*TRADECharles SchwabFidelity
Futures markets (#)38

E*TRADE Portfolios

E*TRADE offers several types of portfolios, which is great if you need help managing your investments. You’ll get a recommendation either from an expert or E*TRADE’s robo-advisor technology. We liked the wide product range and the fact that the portfolios are highly customizable and easy to modify.

E*TRADE portfolios
 Prebuilt PortfoliosCore PortfoliosBlend PortfoliosDedicated PortfoliosFixed Income Portfolios
Underlying product(s)ETFs or mutual fundsETFsETFs and mutual fundsStocks, ETFs and mutual fundsCorporate and government bond portfolio
Minimum depositETFs: $2,500; Mutual funds: $500$500$25,000$150,000$250,000
Annual advisory fee0.0%0.3%0.65%–0.90% 0.95%–1.25%0.35%–0.75%
Risk management3 preset categories5 preset portfoliosCustomized portfolioCustomized portfolioCustomized portfolio
Rebalancing?NoYes, roboYes, expertYes, expertYes, expert
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E*TRADE has great research tools: fundamental analysis, strategy building, handy tools for options trading, and a whole lot more.

Good interactive chart None
Trading ideas 
Data on asset fundamentals 

Research tools can be found on both the E*TRADE and the Power E*TRADE web trading platforms.

While the E*TRADE web trading platform is best for research related to basic investment topics like stocks and ETFs, the Power E*TRADE platform is better suited for researching complex products like options or futures.

Trading ideas

E*TRADE provides trading ideas and recommendations for stocks, ETFs, and mutual funds.

Some stock trading ideas come from third-party providers, including analyst outlooks from TipRanks, SmartConsesus, Thomson Reuters, MorningStar and MarketEdge, among others. E*TRADE creates a shortlist from these trading ideas (mainly including commission-free ETFs and mutual funds), called All-star Funds.

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Fundamental data

E*TRADE offers fundamental data, mainly on stocks. You will find data such as financial statements for the past 5 years, as well as basic performance and rating metrics under the ‘Fundamentals’ menu. Further financial information is available under the ‘Earnings’ menu.

E*TRADE review – Research – Fundamental data


E*TRADE has good charting tools. You can use about 30 technical indicators.  The charts are easily editable in both E*TRADE platforms.

E*TRADE review – Research – Charting

News feed

The news feed is great. It is easily readable and provides good visual information, mainly using charts. It is provided by third parties such as Briefing.com and Morningstar. You can also reach Bloomberg TV from the front page.

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Customer service

E*TRADE has great 24/7 customer service, giving relevant answers. However, during our most recent live chat test, we encountered extremely long waiting times.

 Phone support Slow live chat and phone
Live chat 
Relevant answers 

You can contact E*TRADE via:

  • phone
  • email
  • live chat

E*TRADE’s phone support left us with mixed feelings. When we last tested, no agents were available.

The email service was quick and relevant, we got our answers within 1 day.

 The waiting time for the live chat service varies grealy. Sometimes an agent is readily available but on occassion the waiting time can prove massive. On the other hand, the answers were clear and helpful both times.

We liked that the E*TRADE support team is available 24/7.

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E*TRADE offers good educational materials, such as videos, articles and free webinars. On the other hand, the demo account is available only for the Power E*TRADE platform.

Trading platform tutorial Demo account is only for Power E*TRADE
Educational videos 
Good production quality 

At E*TRADE you can learn in the following ways:

  • Platform tutorial videos
  • General educational videos
  • Webinars
  • Quality educational articles
  • Demo account for Power E*TRADE platform

E*TRADE’s educational materials are high quality overall and cover a wide range of topics.

Videos and educational articles offered by E*TRADE are suitable for beginners and offer useful content.

Webinars focus on various subjects, at different experience levels. If you miss them real-time, they are also available for later viewing. You can find them under the ‘Knowledge’ > ‘Events’ menu.

E*Trade review – Education

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E*TRADE is overseen by top-tier US regulators and you are protected by a high investor protection amount, but there is no negative balance protection.

Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority No negative balance protection
High level of investor protection 
Banking background 

Is E*TRADE regulated?

Yes, it is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Is E*TRADE safe?

To be certain, we highly advise that you check two facts:

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

How you are protected

This is important for you because the investor protection amount and the regulator differ from country to country. At E*TRADE, this is not an issue as all customers are handled by E*TRADE Securities LLC and 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 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.

E*TRADE does not provide negative balance protection.


E*TRADE was established in 1982. The longer track record a broker has, the more proof we have that it has successfully survived previous financial crises.

E*TRADE Bank, an affiliated company of E*TRADE Securities LLC under E*Trade Financial Corporation, has a banking license, and as such, it is subject to tougher regulation than brokers. In February 2020, E*TRADE was acquired by investment giant Morgan Stanley, under which it will continue its brokerage services.

E*TRADE Financial Corporation is listed on the NASDAQ, which is a big plus for safety as E*TRADE releases financial statements regularly and transparently.

Having a banking license, being listed on a stock exchange, providing financial statements, and being regulated by a top-tier regulator are all great signs for E*TRADE’s safety.

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Bottom line

E*TRADE is one of the biggest US stockbrokers and is regulated by top-tier authorities.

At the end of 2019, riding the commission-free trading trend in the US, E*TRADE scrapped the commission on stock and ETF trades. E*TRADE’s research functions are of high quality and channel a lot of tools, including trading ideas and strategy builders. We liked the easy handling and the customizable features of the mobile trading platform.

E*TRADE has some drawbacks though. It doesn’t accept credit/debit cards and electronic wallets for money transfers and its product portfolio covers only US markets. In addition, the live chat support is slow.

As trading fees are generally low, research tools are great and no inactivity fee is charged, feel free to try E*TRADE.

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We recommend E*TRADE for investors and traders looking for solid research and a great mobile trading platform.

Below you can find links to all aspects of E*TRADE in this comprehensive collection.

Lower fees, lower costs?

We detailed this in our E*TRADE fees article.

What about the minimum deposit?

Our ultimate guide to the E*TRADE minimum deposit is updated regularly.

How to start your E*TRADE account?

Look no further than our evaluation of the E*TRADE account opening.

How’s their trading app?

Here’s our expert view after checking the E*TRADE trading app.

Is the quality of customer service satisfactory?

All you need to know about the E*TRADE customer service.

Legit or scam?

Is E*TRADE legit features all the key aspects you need to look at to see if a broker is safe and legit.

Free or premium? Or both?

A glance at actual costs and whether E*TRADE is really free.

Is this broker good for beginners?

We checked it in Is E*TRADE good for beginners.

Should you buy your silver bullets on E*TRADE?

Research for silver bugs in the Silver buy on E*TRADE guide

I want to trade options, are they available at E*TRADE?

We explored the topic in Can you trade options on E*TRADE?

What is the minimum account balance at E*TRADE?

Check out the current account balance requirements at E*TRADE in our What is the minimum account balance at E*TRADE article.

Looking for commission and fees data for E*TRADE?

We collected them in E*TRADE commission and fees.

How do you withdraw money from E*TRADE?

We tested it and collected the options and costs in How to withdraw money on E*TRADE.

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