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What are your commissions and fees?
E*TRADE Securities customized commissions and margin rates1 are among the lowest in the industry. Active traders can qualify for even lower pricing with our exclusive Pro Elite program.2

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  1. Trading on margin involves risk, including the possible loss of more money than you have deposited. In addition, E*TRADE Securities can force the sale of any securities in your account without contacting you if your equity falls below required levels, and you are not entitled to an extension of time in the event of a margin call. Please read more information regarding the risks of trading on margin at etrade.com/margin.

    When trading on margin, an investor borrows a portion of the funds he/she uses to buy stocks to try to take advantage of opportunities in the market. He/she pays interest on the funds borrowed until the loan is repaid. For each trade made in a margin account, we use all available cash and sweep funds first and then charge the customer the current margin interest rate on the balance of the funds required to fill the order. The minimum balance for a margin account is $2,000.
  2. The E*TRADE Pro trading platform is available at no additional charge to Pro Elite active trader customers who execute at least 30 stock or options trades during a calendar quarter. To continue receiving access to this platform, you must execute at least 30 stock or options trades by the end of the following calendar quarter.
Can I trade on margin with an E*TRADE account?
  • Yes. Once you are approved for margin trading you can borrow against the assets in your brokerage account. When you borrow on margin, you pay interest on the loan until it is repaid. E*TRADE Securities offers some of the most competitive margin interest rates in the industry. The minimum balance required for a margin account is $2,000.

  • Note: Trading on margin involves risk, including the possible loss of more money than you have deposited. In addition, E*TRADE Securities can force the sale of any securities in your account without contacting you if your equity falls below required levels, and you are not entitled to an extension of time in the event of a margin call. Please read more information regarding the risks of trading on margin at etrade.com/margin.
How do I fund an account?
Choose the method that works best for you:
  1. Transfer Money Electronically – Use our FREE Transfer Money service to transfer within 3 business days, click here for instructions
  2. By Check – You can easily deposit many types of checks, click here for instructions
  3. By Wire Transfer – Wire transfers are fast and secure, click here for instructions
  4. Transfer an Account – Move an account from another firm, click here for instructions
How do I update my account information?
You can easily update your email, address, user ID, password and more online, just log into Customer Service online.

How It Works

Earn a cash credit & free trades based on your deposit or transfer amount.

Here's how to get your cash credit:
Credits for cash or securities will be made based on deposits or transfers of new funds or securities from external accounts made within 45 days of account open, as shown in the chart below. Your account will be credited within one week of the close of the 45-day window, as follows:

Receive Deposit or Transfer
$2,500 + free trades $1,000,000+
$1,200 + free trades $500,000 - $999,999
$600 + free trades $250,000 - $499,999
$300 + free trades $100,000 - $249,999
$200 + free trades $25,000 - $99,999
Only Free Trades $10,000 - $24,999

 

Here's how to get your free trades:
You will receive up to 500 free trade commissions for each stock or options trade executed within 60 days of the deposited funds being made available for investment in the new account (excluding options contract fees). You will pay $9.99 for your first 149 stock or options trades and $7.99 thereafter up to 500 stock or options trades (plus 75ยข per options contract). Your account will be credited for trades within a week, after paying the applicable commission charge. Account must be funded within 60 days of account open. You will not receive cash compensation for any unused free trade commissions.

More important information:
Offer valid for one new E*TRADE Securities Individual, Joint or Retirement account opened by December 31, 2016 and funded within 45 days of account opening with at least $25,000 for the cash credit offer and funded within 60 days of account opening with at least $10,000 for the free trade offer. Excludes current E*TRADE Financial Corporation associates, and non-U.S. residents. This offer is not valid for Unincorporated Organization or E*TRADE Bank accounts. New funds or securities must remain in the account (minus any trading losses) for a minimum of six months or the credit may be surrendered. One promotion per customer. E*TRADE Securities reserves the right to terminate this offer at any time. Consult your tax professional regarding limits on depositing and rolling over qualified assets. Other restrictions may apply.