Investment Products

E*TRADE's guide to investment products

How do stocks work? What are the differences between ETFs and mutual funds? What exactly is a bond, anyway? Use this page as a quick reference to compare investment products offered by E*TRADE.

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  • Product
    Definition
    Best For
    Learn More
    Commissions/Fees
  • Stocks
    An investment that allows you to buy and sell shares of publicly traded corporations. Also referred to as equities.
    Incorporating growth and value strategies as well as generating income through dividends.
    The Basics of Stock Selection (Video)

    $9.99/Trade

     $7.99 w/150+ Trades/Qtr2

  • Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)
    ETFs are investment funds which are traded on stock exchanges. They often have a specific goal, for example attempting to mimic a particular index.
    Efficient tool for diversifying & balancing portfolios. ETFs provide built-in flexibility & low costs. Can be bought on margin.

    $9.99/Trade

        $7.99 w/150+ Trades/Qtr 2
    (pay $0 commission on 100+ ETFs)5

  • Mutual Funds
    A professionally managed investment vehicle that pools money from many investors into a diverse basket of securities.
    Ideal for diversifying portfolios. Thousands of funds with many different investment objectives. Professionally managed, but some have extra fees (loads).

    Variable

    (1,300+ w/no load, no transaction fees)3

  • Bonds & Fixed
    Income
    A bond is a debt obligation issued by a corporation or government entity. They are commonly referred to as fixed-income securities.
    Bonds may offer less volatility than other investments and add diversification to a portfolio. They are frequently used for income generation.

    $1/Bond4


    Online secondary market trades ($10 minimum, $250 maximum)

  • Options
    Options are to buy or sell a security at an agreed-upon price within a specific period of time.
    May be used in hedging and income-generating strategies. Intended for sophisticated investors.
    $9.99 plus
    $.75/per options contract
  • Futures
    Often involving physical commodities or financial instruments, futures allow you to hedge or speculate on the price movement of an asset.
    Though speculative, futures are for hedging investment positions. Growth and leverage opportunities for risk-tolerant investors.
    $2.99/per contract/per side
    (+ fees)

*Any investment contains certain risk. Talk to an E*TRADE Investing Professional or visit the Investor
Education Center
to understand how to limit risk in your portfolio.

Open an account today and get up to $600

Plus 60 days of free trades for deposits of $10k or more1

How it works »

Get up to $600 when you open an IRA

Plus 60 days of free trades for deposits of $10k or more1

How it works »