Meet your investment choices

They range from the simple to the complex. Long term to short term. The beginner to the expert level. Here’s a quick overview before you dive in.

Stocks

What are they?

  • Stocks let you own a piece of a company. You can select stocks from numerous businesses and industries and have the flexibility to trade them throughout the trading day. 

What can they do?

  • They can help grow your portfolio—maybe even out run inflation. And some stocks pay regular income in the form of dividends.

Commissions/Fees

  • $9.99 / trade2
  • $7.99 with 150+ trades per quarter2

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Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)

 

What are they?

  • ETFs are managed baskets of stocks and bonds—one-stop securities designed to match the performance of an entire market, industry, or strategy.

What can they do?

  • They’re an easy way to diversify your portfolio. They combine multiple investments to reach many different objectives. And they’re as easy to trade as stocks.

Commissions / Fees

  • $9.99 / trade2
  • $7.99 with 150+ trades per quarter2
  • More than 100 commission-free ETFs3

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Mutual Funds

 

What are they?

  • Mutual funds are baskets of investments, chosen and managed by professionals. They’re created around specific strategies, so they give you one-stop access to fund managers’ expertise.   

What can they do?

  • Selecting your own mix of funds is an easy way to diversify your portfolio. And many of them have no-transaction fees or commissions, so you can trade for less.

Commissions/Fees

  • Prices vary
  • 2,500 no-load, no-transaction fee funds4

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Bonds

What are they?

  • These investments are a type of loan, letting you lend money to a company or to the government. They can pay regular income, and typically aim to return 100% of your investment at maturity. 

What can they do?

  • They usually offer balance, despite what the market may be doing. They can pay you steady income on a regular basis, and may protect your original investment.  

Commissions/Fees

  • $1.005 for online secondary market trades ($10 minimum, $250 maximum).

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Options

 

What are they?

  • Options give you the right to buy or sell an investment in the future at a predetermined price. That can help protect your portfolio from market swings—or let you take on more risk, for potentially more reward. 

What can they do?

  • It all depends on how you use them. They can help offset your losses when the markets go down. Or potentially multiply your gains when the markets go up/losses when the market goes down. You can even use them to generate income.

Commissions / Fees

$9.99 plus 75¢ per options contract2

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Futures

 

What are they?

  • Like options, futures let you lock in a price now for an investment you’ll buy in the future. They cost much less than the actual investment, so you can control a large contract with a relatively small amount of capital..

What can they do?

  • It depends on your strategy. You can use them to potentially reduce risk, or take on more risk for potentially higher returns. And because they’re inexpensive, they can also help you diversify.

Commissions / Fees

  • $2.99 per contract, per side, plus fees6

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Get up to $600 plus 60 days of commission-free stocks and options trades


 for deposits of $10k or more.1 How it works

Get up to $600 plus 60 days of commission-free stocks and options trades


 for deposits of $10k or more.1 How it works