As you skim through the list (reproduced below), you’ll notice that it’s quite similar to last year’s version. There are, however, some differences. Here’s a quick rundown of their most notable findings:
- E*Trade retained the top spot, excelling in all categories across the board.
- TradeKing slipped one spot for third to fourth, though they still shines in terms of trading tools and customer service, and their commissions are still significantly far lower than their nearest competition.
- Zecco is still hanging on near the bottom of the list. They have barebones offerings, but also offer free trades if you meet their balance requirements.
- ShareBuilder climbed a few spots from the bottom of the list, primarily because they added 300 new mutual funds to their offerings.
The best brokers of 2009
Here’s a full rundown of SmartMoney’s list:
- Charles Schwab
- TD Ameritrade
- Muriel Siebert
- Banc of America
- Wall Street*E
- Zecco Trading
Interestingly, none of Consumer Reports’ best broker picks made it onto SmartMoney’s list.