Interactive Brokers vs. Capital One: A Comparison of Discount Brokers

Before you can start investing in stocks or funds, you’ll need to open a brokerage account to start placing your trades. But with so many brokers out there to choose from, and so many features on which to compare them, selecting the best brokerage can be a chore.

We’ll simplify it today by looking at just two popular brokerages, Capital One and Interactive Brokers, to compare them on criteria that long-term investors should care about most.

No matter which broker you ultimately choose, you’ll find that trading costs are very affordable. In general, prices tend to vary only by a few dollars, which makes price just one of many factors to consider when selecting a brokerage account. Here’s how these two brokers compare on the basis of trading costs by type of investment.

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Oil and Gas Stock Roundup: M&A, Analysts Fuel Oil Stocks This Week

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Crude prices eked out a slight gained for the week, rising 0.1% and closing at $51.42 per barrel. That relatively calm oil market meant that oil stocks needed other catalysts to fuel big moves this week. Those arrived in the form of another major M&A deal, as well as several bullish analyst notes, which, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, fueled the biggest stock moves in the energy market this week. Leading the way were Clayton Williams Energy (NYSE: CWEI), Sanchez Energy (NYSE: SN), Basic Energy Services (NYSE: BAS), and Emerge Energy Services (NYSE: EMES).

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About to Take Social Security? Read This First

If you’ve worked enough, you’ve probably got Social Security benefits coming your way — and “enough” is generally about 10 years. Before you start collecting those benefits, though, learn a little more about Social Security so that you can make the most of the system. Here are some key things to know about your Social Security benefits.

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If you don’t know what to expect from Social Security, it will make any retirement planning rather difficult — or inaccurate. You can get a good idea of how much you can expect to receive in retirement from Social Security at the Social Security website.

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What Investors Might Have Missed in the Markets This Week

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The markets have largely rallied since the November election result, and managed to squeak out a minor gain for the week after President Donald Trump’s inaugural speech Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI) and S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC) rose 0.48% and 0.34%, respectively, for the week.

“Trump has made it clear that as early as today, and certainly by Monday, we’ll see actions in terms of the executive orders that will set the tone for the administration and convey his priorities. If we don’t get anything dramatic in the address, we’ll get it soon,” said David Joy, chief market strategist at Ameriprise Financial, according to MarketWatch.

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