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LAST UPDATED: May 21st, 2021

Fidelity, also known as Fidelity Brokerage Company, Fidelity eBusiness, Fidelity Institutional Retirement Services Company, Fidelity Investments Human Resources, Fidelity Management and Research Company and Fidelity Technology Group, was founded in 1977 by Edward C. Johnson the 2nd, is currently headquartered in Boston, MA and is now under the leadership of Abigail P. Johnson, chief executive officer of FMR LLC, Fidelity's parent company.  Abigail is the third generation to lead this privately owned company.

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The Good

  • Experienced specialists
  • Trading education
  • Rates
Fidelity has 24 million individual customers, $5.2 trillion in total customer assets at Fidelity and $2.1 trillion in global assets under management.  Fidelity currently has 10 regional offices and more than 180 investor centers in the United States.  They also have over 40,000 associates and their global presence covers eight countries across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Additionally, Fidelity was awarded the #1 online broker by Investor's Business Daily for their research tools and ETF choices, among other things.  They were also awarded Kiplinger's 2014 Winner Best of The Online Brokers.  So they must be doing something right. Other benefits include:

Experienced Specialists

Fidelity has experienced investment and trading specialists available 24-7.  That means whenever you have a question or an issue, or just need a little advice, all you have to do is contact them.  This is great for investors who are only able to do their investing at times other than normal business hours.

Trading Education

Fidelity offers plenty of educational resources online and offline, as well as helpful retirement features.  They have a learning center, calculators and tools, local branch seminars, investment guidance, retirement planning, wealth management, estate planning and inheritance, taxes, saving for college, charitable giving, life insurance, long-term care and more.


Fidelity offers some very competitive rates, such as stocks at $7.95, ETFs both commission free and $7.95 online commission for U.S. equities, options at $7.95 per online trade and 75¢ per contract and bonds at $1 per bond trade.

Product Options

Fidelity also offers a wide variety of investment products, such as mutual funds, retirement and IRAs, trading, stocks, fixed income and bonds, ETFs, options, sector investing, plenty of cash management, help with managed accounts, help with a 529 college savings account, annuities, life insurance and they also offer long term care advice as well. Fidelity provides their customers with plenty of calculators and tools to help them be as successful as possible.

The Bad

  • Minimums
  • Online use
While there are a number of useful and practical tools and resources offered through the Fidelity platform, there are number of limitations as well. Prospective clients should be aware of the following drawbacks prior to enrolling in the service:


Fidelity doesn't have any actions involving their marketplace conduct, nor do they have any reports of using any type of deceptive advertising practices. You do have to remember though that Fidelity is a huge global company; therefore, you have to think about these numbers in the proper perspective. Unfortunately, Fidelity has a minimum required account balance of $2,500, which is a potential drawback that might keep newer investors away, unless they have the upfront money to put down.

Online Use

The Fidelity website is extremely hard to use, at least from a visitor's standpoint.  The navigation is OK; however, if it was more specific that would be better.  Additionally, there is so much information that it's easy to get information overload, aside from the fact that you have to click around to many different pages to get the information you need.

The Bottom Line

Fidelity really stands out when it comes to all their tools, calculators and all the available research they provide and they do so at very competitive rates.  Additionally, they have exceptional customer service, mobile apps for all major devices, which most of the recent complaints have been resolved to the customers' satisfaction, we can offer Fidelity a good recommendation as being a reputable financial services company.  However, with that being said, we encourage you to spend some time performing your own due diligence to determine if there are any potential issues that would weigh heavily on your decision as to whether or not they are the right fit for you.
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Matt Hanzel Saratoga Springs, UT

When it comes to investing, Fidelity provides the best of both worlds. I am empowered to research and trade on my own with easy and intuitive tools, but also know I’m backed up with world class human professional services.

5 years ago

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Eddie Rios Ogden, UT

Fidelity is easily my favorite online investing portal. Low fees, easy access to funds, easy trading process is what makes fidelity best in industry. I will never consider leaving fidelity as they are top notch!

4 years ago


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Tiffany I Gaithersburg, MD

This is my primary portfolio. No fees - I’m able to transfer funds from my checking and make trades within seconds. I initially chose Fidelity because my retirement is with them. I like seeing both accounts on my app. The app is easy to use. I can switch between my stock watchlist and my portfolio.

2 years ago

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Donald Whitley

Currently 4.95 for buy/sell stocks. Also 4.95 plus .65 per contract for options. More than 60 commission free EFT buy/sell (you must own these for a length of time, 90 days I think.)

6 years ago