How to open a US Brokerage Account?

Adam Fayed
4 min readDec 30, 2019


This article will explain how to open a US brokerage account, and for that matter, is it a good idea?

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What is a Brokerage Account’?

A broker account is an account within a brokerage firm with a valid license or an investment company through which a person can be able to trade with stocks, mutual funds, bonds, options and different types of other asset categories.

The person is able to perform the trades with the money that they have in their brokerage account. A brokerage account is necessary for a person who is willing to make investments in the stock market.

Brokerage firms are available based on the requirements of the investor. They might be available at a high price along with full service from the stockbrokers or an online platform with a great discount.

The assets and the profits or losses that are subjected to the respective investment belong only to the investor and the firm doesn’t involve in those. The firm does charge fees and commissions though.

Brokerage accounts allow access to a wide variety of assets to the investor such as Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, etc. Some brokerage accounts also have access to complex investments such as Futures, Forex, Options, CFDs, etc.

Most of the brokerage firms allow the investor to create an account online with very simple and easy steps. The investor can able be to fund his account by depositing money from different methods such as bank transfer, e-wallets, credit card, debit card, etc.

Almost all online brokers don’t charge any type of fees while creating an account. Most of the transaction processes that occur within a brokerage account happen within a week.

The investor can be able to open a brokerage account within a firm without requiring a lot of cash. Many online brokers offer investors the availability of an account, which doesn’t require any sort of initial deposit to be made.

There is no limit for the amount that can be deposited into a brokerage account. However, there might be a transaction limit per day or a week. Any person can have multiple brokerage accounts.

Unlike the retirement accounts, the investors might not be able to enjoy tax-related privileges while making an investment through a brokerage account.

There are two types of primary options for investors who want to create a brokerage account which is Online Brokers and Robo-Advisors.

‘Online Brokers’ — The account through which the investor can be able to buy or sell investments through the official website of the brokerage firm is known as an Online Broker account.

Many online brokers offer discounts for a wide range of investments which include stocks, funds, bonds, etc.

‘Robo-Advisor’ — Robo-Advisors are the digital platforms that operate based on algorithms that are strategically advanced and efficient and require no interaction from the investors themselves.

Robo-advisors create surveys through which they obtain the financial plannings and goals of the respective investors and execute an investment in the required assets on their behalf.

In general, the investor can choose between a cash account or a margin account. A cash account would require the whole amount that needs to be invested whereas a margin account can let the investor borrow some amount that will be required by the investor. A margin account is riskier than a cash account.

A brokerage account can be created within a short time span as less as 15 minutes and it mandatory that the individual who is creating the account should be having an age of at least 18 years. In some cases, the parents of the investor can help them set up a brokerage account for their children who are having an age lesser than 18 years.

Some online brokers provide good research, expert guidance, education related to investments, Financial advice from expert financial advisors, etc. while charging relatively higher charges when compared to others.

Full-service brokerage accounts like Wells Fargo Advisors, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, etc. guide their investors to develop advanced strategies and investment plans in order to achieve greater profits. Discount brokerage accounts like Charles Schwab, E*Trade, Fidelity, Vanguard, etc. lack this kind of feature and provide comparatively lesser fees to the investors.

There is an availability of multiple types of brokerage accounts for the investors to choose based on different features like Speed of execution, Tools of analysis, tradable assets, etc. Investors may choose from these based on their requirements.

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