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TD Ameritrade Review

Steven Hatzakis

Written by Steven Hatzakis
Edited by John Bringans
Fact-checked by Blain Reinkensmeyer

January 25, 2023
CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 74-89% of retail investor accounts lose money. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

TD Ameritrade's thinkorswim platform offers over 70 tradeable currency pairs alongside a plethora of impressive tools, research, and education. For traders in the U.S., TD Ameritrade provides the ultimate trading technology experience.

TD Ameritrade
5/5 Stars Overall
  • Minimum Initial Deposit: $0
  • Trust Score: 99
  • Tradeable Symbols (Total): 0
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Trade Stocks & ETFs Commission Free

(74-89% of retail investor accounts lose money)

TD Ameritrade pros & cons

thumb_up_off_alt Pros

  • TD Ameritrade is publicly traded (NYSE: SCHW) and regulated in four tier-1 jurisdictions.
  • TD Ameritrade is trusted by over 11 million clients, with over $1 trillion in assets.
  • Part of Charles Schwab Corporation since October 2020, with a combined 28 million clients and $6 trillion in assets.
  • The availability of currency ETFs, exchange-traded forex futures, and options on forex futures elevate TD Ameritrade's already-impressive forex offering.
  • The thinkorswim platform left us so impressed that it won our award for Best Desktop Platform for 2023.
  • In-house research from TD Ameritrade's Ticker Tape hub and TD Ameritrade Network.
  • Third-party market news integration from sources like CNBC, Dow Jones, Thomson Reuters, Morningstar, and FXWirePro.
  • Learning Center boasts over 400 pieces of content — both written and audio-visual — many of which are forex-related.
  • Robust multimedia offering, including a well-maintained YouTube channel, and a catalogue of archived webinars with quality content such as its Trader Talks Webcasts

thumb_down_off_alt Cons

  • As a U.S.-only forex broker, TD Ameritrade does not offer copy trading or MetaTrader (MT4).
  • Live video broadcasting is more focused on equities markets and futures than forex.
  • With average spreads close to 1.2 pips on the EUR/USD, pricing is slightly above the industry average.
  • Only available for U.S. clients (see our complete review of TD Ameritrade for U.S. traders on our sister site, StockBrokers.com).

Overall Summary

Feature TD Ameritrade logoTD Ameritrade
Overall Rating 5/5 Stars
Trust Score 99
Offering of Investments 5/5 Stars
Commissions & Fees 4/5 Stars
Platform & Tools 5/5 Stars
Research 5/5 Stars
Mobile Trading 5/5 Stars
Education 4.5/5 Stars

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Is TD Ameritrade safe?

Trust Score
99
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TD Ameritrade is considered low-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 99 out of 99. TD Ameritrade is publicly traded, does operate a bank, and is authorised by four tier-1 regulators (high trust), zero tier-2 regulators (average trust), and zero tier-3 regulators (low trust). TD Ameritrade is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Securities Futures Commission (SFC), Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Learn more about Trust Score.

Feature TD Ameritrade logoTD Ameritrade
Year Founded 1955
Publicly Traded (Listed) Yes
Bank Yes
Tier-1 Licenses 4
Tier-2 Licenses 0
Tier-3 Licenses 0

2023 Review Methodology

At ForexBrokers.com, our reviews of online forex brokers and their products and services are based on our collected data as well as the observations and qualified opinions of our expert researchers. Each year we publish tens of thousands of words of research and detailed forex guides, and we monitor dozens of international regulator agencies (read more about how we calculate Trust Score here).

Our research team conducts thorough testing on a wide range of features, products, services, and tools (collecting and validating thousands of data points in the process). We test all available trading platforms for each broker – whether they are proprietary or come from third-party providers – and evaluate them based on a host of data-driven variables.

We also take an in-depth look at each broker’s commissions and fees, such as bid/ask spreads – including the average spread data for some of the most popular forex currency pairs. We research other trading costs, such as inactivity or custody fees, minimum deposit requirements, VIP rebates and/or discounts, and a range of other important fee-based data points.

Some of the other important research categories that are factored into our testing include mobile trading accessibility and capability, availability of market research and educational content, and each broker’s overall Trust Score.

Read our full explanation and accounting of our research and testing process to learn more about how we test.

ForexBrokers.com 2023 Annual Awards

For the ForexBrokers.com 2023 Annual Awards, brokers were evaluated against ForexBrokers.com’s 8 Primary Categories: Commissions & Fees, Offering of Investments, Platforms & Tools, Mobile Trading Apps, Research, Education, Trust Score, andOverall.

Best in Class honors were awarded to the Top 7 forex brokers in each of the following areas: Beginners, Social Copy Trading, Ease of Use, MetaTrader, Algo Trading, Crypto Trading, and Professional Trading.

ForexBrokers.com also recognized brokers that demonstrated excellence and innovation with our exclusive Industry Awards. To see the complete list of Industry Award winners (and to learn more about our Annual Awards from our Director of Online Broker Research, Steven Hatzakis), check out our ForexBrokers.com Annual Awards page.

Primary categories

TD Ameritrade logoTD Ameritrade Overall Rating Offering of Investments Commissions & Fees Platforms & Tools Research Education Mobile Trading Apps Trust Score
Rating 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 99
Rank #1
Streak #1
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Best in Class Streak 6

Secondary categories

TD Ameritrade logoTD Ameritrade Social Copy Trading MetaTrader Crypto Trading Ease of Use Professional Trading Beginners Algo Trading
Rank #1
Streak #1
Best in Class check
Best in Class Streak 2

Industry awards

Feature TD Ameritrade logoTD Ameritrade
#1 YouTube Channel verified
#1 Charting Technology verified

Forex Risk Disclaimer

There is a very high degree of risk involved in trading securities. With respect to margin-based foreign exchange trading, off-exchange derivatives, and cryptocurrencies, there is considerable exposure to risk, including but not limited to, leverage, creditworthiness, limited regulatory protection and market volatility that may substantially affect the price, or liquidity of a currency or related instrument. It should not be assumed that the methods, techniques, or indicators presented in these products will be profitable, or that they will not result in losses. Read more on forex trading risks.

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About the Editorial Team

Steven Hatzakis
Steven Hatzakis

Steven Hatzakis is the Global Director of Research for ForexBrokers.com. Steven previously served as an Editor for Finance Magnates, where he authored over 1,000 published articles about the online finance industry. A forex industry expert and an active fintech and crypto researcher, Steven advises blockchain companies at the board level and holds a Series III license in the U.S. as a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA).


John Bringans
John Bringans

John Bringans is the Senior Editor of ForexBrokers.com. An experienced media professional, John has close to a decade of editorial experience with a background that includes key leadership roles at global newsroom outlets. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University, and conducts research on forex and the financial services industry while assisting in the production of content.


Blain Reinkensmeyer
Blain Reinkensmeyer

Blain Reinkensmeyer has 20 years of trading experience with over 2,500 trades placed during that time. He heads research for all U.S.-based brokerages on StockBrokers.com and is respected by executives as the leading expert covering the online broker industry. Blain’s insights have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Chicago Tribune, among other media outlets.


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