• Trade stocks and ETFs from the order entry page or the order bar.

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Choose from a range of investing possibilities

Trade many different equities, funds and strategies while setting up conditional orders and taking advantage of after-hours trading in your account.

Listed and OTC Stocks

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Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

Replicate the performance of an index by investing in Exchange Traded Funds. Use screeners with over 30 different screening criteria options to help you find ETFs.

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Conditional Orders

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Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

Buying ETFs

The process of buying ETFs through Firstrade is identical to that of buying stocks. Just enter the ETF symbol, designate the number of shares, enter the price desired (if limit order) and submit the order. Since an ETF trade is charged the same commission as a regular stock trade, Firstrade makes ETFs affordable for everyone.

ETFs Basics Video

A quick overview of ETFs, one of the fastest growing financial products in recent years.

The Advantages of ETFs

ETFs can be described as a "hybrid" of mutual funds and stocks. By combining the benefits of two popular investment vehicles into one convenient package, ETFs provide the following advantages:


By investing in an ETF, you are buying into a basket of securities, thereby diversifying your investment and reducing your risk. The level of diversification achieved is dependent on the type of ETF selected. If you invest in an ETF that covers the entire market, it will be a well-diversified investment with lower risk. If you invest in an ETF that tracks a sector such as biotech, it will be more risky than the aforementioned ETF but less volatile than an individual stock.

Trading Flexibility

Unlike mutual funds, which are priced once a day, ETFs are priced and traded throughout the day and allow for margin, short sales and options, giving you flexibility beyond what traditional mutual funds can offer.


ETFs receive the dividends paid out by the companies held in the ETF and are subsequently distributed to ETF holders, less expenses.

Lower Cost

ETFs, in general, have significantly lower expenses than traditional mutual funds. ETFs are less likely to experience high management fees because they are index-based and not "actively" managed. And, since they trade on an exchange, ETFs are insulated from the costs of having to buy and sell securities to accommodate shareholder purchases and redemptions. In fact, buying ETFs through Firstrade only costs $2.95.


ETFs are designed to generally replicate the holdings and track the performance of the underlying index.

Tax Efficiency

Don't let taxes dictate the way you invest. An ETF tracks an index, making it less prone to turnover, resulting in lower capital gains tax.

Global Investing

There are ETFs that track markets in various regions or countries, making it an ideal way to invest overseas.

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12 Commission-Free ETFs

Now you can buy and sell 12 of Firstrade's most popularly traded exchange-traded funds (ETFs) at no cost through This selection of 12 Commission-Free ETFs represent a broad array of categories that can help you build a strong foundation for a diversified portfolio!

  • New! IYW    
    iShares U.S. Technology ETF
  • New! IWV    
    iShares Russell 3000 ETF
  • BLV    
    Vanguard Long Term Bond ETF
  • BIV    
    Vanguard Intermediate Term Bond ETF
  • BSV    
    Vanguard Short Term Bond ETF
  • VIG    
    Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF
  • IVV    
    iShares Core S&P 500 ETF
  • IJH    
    iShares Core S&P MidCap ETF
  • VBK    
    Vanguard Small Cap Growth ETF
  • VWO    
    Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF
  • FXI    
    iShares China Large-Cap ETF
  • DBC      
    PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund

Before investing in an ETF, be sure to carefully consider the fund's objectives, risks, charges, and expenses. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

The commission-free trades on the 12 eligible ETFs must be placed online at Firstrade. Commission-free trades apply to all buy and sell transactions on eligible ETFs with a minimum of 10 shares or more per order. If you sell an eligible ETF within 30 days of purchase, a regular $2.95 online commission fee will apply to the sale.

Firstrade reserves the right to update and change the terms and conditions of the Free Commission ETFs at any time without prior notice.

Research and planning tools are obtained by unaffiliated third party sources deemed reliable by Firstrade. However, Firstrade does not guarantee accuracy and completeness, and makes no warranties with respect to results to be obtained from their use.

Trading involves high risks. Firstrade's offering in commission free ETFs does not encourage investors to trade in high frequency without paying attention to the possible risks.

Market volatility, volume and system availability may delay account access and trade executions.