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Sharebuilder - ING Direct User Review Author: 18 March 2013

Overall Rating

Recommends Sharebuilder - ING Direct for:

Traders looking to invest money through automatic trading or the traders who have account with Capital One looking to invest in the stock market are the ones who are most likely to open an account with ShareBuilder. The website is easy to use and informative. But, other than these, ShareBuilder has not much to offer.

For detailed information, browse through our detailed reviews below.

What Type of Accounts you can open with Sharebuilder?

A trader can open the following types of accounts with ShareBuilder:

  1. Individual and joint taxable investment accounts
  2. Traditional and Roth IRAs
  3. Custodial/Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESA)
  4. 401k Rollovers and Small Business 401k’s

ShareBuilder offers the following investment products:

  1. Stocks / Equities
  2. Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
  3. Mutual funds
  4. Options
  5. Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)

ShareBuilder: Fees & Commissions

Recently, Sharebuilder has decreased their commissions from $9.95 to $6.95. ShareBuilder offers two pricing programs - Basic and the Advantage Program. Automatic investments is where ShareBuilder’s service is good and is what makes them unique. If you like DCA (Dollar Cost Averaging), where you make monthly deposits, this is the real advantage of using ShareBuilder. Their automatic investment service will make an investment on a scheduled basis. With the Basic Plan it costs you $4 per automatic investment transaction. The limitation of this service is it can only be performed on a Tuesday. The Advantage Plan, which costs $12 per month includes twelve automatic investments per month. Each additional automatic investment above the twelve costs a $1.

Sharebuilder Tools and Platform Performance

Sharebuilder provides no software-based platform. But the quality of investment tools are above average. The tools offered by Sharebuilder are:

  1. Investment Screener: Trader can find investments based on their criteria.
  2. Market Movers: Traders can see the stocks showing the most activity, top gainers, the biggest losers, and more.
  3. PortfolioBuilder: PortfolioBuilder can be used to to find a diversified portfolio that is right for you. This if for traders who are not sure where to invest.
  4. Quick Fund Selector: Traders can find mutual funds or ETFs that match their risk tolerance or target date.

Sarebuilder offers Independent Research to their clients. The research consists of:

    Ratings Upgrades & Downgrades: Traders can get the latest upgrades, downgrades and reports from S&P, Sabrient, TheStreet and Markit Consensus.
  1. S&P Morning Briefing: Traders can take a look to the S&P morning briefing before trading.

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28 March 2013

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Can\'t say I can vouche for them anymore; they seem to have consistently bought at higher price points even when their realtime information says otherwise.

Put in a purchase at 22.12 according to their \"realtime\" information and of course Sharebuilder doesn\'t process it until 22.78 which was the high of the day; seriously?

If your just doing the staggered automatic investing then it\'s great since price is not necessarily a concern. I think I grew out of sharebuilder as I started maybe 6 years ago and now that I have a nice chunk to move around strike price becomes very important.

If your seriously investing this one should be avoided. If your just starting out; it\'s a great learning tool and cheap.


Eric Moore
20 November 2012
Reply

ShareBuilder commission fees are very low, to the tune of $4 with automatic investing. It also gives a free trial offer and no account minimum.

ShareBuilder has launched a new website after being taken over by CapitalOne. I know for one thing that the commission hasn’t changed. But are there any additional benefits/tools that are available post the takeover ?

Shareoholic
12 November 2012
Reply

Did sharebuilder got bought out by capital one?

    Punit Gupta
    21 November 2012
    Reply

    Yes it did. It was done a while back but was made official today

    Punit Gupta
    21 November 2012
    Reply

    Yes it did. It was done a while back but was made official few days back

Guest
22 September 2009
Reply

how do you know the sharebuilder doesnt do the arbitrage for you and zecco against you. i make big trades and i’d rather pay $20 than $4 to ensure that the broker gets me a better price–that arbitrage of 10 cents a share times 200 shares erases the difference in commision

IT
16 April 2009
Reply

"The only good thing about sharebuilder is the express funding feature.
You can buy instantly for an extra 5 bucks and it will take the money
from your bank account. THAT IS IT. Other than that sharebuilder is
garbage. Don’t use it as your main brokerage. I use zecco and love it.
4.50 trades, NO EXCEPTIONS. Whether its penny stocks or 50,000 shares
its $4.50 per trade."

Guest
16 April 2009
Reply

"Sharebuilder is not great but offers $4 market order investments every
tuesday if put in by Monday. The site is overall a B- and takes time
to place a trade but you get what you pay for and if you are just
looking for a investment every now and then and want to cut down fees
the $4 automnatic investment plan is cool."

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