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A price war has broken out among online brokerage firms in recent months. In an effort to lure investors, industry leaders such as Charles Schwab, Fidelity Investments, TD Ameritrade and E-Trade have slashed trading commissions.

The price war has driven the greatest decrease in trading costs in seven years, says Richard Repetto, an analyst at investment banking firm Sandler O’Neill and Partners. “It’s a good time for investors as the costs to trade decline and advancements in the online trading space make it cheaper and more efficient to invest,” Repetto says.

Price cuts at online brokerage firms

Provider

Previous per-trade commission

Current per-trade commission*

Charles Schwab

$8.95

$4.95

Fidelity Investments

$7.95

$4.95

TD Ameritrade...

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