The Fees And Costs Of Trading

When you trade, each transaction typically has a commission fee charged by your broker and when you sell a stock you also typically pay a regulatory transaction fee.

My first trade on January 27, 1999 I paid a commission to TD Ameritrade of $13 to buy the stock and another $13 plus a Regulatory Fee of $0.18 when I sold the stock. Most recently, I have been paying a commission of $6.95 to TD Ameritrade each time I buy or sell and the Regulatory Fee when I sell stocks.

During my lifetime of trading I've paid a lot in commissions and regulatory fees. The hope is that the fees enable me access to powerful trading tools that, in turn, enable me to obtain a better return on my investment which covers the cost of the fees.

Trading Tide Levels:
  • Mid Tide (S&P closed at 2859 on May 17, 2019 coming off a Low Tide of 2801 on May 13, 2019 and a High Tide of 2954 on May 1, 2019)
  • Spring/Neap Tide (VIX rose to 17.63 this morning after closing at 15.96 on May 17, 2019)
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