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Brokers which peg their margin rates to the published "Broker Call" rate, in order of increasing margin rate:

(Most of the brokers have a sliding scale, depending on the size of your margin debt. I have listed the highest rate. You can find the current Broker Call Rate here.)

NetVest, 1.800.961-1500
Products: Stocks, options, bonds, mutual funds, IPOs, precious metals, CDs
Market Orders: $14.00
Limit Orders: $19.00
Mutual Funds: $29 for no-load funds.
Options: $20/trade+$1.50/contract
Minimum to Open: Unknown
Inactivity Fee: $50.00/year. "No inactivity fee will be assessed if there is at least 1 (one) revenue-producing trade during the calander year."
Some Other Fees: ACAT Out:$50.00. "Any StockCross account transferring out or closing before year-end will also be charged the $30 maintenance fee.".
Maximum Margin Rate: Broker Call+0.25%
Extras: Dividend reinvestment. No maintenance fees for IRAs if the IRA account maintains a balance of $10000 or has 2 transactions/year.
Notes: "A Division of StockCross Financial Services"
User Comments:
Rates Updated: February 3, 2010

Investrade Discount Securities, 1.800.498-7120
Products: Stocks, options, mutual funds, bonds
Market Orders: $7.95
Limit Orders: $11.95
Mutual Funds: $15.00 for no-load funds.
Options: $1.50/contract, $14.95 minimum
Minimum to Open: $0, $2000 for margin accounts, $5000 for international accounts
Inactivity Fee: $0.00
Some Other Fees: Tender Fee:$25.00 ($50.00 "Less than 48 Hours"). DTC Out:$25.00/security. ACAT Out:$50.00.
Maximum Margin Rate: Broker Call+1.50%
Extras: No setup fees or maintenance fees for IRAs. Dividend reinvestment. Streaming real-time quotes for active traders. Foreign currency conversions. Cash management accounts including checking, credit card, and bill payment. Customer-directed routing for broker-executed trades, which have a surcharge. Foreign accounts accepted.
Notes: "A division of Regal Securities, Inc." Clears through Penson Financial Services. Has a "processing fee" for pink sheet and bulletin board stocks.
User Comments: "I shorted QQQQ; had 70% of the short value in my account in cash, i.e. after adding the short sale proceeds I had 170%. IDS charged me margin interest on the other 30% and paid no interest on the big pile of cash in my account. What a rip-off!"(June 13, 2007)    "I've had an account with Investrade for nine years. Early on they made an egregious error, and three free trades in compensation hardly made up for an ultimate cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Other than that, until they recently switched clearing firms, I've been happy with them. Their clearing firm leaves something to be desired. It sometimes reports day-ending balances tardily. In fact, in either July or August, they didn't post new balances for a week in the midst of stunning sell-offs, and for two days a client couldn't even obtain correct balances over the phone."(September 23, 2007)
Rates Updated: August 26, 2010

Trading Direct, 1.800.925-8566
Products: Stocks, bonds, mutual funds
Market Orders: $10.95
Limit Orders: $10.95
Mutual Funds: $21.95. NTF funds available.
Options: $9.95/trade+$1.00/contract
Minimum to Open: $0; $2000 for margin accounts
Inactivity Fee: $60 on accounts with no trades for that trading year, with exceptions.
Some Other Fees: Tender Fee:$30.00. DTC Out:$20.00/security. ACAT Out:$65.00.
Maximum Margin Rate: Broker Call+1.75%
Extras: Seem to be no setup fees or maintenance fees for IRAs. Dividend reinvestment is available for an extra charge. Accepts foreign accounts, including non-resident aliens. Valet accounts available for a fee.
Notes: A division of York Securities. Clears through Ridge Clearing and Outsourcing. No money market sweep accounts, and very low interest on credit balances.
User Comments:
Rates Updated: February 3, 2010

Muriel Siebert and Co., Inc., 1.800.872-0444, 1.800.872-0711
Products: Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, IPOs
Market Orders: $14.95
Limit Orders: $14.95
Mutual Funds: $35.00 for no-load funds; also has NTF funds
Options: From table, based on option price
Minimum to Open: $0
Inactivity Fee: $0.00 (if householded balances are over $25000)
Some Other Fees: Tender Fee:$0.00. DTC Out:$0.00, apparently. ACAT Out:$75.00.
Maximum Margin Rate: Broker Call+2.0%
Extras: Accepts funding by EFT, after the customer is approved. Checking and debit card for a fee. Much independent research. Dividend reinvestment. A user reports that Siebert has no communications facilities for Spanish-speakers.
Notes: In an email to customers dated June 10, 2015, Siebert announced that they were raising some fees and instituting others, as follows: Outgoing Account Transfers Fee (ACAT transfers): $75; Overnight Check Delivery Fee: Increasing from $15 to $25; Fed Wire Transfer Fee: Increasing from $15 to $25; Special Registration Fee: $25; Bounced Check Fee: Increasing from $15 to $25; Visa Debit Card: $100 per year.
User Comments: "I have had nothing but good results from Muriel Siebert, particularly the SiebertNet transactions. I find them very efficient, very helpful those times that I had to call them, and the experience has been very positive. Sure, I could have saved a few dollars on trades, but to me it is worth the investment of a few dollars to have the satisfaction that the Muriel Siebert company has given me. I highly recommend Siebert!"(April 23, 2007)    "I canceled my Muriel Siebert account in 2006,... fed up with their execrable customer service (despite their reputation). Always being handed off to someone else, being cut off, representatives who did not actually listen, etc. There were two final straws. On two consecutive [phone] calls asking for substantial ACH transfers from Siebert to my bank account, they transferred the wrong amount (same rep both calls). They record calls, so they reviewed the recordings and corrected their mistakes, but the mistakes were inexcusable. The last straw was being unable to get through to their margin department after repeated phone calls. I was so desperate to leave Siebert that I gave up a quarter-point benefit below their lowest stated margin interest, [which] I had negotiated."(September 23, 2007)
Rates Updated: June 10, 2015

PNC Investments, 1 800-762-6111
Products: Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, CDs, annuities
Market Orders: $18.00
Limit Orders: $20.00
Mutual Funds: $25.00 for no-load funds. NTF funds available.
Options: $25.00/trade+$2.00/contract
Minimum to Open: $2000
Inactivity Fee: $20.00/year, unless 1 trade in that year. Exemptions for fee-based accounts, "fundvest position of $10,000 or more", and in many other cases.
Some Other Fees:
Maximum Margin Rate: Broker Call+2.00%
Extras: Also has fee-based accounts and full-service advisory accounts with online trading. Full cash management services for VIP accounts, free check writing for other accounts, dividend reinvestment.
Notes: Formerly Peremel and Co., then Mercantile Brokerage Services.
User Comments:
Rates Updated: May 9, 2006

Seaport Securities Corp., 1-800-SEAPORT, (212) 482-8689
Products: Stocks, options, bonds, mutual funds
Market Orders: $14.95. There seems to be a $1.00 "postage and handling" fee in addition.
Limit Orders: $14.95. There seems to be a $1.00 "postage and handling" fee in addition.
Mutual Funds: $35 on no-load funds. No NTF funds.
Options: $14.95/trade+$1.25/contract
Minimum to Open: $0
Inactivity Fee: $50/year, if there have been no trades between July 1 and June 30.
Some Other Fees: Tender Fee:$25.00. DTC Out:$10.00 "Per Transfer Request". ACAT Out:$60.00.
Maximum Margin Rate: Broker Call+2.00%
Extras: Dividend reinvestment. Valet accounts with debit cards and check writing, presumably for a fee. Seems to have no setup fees or maintenance fees for IRAs, although there is a termination fee.
Notes: Clears through Penson Financial Services. Seems to have no research.
User Comments:
Rates Updated: November 27, 2011

JH Darbie and Co., 800.606-8844, 212.269-7271
Products: Stocks, bonds, options, mutual funds, CDs, cash management, asset management
Market Orders: $14.95
Limit Orders: $19.95
Mutual Funds: $25.00 on no-load funds
Options: $37.50 minimum, which includes 5 contracts. $2.00 for each additional contract.
Minimum to Open: $0
Inactivity Fee: $0?
Some Other Fees: Tender Fee:$50.00. DTC Out:$25.00/security. ACAT Out:$50.00.
Maximum Margin Rate: Broker Call+2.50%?
Extras: For-fee checking accounts, accepts deposit by electronic check. Full service also available. Dividend reinvestment. ACH transfers (at least out, and I assume also in); both the setup request and the transfers are initiated by telephone, not online.
Notes: Clears through COR Clearing, LLC. A few years ago I wrote: I've had an account there for about 8 years, and I'm more than satisfied. Personal service, but very little research. Real-time quotes only late in the order entry process. Now, they are making various changes, icluding changing clearing agents. At JH Darbie itself, you no longer get a human who answers the phone immediately, but the service is still more personal and the phone maze still less hellish than at the larger brokers. The online information from COR is obscure and difficult of access at best, with strange goings-on, and JH Darbie's attempts to solve the problem have been grudging and ungracious. I used to buy CMOs and individual bonds routinely. I no longer can buy them at all.(Ed. December 17, 2013)
User Comments:
Rates Updated: December 17, 2013

MyTradz.com, 888-973-7890 (See below.)
Products: Stocks, options, mutual funds
Market Orders: $7.95
Limit Orders: $7.95
Mutual Funds: $30.00
Options: $14.95/trade+$1.95/contract
Minimum to Open: $200. Margin accounts must maintain a $2000 balance.
Inactivity Fee: $0.00
Some Other Fees: Tender Fee:$10.00. DTC Out:$25.00/security. ACAT Out:$50.00.
Maximum Margin Rate: Broker Call+3.00%
Extras: Electronic check deposit. Online account opening.
Notes: "Effective March 22nd 2011 [MyTradz] Online Brokerage Services, Inc. is no longer accepting new accounts. To access an existing account please use the login link at FolioInvesting.com. If you have any questions regarding your account or the transfer please contact Folio at: 888-973-7890". Rates listed above were those in effect on October 1, 2007.
User Comments:
Rates Updated: November 27, 2011

WR Hambrecht and Company, 1.800.673-6476, 610.725-1150
Products: Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, IPOs, private equity investments
Market Orders: $9.00
Limit Orders: $9.00
Mutual Funds: $50.00 on no-load funds. NTF funds available.
Options: $30.00/trade+$1.75/contract
Minimum to Open: $2000
Inactivity Fee: $25.00/year with less than 1 trade per year
Some Other Fees: Tender Fee:$50.00. DTC Out:$60.00 "per occurrence". ACAT Out:$75.00.
Maximum Margin Rate: Broker Call+3.75%
Extras: Check writing. Dividend reinvestment for dividends over $2.00. Debit cards. Full service brokerage. Extensive in-house research, also available for free to the general public. They promise equitable IPO distribution through an auction system.
Notes: "This site is for U.S. investors only." Clears through Penson Financial Services.
User Comments:
Rates Updated: November 27, 2011