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TD Ameritrade drops stock trading commissions in fee war

Posted at 2:55 PM, Oct 02, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — TD Ameritrade is also eliminating commissions for online trading of U.S. stocks and exchange-traded funds in the latest round of an industry battle over fees.

Investors will benefit from lower costs after the moves announced Tuesday by TD Ameritrade and Charles Schwab . But TD Ameritrade estimates it will lose about 15% of its revenue — roughly $220 million to $240 million — per quarter in the process.

TD Ameritrade said it will drop its commissions to zero from $6.95 on Thursday — four days ahead of Schwab — for online trading of stocks and ETFs listed in the U.S. and Canada.

TD Ameritrade’s stock fell 25.8% Tuesday after Schwab’s announcement. It slipped another 2% Wednesday.

The industry has been cutting investment fees for years, as customers demand lower expenses.