Awards

Awards & Accolades

We believe our unparalleled combination of trading technology and brokerage services gives every TradeStation client an edge over the competition. But you don’t have to take our word for it.

Year in and year out, leading financial publications have recognized TradeStation’s award-winning trading software and best-in-class brokerage services. Read more to learn how our commitment to being the world’s best online broker can help you improve your trading.

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2014

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

TradeStation Recognized as “Best for Active Traders” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

In the December 2014 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, TradeStation was recognized as “Best for Active Stock Traders” among 10 firms surveyed that offer online trading of stocks, ETFs, mutual funds and bonds.10 In the active trader category, TradeStation topped industry giants E*Trade, Fidelity, Merrill Edge, Charles Schwab, Scottrade and TD Ameritrade, as well as smaller brokers Firstrade, TradeKing and tradeMonster. Kiplinger’s noted that with TradeStation, “If you trade in 500-share lots, you’ll pay $0.01 (yes, a penny) per share to trade the first 500 shares and $0.006 per share thereafter.” Kiplinger’s also added that “…brokers that are tilted toward active trading, including…TradeStation, hold their own against the bigger firms when it comes to investing tools.”

 
Barrons

TradeStation Receives Highest Rating 4 ½ Stars – for “Best for Frequent Traders” and “Best for International Traders” in Barron’s Magazine’s Annual Ranking of Online Brokerage Firms1

In the March 2014 Barron’s magazine review of 20 online brokers, TradeStation received the highest star rating for both “Best for Frequent Traders” and “Best for International Traders.” Barron’s noted that TradeStation “continues to lead the way for frequent traders.”

 

  • Best for Frequent Traders – Highest Rating (4 ½ stars)
  • Best for International Traders – Highest Rating (4 ½ stars)

 

 
StockBrokers.com

TradeStation Named “Best Platform Technology” for the Second Year in a Row in StockBrokers.com 2014 Online Broker Review9

TradeStation topped all other brokers in winning the award for Best Platform Technology for the second consecutive year in the 2014 Online Broker Review conducted by StockBrokers.com. TradeStation also received a “Best in Class” rating in the Platform & Tools category for the third consecutive year, a “Best in Class” rating in the Active Trading category for the fourth consecutive year, and a “Best in Class” rating in the Options Trading category.

 

  • Best Platform Technology – Highest Among All Brokers
  • Platform & Tools – “Best in Class,” 3rd Year in a Row
  • Active Trading – “Best in Class,” 4th Year in a Row
  • Options Trading – “Best in Class”

 

 
Stock & Commodities

TradeStation Wins Five Major TASC Awards; Rated Best Trading System for Stocks and Futures for the Tenth Consecutive Year2

TradeStation received top ratings in five major categories in the annual Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities (TASC) Readers’ Choice Awards. TASC readers voted TradeStation Best Trading System – Stocks and Best Trading System – Futures for the tenth consecutive year. TradeStation also won Best Institutional Platform and Best Professional Platform for the twelfth year in a row, and Best Real-Time Data for the fifth time.

 

  • Best Trading System – Stocks - 10th Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Futures - 10th Year in a Row
  • Best Institutional Platform - 12th Year in a Row
  • Best Professional Platform - 12th Year in a Row
  • Best Real-Time Data - 5th Category Win

 

 

2013

Barrons

TradeStation Rated "Best for Frequent Traders" for Third Consecutive Year in Barron's Magazine's Annual Ranking of Online Brokerage Firms1

In the March 2013 Barron’s magazine review of 24 online brokers, TradeStation was ranked Best for Frequent Traders and Best Trading Experience and Technology, and received the highest star rating for International Traders.

 

  • Best for Frequent Traders – 4th Category Win
  • Best Trading Experience and Technology – 2nd Category Win
  • Highest Rated – International Traders – 3rd Category Win

 

 
StockBrokers.com

TradeStation Named "Best Platform Technology" in StockBrokers.com 2013 Online Broker Review9

TradeStation received the award for Best Platform Technology in the 2013 Online Broker Review conducted by StockBrokers.com. TradeStation also received 4½ of a possible 5 stars in the Platform & Tools category, as well as 4 stars in both the Active Trading and Options Trading categories.

 

  • Best Platform Technology – Highest Among All Brokers
  • Platform & Tools – 4 1/2 stars
  • Active Trading – 4 stars
  • Options Trading - 4 stars

 

 
Investor's Business Daily

TradeStation Ranked Among Top Five Online Brokers Overall for Second Year in a Row and Tops for Equity Trading Tools in Investor’s Business Daily Study of Active Investors8

TradeStation was ranked among the top five online brokers for Overall Customer Experience, as well as best for Equity Trading Tools and among the top five in six other key categories, in the IBD Best Online Brokers Report, a major annual survey of active investors conducted by Investor’s Business Daily.

 

  • Overall Customer Experience – Top Five Brokers
  • Equity Trading Tools – Highest Among All Brokers
  • Trade Reliability – Top Five Brokers
  • Research Tools – Top Five Brokers
  • Portfolio Analysis/Reports – Top Five Brokers
  • Educational Resources – Top Five Brokers
  • Options Trading Platform – Top Five Brokers
  • ETF Choices – Top Five Brokers

 

 
Stock & Commodities

TradeStation Wins Six Major TASC Awards; Rated Best Trading System for Stocks and Futures for the Ninth Consecutive Year2

TradeStation received top ratings in six major categories in the annual Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities (TASC) Readers’ Choice Awards. TASC readers voted TradeStation Best Trading System – Stocks and Best Trading System – Futures for the ninth consecutive year. TradeStation also won Best Institutional Platform and Best Professional Platform for the eleventh year in a row, Best Online Analytical Platform for the tenth year in a row, and Best Real-Time Data for the fourth time.

 

  • Best Trading System – Stocks - 9th Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Futures - 9th Year in a Row
  • Best Institutional Platform - 11th Year in a Row
  • Best Professional Platform - 11th Year in a Row
  • Best Online Analytical Platform - 10th Year in a Row
  • Best Real-Time Data – 4th Category Win

 

 

2012

Barrons

TradeStation Receives Highest Rating – 4 ½ Stars – in Barron’s Annual Ranking of Online Brokerage Firms1

In the March 2012 Barron’s magazine review of 27 online brokers, TradeStation received the Highest Overall Ranking for Online Brokers (4 ½ stars). TradeStation also beat all competitors in three additional categories: TradeStation was ranked Best for Frequent Traders, Best Trading Experience and Technology and Best for International Traders.

 

  • Highest Overall Ranking – Online Broker (4 ½ stars)
  • Best for Frequent Traders – 3rd Category Win
  • Best Trading Experience and Technology
  • Best for International Traders – 2nd Category Win

 

 
Stock & Commodities

TradeStation Wins Six Major TASC Awards; Rated Best Trading System for Stocks and Futures for the Eighth Consecutive Year2

TradeStation received top ratings in six major categories in the annual Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities (TASC) Readers’ Choice Awards. TASC readers voted TradeStation Best Trading System – Stocks and Best Trading System – Futures for the eighth consecutive year. TradeStation also won Best Institutional Platform and Best Professional Platform for the tenth year in a row, Best Online Analytical Platform for the ninth year in a row, and Best Real-Time Data for the third time.

 

  • Best Trading System – Stocks - 8th Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Futures - 8th Year in a Row
  • Best Institutional Platform - 10th Year in a Row
  • Best Professional Platform - 10th Year in a Row
  • Best Online Analytical Platform - 9th Year in a Row
  • Best Real-Time Data – 3rd Year in a Row and 4th Time Overall

 

 
Investor's Business Daily

TradeStation Ranked Among Top Five Online Brokers Overall and Tops for Equity Trading Tools in Major New Investor’s Business Daily Study of Active Investors8

TradeStation was ranked among the top five online brokers for Overall Customer Experience, as well as best for Equity Trading Tools and among the top five in three other key categories, in the IBD Best Online Brokers Report, a major new annual survey of active investors conducted by Investor’s Business Daily.

 

  • Overall Customer Experience - Top Five Brokers
  • Equity Trading Tools - Highest Among All Brokers
  • Options Trading Platform - Top Five Brokers
  • ETF Choices - Top Five Brokers
  • Trade Reliability - Top Five Brokers

 

 
Sitecore

TradeStation.com Recognized as Sitecore’s North American Finance Site of the Year3

TradeStation’s newly redesigned TradeStation.com website was named Sitecore North American Finance Site of the Year. The Site of the Year contest recognizes TradeStation and other industry leaders that have leveraged Sitecore's technology to develop the most outstanding websites.

 

  • North American Finance Site of the Year

 

 

2011

Barrons

TradeStation Ranked #1 Online Broker in the U.S. by Barron’s Over 23 Competitors in 2011 Survey1

Barron's magazine ranked TradeStation the #1 Online Brokerage Firm in its March 2011 review of online brokerage firms. TradeStation also won Best for Frequent Traders, confirming the company’s long-standing reputation as the leading online broker for the active trader market. In addition, TradeStation received top rankings for Best Trading Technology and Best Customer Service and Education.

 

  • Best Online Broker – TradeStation – 2nd Category Win
  • Best for Frequent Traders – 2nd Category Win
  • Best Trading Technology
  • Best Customer Service and Education

 

 
Stock & Commodities

TradeStation Rated Best Trading System for Stocks and Futures for the Seventh Consecutive Year2

TradeStation won six Readers' Choice Awards given by Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazine in 2011. TradeStation was ranked Best Trading System – Stocks and Best Trading System – Futures for the seventh year in a row. TradeStation also won Best Institutional Platform and Best Professional Platform for the ninth consecutive year, Best Subscription Internet Analytical Platform for the eighth year in a row and Best Real-Time Data for the second time.

 

  • Best Trading System – Stocks – 7th Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Futures – 7th Year in a Row
  • Best Institutional Platform – 9th Year in a Row
  • Best Professional Platform – 9th Year in a Row
  • Best Subscription Internet Analytical Platform – 8th Year in a Row
  • Best Real-Time Data – 2nd Category Win

 

 
Trader Planet

TradeStation Ranked #1 Brokerage by TraderPlanet.com in Annual STAR Awards4

TraderPlanet.com, an interactive social-networking site for active traders and investors, and SFO Magazine, a respected periodical for active traders, ranked TradeStation the #1 Brokerage in their annual Superior Trading and Resource (STAR) Awards. TradeStation was recognized for providing exemplary performance and value for traders as determined by the TraderPlanet editorial staff.

 

  • #1 Brokerage

 

 
Futures Magazine

TradeStation 9.0 Receives Perfect 4 of 4 Ranking from Futures Magazine5

TradeStation 9.0, the company’s fastest, most powerful version of its trading platform released to date, garnered a perfect 4 of 4 rating in the July 1, 2011, issue of Futures Magazine. Reviewer Michael Gutmann wrote that “based on the quality of its software, the sophistication of its strategy automation, and its broad user support and third-party network, TradeStation 9.0 continues to get the very highest marks.”

 

2010

Stock & Commodities

TradeStation Rated Best Trading System Across All Asset Classes for the Sixth Consecutive Year2

TradeStation dominated the 2010 Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities Readers’ Choice Awards. TradeStation was voted Best Trading System – Stocks, Best Trading System – Options and Best Trading System – Futures for the sixth year in a row. TradeStation won Best Institutional Platform and Best Professional Platform for the eighth consecutive year and, for the seventh consecutive year, Best Online Analytical Platform.

 

  • Best Trading System – Stocks – 6th Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Options – 6th Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Futures – 6th Year in a Row
  • Best Institutional Platform – 8th Year in a Row
  • Best Professional Platform – 8th Year in a Row
  • Best Online Analytical Platform – 7th Year in a Row

 

 

2009

Stock & Commodities

TradeStation Wins 7 Major Awards – Voted Best Trading System Across All Asset Classes for the Fifth Consecutive Year2

Active traders voted TradeStation their trading platform of choice in the 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards given by Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities magazine. TradeStation was rated Best Trading System – Stocks, Best Trading System – Futures, and Best Trading System – Options for the fifth year in a row. TradeStation received the top prize in four additional categories, winning Best Institutional Platform and Best Professional Platform for the seventh consecutive year, Best Online Analytical Platform for the sixth consecutive year and, for the first time, best Real-Time/Delayed Data.

 

  • Best Trading System – Stocks – 5th Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Options – 5th Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Futures – 5th Year in a Row
  • Best Institutional Platform – 7th Year in a Row
  • Best Professional Platform – 7th Year in a Row
  • Best Online Analytical Platform – 6th Year in a Row
  • Best Real-Time/Delayed Data

 

 
Trader Planet

TradeStation named Best Trading Platform by TraderPlanet in its 2009 Superior Trading and Resource (STAR) Awards4

TraderPlanet.com, an interactive social-networking site for active traders and investors, and SFO Magazine, gave TradeStation its award for Best Trading Platform in the 2009 Superior Trading and Resource (STAR) Awards. The STAR program recognizes products and services that provide exemplary performance and value for traders.

 

  • Best Trading Platform

 

 

2008

Barrons

Barron’s Survey: TradeStation Is #1 Online Brokerage Firm in the U.S., Tops 22 Other Competitors1

Citing TradeStation’s “incredible trading technology and its powerful analysis, charting and back-testing capabilities,” Barron’s magazine ranked TradeStation Securities the #1 online brokerage firm in the U.S. in its 2008 review of online brokerage firms. TradeStation not only won for Best Online Broker ¬– the biggest prize – but also received top honors in three of the four subcategories that were ranked: Best for Frequent Traders, Best for Options Traders and Best for International Traders.

 

  • Best Online Broker Overall – TradeStation
  • Best for Frequent Traders
  • Best for Options Traders
  • Best for International Traders

 

 
Stock & Commodities

TradeStation Rated Best Futures Brokerage in America – Wins Seven Other Major TASC Awards2

TradeStation won the TASC Readers' Choice Awards for Best Futures Brokerage for the fourth year in a row in 2008. TradeStation also won awards for Best Institutional Platform and Best Professional Platform for the sixth consecutive year, was rated Best Trading System - Futures, Best Trading System - Stocks, Best Trading System - Options, and Best Options Analysis Software for the fourth year in a row, and, for the fifth consecutive year, Best Subscription Internet Analytical Platform.

 

  • Best Futures Brokerage – 4th Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Stocks – 4th Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Options – 4th Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Futures – 4th Year in a Row
  • Best Institutional Platform – 6th Year in a Row
  • Best Professional Platform – 6th Year in a Row
  • Best Subscription Internet Analytical Platform – 5th Year in a Row
  • Best Options Analysis Software – 4th Year in a Row

 

 
Fortune

Fortune Ranks TradeStation #46 in Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Small Public Companies6

“These small public companies are thriving in tough times,” wrote Fortune Small Business in 2008. TradeStation ranked #46 in the magazine’s Annual List of America’s 100 Fastest-Growing Small Public Companies.

 

  • Ranked #46 – America’s Fastest-Growing Small Public Companies

 

 

2007

Stock & Commodities

TradeStation Rated Best Direct-Access Stock Brokerage and Best Futures Brokerage in 2007 TASC Awards2

TradeStation won the TASC Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Direct-Access Stock Brokerage for the fifth year in a row and Best Futures Brokerage for the third year in a row in 2007. All in all, TradeStation won nine major awards, including Best Institutional Platform and Best Professional Platform for the fifth consecutive year. TradeStation also won, for the third year in a row, the awards for Best Trading System – Stocks, Best Trading System – Futures, Best Trading System – Options and Best Options Analysis Software, as well as Best Subscription Internet Analytical Platform for the fourth consecutive year.

 

  • Best Direct-Access Stock Brokerage – 5th Year in a Row
  • Best Futures Brokerage – 3rd Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Stocks – 3rd Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Options – 3rd Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Futures – 3rd Year in a Row
  • Best Institutional Platform – 5th Year in a Row
  • Best Professional Platform – 5th Year in a Row
  • Best Subscription Internet Analytical Platform – 4th Year in a Row
  • Best Options Analysis Software – 3rd Year in a Row

 

 

2006

Barrons

TradeStation Receives Highest Rating – 4 ½ Stars – in Barron’s Annual Ranking of Online Brokerage Firms1

Barron’s awarded TradeStation its highest star rating – 4½ stars –in the magazine’s 2006 review of online brokerage firms, topping 21 other leading online brokers. TradeStation also received the highest rating given for Trade Execution and was ranked far above any other brokerage in Range of Offerings, a testament to its provision of online brokerage services for equities, options, futures and forex traders.

 

  • Highest Overall Ranking ¬ – Online Broker (4 ½ stars)
  • Highest Ranking – Trade Execution
  • Highest Ranking – Range of Offerings

 

 
Stock & Commodities

TradeStation Wins 11 Major TASC Awards for Second Year in a Row – Rated Best Direct-Access Stock Brokerage and Best Futures Brokerage2

TradeStation received top honors in a record 11 categories in the 2006 TASC Readers’ Choice Awards, including Best Direct-Access Stock Brokerage for the fourth year in a row and Best Futures Brokerage for the second year in a row. TradeStation also won, for the fourth consecutive year, the awards for Best Direct-Access Futures Brokerage, Best Institutional Platform and Best Professional Platform. In addition, TradeStation won, for the second year in a row, awards for Best Trading System – Stocks, Best Trading System – Futures, Best Trading System – Options, and Best Options Analysis Software, and, for the third consecutive year, Best Subscription Internet Analytical Platform. The company also won, for the second consecutive year, Best Trading Centers, School, Training.

 

  • Best Direct-Access Stock Brokerage – 4th Year in a Row
  • Best Futures Brokerage – 2nd Year in a Row
  • Best Direct-Access Futures Brokerage – 4th Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Stocks – 2nd Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Options – 2nd Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Futures – 2nd Year in a Row
  • Best Institutional Platform – 4th Year in a Row
  • Best Professional Platform – 4th Year in a Row
  • Best Subscription Internet Analytical Platform – 3rd Year in a Row
  • Best Options Analysis Software – 2nd Year in a Row
  • Best Trading Centers, School, Training – 2nd Year in a Row

 

 
Forbes

TradeStation Ranked #16 in Forbes’ List of America’s 200 Best Small Companies7

Citing factors including historical return on equity, sales and EPS growth, recent sales, net income and stock price, price/earnings ratio estimates and recent market value, Forbes magazine ranked TradeStation #16 in its list of America’s 200 Best Small Companies. The article appeared in the October 30, 2006 issue of Forbes.

 

  • Ranked #16 – America’s 200 Best Small Companies

 

 

2005

Stock & Commodities

TradeStation Wins 11 Major TASC Awards2

Rated Best Direct-Access Stock Brokerage and Best Futures Brokerage for Third Consecutive Year

 

  • Best Direct-Access Stock Brokerage – 3rd Year in a Row
  • Best Futures Brokerage
  • Best Direct-Access Futures Brokerage – 3rd Year in a Row
  • Best Trading System – Stocks
  • Best Trading System – Options
  • Best Trading System – Futures
  • Best Institutional Platform – 3rd Year in a Row
  • Best Professional Platform – 3rd Year in a Row
  • Best Subscription Internet Analytical Platform – 2nd Year in a Row
  • Best Options Analysis Software
  • Best Trading Centers, School, Training

 

 

2004

Stock & Commodities

TradeStation Rated Best Direct-Access Stock Brokerage and Best Futures Brokerage for Second Consecutive Year – Secures 5 Major TASC Awards2

 

  • Best Direct-Access Stock Brokerage – 2nd Year in a Row
  • Best Direct-Access Futures Brokerage – 2nd Year in a Row
  • Best Institutional Platform – 2nd Year in a Row
  • Best Professional Platform – 2nd Year in a Row
  • Best Subscription Internet Analytical Platform

 

 

2003

Stock & Commodities

TradeStation Wins 4 Major TASC Awards – Rated Best Direct-Access Stock Brokerage and Best Futures Brokerage2

 

  • Best Direct-Access Stock Brokerage
  • Best Direct-Access Futures Brokerage
  • Best Institutional Platform
  • Best Professional Platform