ETFs Made Easier

If you’ve stayed away from ETFs because they sound complicated, now is the time to see how we make ETF trading easier. ETFs are essentially a basket of investments that:

  • Trade like stocks
  • Have the diversity of a mutual fund
  • Can be traded at TD Ameritrade without commission on over 100+ ETFs

Discover more about ETFs

Three Reasons to Choose TD Ameritrade for ETF Trading

  1. Over 100+ Commission-free ETFs - Access our curated selection of commission-free ETFs selected exclusively by Morningstar Associates. We offer the healthiest list, based on higher average assets, higher average daily volume, and more Morningstar-rated ETFs.

  2. ETF Knowledge Center - Leverage the ETF Knowledge Center and arm yourself with greater information and education on ETFs. Explore video tutorials, articles, and announcements on a range of topics, from ETF basics to in-depth subjects like accessing commodities, risks associated with leveraging, and measuring ETF liquidity.

  3. Powerful Trading Platforms - Trade Architect® and thinkorswim® help you to seize opportunities with real-time ETF quotes, market insight and streaming news to give you new trading ideas.

Why Choose TD Ameritrade for ETF Trading?

TD AmeritradeE*TradeSchwabFidelityVanguard

Commission-Free ETFs**






ETF Issuers

iShares, Powershares, SPDR®, Vanguard and more

DB-X, Global X, WisdomTree

Schwab, State Street, SPDR ETFs, Guggenheim Investments, PowerShares, and more.

Fidelity, iShares


Independent, Third-Party Recommendation

Selected by Morningstar Associates, LLC





% of ETFs on List with a Morningstar Rating1






Average Daily Volume (3 mo.)2






Average Expense Ratio3






% ETFs With Less Than $100 Million in Assets4






Average ETF Assets Under Management5






Metric data as of November 30, 2013

**Number of ETFs as of December 16, 2013

Platforms and Resources for Efficient ETF Trading

Objective third-party research is great, but it may not mean much without exemplary trading tools like those on the TD Ameritrade web platform and the more advanced thinkorswim platform. At TD Ameritrade, you don't have to choose one great feature over another - it's all here.


TD Ameritrade has powerful trading platforms and comprehensive education resources to help you trade ETFs.

ETF Market Center with Commission-Free ETFs Selected by Morningstar Associates

The ETF Market Center is your one-stop shop for tools and commentary, ETF screeners, and much more. You’ll find the technical analysis and objective fundamental research tools to select ETFs for your portfolio. Easily place your ETF trades through our intuitive Web Platform.

Dive in to ETF Trading with Elite Tools

For serious ETF traders that seek the most robust, sophisticated and advanced trading tools, thinkorswim has everything in one place. From comprehensive charting to market monitors to beta weighting, you’ll get all the features you need. Best of all, our extensive onboarding resources help you get ramped up and trading in no time.

More Features That Put You in ControlView All Tools and Platforms

TD Ameritrade Trade Architect trading platform is visually intuitive and easy to use.

Trade Architect is customizable and features streaming data, charting, and more.

The thinkorswim platform from TD Ameritrade offers advanced tools for the sophisticated trader.

The thinkorswim platform features comprehensive ETF charting packages and exclusive P&L charts.

The TD Ameritrade mobile trading platform allows you to manage your account and trade on-the-go.

Use Mobile Trading to make ETF trades from your mobile device. Trade with the leader in mobile trades.



Before investing in an ETF, be sure to carefully consider the fund’s objectives, risks, charges, and expenses. For a prospectus containing this and other important information, please contact a Client Services representative. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

ETFs can entail risks similar to direct stock ownership, including market, sector, or industry risks. Some ETFs may involve international risk, currency risk, commodity risk, and interest rate risk. Trading prices may not reflect the net asset value of the underlying securities. Commission fees typically apply.

To trade commission-free ETFs, you must be enrolled in the program. If you sell an eligible ETF within 30 days of it being purchased commission-free, a short-term trading fee will apply.

Offer valid for one new Individual, Joint or IRA TD Ameritrade account opened by 9/30/14 and funded within 60 days of account opening with $2,000 or more. To receive $100 bonus, account must be funded with $25,000 or more within 60 days of account opening. To receive $300 bonus, account must be funded with $100,000 or more within 60 days of account opening. To receive $600 bonus, account must be funded with $250,000 or more within 60 days of account opening. Offer is not transferable and not valid with internal transfers, accounts using the Amerivest service, TD Ameritrade Institutional accounts, current TD Ameritrade accounts or with other offers.   Qualified commission-free Internet equity, ETF or options orders will be limited to a maximum of 500 and must execute within 60 days of account funding. Contract, exercise, and assignment fees still apply.  Limit one offer per client. Account value of the qualifying account must remain equal to, or greater than, the value after the net deposit was made (minus any losses due to trading or market volatility or margin debit balances) for 12 months, or TD Ameritrade may charge the account for the cost of the offer at its sole discretion. TD Ameritrade reserves the right to restrict or revoke this offer at any time. This is not an offer or solicitation in any jurisdiction where we are not authorized to do business. Please allow 3-5 business days for any cash deposits to post to account. Taxes related to TD Ameritrade offers are your responsibility. Retail values totaling $600 or more during the calendar year will be included in your consolidated Form 1099. Please consult a legal or tax advisor for the most recent changes to the U.S. tax code and for rollover eligibility rules.  (Offer Code: 206) 

Morningstar Associates, LLC is a registered investment advisor and wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. The commission-free ETFs selected by Morningstar Associates have been derived from a universe of ETFs made available through TD Ameritrade, a universe which does not include all ETFs available in the marketplace. Both the universe of ETFs defined by TD Ameritrade and the commission-free ETFs selected by Morningstar Associates are subject to change at any time and without notice. Morningstar Associates does not warrant this information to be accurate, complete or timely. Morningstar Associates is not responsible for any damages or losses arising from the use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Particular commission-free ETFs may not be appropriate investments for you under your circumstances, and there may be other ETFs or investment options offered by TD Ameritrade that are more suitable. Morningstar Associates may have more favorable opinions of certain ETFs which are not included in the universe of ETFs made available through TD Ameritrade. The Morningstar selections were based on qualitative factors and quantitative analysis conducted by Morningstar Associates. Neither Morningstar Associates nor Morningstar, Inc. is affiliated with TD Ameritrade and its affiliates. Morningstar, the Morningstar logo,, Morningstar Tools are either trademark or service marks of Morningstar, Inc.

Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Ratings: The Overall Rating is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its 3-, 5-, and 10- year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating Metrics. Morningstar, Inc. is an independent publisher of mutual fund research and ratings. Ratings reflect a fund's risk-adjusted 3-, 5-, and 10-year total returns, including any sales charge. A Fund is rated against all other funds in its category. 5 stars are assigned to the top 10%; 4 stars to the next 22.5%; 3 stars to the next 35%; 2 stars to the next 22.5%; and 1 star to the bottom 10%. Morningstar only rates funds with at least a 3-year history.

Research and planning tools are obtained by unaffiliated third party sources deemed reliable by TD Ameritrade. However, TD Ameritrade does not guarantee accuracy and completeness, and makes no warranties with respect to results to be obtained from their use.

Market volatility, volume and system availability may delay account access and trade executions.

TD Ameritrade was named best brokerage firm for ETFs in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, December 2013 edition, “The Best Issue”.

1% of ETFs on List with a Morningstar Rating – Percentage of individual ETFs on each list that have some form of Morningstar rating (1 – 5 stars).

2Average Daily Volume (3 mo.) – Each fund has a 3 Month average trading volume that we collected from the Morningstar Direct database. The Average is the addition of each funds 3 Month average trading volumes on the list divided by the number of Funds on the list.

3Average Expense Ratio – Each fund has a Total Expense Ratio that we collected from the Morningstar Direct database. The Average is the addition of each funds Expense Ratio on the list divided by the number of Funds on the list.

4% ETFs With Less Than $100 Million in Assets - Percentage of individual ETFs on each list that have less than $100M in AUM (assets under management), collected from the Morningstar Direct database.

5Average ETF Assets Under Management - Each fund has AUM (assets under management) that we collected from the Morningstar Direct database. The Average is the addition of each funds AUM on the list divided by the number of Funds on the list.


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