What types of online brokers are there?
The main types of trading brokers are market makers and ECN/STP brokers. Market makers usually do not charge a commission to trade with them but will add a mark-up to the spread to cover operational costs and take the opposite side of client trades. ECN/STP brokers will usually provide spreads direct from liquidity providers (LP’s) but charge a small commission for each trade to cover their costs. Overall, a non-market maker broker is usually preferable to most online traders as the costs can work out cheaper in the long run without a potential conflict of interest. You cna compare brokers using our free broker comparison tool.