OptionsHouse Brokerage Review

by Ryan Guina

Current OptionsHouse Promotion – Commission FREE trades for 60 days. OptionsHouse is currently offering new account holders up to $1,000 in commission free stock trades when they open a new account.

In the world of online brokerages, cost is one of the first things many investors look at because if trades are too expensive, they will eat into your returns. If cost is a concern for you, then consider OptionsHouse, a discount brokerage that offers some of the least expensive commissions in the industry with a flat rate of $4.95 per trade, regardless of how many shares you purchase. They also offer options trades at an attractive price of $0.50 per contract + $4.95 base (this is the lowest I have seen since I did my review of Trade King). Not only are their trade commissions low, but they back it up with great features and strong industry reviews.

OptionsHouse Brokerage Review

There are many important features to an online brokerage account, so let’s take a look at some of the most important – cost per trade, fees and account requirements, and investment options (types of investments and types of accounts).

Top reasons to consider OptionsHouse:

  • $4.95 Stock Trades, Flat Rate.
  • No Maintenance Fees, Volume Requirements, Monthly Minimums, or Connection Charges.
  • Ability to trade stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, US Treasuries, and other investments.
  • Free educational resources, seminars and webinars.
  • $100 Transfer Fee Reimbursement to transfer your brokerage account to OptionsHouse (use code ACAT100REFUND when opening the account or by referencing this code when speaking with an OptionsHouse customer service representative – minimum deposit requirements may apply).

OptionsHouse Commissions. As we already mentioned, OptionsHouse charges some of the lowest commissions in the industry with $4.95 flat rate for stocks, regardless of how many shares are purchased.

OptionsHouse recently updated their pricing structure for options trades. Options traders now have two new pricing structures:  The first option caters to customers who trade less than 10 option contracts per leg and is referred to as the “5 for $5” plan. Under this plan, single-leg trades are $5 for up to 5 contracts plus $1 for each additional contract. The second option caters to customers who generally trade more than 10 contracts per leg. Under this plan, single-leg trades are $8.50 plus 15 cents for each additional contract.

Account fees and minimums. OptionsHouse does not charge account maintenance fees, inactivity fees, or monthly minimums. All prices are a flat rate, regardless of volume (some brokerages, may have differential pricing based on number of trades or account balance). Bottom line – what you see is what you pay.


Investment options. OptionsHouse offers investors the ability to purchase and sell equities, options on equities, ETFs, and mutual funds and they offer individual and corporate accounts, Roth, SEP, and Traditional IRAs, and accounts for trusts, partnerships, investment Clubs, Educational IRAs, and custodial accounts for uniform transfers to minors or gifts to minors act (UTMA or UGMA).

How Does OptionsHouse Compare to Similar Brokerages?

OptionsHouse tools and educational center

OptionsHouse specializes in the options market and offers a wide variety of beginner level and expert level options trading tutorials in the form of articles, tools, ebooks, and webinars. Tools include an options screener, strategy screener, various calculators, a virtual trading account, and free access to the Maxit tax-management tool. Here are more OptionsHouse tools:


OptionsHouse – Award winning brokerage firm

OptionsHouse earned a four-star rating in Barron’s 2008 Best Online Broker Survey and received the #1 ranking for “Usability.” Barron’s has ranked OptionsHouse as “Best For Options Traders” for 6 years in a row – from 2009 – 2014. They have also rated highly in annual rankings by Kiplinger’s and StockBrokers.com.

Customizable award winning user interface. OptionsHouse gives users the ability to customize their trading screen to their personal preferences. An example of the OptionsHouse award winning user interface is below:


Current OptionsHouse promotions

OptionsHouse is currently offering new customers some nice incentives to open a brokerage account, including:

  • Trade free for 60 days (up to $1,000 in commission free trades).
  • ACAT reimbursement to transfer your funds from another brokerage (up to $100).

For more information, or to open an OptionsHouse brokerage account, visit http://www.optionshouse.com/

About OptionsHouse

OptionsHouse, LLC and is owned by PEAK6 Investments, L.P., and are headquartered in Chicago. They are a licensed FINRA broker-dealer, and are a member of SIPC, which backs customer accounts against the insolvency of a brokerage firm (but not against market loss).

Customer support. OptionsHouse offers telephone and web support before, during, and after trading hours. You can reach OptionsHouse customer support at 1-877-653-2500 from 7am – 6pm Central. Visit http://www.optionshouse.com/ for more information.

Published or updated November 29, 2016.
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1 Jesse

I have been using Zecco for years, but noticed the 100 free trades from option house and switched (or started to switch). I have been looking over their site for months and it looks much better and easier to use than Zecco, but the 100 free trades pushed me into it. I will just have to figure out how to transfer my stocks from one to the other..


2 Ryan

Jesse, they should reimburse you up to $100 to move your stocks from Zecco to OptionsHouse, as long as you have enough to satisfy their requirements. Just call their customer service; I’m sure they will be more than willing to help you out.


3 Jesse

Excellent, thanks for the info. I will get with and see what they can do for me.


4 amy ruh

They have a good platform. However, their customer service is very poor. I stopped trading with them for this exact reason. I have never seen a more horrible customer service.


5 Vinny

I have two accounts with Options House
1) $8.50 ticket + 15cent/contract (Good for trading > 36 contracts)
2) $4.95 ticket + 25 cents/contract (Good for small trades)


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