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Oct. 12, 2019, 12:42 p.m. EDT

Fidelity cuts fees to $0 as it jumps on zero-commission bandwagon

Charles Schwab decision to cut brokerage commissions has started a trend

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By Mark DeCambre, MarketWatch

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Fidelity goes zero-commission

Fidelity Investments said that it is eliminating trading commissions, becoming the latest company to reduce brokerage fees as rival investing platforms chase greater market share.

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Fidelity said it would cut fees to $0 on online trades of U.S. stocks, eliminating a $4.95 charge for such trades. The Boston-based company’s fee changes also include exchange-traded funds and options transactions. For investment advisers, commissions will be cut to zero on Nov. 4. Fidelity’s online brokerage has 21.8 million accounts, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Fidelity’s move comes about a week after Charles Schwab Corp . /zigman2/quotes/201281754/composite SCHW +0.69% said it was eliminating commissions on U.S. stocks, ETF and options trades, with rivals TD Ameritrade Holding Corp .  and E-Trade Financial Corp.  announcing plans to follow suit soon thereafter.

Interactive Brokers Group Inc . /zigman2/quotes/208880397/composite IBKR +0.75% also announced two weeks ago that it was rolling out a new “lite” version of its trading platform with free, unlimited trading for U.S. equities.

The fast-fading fees are another round in an ongoing race to shrink broker fees, and Fidelity represents the last major holdout among the behemoths of the brokerage business to go zero-commission.

Last week, shares of those discount brokers plunged on Schwab’s announcement because investors worry that a new commission price war was afoot that could hurt revenues and force smaller competitors to merge.

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Mark DeCambre is MarketWatch's markets editor. He is based in New York. Follow him on Twitter @mdecambre.

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