Transferring from one brokerage to another can be quite the task with lots of research involved; you want to make sure it is all done safely and securely. So here’s the good news: we did the work for you.
If you are currently looking to transfer from TD Ameritrade to Robinhood, keep on scrolling. If you are still in the process of deciding between the two, make sure to do the appropriate research to feel secure in your decision to transfer.
Since Robinhood is not currently accepting direct transfers from other brokerages, although it was previously available and may change in the future, the first step to switching between the two is to fully withdraw from TD Ameritrade.
The initial research you should do is the comparison of your current stocks with TD Ameritrade to those available in Robinhood. Since TD Ameritrade has a wider selection of stocks compared to Robinhood, this is a crucial step.
After doing so, you may decide it would be best for you to split funds between the two brokerages due to some of your existing stocks not being available through Robinhood. If that is the case, it is only necessary to sell the stocks you would like to move over and withdraw the amount available from selling those to then be invested in Robinhood. Here are the steps to do so:
*It will take two days for the cash to settle before being able to withdraw
*Unless you are planning to keep stocks and securities with TD Ameritrade
Now it’s time to set up your account with Robinhood. The initial requirements are as you would expect; an email, password, as well as your investing goals, and Social Security Number. You can do this by clicking on the button below.
Linking a bank account to deposit funds into the app is the next step of getting your account up and running on Robinhood. This can be the same account from your TD Ameritrade account, but it isn’t required to be. The steps to link an account are as follows:
Robinhood has no minimum to create an account with them, making it ideal for beginners just getting into investing. Although that is not the case to transfer out of the app. Currently, Robinhood only supports direct ACATS transfers out of the platform. This means you will have to sell your assets first and then deposit the cash into your Robinhood account to perform the transfer into this platform.
Make sure that the type of transfer is supported, which for Robinhood is individual, non-retirement, U.S. equity-only accounts. Fractional stocks are not accepted in transfers, although they are available through Robinhood. Since TD Ameritrade does not offer fractional stock purchases, you do not need to worry about this.
The expected time is 5-7 trading days to complete the transfer. This can vary depending on account activity.
There are three options for the type of withdrawals from TD Ameritrade. Since Robinhood is not currently accepting direct transfers, you will have to withdraw the funds you would like to use with Robinhood. You have the option to do a partial or full outbound account transfer as well as a wire transfer, both domestic and international. All of these options vary in the fees connected to them.
Given that you will have to sell out of all of your positions and move the cash to your bank, and then to Robinhood, there will not be any transfer fees. However, as a result of selling you may be subject to capital gains taxes on your investments. This is an important consideration to make before beginning the transfer process from TD Ameritrade to Robinhood.
As always, do your research beforehand to assure that you are with the right brokerage based on your experience and investing goals. If you feel secure in your decision to change, then this will help you through to process of doing so.
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