Difference Between ETrade & Masterworks Account LP

December 13, 2021

Both Etrade and Masterworks are online platforms  that give retail investors the opportunity to buy and sell different assets, as well as hold assets in order to possibly see price appreciation.

While both platforms offer numerous ways to get involved in investing, only Masterworks gives retail investors access to investing in art as an asset class.

What is Etrade?

Etrade is an online brokerage account that is managing around $678B in assets (link, 2019). On Etrade, you can access a variety of financial assets to trade including stocks, futures contracts, exchange-traded funds, options, mutual funds, and fixed income investments.

Etrade was acquired by Morgan Stanley in October 2020.

What is Masterworks?

Masterworks is one of the largest art investment platforms. Masterworks is the only platform dedicated to making it possible to invest in multimillion-dollar works from artists like Banksy, Kaws, Basquiat, and many more. Investors of all types—from all over the world—use our proprietary data to diversify their portfolio with art.

  • Investments in securitized blue-chip paintings
  • 13.6% annualized price appreciation for Contemporary Art from 1995–2021 1H
  • Potential interim liquidity from Secondary Market

Platform Comparison

Fees & Minimums

Etrade Masterworks
Fees (see breakdown below) 1.5% fee per year

Our annual management fee is paid in the form of equity at no out-of-pocket expense to you.

Stocks, options, ETFs $0
Options contracts $0.65
Futures contracts $1.50
Bonds $1.00
Account Minimum $0 $0

Range of Offerings

Etrade Masterworks
Account fees (annual, transfer, closing, inactivity) No annual or inactivity fee. $75 full transfer out fee; $25 partial No account fees, $0
Tradable Securities Stocks
Mutual funds
Art Investments
Art Offerings Currently, you can not purchase art on Etrade Pablo Picasso
David Hockney
Zao Wou-Ki
Gerhard Richter
Research and data Free and extensive, with over nine providers available at no cost Proprietary art pricing index, available to all customers

Advanced art appraisal methodology

Customer Support Phone, email and chat support 24/7; 30 local branches Dedicated account manager, Phone, email and chat support 24/7

Learn more about Masterworks

Fractional ownership of multi-million dollar blue-chip Banksy artwork is a new investing vehicle that is democratizing art collecting and investing.. Contemporary art prices have appreciated 14% annually (1995-2020).

To learn more about how to own your piece of Banksy, read a review of the platform from Fortunely here.

Masterworks is a fintech company democratizing the art market. Our investors are able to fractionally invest in $1mn+ works of art by some of the world's most famous and sought-after artists.