About Us

ETC Brokerage Services is a broker-dealer registered with the SEC, and a member of SIPC and FINRA, providing brokerage services to individual retirement and other custodial accounts for which its affiliate, Equity Trust Company, serves as custodian.
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Who is ETC Brokerage?

ETC Brokerage Services is committed to service excellence for self-directed investors.  We offer brokerage services primarily to self-directed account holders of our affiliate Equity Trust Company.  An account with ETC Brokerage Services allows for easy and timely transfer of funds and certain assets between the two companies.  We provide our customers with the convenience of online trading and research tools along with experienced registered representatives ready to assist you with trading and questions.

ETC Brokerage Services provides self-directed brokerage services and does not provide investment advice, solicit trades, nor provides discretion with regards to securities or price.

ETC Brokerage Leadership

Joseph F Gerdes

Joseph F Gerdes

President and Chief Operating Officer

With over 30 years of progressive financial services experience including executive level roles at; Vanguard, Folio Investing (now Goldman Sachs), E*TRADE, Morgan Stanley, and Schwab.
Steven D. Bocan

Steven D. Bocan

Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Brokerage Operations

With 25 years of financial services experience including 15 years in senior management roles, Steve has worked for TD Ameritrade, Key Investment Services, and large advisory firms.


Equity Trust Company clients can purchase the following public securities with an ETC Brokerage account:

Publicly Traded Stocks

Mutual Funds

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

Fixed Income Securities:
Bonds, Treasuries, CDs


Potential Benefits

ETC Brokerage accounts are held as a position within an
Equity Trust Company self-directed account.

Seamless movement of funds between trust and brokerage accounts

Trust and brokerage accounts are linked for fast and convenient money transfer between Equity Trust and ETC Brokerage Services. Funds ACH between the two firms within 24 hours.

Exceptional customer service

Our associates are experienced registered representatives with an average of 17 years of industry experience.

Investment Protection

Our clearing firm, Axos Clearing LLC, maintains physical, electronic and procedural safeguards in accordance with legal standards and established security procedures.

Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC)

Axos Clearing, LLC is a member of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), which provides coverage for accounts up to $500,000 (including up to $250,000 in cash) per client as defined by SIPC rules.

Axos Clearing, LLC Insurance Policy

Their policy through Lloyd’s of London provides additional account coverage up to $24.5 million (including up to $1,150,000 in cash) per client as defined by SIPC rules. With both SIPC and Lloyd’s of London coverage, accounts are protected up to a total of $25 million per client  (as defined by SIPC rules) including up to $1,150,000 for cash balances, with an aggregate limit of $100 million.

Loss of the Market Value

This coverage does not protect against the loss of the market value of securities.  For more information visit http://www.sipc.org/http://www.lloyds.com, or https://axosclearing.com/safeguarding-client-assets-and-information/

Disclosures & Disclaimers

Securities Products - None of the information contained in this web site constitutes a recommendation, solicitation or offer by ETC Brokerage Services or its affiliates to buy or sell any securities, options or other financial instruments or provide any investment advice or service. The information contained in this web site has been prepared without reference to any particular user's investment requirements or financial situation. Certain transactions give rise to substantial risk and are not suitable for all investors. Prior to the execution of any transaction by you involving information you received from this web site, you should consult your business advisor, attorney and tax and accounting advisors with respect to the price, suitability, value, risk or other aspects of any stock, mutual fund, security or other investment. Pricing and other information generated through the use of data or services made available herein may not reflect actual prices or values that would be available in the market at the time provided or at the time that the user may want to purchase or sell a particular security or other instrument. The information and services provided on this web site are not provided to and may not be used by any person or entity in any jurisdiction where the provision or use thereof would be contrary to applicable laws, rules or regulations of any governmental authority or regulatory or self-regulatory organization or clearing organization or whereby ETC Brokerage Services is not authorized to provide such information or services. Some products and services described in this web site may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all clients.

Contact Us

Toll Free: (877) 403-0369

Fax: (440) 366-3753

Mailing & Physical Address:

1 Equity Way, Westlake, Ohio 44145

M-F: 8:30am-4:30pm EST,

S-S: Closed

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