Online Broker Comparisons
Online Broker Comparisons

When you are trying to compare online brokers, the first step is to determine what kind of trader you are. Are you active, or do you like to buy and hold?  Are you interested in breaking into foreign markets?  Every online broker you work with has an area of expertise- such as fund management, customer service, low cost trades, or a great user interface. It’s really up to you to find the online broker that meets most of your needs.  Here are some areas that you need to compare:

The site’s ease of use. If a site is easy to use, it will encourage you to keep coming back. Usually, you can get an accurate idea of how easy a site is to use within a few minutes of signing up.

What kind of minimum balance do you need to open an account and to avoid fees? If you are an active trader, this shouldn’t be an issue- but if you are just starting out, it’s something you need to know. These days, many online brokers are waiving start-up and minimum fees.

Are there inactivity fees? Some brokers figure theirs on a monthly basis- so if you are a buy-and-hold investor, you may be penalized for not being more active. However, most brokers are waiving inactivity fees as well.

These are only some of the things you need to look at when you compare online brokers. Doing some comparison shopping may take time, but it’s time well spent.

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