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2011 Kiplinger’s Best Online Brokers
Posted By Jim On 01/11/2011 @ 7:11 am In Investing | 15 Comments
Every year Kiplinger’s magazine  puts out a survey of the best online brokers. Every year, I take a look at the list because I’m curious how the different brokers stack up. I’d like to know if anyone has made any big changes or improvements to their service, it might change my mind about who I do business with.
Usually the lists don’t change all that much. As you scan this year’s list, you’ll see the same ones near the top, the same ones near the middle, and the same ones near the end. The meat is in the article detailing the different categories (like commissions and fees, investment choices, etc.) because it adds a little color to an otherwise robotic list.
One important thing to remember as you peruse this list: the best online broker is the broker that satisfies all of your requirements. All the bells and whistles in the world don’t matter if they don’t offer exactly what you need. With so many brokers, many of which are inexpensive, you should be able to find your best broker, online or offline, if you’re diligent.
Let’s get to the list…
Here’s the list along with their “comment:”
In the past, when we covered Kiplinger’s best discount brokers , they broke out discount and “regular” brokers. It’s hard to compare a broker like Vanguard against a discount broker like TradeKing (I use both but for different purposes) and expect a fair comparison. That’s why I recommend finding the best broker for you, rather than relying on lists.
Who is your favorite online broker and why?
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