No. of Recommendations: 3
I said I would report on what I found out about the supposedly better info obtainable from E*Trade’s fixed-income “specialists” than just from their website directly.

Total waste of time. A kid on the East coast has access to software in which he can run the same stats on an account’s bond holdings that a responsible account holder is already doing for her or himself with Excel.

E*Trade is a good bond broker to deal with. They quote extensively, and at the inside market. They provide fast executions and often with “price improvement”. They provide Moody reports. The office help will do what you tell them to do. Beyond that, you’d be asking for what no broker can provide, because you will know more than they do. They’re clerical staff, not investors/traders running their own money, and they don’t know the details you’re probably asking about. For that, you’re going to have to do your own research.

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