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Subject: Re: One More on Brokerages Date: 1/26/2008 3:18 AM
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Hi DQ...

I would love to hear any comments on Fido, TD Ameritrade, or Charles Schwab in particular...

I use Schwab, TD Ameritrade, Scottrade and Fidelity. If I had to consolidate down to one, I'd use Schwab. Their customer service is knowledgeable and outstanding, I've never had any trouble with them, they offer everything I need. Their fees are a little higher across the board, but they offer a complete package I'm happy with. I like Scottrade because it's cheap and their customer service is decent. I'm happier dinking and dunking my way into positions over time with them at $7 a trade... but their options for portfolio cash are dismal and their options trading is limited (i.e. can't write puts or probably do a few other things you might be interested in), so they don't offer the complete package in my opinion. At $7 a trade though, they serve a purpose. TD Ameritrade is fine... I just like Schwab a little better. I've never been that happy with Fido, but it's mainly their interface I don't like. I've never had any functional problems. This week I didn't do a lot, but I did close out a position to raise a little cash, and my trades on TD Ameritrade and Schwab went through quickly and without a hitch.

Hope that helps a little.
kevin
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