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I am interested in buying directly from NOK, MSFT, CSCO and CMVT. How can I find out how to do this directly with each company? Am I better off buying directly through them or going to a discounted brokerage company like DATEK? Any help would be appreciated. Thx Carole : > )
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Carole,
Before you jump in with Datek, be aware that they have an inactivity fee for accounts with assets under $5k. You have to have 4 trades in the previous 6 months to avoid the quarterly $15 fee.

Jenn
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Don't think I would be doing that much trading to invest with Datek. So now my question is how to I get started with companies like I mentioned in my previous quesion? I tried going to each web-site, but they don't have any pertinent information. It's difficult to know where to go when your just getting started. So much to learn and so little time!!! Carole : > )
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cargeoma...

Carole...have you investigated:

http://www.sharebuilder.com/ and http://www.buyandhold.com/

You probably would end up better with one of the above brokers and would accomplish your investing goals for less $$$. You wouldn't have to have a single share in your name or be required to put up an initial investment of several hundred dollars to get started.

Just a suggestion. Good luck...

Bill
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Try www.Netstockdirect.com to see if the companies you are interested in have Drip plans. If you don't mind a little extra bookkeeping this way can save you a ton of fees if they do. Some companies have direct purchase and some don't or some may have too heavy a first time buy in with their direct purchase in which case you can go to www.directinvesting.com and check out Temper of the Times for purchasing those first couple of shares to get started.

Hope this helps

Wolfshead
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Carole,
You may want to look at Sharebuilder which does not have inactivity fees (yet, right guys?) and low commissions too. There are some other deep discount brokers around, but read the fine print for inactive accounts and fees for closure/transferring the account elsewhere later.

Some have mentioned a new free broker but they are not available in all states, I think it is www.brokerageamerica.com or something like that.

Jenn
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Speaking of BrokerageAmerica. Here is an alert

http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16009972&sort=postdate
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