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IMHO if we want to take advantage of days like last Monday then we have to use a through to market broker. None of the others will have enough staff for peak loads, certainly not at the prices they are charging.

I think there is one other "through to market" broker in Aus but I can't reneber who they are. I would sure be willing to give them a try though.

Etrade does offer a "premium service" if you trade more than 60 times per quarter. You get a further reduction in costs of $10 per trade and "Direct connection to the market via the
- E*TRADE pro server", whatever that means. I don't know whether this "premium service" performed any better than their normal service or not. Can anybody tell us?

I would be willing to pay $39.95 per trade for premium service but I won't be making 60 trades per quarter. I'm not smart enough to make money doing that. For me it would be quite foolish.


John (demiller1) I have not tried their fax but on Tuesday morning after attempting to buy AMP online five times only to be informed they were experiencing temporary technical problems and "try again" I called them, six times I got a busy signal. The seventh time I got through to the push a button service. I then had to wait forty minutes to speak to a real person. She was kind enough to execute the trade for me and only charge me the online rate. I get the impression that they think our time isn't worth anything. What do you think?
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