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Hi! I am new to self investing. Prior to this it has all been 401k let the advisor guide me. I have about 70,000 to invest.

Did your advisor get paid a commission or fee when buying or selling your stocks?

If so it's possible 'you' did more buying and selling than you needed to do.

Personally I buy and hold dividend paying stocks and reinvest the dividends. If I ever want to spend the dividends being paid to me I'd just tell my broker, Vanguard, to start sending me the money.

My experience and the word on the web is that the two cheapest/best (user friendly) brokerages are Vanguard and Fidelity.
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