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Jade9823984,

Not exactly sure about your question but almost all broker, on-line and brick and mortar, offer some type of insurance, should that entity go belly-up. If you stay with TDAmeritrade, Schwab, Fidelity, Vanguard, etc you should be fine. Of course you could lose all your money because you made a bad investment in stock of a company that goes bankrupt! Don't know of insurance that protects against that.

In general on-line brokers have offered much lower cost trading fees however that may be changing. Some banks are beginning to give customers lower commissions and fees, particularly as a reward for keeping a certain amount of funds at their institution.

Personally I use on-line brokers, some of whom have a physical office in certain locations

David
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