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I went the Gomez route over about a two years ago. (This was about 6 months before I got a lump sum buyout from my former employer. I'm afraid that I don't have time to do a current review of their reviews.)

At that time, I found the Gomez raitings to be a reasonable enought starting point for selecting an online broker. I then lurked on the Discount Brokers Board at the Fool to see the (mainly) gripes and praises offered by the posters concerning their brokerage experiences! You will learn a lot there!

I also have 3 accounts at Schwab. (A Schwab One and two Roth IRAs.) None of the accounts are significant in size but I am still treated well. I use their direvt links to my checking accounts to move money around. Also since I automatically deposit more than $250 a month into my accounts, there are no fees associated with these accounts. (I like that!) I also use and like their Equity Report Card as a starting point for analyzing a potential stock buy.

Unfortunately, for Schwab, I am into MI Screens and trade approx. 20 stocks annually and 3 stocks monthly. Schwab's trading costs would be too onerous. That is why I selected Waterhouse, I can trade at less than half the costs and they have a very broad product line.

I have never had an umresolved problem with Schwab (and believe me they screw things up like any other brokerage) which is a plus. In fact, I actually look foward to talking to Schwab reps. as I know that I will be treated well. Just imagine how you will be treated if they have your "motherload"!

In the spirit of full disclosure, I have accounts with Schwab, TDWaterhouse, Buy&Hold, ETrade, and Fidelity. It is crazy to have money spred out like this but because of 401k and reinvestment account I have to keep Buy&Hold and Fidelity. I keep ETrade with a minimum amount to avoid fees just so I can have access to their bond database. Schwab is wher I started with my IRAs several years ago and like then so well that I just can abide the thought of moving those accounts elsewhere (although I wish that they didn't have such a high $$$ minimum to get into their low cost series of index funds). And TDWaterhouse is certainly meeting my frequent trading needs and are pleasant enough if I have a problem that needs resolved.

Of all of them I do think that Schwab would make you feel best about being their client based upon the "motherload theory"!

Best of Luck,
Craig

P.S. Sorry but didn't have time to visually spell and grammer check!
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