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What makes TD Ameritrade stand out from other mutual and income fund brokers? For me, it was gaining access to tools that could help me become a better investor while also having access to a sizeable no-fee fund list. With TD Ameritrade, I can get free stock market analysis from S&P Capital IQ, Market Edge and Credit Suisse in addition to real-time streaming quotes. The myTrade social community has also been a great resource for keeping up to date on the latest investment trends. Being a new investor, I started out with the broker's Web platform, although I ...
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Merrill Edge offers more affordable choices to first-time mutual and income fund investors than just about any other broker. Investors can choose from roughly 2,000 funds that don't have transaction fees, meaning less to pay out in commissions. For funds that aren't on the no-transaction-fee list, the cost is less than $20 per transaction. By comparison, Charles Schwab charges nearly $80 per transaction for funds not on its no-fee list. In addition to financial flexibility, Merrill Edge also offers helpful resources for folks who are new to investing. The firm's top in-house analysts regularly rank what they believe ...
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Charles Schwab is an undisputed industry leader in mutual fund investing. Compared with other income fund brokers, Charles Schwab offers more than 3,000 no-transaction-fee funds, allowing clients to be more active in mutual and income fund investing while keeping more money in their pockets. Clients can also choose between maintaining minimum account balances of $1,000 or making monthly auto deposits of at least $100. With that benefit, nearly anyone with a full-time job can afford to invest through Charles Schwab. And if you know someone who might like to start investing, you might want to check out the Charles ...
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My parents opened a Schwab account for me when I graduated from high school. I have stuck with them and have no complaints, the $4.95 fee for stock and ETFs is pretty typical, as is the $29.95 fee for broker-assisted transactions. They have recently updated their pricing which I have to admit is a bit confusing. Mutual funds that are no-load are now $76 to buy (?!) and free to sell which I am not sure I completely understand. Their customer service reps are very responsive and effective. I will continue to stay with Charles Schwab Financial Advisors due ...
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When I was ready to invest and looking around at different advisory companies, a few colleagues recommended Vanguard. I chose to work with them due to their low investment threshold (the fund I first bought into required a $3,000 deposit) and the reasonable fees. They also offer a lot of products like options and foreign securities that piqued my interest. Their online reports and investor information are some of the best in the business, in my opinion. Fees for trades are about $20 or so and they did give me my first 25 trades for $7. Their mutual funds ...
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If costs are on your mind as you consider whether to invest, then you might want to consider Vanguard as your frontrunner. Vanguard is an established mutual fund broker dealing with income funds and various other accounts. You won't pay any commissions for investing in Vanguard funds, while non-Vanguard and select funds require commission fees of no more than $35. If you plan on investing over the long haul -- or if you simply want to minimize risk as you get into the stock market -- then Vanguard is a great place to put your money. On the other ...
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Want to invest in either mutual funds or income funds, but you don't want to pay a ton in commissions? Fidelity Investments is a great place to start. Clients of Fidelity can choose from roughly 3,600 transaction-free mutual funds, and any fund not on that list carries a $75 commission fee. That list of transaction-free funds is among the largest on the mutual/income fund investment market, but it is somewhat offset by potential minimum balance requirements. That said, Fidelity Investments is also well known for its in-house research and low overall fees. Beginning investors get access to all the ...
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