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Old 02-26-2008, 08:41 PM   #11
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Does Scottrade have research tools?
Sure, but I can't compare them to others because the $7 trades is what I'm there for.
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:52 PM   #12
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Old 03-01-2008, 02:48 AM   #13
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Why would you say to avoid etrade? because they are on shakey ground? I have noticed that their stock is way down, but if they went under would that be a big deal if you had investments through them? I mean if they went under, you would still have your shares of the stock that you hold, right?

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Old 03-01-2008, 09:20 AM   #14
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+1 for scottrade

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Old 03-01-2008, 06:56 PM   #15
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+1 for Scottrade. The regular account has basic research tools. The mutual fund selector tool is good. The stock data is more than I understand. I believe you can upgrade to a 'pro' account and get all kinds of fancy trending data.

I've had accounts with ETrade and Ameritrade in the past, but they both started charging me fees for account inactivity (no trades in 6 months). That got me to switch to Scottrade about 4 years ago and I've been happy with them.

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Old 03-04-2008, 03:43 AM   #16
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one bad thing about scottrade is that its money market account has a low interest rate.

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Yeah but you don't put your money into Scotrade for the money market rates.

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Buy Real Estate while the market is in the ****ter! I'm a Real Estate agent (part-time) and I've seen some nice returns in 2-5 years.

Better than most money market & index fund returns.

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Just wondering if anyone had any recommendations for online investment sites? Of, if anyone has suggestions of sites to stay away from. I'd be interested in hearing any experiences (positive or negative) for any sites any of you have used.
Investing or trading?

If you are investing using Morningstar to identify some no load funds that accepts direct investments.

If you are trading try www.zecco.com - if you keep 2500 in your account then you get 10 free trades a month. This is a bargain. They also have great option costs - although I haven't seen if they offer straddles.

Personally, I use zecco and sharebuilder for transactions, charts.com for technicals and morningstar for fundamental analysis.
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Why would you say to avoid etrade? because they are on shakey ground? I have noticed that their stock is way down, but if they went under would that be a big deal if you had investments through them? I mean if they went under, you would still have your shares of the stock that you hold, right?
eTrade is not in trouble - they got hit like every one else in financials and then someone started a rumor and it snowballed. Personally, if I was open to another buy, I would go after eTrade.

On the other hand, eTrade doesn't have a very wide moat - anyone will be able to replicate and improve on their business model, like Zecco - so the key for them will be to continue going after new business and reduce their cost centers to become more competitive to new market incursions.

They just got some new management to shore things up. I think they are ripe for a takeover, similar to what happened with ING and Sharebuilder. Personally, I am thinking Wachovia.
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