Discount Brokers or Full-Service Brokers: Which is Right For You?

Choosing a broker is one of the most important first steps you’ll make as an investor. We compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of going with a discount broker versus a full-service broker.

How to Create a U.S.-Based Brokerage Account Even if You Don’t Live There

Learning Markets has a large international readership and a question we get frequently is how to set up a brokerage account in the U.S. if you don’t live there. U.S.-based accounts offer some distinct advantages to traders so we think this is worth addressing.

Broker Review: TradeMONSTER

In our review of tradeMONSTER we cover their target market, review their platform and discuss their commission structure to help you determine if this is the right broker for you.

Is Your Broker Your Biggest Risk?

Brokerage accounts are protected differently than bank accounts. That protection will vary from broker to broker. Find out more.

How to Move Your Brokerage Account

Transferring a brokerage account seems a little intimidating to many investors. But if you are in an unhappy brokerage relationship don’t let the paper-work scare you. Dump your broker and educate yourself on how easy the transfer process can be and what you should ask for to make it as inexpensive as possible. There are … Continued

Building a Diversified, Low-Cost, High-Performance ETF Portfolio

In this article you will learn how to build a diversified portfolio of multiple asset classes without having to pay a manager The stock indexes including the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average have been rising in 2009 but does this mean investors should be all in stock? According to the most recent … Continued

How To Choose a New Broker

Choosing a new stock or options broker can be tricky because they changes so frequently. However there are a few things you can do to put the odds in your favor.

The Truth Behind Broker Commissions

Brokers have complicated and long commission structures. Each one claims to have the best pricing. But deciding which broker is better for you really depends on who you are as a trader.