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05/30/01 02:19:21 PM PST
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Contrary to what you may have heard, not all discount brokers are created equal. can save you substantial amounts whether you are trading through a broker or placing your orders via the Internet at operates under the basic principle that you shouldn't have to sacrifice service just to get a good deal on securities trades. Whether you are placing an Internet order ($12 for any trade up to 5,000 shares during regular market hours) or making a broker-assisted transaction ($25 minimum), you can access everything you need to make your own investment decisions through

Your broker is a qualified investment representative who is compensated to put your interests first. Your broker enables you to be an informed investor by providing access to extensive sources of objective information. And when you place your orders via the Internet, features a variety of investment resources and tools, including:

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  • Quality services
  • Large product selection.
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  • Dividend reinvestment plans
  • Direct deposit.
  • SERVICES offers a full range of investment products and access to banking products and services. In addition to a $12 flat-fee rate for stock transactions up to 5,000 shares during regular market hours, the company also offers valuable extras such as no-fee asset management accounts, free IRAs, free dividend reinvestment, and free investment information.'s cash management account features unlimited check writing and no check minimums. Earn money market rates while maintaining convenient access to excess funds in your brokerage account. Research the fundamentals of companies: get news, company profiles, Wall Street analysts' recommendations, earnings estimates, insider trading information, and more. makes it easy for you to keep up with the ever-changing markets by providing real-time quotes and account information throughout the site.

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    The information found here was taken from the website.

    Interest and principal must remain on deposit a full year to earn the annual yield shown. Substantial penalty for early withdrawal on all CDs. Rates are subject to change. Money market, Now, and savings account rates can change at any time and fees could reduce earnings on the account.

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