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How To Choose Just The Right Investment Broker For Your Financial Planning Needs

Aug 17, 2007
When it comes to investors, one thing is true; they all have to deal with brokers. It doesn't matter if you are involved with penny stocks or looking towards long term stock options, you are going to have to associate yourself with a broker that fits your needs. The first time you enter the stock market, you will find that choosing a broker is the primary step towards investing. This is one of the most important things you will accomplish during this potential moneymaking process. Once you've begun your broker search, there are a few elements to take heed to.

In the beginning, full service was the only kind of broker you could choose from. High commission fees were commonplace, but there was an upside. You would receive tons of advice, as well as invaluable guidance when it came time to selecting an investment. As the end of the 70s rolled around, discount brokers emerged and investment possibilities flourished. In the past 10 years, online options have taken the public by storm. This gives investors more control over the way their stocks and funds are managed. For any case, proper research should be conducted to make the best decision.

When working with discount or online brokers, you will find that these sorts of brokerage firms really only take the orders pertaining to your investing desires. This is achieved through the Internet or over the phone. They will only provide assistance if you need help with the website. They will not tell you or give you hints on what stocks to choose or when to make a move. Third party stock research is often offered through these services. There are also a wide range of accounting tools that help you manage your investment, which are often provided through a download or can be easily accessed online.

Some investors lean towards a discount broker with the help of an assistance broker, who will provide a little bit of help, such as newsletters and additional research. Investors will still need to conduct the bulk of their research, but this option allows others to at least point you in the right direction.

If you go with the traditional approach and hire a full service broker, you will be able to receive stock suggestions and tips for boosting your portfolio. They will analyze your personal situation and assess your needs, which they will then draw up into an investing plan. This is a great choice for those that are pressed for time and want someone else to basically do all of the work (research). Filled with the latest news, full service brokers provide personal attention. You will be paying greatly for this luxury. Services like these do not come cheap.

For extra effort, you may choose a money manager (or financial advisor) over a full service broker. They will take a look at the overall scheme of your financial potential and future. They manage the stocks and bonds for their clients, as well as guide them through the ins and outs of financial planning. Flat fees are charged for the services they render and not for every transaction. They do not collect commissions; they instead, receive a certain percentage of your earnings through your portfolio. This means they will work extra hard for you because the more money you make also means more money for them.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as deals on financial services at http://www.dealsonfinancialservices.com
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