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Once you know exactly how and when you are going to buy and sell your stocks, it is then necessary to keep costs low. Basically, one should consider a deep discount broker. Why pay for a full service broker if you already know which stocks you are going to buy? The following table lists the best online brokers for the Dogs of the Dow investor. From this exclusive list you can easily investigate further and determine which broker best meets your needs.

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Brokerage1  Commission2  Login Commissions3  Fees3  Reviews Notes
Interactive Brokers $1.00 and up Interactive Brokers Login Interactive Brokers Commission Schedule Interactive Brokers Additional Fees Interative Brokers Reviews Two pricing structures: flat rate ($0.005/share with a $1/trade min.) or cost plus (based on volume). Typically $10k min. required to open an account. IRA min. is 5k -- investors younger than 21 have 3k min. 
Charles Schwab $4.95 Charles Schwab Login Charles Schwab Commission Schedule Charles Schwab Additional Fees Charles Schwab Reviews High customer satisfaction.4 $1,000 minimum initial deposit required. No annual account fee. Minimum balance required to open an account is often waived if you set up an automatic monthly transfer.
Fidelity $4.95 Fidelity Login Fidelity Commission Schedule Fidelity Additional Fees Fidelity Reviews High customer satisfaction.4 $2,500 minimum initial deposit required.
OptionsHouse $4.95 Options House Login OptionsHouse Commission Schedule Options House Fees Options House Reviews No minimum deposit required. An E*Trade company.
TradeKing $4.95 TradeKing Login TradeKing Commission Schedule TradeKing Additional Fees TradeKing Reviews No minimum deposit required although a $50 annual inactivity fee is charged for household accounts with less than $2,500 and no trades over the past 12 months.
E*Trade $6.95 E*Trade Login E*Trade Commission Schedule E*Trade Additional Fees E*Trade Reviews $4.95 per trades with more than 30 trades per quarter.
Merril Edge $6.95 Merril Edge Login Merril Edge Commission Schedule Merril Edge Additional Fees Merril Edge Reviews Can qualify for $0 commissions if certain balances are maintained. See commision schedule. Part of Bank of America.
TD Ameritrade $6.95 TD Ameritrade Login TD Ameritrade Commission Schedule TD Ameritrade Additional Fees TD Ameritrade Reviews No minimum to open an account. A $2,000 deposit is required to be considered for margin and options privileges.
Scottrade $7.00 Scottrade Login Scottrade Commission Schedule Scottrade Additional Fees Scottrade Reviews High customer satisfaction.4 $2,500 minimum initial deposit. No minimum foe IRAs.
OptionsXpress $8.95 Options Xpress Login OptionsXpress Commission Schedule Options Xpress Additional Fees OptionsXpress Reviews Broker assistance is free. No minimal balance. A Charles Schwab company.
USAA Brokerage $8.95 USAA Brokerage Login USAA Brokerage Commission Schedule USAA Brokerage Additional Fees USAA Brokerage Reviews High customer satisfaction.4 
Vanguard $20.00 Vanguard Login Vanguard Commission Schedule Vanguard Additional Fees Vanguard Reviews High customer satisfaction.4 $7 for first 25 trades. $20 annual account service fee. $7 commissions if $50k-$500k in Vanguard products (e.g. Vanguard funds) and $2 if $500k+ in Vanguard products.

1 - To be a Top Dog Broker, the brokerage in question must be relatively well known (e.g. significant market share), reputable, charge $20 or less per trade, and offer a relatively straight forward commission schedule.
2 - Commission rates are for internet based orders on listed securities with less than 1000 shares per trade.
3 - Always review the commission and fee schedules before applying since they are subject to change.
4 - Customer satisfaction based on the latest results from the Dogs of the Dow Broker Survey. If you would like to receive the latest results, sign up to receive our popular Dogs of the Dow Newsletter.

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