I've been at this for a while. I have four brokers, who for the moment will remain nameless. One, which caters to prop traders, is ok although the platform is clunky. Another one, a big advertiser, is ok but their statements are incomprehensible and I always suspect they are diddling me with margin interest. The third has fouled up some paperwork relating to an acquisition and managed to have a big foreign tax witheld which I should b eexempt from. They regard it as "my problem." (If this is not solved, you will read more about it.) The last one I use mainly for options and was fine for years until they "upgraded" their s/w platform. Now it won't work with any of my computers. of course, I am the only customer who has ever had a problem, at least according to them. I'd like to find one cheap broker with a barebones platform, not web-based, that offers a decent range of products, has a reliable platform and pays decent interest on short balances,etc. Oh yeah, and doesn't treat their customers like a dog treats a fireplug.