I have had an IB account for years and like it but they do not allow you to deposit stock certificates so after checking many brokers I opened an E*Trade account. I sent one stock certificate at first to test - it will be 8 weeks ago on Thursday -- it shows in my account but it cannot be traded as it is on the Canadian Venture Exchange and they say it is being checked to make sure it is a legal certificate. Duh - that should take a few days not two months. I call every day and they say they hope it will be done soon. The stock has doubled but does me no good. So use caution if you want to use this broker and have any stock certificates. I have many more certs so in the meantime have opened an account with TradeKing - will see if they can do this right.