Hello all, I am just starting in the stock world and have been confused from day one. I am at the age of 41 and feel it is time, well past time to take control of my financial future. I first started with an online bank account that offers me 4.55 % yield on my savings. better than what I get locally. Then I opened up an account with ShareBuilder. I have been with this firm for about 3 months now but but have been uneducated in their fees and services. I have been making open market trades and just found out that that is a no-no. Sharebuilder never indulged this info and probably for good reason. After reviewing most of the companies offering on-line trading accounts, and there are a few, I noticed ShareBuilder is not one of them. Is there a reason for this? Are they just that bad? Or just that new? The information I got from this site was very good and I liked what thinkorswim had to offer in regards to fees and comission rates. Can I get an opinion from someone who has been doing this for awhile as to what would be the best firm for me to pluck down my future retirement money with? The shares I have are minimal at best. With 5 shares or less per company, I have maybe 350 wrapped up in the account. Would it be worth my while to go with a cheaper firm like thinkorswim who charges $1 per trade as opposed to ShareBuilders 19.95 per Market Order Trade? Patiently waiting a reply. Thanks and God Bless.