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Opening an investment account

originally posted: 11/22/2006  reposted: 2/18/2011 This post has not been recently reviewed or revised by the author and may be out of date. If you notice an error or are in doubt, please send a new question by email or ask for an update. Email

Q: What is the easiest way to open an investment account in order to buy a stock for the first time?

A: Investment accounts can be opened by OnlineAdviser based on your verbal or e-mail request or, alternately, by downloading the forms online and mailing them with a check. There are usually no fees for opening the investment account but if this is your first time using the paid OnlineAdviser service, then there is a fee for the adviser. Either way, you still have to mail a check or wire transfer money to have funds deposited into the new account. You may purchase the stock on the same day that cash is deposited in the new account. Since this is your first stock purchase, let the adviser talk you through it. See for more information and Frequently Asked Questions.


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