Opening an investment account or an IRA should be simple.  With these brokerages, it is.  Take a look at this list of brokerages to see their account minimums, investment fees, and commissions in an easy to compare chart.

Minimum Account Balance Mutual Fund Fee Stock Trading Fee Annual IRA Fee Article Review
Betterment none Included in 0.9% annual fee Included in 0.9% annual fee none
Etrade none Up to $19.99 $9.99 none
Fidelity none $0 $7.95 none
optionsXpress none $9.95 $9.95 none
OptionsHouse $1,000 $9.95 $2.95 none
Scottrade $500 $17 $7.00 none
Schwab $1,000 Varies $8.95 none
ShareBuilder none $19.95 $9.95 ($4 If With ‘Auto Invest’) none
TradeKing none $14.95 $4.95 none
tradeMONSTER none $15 $7.50 none
Vanguard none $0 $7.00 $20
Zecco none $10 $4.50 $30

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