Picking an excellent online broker really comes down to two things in my mind. First of all what tools do they offer for the basic account and do they have a low commission fee structure. One of the most valuable tools I’ve found so far is the live streaming of quotes and graphs. Without that I can not make short term decisions. A 20 or 15 minute delay can really cause you to execute in error. The commission fee structure tells you what kind of profit you are going to need just to break even. The lower the better! There is a lot of competition out there. It isn’t too hard to find someone who will under cut everyone else for your business. I for one like Trade King. They have some good credentials for a reasonable commission fee.