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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stock Investing Fast-Track by Ken Little

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Full-Service Brokers

At the top of the service provider list are full-service brokers. Full-service brokers today have to be much more than order takers (why use them otherwise?). Companies in this category profess to offer a complete range of financial advisory services that extend beyond picking stocks to retirement planning and meeting other financial goals.

The reason some investors turn to full-service brokers is for access to proprietary research on stocks and other financial instruments, along with the guidance of an investment professional. Many firms offer financial planning services that combine your investment accounts, retirement planning, and tax strategies. Full-service brokers maintain staffs that research and analyze stocks and ...

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