Starting Out

The first step to make money in the stock market is setting up an account at a (stock market) broker. There are many options out there, and I challenge you to learn more about them, but I have given you a list of my favorites.

If you want to trade cheaply, I recommend Optionshouse, where you only pay about $4 a trade.

But, if you are willing to pay a few more dollars, you can get a much better operating system, and many more branches where you can talk to professionals one on one. I think the best is Charles Schwab ($9 a trade) and Scottrade ($7 a trade), along with Optionshouse ($4 a trade) if you are willing to give up your access to branches.