2016 Best Broker Picks by NerdWallet

December 17, 2016

An investing writer for NerdWallet reveals the personal finance website’s current selections for top online brokers. The views expressed is this article are that of NerdWallet and not the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII).

If you want to invest, you need a brokerage account. A brokerage account can allow you to buy and sell everything from stocks and bonds to mutual funds, currencies, and futures and options contracts, depending on the broker. Over the long term, the return on a diversified investment portfolio should be much greater than a savings account interest rate, which likely won’t beat inflation.

If you’ve never had a brokerage account, be aware of these key differences from savings accounts:

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