Best Online Brokers for Fund Investors

Siebert and Fidelity stand out from the crowd.

Rankings of online brokers typically focus on how well the brokers serve stock investors. But what about those of us who are interested only in mutual funds? That's a reasonable question. Consolidating your fund holdings with a single broker makes it a snap to trade funds from a variety of families, monitor your portfolio and report your annual gains and losses to the IRS.

So we've geared this analysis of online brokers toward investors in regular, open-end funds. We scrutinized a dozen brokerages on a broad array of issues important to do-it-yourself fund investors -- from the commissions charged for buying and selling funds to the usefulness of each firm's Web site.

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Staff Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance