Radical Guide to Online Bond Investing: Considerations When Choosing an Online Broker

We wrap up this Guide with a look at several online bond brokers. We now apply the criteria from earlier chapters of this Guide to evaluate the group.  

Bear in mind that we are very limited in our scope.  We think these are good brokers for a self-directed investor to buy or sell a bond online --- nothing more, nothing less. 

We ignore exchange-traded products, including bonds, ETFs, or Preferreds as these products force us into the equities  trading capabilities of the brokers. (Also, exchange-traded bonds are a de minimus part of the bond markets). 

We also ignore the advisory, investment management, funds or even banking side of these brokers.  It may well be that the brokers offer discounted services to a bond investor through these other services.

Finally, we cannot say which is the cheapest for any given bond type.  We wish we could be definite on costs.  In the nature of the over-the-counter retail bond markets, it is impossible to discuss specific costs.  Each dealer may have an edge on one or another product, but it is impossible to say upfront.

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