When you want to invest you should use the local stock brokers. It is a great idea to use them because you can develop a relationship with them by going to see them and talking about your investments. The local stock brokers will take the time to explain all that they are doing for you. Using the local stock brokers makes more sense than using someone far away. You will not be able to talk with them if they are far away except on the phone or over the internet. When you use the local stock brokers you will be able to sit in persona and discuss all the factors of your account. In order to find the local stock brokers you can use the internet to help you. This will pull up all the ones that are close to your area. You can also use the Yellow Pages and ask at the community services center. When you are not sure who to use ask around to neighbors and friends. They may have some suggestions and tell you who they have used in the past and whether they had a good experience with them. Be sure to keep all the information that you find out together in one place. The best way to handle this is make a folder that is labeled local stock brokers and put business cards and other information in it. Keep it handy so that you can look at it when you need to.