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Though far from perfect, online brokers seem to be getting their acts together, according to's


Online Broker Survey


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We'll have all the survey results posted on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

More than 2,400 readers filled out our online questionnaire, which asked them to rate their online brokers in dozens of areas. One noticeable improvement since we conducted our last survey in the spring: Web site outages are less frequent and don't last as long.

We'll tell you which brokers are the most reliable and show how they ranked in the categories you said were most important.

We'll also delve into some key topics of concern for brokers' customers, including how well investors are treated when a margin call occurs, how payment for order flow affects your wallet and what the rise of direct-access brokers means to you.

It's our Halloween treat for readers.