I have no experience in investing or stocks of any sort. All I know about investing is the little I learned from work related 401k.
I received a great review on a website called sharebuilder.com. The review stated the ease of the service as well as the flexibility of use. The review was made by an inexeprience user as myself.
I decided to take a look. after surfing around the website I decided to try it out. I love the no fee basic account they have. This worked out perfect since I really didn't want to invest more that I needed to.
The service works like this. The basic plan offers the following: No miminums, auto investments, real-time trades, express funding, Guidance on investments, Options trading. The other plans, which are service fee based, offer lots more like, gain and loss tracking.
I settled on the basic plan, this allowed me to do some reaserach on a few investment options, plus when I signed up for the auto investing plan they asked a few questions as to how conservative or aggressive I wanted to be on gains and with this info they set up a portfolio for me to based on the info.
I have no complaints, its easy to use, easy to understand and has great tools.
The auto invest plan lets you invest a minimum of fifty dollars a month into which ever stock or bonds you choose. Its worth a glimpse. I highly recommend it.