Initally I had opened up my Schwab investor checking account because I was traveling outside of the states.
The trips and withdrawls from ATMs were seamless and the fees were refunded to me. Even the $5 fee from JFK's international airport terminal where I made a withdrawal in euros as I was concerened that the card may not work in Europe. It did, I withdrew cash in France and in the Azores, the fees were refunded.
Having had a positive experience I opened a brokerage account with them and purchased some no fee EFTs from their select list, and later their mutual funds. I then started researching and educating myself and downloaded their Streetsmart Edge application on my computer and their app for my phone. They have webcasts twice a week on the current market conditions, as well as classes on their trading tools, Recognia.
I've only purchased 10 shares of one stock thus far, but that's going well. The $8.95 trading fee is high, as you could download other apps to do free trades.
Having received phone calls from Schawb to talk about my experience and offering assistance, has been quite helpful.
I'm sold on Schwab. I've rolled over an old IRA to them from a large mutual fund company that I had been with since the 1990s. They seem to be seamless, embrace technology, provide fantastic customer service, and do their best to educate the customer. I've recently applied for their Amex Investor Card and I look forward to the same positive experience I have had with their other products and with the company.