I recently found out that if you open a new account with TD-Ameritrade[formerly TD Waterhouse, Ameritrade and Datek], with $2000 you get 15 free trades. You can do this even if you have an existing account[according to their customer support]. If you deposit $25,000 they’ll give you 25 free trades plus $50. Also if an existing member referred you, they get $50 too!
If anyone wants a referral, let me know and I’ll send you an email!
I also found out that the Indian Funds I mentioned in a previous post trade like Stocks [like the QQQs]. This is actually cheaper than buying mutual funds with TDAmeritrade! Plus there are no front or back-end loads to worry about.