One of the most important investment decisions you'll make has nothing to do with stocks, bonds or mutual funds. This crucial decision is picking a trading broker. There are dozens of companies offering brokerage services on the internet and there isn’t a great deal to choose between them. Critical factors to consider include; the broker’s background, what regulatory bodies they adhere to and are all the traders accounts classed as segregated accounts? Other, more personal considerations include, product selection, minimum deposits, leverage ratios, functionality of the trading platform and of course customer service. Before depositing money in an account it is important to consider all the above and carry out your own research about the broker and see what other traders think of them.