We were asked, "If I sign up to use an online brokerage, can I deposit funds by just mailing in checks?" You certainly can. That's probably how most online brokerage account holders handle it. You mail in a check, and it's credited to your account. Then you can place orders by phone, over the Internet, or in person. If your brokerage has a local office, you can drop by and deposit money in person as well. And, of course, these are the days of electronic money transferring -- so you should be able to send money electronically to your brokerage as well, just as you might pay a bill online via your bank account.

Our article "You Can Trade Online" should answer many questions a prospective online brokerage customer might ask. These other articles will offer you some additional brokerage insights:

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