Top investment firms for your needs, according to people like you

Following, are the top investment firms or banks across the globe as of August 2009, this list is current.

Below the list, we’ll talk about what makes an investment first a top one.

* ABN Amro
* Commerzbank (Dresdner Kleinwort)
* Banco Santander (Santander Global Banking & Markets)
* Bank of America (Banc of America Securities)
* BB and T (BB and T Capital Markets)
* BNP Paribas
* Bank of Montreal (BMO Capital Markets)
* Barclays (Barclays Capital)
* BBH (Brown Brothers Harriman)
* Calyon
* CIBC (CIBC World Markets)
* Citigroup
* Credit Suisse
* Daewoo Securities
* Daiwa Securities
* Deutsche Bank
* Eurohypo
* Fortis Bank
* Goldman Sachs
* HSBC (HSBC Global Banking and Markets)
* ING Group
* JPMorgan Chase (JPMorgan Securities, Inc.)
* Jefferies & Co.
* K1 Investment Bank (Nexus Dragon Co. Malaysia)
* Kaupthing Bank
* KBC Bank (KBC Financial Products)
* KeyCorp (KeyBanc Capital Markets)
* Kotak Mahindra Bank (Kotak Mahindra Investment Banking)
* Landsbanki
* Lloyds TSB Group Plc (Wholesale and International Banking)
* Macquarie Group
* Mizuho Financial Group (Mizuho Corporate Bank)
* Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS Finance)
* Morgan Stanley
* National Australia Bank (nabCapital)
* Natixis
* Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. (Nomura Securities Co.)
* Rabobank
* Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS Global Banking & Markets)
* Royal Bank of Canada (RBC Capital Markets)
* Scotiabank (Scotia Capital)
* Société Générale (SG CIB)
* Source Capital Group
* Standard Bank
* Standard Chartered Bank
* State Street Global Advisors
* Stifel Nicolaus
* SunTrust (Robinson Humphrey)
* Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD Securities)
* Unicredit (UBM)
* Wells Fargo (Wells Fargo Securities)

What’s good for someone else may not be good for you. Depending on your needs, one firm may make more sense than another. For example, some of the investment firms will fall off your list of possibilities immediately, as they require large dollars to open an account. If you’re rich, you probably won’t need to worry about that. Another example, you may need to find a place that helps you more than others, and you would end up paying for that. If you were a savvy investor, more confident in your investing strategies, you may decide to go with a less costly, hands on investment company. Check out our sponsors, many offer great deals – and show comparisons between them and their competitors. You can certainly find some deals out there if you took the time to research.

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