At Rich's request, I'm starting a new thread rather than put general comments on either the Comsec or E-trade threads.
Greggy and Nizar,
my problems with E-trade seem to have been sorted out now and all is working well.
At the time I was most irritated I contacted Suncorp Online Trading via their website. The website appeared fairly standard but there was no reference to any research such as that offered by E-trade and which, imo, justifies their slightly higher cost. I received an automated email response. Then a further email stating someone would telephone me to discuss my requirements.
No phone call. Three days later another email asking me to fill out an application form.
Emailed them back saying not interested in filling out application forms when I don't know the details of what I am applying for, and that I withdraw my interest in their service.
So it seems many of them have one sort of problem or another.
I have to say that, up until the recent stuff ups due I suppose to E-trade taking in HSBC, I've been really happy with E-trade in every way.
Um, isn't it easy to be relaxed about it when the problems aren't actually happening!