I'm in my early 20s and I am new to investing. I would like to start investing primarily in stocks. I'm interested in overseas stocks, particularly US stocks (for the moment) and Asian stocks (particularly China as I gain more experience). My strategy is to invest for long term rather than high volume day trading. I've trawled through the threads in this forum and found wealth of info and recommendations. But it seems like from what I read lots of people here are quite active traders. I was wondering if anyone can recommend which online brokerage is the best for someone like me - long term investment in US stocks (and if you would take the time to give me a few lines of explanation as to why, that would be greatly appreciated)?