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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, Japan PACIFIC STARS AND STRIFES HAY The Associated Press Keith holds a pair of the he sells at the Chicago Hoard of Ths shoes add up to three in height raders can see while doing business in the The basic costs and charges another for the last inch and a half of counts when youre fighting in the so platform shoes are a hot item The Associated Press CHICAGO At Guy looks like the kind of guy who couldnt have a bad seat at the But in the hurlyburly of Chi cagos Board of he doesnt stand out even with his garish jacket and frenetic body He relies on platform traders and clerks are wearing special black shoes with rubber soles that boost their height by up to 3 The lift helps them see above the flailing flashing hands and bobbing heads on the trading which is big enough to hold a Boeing I cant see over the brokers in front of complained Ra who works in the frenzied 30year Treasury bond Even the I can barely see especially when its Board of Trade workers gen arrive in shoes and change to more comfort able ones so they can stand for seven hours a They leave their street shoes in the shoe where Keith Chmieleski has been taking care of them since Thats where he also has been seUing the special Mason made in Chippewa since He estimates hes sold pairs 250 last year and 270 already this He charges for the shoes and up to to add a He says he makes a slight profit but would not be more Theyre just trying to catch up to the guy next to he said Somebody gets half an inchi and the guy standing next to him gets an inch or an inch It doesnt it at Chmieleski said adding more than IVi inches to the which already have a would make them un The rules forbid high plat form shoes or but it is up to to determine how high is too a Board of Trade spokesman The shoes against the rules at the Chicago but thift hasnt stopped ordering Chmieleski The Associated Press CHICAGO your Last years most popular new products in cluded a pizza crust and baked potato which may have helped three new indigestion drugs into the Pizza and chips and antacids is some connection mere You quipped Carol a vice president at Information Re sources a diapers top 10 product million in fol lowed by Scott lOOtt paper products at million and AC with million in Americans also ap to be trying to kick the smoking habit by purchasing which took place by ringing up million in That was followed by Baked Lays potato million Pampers mil lion and Tagamet Rounding out the top 10 were Bounty million and DiGiorno And if all this gives you indi theres yet more antac Zantac at Threequarters of on line brokerages now allow customers to make trans actions via the The New York Times Bruce Bennett would rather spend his money on fishing equipment than on commis sions for Ms stock is why a medical student at the University of has used three different broker age firms in the last Inter those three firms share another trait besides cheap deals they all offer trad ing over the That is no The In ternet is the speediest part of the fastgrowing area of online ing commission has fallen from in 1996 to this and some trades partic the Internet go for as little as or As more and more broker ages go on line and offer Inter net the competition for who can offer the lowest fees is heating up said Kenneth an analyst with the American Association of Individual Another reason for the low prices is low said Ju lio an analyst at Forres ter Research in It costs brokerages very lit if to offer trades via the he But investors must realize that these bargain deals some times come with conditions and Investors can trade on hefty side That is to be line through a companys discount the through com biggest presence in online online services or di on the But although only five of the 12 online or 42 per offered Internet access in 25 of the 33 online is that these firms are ers this or 76 are simply giving customers what offering Internet want cheap trades cording to the American extracting their pound of trading so often use this ap proach in their offline busi Whats happening right now with the price Gomez of In dividual In which conducts this annual All the growth in on line investing is over the In said Andre manag ing editor at Mercer which also tracks this When jf flesh Scottsdale for ex charges a fiat fee of a To get that in must keep a count minimum they must pony up a trans firms decide to start offering OnLine online the Internet is charges a but the more and more often their Consider Memll Lynch recently an that it would begin of trade must be for at least 500 with a minimum share price of Some firms charge execution each At fering Internet trading to fee is Net Investor customers January charges and in Dean Investors should always call Witter purchased Lombard Inand ask about extra charges which processing handling does about half of its trading on sometimes theyre called differ the ent Mutual often firms put it in their litera fer prospectuses and but sometimes its hard to on the also are edging into The services can be too Datek On can Century fund now for charges allow redemptions to mail stock or both over the And the last two also allow the pur chase of additional shares on the fund is linked to the customers bank It is not surprising mat bar for inactive ac counts Investor charges are often levied on inves tors who fail to generate a mini mum dollar amount of commis sions within a certain And limit through such as Bennett which investors set a price limit have flocked to this The on a stock sale or can average minimum online j t
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