|Thanks for the response.|
I have the 100K minimum. If they based the IPO allocation on trading activity and how long the account has been open, it probably wouldn't be worth my while. If I did open an account, it would be with the minimum and I probably wouldn't trade much if at all. If they ever did give me an IPO, I would be fully prepared to hold it for 30 days, as I did all of my E*Trade IPOs I received in '99 and '00. (or whatever the minimum required time, do you know what it is for CSFBdirect? It is 30 days for E*Trade.)
What is the number of shares they give out if you do get some? For E*Trade, in 1999 it was 100 but in 2000 they lowered it to 50 shares (unless it was an IPO no one else wanted!)
On the other hand, even if I got say 4 allocations per year of 50 shares each that went $5 above the IPO price, that would be 1,000 which for a 100K account would be 1%. That would probably make it worth it because that money would just be sitting around in a money market somewhere else anyway.
Do they post their current money market rates on the website? I couldn't find them.