New regulations limiting mortgage brokers' compensation go into effect on April 1. While they're meant to protect mortgage borrowers from unscrupulous brokers, they could have an adverse impact on the nation's struggling housing market.
Charles Schwab drew first blood in the commission wars, offering free trades for its ETFs. Fidelity struck back with offers of 25 iShares exchange-traded funds commission-free. Should investors jump on these "free" offers? Hint: always read the fine print.