`I would like to suggest that everyone having a problem with E*Trade to write the SEC and file a formal complaint. This type of operation should be illegal if not already. Customers should have access to there money. They can control some of the market by locking everyone out. http://www.sec.gov/ Lets put a stop to the false promises and advertising. Be proactive:complain to SEC and E*TRADE.
To all you litigious losers who think you will file a complaint with the SEC - go ahead and waste your time. If you were a serious trader, you would maintain more than one online account in order to mitigate the risk of a server going down. E*Trade has not violated SEC law by having server problems and maintenance.
If you want to have constant access to a live person - get a full-service broker!
Call, write, email or fax your State Attorney General with complaints about your online brokerage companies. You can find the phone number in the White Pages under State Gov't.
Remember that NASDAQ was forced to pay out $1 billion to investors for their unfair practices. And AOL was forced to pay back monthly service fees to customers that couldn't log onto servers two years. That's because there was a class action lawsuit brought about by complaints from people like you.
It is your civic duty to speak up and file a complaint; the more people that file, the more pressure that will be placed on these online brokers to make restitution and upgrades to their systems. Do you feel bad that Ameritrade president Joe Ricketts is a billionaire at your expense? And the the media had the audacity to compare him to Warren Buffet, just because they live in the same town? We're making money the old fashioned way while Mr. Ricketts and Co. is stealing from us.
Take a stand and call your State Attorney General today!