Help grow your money with a brokerage account

A brokerage account is an investment account that lets you buy and sell a variety of investments, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). That might sound like a lot of options, but your Northwestern Mutual advisor can help you make sense of it all. They'll guide you through your choices and recommend the right investment options that will help you reach your unique goals, so you won't be going it alone.

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See which type of brokerage account might fit your goals

Standard Brokerage

Have access to a variety of investments that lets you use your money however you want, with no contribution limits or withdrawal restrictions.

Individual Retirement Account (IRA)

Be able to invest in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, and more to help you grow your funds in a tax-advantaged way that you can use in retirement.

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529 Education Savings

This type of tax-advantaged account helps you save and grow funds for a child's higher education expenses or tuition for elementary or secondary schools.

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How to open a brokerage account

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To open a brokerage account, you'll need to connect with one of our financial advisors who can walk you through the process, including signing an Account Agreement and other necessary forms. Once you've wrapped up the paperwork and deposited money into your account, your advisor will figure out the investments that can align to your goals and will carry out the transactions on your behalf.

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Expert insights for our wealth management services

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Our financial advisors have the ongoing support of our Wealth Management Investment Team which includes CFA® Charterholders and experts who are frequently featured in major national media outlets. This experienced investment team provides thought leadership to our advisors and makes recommendations based on our proven investment philosophy rooted in smart, strategic decisions that focus on long-term growth.

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The Northwestern Mutual difference

Top 5 ranked investment service

We're one of the top U.S. Independent Investment Broker-Dealers.1

Ranking for Northwestern Mutual Investment Services LLC, Financial Advisor magazine and InvestmentNews, April 2021

5.0M+ clients at Northwestern Mutual

The number of people we're proud to call clients, and who put their trust in us.2

164+ years strong through depressions, downturns, and pandemics

The number of years we’ve been there for our clients—through depressions, downturns, and pandemics.

Brokerage services: a key to a smart financial plan

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We see investments as just one part of a financial plan. Our focus on long-term investment strategies will help give you the confidence to be disciplined through market fluctuations, knowing that the growth and protection of your money won't be left to chance.

Through your Northwestern Mutual financial advisor, you'll also have access to more financial options, including investments for growth, insurance for protection, and annuities for more flexibility in retirement. Each is designed to reinforce the other so your personalized plan can work its hardest for you.

Our approach to planning
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Ready to open a brokerage account?

Our financial advisors will set up your brokerage account and help you find the right investments to take you where you want to go.

It's easy to get started—no commitment, just a conversation.

Broker-Dealer Disclosure

To learn more about Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC and its financial professionals, visit FINRA BrokerCheck®.

Visit our Client Relationship Summaries (Form CRS) for information about our firms that provide brokerage and advisory services.