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Best Brokerage Deals: Earn Cash and Swag When You Open an Account

Nov. 1, 2012
Investing, Investments
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If you go to most discount sites, you’ll find hundreds of offers for deals and cash back on purchases at clothes retailers, restaurants, and tech stores. But you’ll rarely find any offers for brokers, even though they’re eager for your business. Many provide commission-free trading for stocks and ETFs.

In order to help you find the best deals with from financial service providers, NerdWallet searched through over fifty of the most popular online brokers to find the accounts with the best deals:

OptionsXpress
Deal:$100 when you transfer at least $500 from another brokerage
Conditions: You must make at least 3 trades within 12 months of opening your account

ShareBuilder
Deal 1: Earn $100 for transferring your brokerage account to ShareBuilder
Conditions: Must be a full account transfer of over $500
Deal 2: No account fees for the first month

E-trade
Deal 1: $500 Cash Bonus when you fund a new account with at least $250,000
Deal 2: $250 Cash Bonus when you fund a new account with at least $100,000
Deal 3: $100 Cash Bonus when you fund a new account with at least $50,000
Deal 4: $50 Cash Bonus when you fund a new account with at least $25,000
Conditions: Deals cannot be combined. Account must remain open with minimum funding required for participating in the offer for at least 6 months.

SpeedTrader
Deal: Receive a free T-shirt when you open and fund a new account

TD Ameritrade
Deal 1: $600 Cash Bonus when you fund a new account with at least $250,000
Deal 2: $300 Cash Bonus when you fund a new account with at least $100,000
Deal 3: $100 Cash Bonus when you fund a new account with at least $25,000
Conditions: Account must remain open with minimum funding required for participating in the offer for at least 9 months

Merrill Edge
Deal 1: $500 Cash Bonus when you fund a new account with at least $200,000
Deal 2: $250 Cash Bonus when you fund a new account with at least $100,000
Deal 3: $100 Cash Bonus when you fund a new account with at least $25,000
Deal 4: $50 Cash Bonus when you fund a new account with at least $10,000
Conditions: Account must remain open with minimum funding required for participating in the offer for at least 3 months

Charles Schwab Active Trading Account
Deal: Receive a free Android smartphone when you make an initial deposit of at least $75,000