Since rates for CDs are at the moment very low, we figured we would discuss bonuses available when you open a discount stock broker account. Believe it or not, in many cases you will get more money in promotional codes from the stock brokers than if you invest in traditional CDs. So we figured we would discuss the best stock brokers from our sister web site InvestorJunkie.com So here is a summary of stock brokers with a link to their promotional codes:

TradeKing Promotional Codes

TradeKing is currently offering a $100 signup bonus to any new customer. In addition you can get $150 transfer fees reimbursed from existing your old broker. The $100 promotion is only valid until the end of August 2011, so at now.

OptionHouse Promotion Code

OptionsHouse is offering 100 commission free trades. A minimum of $3,000 is needed to qualify and must enter FREE100 as the promo code. They are also offering a FREE Dell monitor. When you fund at least $5,000 you get a 24″ monitor. When you fund $250,000 you get a 30″ monitor. Who could use a 30″ monitor?

For more information on the promotions, please visit the above link.

TD Ameritrade Promotions

TD Ameritrade is currently offering FREE trades for 30 days and up to $500 in cash. This promotion ends September 30th 2011. Just like the OptionsHouse promotion, the more you deposit, the bigger the bonus. To qualify for the $500 cash bonus you must deposit $250,000 or more.

Firstrade Promotions

Firstrade is a somewhat new discount broker and they are offering up to 250 trades commission free. They also of a wide variety of ETFs commission-free and might be a good discount stock broker for your core portfolio.

tradeMONSTER Promo Codes

tradeMONSTER offers 30 days commission free. When visiting their site center CJ30FREE as the promo code. In addition, like TradeKing, they offer a refund up to $250 for transferring your account to their brokerage firm.

optionsXpress Promo Code

optionsXpress current has a great offer in which you get $100 just for signing up. All you need to do is deposit $500 into a brand new account. In addition, you must also make 3 trades within 12 months. They also offer to reimburse fees for leaving your old broker. They have a no obligation free practice trading account and also offer a free investment book. Do check them out.

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Fort Knox Federal Credit Union is offering a “Local Stimulus Special” for indidviduals who live within the states Kentucky, Indiana or Tennessee.  The rates are:

  • 23 Month CD – 1.80% APY
  • 14 Month CD – 1.40% APY

Find a bank location near you.

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Chase Online Banking Down

by CD Rates on September 14, 2010 · 0 comments

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As of 6PM EST  September 14th 2010 the Chase Bank online portion of their web site (to view banking service and credit card accounts) is still down. ATM. and telephone bank services continue to work normally, and customers can still go to Chase branches to gain access their accounts, they said.  By some accounts, it has been down since 9pm EST yesterday. According to the press releases, they are having a technical difficulties. Not sure if this is a bigger security issue or just a massive technical glitch as they state. Lets hope this outage is truly a technical issue and not something malicious.  Either way, this is a black mark on their PR.

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Bank of Smithtown has a special promotion on their 15 month CD and 5 year CD. The minimum to open a CD is $2,500.   Both require an Essential Checking Account with $2,500 or more balance.  To open you must visit one of their local branches in the Long Island NY area.  While these rates are not great, they still have one of the highest 5 year CD available.  All of their CDs are FDIC insured and has a Bankrate Safe n Sound of one star.

The CD rates are:

  • 15 Month CD 1.50% APY
  • 5 Year CD 2.95% APY

Search for other of the best CD rates at either credit unions or banks in your area.

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The Fort Knox Federal CU is offering two CD rates that are higher than what is available nationally.

Local Stimulus Special

To qualify for this special, member must live in Kentucky, Indiana or Tennessee.

14 Month – 1.75% APY
23 Month – 2.30% APY

Loyalty Special

To qualify for this special, member must have opened his/her account prior to November 1, 2009.

14 Month – 1.75% APY
23 Month – 2.30% APY

Their 14 month CD is 15 basis points higher than their 12 month CD.  The 23 month CD rate is 30 basis points than their 2 year CD.  The highest 2 year CD rate nationally  is 2.05 APY, and the highest 1 year CD rate is 1.76% APY.

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This past Friday we saw 7 additional bank failures.  This brings the total failed in 2010 to 103. The FDIC found other banks for all failed banks. The deposits were taken over by the acquiring banks including deposits above the FDIC limit.  The bank names link to the FDIC press release.

No credit unions failed this week.

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FDIC Insurance Raised To $250,000 Permamently

July 21, 2010

The FDIC announced in a press release that deposit insurance has been permanently raised to $250,000 per depositor as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The insurance was  temporarily raised from $100,000 to $250,000 on October 3, 2008. It was supposed to expire on December 31, 2010, but was temporarily […]

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Get $500 from Citizens Bank

July 21, 2010

This offer is available to people who have an auto loan with Citizens Automobile Finance.  If you open up a checking account with Citizens Bank, and make one scheduled payment for your auto loan, you’ll get $500.00.  It’s that simple, and is available only till July 30th, 2010.

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Six Additional Banks Closed by FDIC

July 17, 2010

On Friday another six banks were closed by the FDIC making the grand total of 96 for 2010.  Three banks were in Florida, two in South Carolina and another in Michigan.  The rate of failures continue to outpace the amount from 2009 by two times, when only 140 banks failed. The FDIC was able to […]

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5 Year CD Rate – Astoria Federal – New York Only

July 15, 2010

Astoria Federal Savings is offering 3.05% APY on a 5 year CD with no strings attached.  No checking account is required to open, and only $500.00 minimum is required to open.  The offer is only available by visiting one of their local branches in the New York (mostly Long Island) area.  While not the highest […]

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