Before the days of free trades for everyone, brokers dangled them as promotional offers. If you signed up for Broker X, you could get unlimited trades for 60 days or 300 commission-free trades.
When Charles Schwab announced free trades and was soon followed by E*Trade and TD Ameritrade, offering free trades wasn’t enough because free trades have become standard.
So what is a broker to do?
Offer the only thing left – big stacks of cash.
TD Ameritrade has one of the juiciest offers available with up to $1,000 in cash when you are referred by a friend.
Let’s see how it’s set up.
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🔃Updated September 2023: All TD Ameritrade promotional offers have been expired after the completed acquisition by Charles Schwab. There are no refer a friend bonuses, no transfer bonuses, and not other promotional bonuses of any kind since the TD Ameritrade platform no longer exists. If you are here, you will want to check out the Charles Schwab promotions now.
TD Ameritrade Refer a Friend Offer [EXPIRED]
TD Ameritrade has a refer a friend offer where you get cash when you make a sizable deposit into a new account. The offer requires you to be sent a referral from a customer.
To get the cash, just make a deposit and the amount you earn is based on the deposit:
- $1,000 Cash when you deposit $500,000 or more
- $500 Cash when you deposit $1000,00 – $499,999
- $300 Cash when you deposit $50,000 – $99,999
- $100 Cash when you deposit $25,000 – $49,999
The offer code on the referrals is NC1000 but you’ll need a referral before the code works. Offer is not valid on tax-exempt trusts, 401k accounts, Keogh plans, Profit Sharing Plan, or Money Purchase Plan.
TD Ameritrade New Brokerage Account Offer [EXPIRED]
The offer is really simple, just open an account and deposit money to get the bonus.
The bonus amount depends on how much you deposit within 60 days of opening the account:
- $2,500 Cash when you deposit $2 million
- $1,500 Cash when you deposit $1 million
- $700 Cash when you deposit $500,000
- $350 Cash when you deposit $250,000
The beauty of this offer is that it’s valid for one new Individual, Joint, or IRA account. For many folks, the $1-2 million bonus will be difficult but if you’ve been working for some time, it’s not difficult to find a 401(k) that you can rollover or an IRA to move around.
The only other restriction is that you have to keep the balance in the account for at least 12 months. The rules don’t count any losses due to trading or the market, it’s just the net deposits have to be positive. The 12 month period is a pretty fair time period.
How Does This Offer Compare?
Since TD Ameritrade is no longer operating as its own entity and since there are no more promotions, you’ll want to look elsewhere.
A lot of brokers are now offering cash bonuses, so naturally the next question has to be how does this promotional offer compare with others?
|Deposit or Transfer|
|$10,000 – $24,999||$100|
|$25,000 – $99,999||$250|
|$100,000 – $249,999||$300|
|$250,000 – $499,999||$600|
|$500,000 – $999,999||$1,200|
|$1,000,000 – $1,999,999||$2,000|
|$2,000,000 or more||$3,000|
As you can see, this much larger schedule than what TD Ameritrade was offering while adding both a lower tier ($50 for a $10k deposit) and a higher tier ($3,500 for a $2mm deposit).
Lastly, I want to point out one last offer from SoFi Invest. If you are at the low end of investable assets (under $25k, which is a sizable sum just not for the purposes of a brokerage offer), you can get $50 from SoFi Invest as long as you deposit $25. Heck, you can do this anyway if you have $50 sitting around and want to get a 50% ROI in one go.
If it’s all the same to you, I’d go with the one you like more.