OptionsHouse – It’s Not Just About Options

As the bull market marches relentlessly on, investors are spreading their investment wings, expanding in to different and often uncharted asset vehicles as they gain confidence in the strength of the markets and in their own ability to trade.

One of the fastest growing investment niches is options trading.  And one of the best platforms available to trade in them is OptionsHouse.

And even if you don’t want to trade options, OptionsHouse it a pretty solid platform to trade more conventional assets, like stocks and mutual funds.

Keep reading and find out what OptionsHouse is all about and if it’s good for you.

OptionsHouse Review – Great for Options and More

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TradeKing Black Friday Cyber Monday Promotion

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Have you been looking to open up a brokerage account?

TradeKing has their very first Black Friday promotion going on now!

Here’s the TradeKing Black Friday Promotion:


TradeKing Black Friday PromotionOpen up a new account (new clients) and fund it with $3,000.  Then make 3 trades within 180 days and you’ll be eligible for a $50 bonus.

You need to find your account within 30 days of starting your account.  The promotion runs from November 28, 2014 at 12:01 am EST through Monday December 1st, 2014 at 11:59 pm.

This is important – make sure you use the code BF50 when you open your account in order to get your $50 bonus.

A little about TradeKing

TradeKing offers up $4.95 trades.  That in itself is great but they also have no surprise fees, no account minimums, and great customer service.  Take a look at our review to learn more about TradeKing (make sure you come back and use the promo code BF50 to get your bonus).

Click here to learn more and open a TradeKing account.

*As always make sure you read all the fine print.

Personal Capital Black Friday/Cyber Monday $50,000 Amazon Gift Card Bonus

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Instead of heading out to stand in long lines to buy stuff why not do something positive for your finances instead?

Personal Capital is offering up a sweet little Black Friday incentive deal to try out their services (which are pretty awesome).

Open up an account with Personal Capital and you could get an Amazon Gift Card!

Here’s the deal:

The first 1,000 people that open a Personal Capital and link a financial account get a $20 Amazon gift card.

The next 3,000 that sign up and link a financial account get a $10 Amazon gift card.

This has to be a new account.  This giveaway is open from 12:00 am PT on Friday, November 28, 2014 and expires at 11:59 pm PT on Monday, December 1, 2014.  But remember, it’s only the first 1,000 that get the $20 gift card and the next 3,000 who get the $10 gift card.  After that you still get a great account to track your finances but you don’t get the gift card bonus.

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A Giveaway From Nvestly You Need to Enter

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Who doesn’t love a good giveaway?

I know I do!  Do an easy step or two and you can find yourself with some great prizes.

Giveaways tend to be stuff like books or gift cards.  Sometimes it’s a great prize (like the Chromecast we gave away recently).

How about a giveaway that gives you ownership in a company?  Interested, huh?

Nvestly is doing just that!

Nvestly Giveaway

nvestly Apple Giveaway

Nvestly is getting the word out on their social investing platform.  To help that along they are giving away $2,500 in Apple shares (roughly 25 shares of AAPL).  Yes, they are giving away ownership in Apple (albeit a tiny bit of ownership).

Here are the winning breakdowns:

1st Prize – 15 shares of AAPL (worth about $1,500)

2nd Prize – 7 shares of AAPL (about $700)

3rd Prize – 3 shares of AAPL (about $300)

The winners will be gifted the stocks via www.shareswell.com.  The giveaway runs from November 10, 2014 through November 27, 2014 (Thanksgiving).

To enter, and you should, just follow the directions in the Rafflecoptor box below (that’s how the entries are tallied):

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What is Nvestly

I don’t post about many giveaways that aren’t my own.  Look, you don’t come here to find out about giveaways on the internet.

But I took a look at what Nvestly was and I was intrigued and thought it was a cool idea you should know about (and Apple shares, yeah!).

Wouldn’t it be great if you could see some top portfolios from investors who are doing well?

Nvestly gives its users a social aspect to investing.  When you join you can see what top investors are investing in and see how they do.  You can add your portfolio as well to see how you compare.  I know what you’re thinking – “why would I want to let people know how much I’m investing?”  Yeah, that would be a little awkward to let everyone peek inside your portfolio like that.  But no one will see how much money you put into your investments.  Everything is just represented in percentages.  When you take the dollar amount off it makes it so you can really compare yourself to investors that have access to a lot more money.  And if you aren’t comfortable with even that you can make your portfolio private so no one else can see it.

Why is This a Cool Idea?

We tend to invest in a vacuum.  It’s rare you see someone’s whole portfolio.  You might hear about a couple of successful investments if you’re lucky.  With Nvestly you’re able to compare your portfolio, and its performance, with top investors to see how you match up.  That’s a pretty powerful way to tune up your portfolio (or pat yourself on the back for a great job).  Count me interested.

Of course giving away actual stock is a pretty cool idea too!

So what are you waiting for?  Hit that Raffelcopter box up there and enter!

FutureAdvisor Review – Investment Management and Advice With Low Fees (Even Free)

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FutureAdvisor is a web-based investment platform that automatically manages your portfolio.

The site offers comprehensive investment management and does so with one of the lowest fee structures in the industry.

Read on as we review FutureAdvisor and you’ll see whether they are a great investing platform for you.

FutureAdvisor – Get Professional-Grade Investment Management at a Low Price

Who Is FutureAdvisor?

FutureAdvisor

FutureAdvisor gives you automatic investment management as well as free tracking.

Based in San Francisco, FutureAdvisor began in 2012.  The founders and management team of the platform are made up of finance gurus, data scientists and software engineers, who are backed by the same venture capital team that started PayPal and Google.

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tradeMONSTER Review – Low Commissions With Professional Quality Tools

tradeMONSTER Review

tradeMONSTER is a real time investment trading platform that features some of the lowest trading fees in the industry.

Though it has only been around a few years, it has grown steadily in to one of the most popular trading platforms for active, self-directed investors.  If this describes you then read on see if tradeMONSTER is for you!

Who Is tradeMONSTER?

tradeMONSTERtradeMONSTER was co-founded by Jon and Pete Najarian and Dirk Mueller-Ingrand.  All are professional traders and respected investment industry experts.  When founded, the company was a subsidiary of tradeMONSTER Group Inc.

The founders initially created optionMONSTER.com, a provider of financial market intelligence and analytical commentary.  The site was created in 2006 to help make their investment approach available to the general investing public, in an attempt to close the gap between self-directed investors and institutional investing.

tradeMONSTER began operations in 2008 as a real-time trading platform, and immediately won a four star rating from Barron’s.

The platform has continued to grow and to earn industry accolades since.  In fact, last March, Barron’s named tradeMONSTER “Best For Options Traders” in its Best for Online Brokers of 2014 survey for the fifth consecutive year.

In May of 2014, the company announced a merger with OptionsHouse, a subsidiary of PEAK6 Investments.  Under the agreement, both companies will be acquired by General Atlantic, who will be the majority shareholder in the combined company.  The combination was completed in early September, but the two companies will continue to operate as separate entities for the time being. Continue Reading

ShareBuilder Review – Easy to Use and Low Commissions, Great For the New Investor

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ShareBuilder isn’t the lowest cost investment platform around, but it’s the complete package for the individual investor.

Is it one of the best platforms you can get?  That will depend on what’s important to you, and what features interest you most.

Who is ShareBuilder?

Capital One ShareBuilderShareBuilder is part of Capital One which is one of the largest financial institutions in the US.  Capital One started in 1988 and has grown from a small bank to becoming a Fortune 500 company, with over 45 million customers nationwide.

ShareBuilder is the individual investment platform of Capital One, that offers “online investing, without clutter”.  It has become one of the most popular investment platforms available, as well as one of the longest running platforms in the industry.

ShareBuilder seeks to offer low-cost trading through a dynamic website that offers all of the tools that investors will need in order to be successful.  The platform has innovative tools and applications, some of which are unique to the industry. Continue Reading