Best Ways to Get Free Trades at Online Brokers

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Full-service broker. Merrill Edge customers who enroll in Preferred Rewards (from Merrill’s parent, Bank of America) can qualify for up to 30 free stock trades a month. There’s a catch: You’ll need to maintain at least $50,000 in combined monthly balances at Merrill and BofA. Stashing at least $100,000 with the firm gets you up to 100 free trades a month. Either way, customers also qualify for perks such as cash-back bonuses on credit cards and lower rates on car loans and mortgages.

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