Each year we round up a list of fabulous freebies, valuable offers with few or no strings attached. This year's list is packed with more something-for-nothing deals than ever. Here are our six favorite investing freebies, including free apps, free ETF trades, free financial guidance and more.
For our complete list, see Fabulous Freebies 2012 (opens in new tab).
Free Investing Apps
Stay up-to-date on the financial markets with free apps on your iPhone, Blackberry or Android. Some of our favorites: Bloomberg for up-to-the-minute stock quotes and breaking news, Morningstar for mutual fund research at your fingertips, and Yahoo Finance for the latest financial headlines, stock news and videos.
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Free Capital Gains
Who wouldn’t love to let their investments grow 100% tax-free? Take a pass on paying capital-gains taxes by investing in a Roth IRA. Any money you put into your Roth grows tax-free, and you won’t owe Uncle Sam a dime when you cash out in retirement. It’s all yours. Learn more.
Free ETF Trades
Here’s a great commission rate on exchange-traded funds: $0. Several big brokerages, including Charles Schwab, E*Trade, Fidelity, TD Ameritrade and Vanguard have free commissions on ETFs, meaning you don’t have to pay anything extra when you buy or sell. Learn more (opens in new tab).
Free Savings Bonds
Before you make any purchase online, consider making BondRewards.com (opens in new tab) your starting line. You click on an affiliated e-tailer (there are hundreds) to do your shopping as usual, and a percentage of your purchase is given back to you in your BondRewards account. You then redeem your rewards for U.S. savings bonds or cash.
Free Portfolio Checkup
Are your investments as diversified as you think they are? You needn’t pay a financial planner to evaluate your holdings. Simply use Morningstar.com’s Instant X-Ray tool (opens in new tab) to check for balance among stock sectors, investment styles, geographic regions and more.
Then, check out Kiplinger’s 25 favorite funds (opens in new tab), our model portfolios (opens in new tab) or our Mutual Fund Finder (opens in new tab) to establish the mix of investments that’s right for you.
Free Financial Guidance
Prosper from the actionable, straightforward guidance found across Kiplinger.com and our related social-media platforms. Learn how to cut your tax bill, maximize returns on your investments, save more for retirement, plug insurance leaks, get the best banking and credit deals, and so much more.
Get answers to your toughest personal-finance challenges in our free weekly live chats with financial planners and Kiplinger editors (opens in new tab).
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