Update: New tiers added with higher bonus values, offer extended. Tastyworks is a discount brokerage targeted at active options traders, as they are cheaper than the big brokers for options trading while also having the full fancy options interface. Right now, they have a up to $25,000 ACAT transfer bonus with promo referral code MYNEWBONUS and you must keep the initial funding there for 12 months.
These ratios are pretty competitive, especially the $2,000 for $100,000 tier (2% of assets), but hey if you have more than that, why not grab more money even at a lower ratio.
New customers who open and fund a tastytrade account with $5,000 or more in cash or by an account transfer (ACATS) and enter MYNEWBONUS into their referral code field when initially registering with tastytrade will receive a cash bonus. The bonus amount is dependent on the initial funding amount. There is a 12-month withdrawal hold on the initial funding amount to retain the cash bonus. You can find each tier’s funding threshold and resulting payout in the table below.
- $100 with $5,000+ in transferred assets or deposits
- $500 with $25,000+ in qualifying new money
- $2,000 with $100,000+ in qualifying new money
- $3,000 with $250,000+ in qualifying new money
- $5,000 with $1,000,000+ in qualifying new money
- $25,000 with $5,000,000+ in qualifying new money
Eligible account types include individual (cash or margin), joint (cash or margin), LLC, Partnerships, S-Corp, C-Corp (cash or margin), and Autotrade enabled accounts. IRAs, trust accounts, and international customers are not eligible. Promotion extended to March 31st, 2024. Note their definitions:
WHEN CAN I WITHDRAW MY AWARDED CASH?
The deposit ($5,000+ cash deposit or account transfer) plus the value of the awarded cash are required to remain in the account for a minimum of 12 months. As mentioned previously, any principal fluctuations due to trading will not preclude you from keeping the awarded position value after 12 months.
IF MY ACCOUNT DROPS BELOW THE FUNDING REQUIREMENT, WILL I BECOME INELIGIBLE?
Principal fluctuations due to trading will not affect your eligibility to keep your awarded cash value. As long as you keep your original $5,000+ deposit in your account, then you will be able to keep your awarded cash.
WILL I BE PENALIZED IF MY ACCOUNT DROPS BELOW MY FUNDING AMOUNT?
Principal value fluctuations are not considered. As long as the initial $5,000 (or more) remains in the account for 12 months, then the awarded cash value will not be debited from your account.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO WITHDRAW MY DEPOSIT BEFORE THE 12-MONTH HOLDING PERIOD END?
You are free to withdraw the deposit you made to your account. However, if the amount withdrawn no longer meets the minimum deposit requirements, then the value of the awarded stock position will be withheld from the withdrawal amount.
CAN I TRANSFER THE CASH OUT OF MY ACCOUNT?
Not until the 12-month hold period has lapsed.
Brokerage Asset Bonuses vs. Bank Deposit Bonuses. There is an important difference between brokerage asset bonuses and bank deposit bonuses. A bank deposit bonus pays you extra interest for holding a certain amount of cash with them. A brokerage asset bonus allows you to transfer over your existing investments like index funds, individual shares of Apple or Berkshire Hathaway, individual shares of REITs, and so on. You still own the asset and it’s still doing its thing. The brokerage bonus is on top.
In this example, if you really wanted to compare it directly against an interest rate, you should at least assume you will be holding a T-Bill ETF like SGOV, GBIL, or BIL (current SEC yield over 5%) and then adding the bonus to that yield. However, the real benefit for patient, long-term investors that you can just keep your existing assets and earn yourself a nice “self-management fee”.
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