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    Welcome Offer Comparison: Get Free Blue-Chip Stocks With New Investment Accounts

    Welcome Offer Comparison: Get Free Blue-Chip Stocks With New Investment Accounts

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    Last updated: Aug 25, 2020•  3 min read

    語言: 廣東話

    Due to heated competition between investment service providers, various securities brokers are competing for new customers. In recent months, securities brokers are going above and beyond competing with services, and account opening welcome offers are becoming a norm among securities brokers in Hong Kong.

    Consumers are opening securities accounts for investment, and no welcome offer would prove to be more attractive than having blue-chip stocks in the newly opened account, for free!

    Welcome offers from providers like Futu Securities, SoFi HK (Formerly 8 Securities), uSMART Securities and 9F Securities are currently among the most attractive in the market. Find out how you can get free stocks in your new securities account below:

    Free stocks are especially great for new investors

    From experienced investors’ perspective, receiving a few free shares may not have any impact on their overall portfolio, however this may not be the case for new investors. According to a survey done by Hong Kong Investor Education Center, over 62% of their survey respondents want to increase their wealth through investment, but they are afraid of losing money. 

    First time experiences are often scary, and they intensify when money is at stake. New investors may be concerned about making the right investment choice or they feel unfamiliar with the buying/selling process of investment which ultimately lead to the fear of losing money.

    Free stocks solve this problem for new investors by giving them stocks to manage for free as soon as they open an account. They can experience the up and down of investment, then try selling off stocks for profit before they invest their own money. 

    Furthermore, securities firms like Futu and 9F do not charge any custodian fee so new investors can take their time and experience investment process free of charge. Since welcome offers typically give out popular blue-chip shares, new investors can also use this chance to get to know these companies and their performance before consider investing their own money.

    Odd lots

    Most welcome offers will give out 1 or 2 share(s), which will be considered an odd lot because it amounts to less than 1 single board lot (For example 1 single HSBC lot size contains 400 shares). According to HKEX, odd lots are not accepted by the Exchange’s trading system for auto-matching, but there is a special lot market in the system for odd lots trading. In general, share prices of odd lots are slightly lower than that of the same security in the board lot market due to their lower liquidity.

    Given the welcome offer’s odd lots are free in the first place and their selling price could increase in the future, a slight discount in share price should not be a big consideration. Although odd lots are typically eligible for dividend, if the number of shares is too small, any dividend could be offset by handling or platform fee.

    The concept of odd lot does not apply if you receive U.S. stock as part of the welcome offer since the lot system is unique to the Hong Kong market. U.S. stocks are traded on per share basis so welcome offer shares will have the same liquidity as any other shares.

    Welcome offer comparison and more details

    Securities firms in Hong Kong are offering a wide range of welcome offers to new customers. Find out more and compare them below:

    HK Market
    US Market
    Robo Advisors
    Webull
    Other Fee
    N/A
    Avg. Trade Cost
    HKD 10
    Welcome Offer: During the promotion period, new customers who apply via Planto, successfully open a Webull account, and complete some simple tasks can enjoy rewards valued up to HK$1,000: - Successfully open an account, deposit HK$10,000, and retain it for 60 days to receive a HK$1,000 supermarket voucher. (Complete Planto reward redemption to receive the offer) Terms and conditions apply.
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    Webull
    Other Fee
    N/A
    Avg. Trade Cost
    HKD 0
    Welcome Offer: During the promotion period, new customers who apply via Planto, successfully open a Webull account, and complete some simple tasks can enjoy rewards valued up to HK$1,000: - Successfully open an account, deposit HK$10,000, and retain it for 60 days to receive a HK$1,000 supermarket voucher. (Complete Planto reward redemption to receive the offer) Terms and conditions apply.
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    Tiger Brokers
    Other Fee
    0
    Avg. Trade Cost
    HKD 0
    Welcome Offer: Successfully open an account through Planto’s exclusive link then complete certain tasks until 30th June 2024 to enjoy up to HK$2,300 worth of reward: - Exclusive HK$400 supermarket vouchers from Planto after depositing HK$10,000 , plus: 1. Time-limited Commission-Free Rewards* - 0 Commission for HK stock trading (Lifetime) - 0 Platform fee for HK stock trading (until 30th September 2024) - NYSE Arca Level 2 Deep Quote streaming for US stocks (until 30th September 2024) - 0 Commission for US stock option trading (until 30th September 2024) - US Stock Option Lv1 Real-time Quotes (until 30th September 2024) 2. New clients account opening awards, fund more for 45 consecutive days to get more (please refer to T&Cs for detailed quolifications) - Net deposit* HK$10,000 or US$1,500 or above : to activate HK$300 stock voucher (3x HK$100 vouchers) and 3-month free HK Stock Lv1 streaming quote - Net deposit* HK$50,000 or above : to activate HK$600 stock vouchers (6x HK$100 vouchers) - Net deposit* HK$100,000 or above : to activate HK$1,200 stock vouchers (12x HK$100 vouchers) 3. Complete 5 non-forex trades with each trade amounting to or exceeding HK$100 within 60 days after successful account opening (applicable to both Hong Kong and US stocks) : to activate HK$700 stock voucher (7x HK$100 vouchers) * Net deposit = deposit amount - withdrawal amount, excluding the part of asset increase or decrease due to normal transactions. ^Daily cumulative net deposits = (from the account opening date) cumulative deposit amount - (from the account opening date) cumulative withdrawal amount, excluding asset fluctuations caused by normal trading activities
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    LONGBRIDGE
    Other Fee
    N/A
    Avg. Trade Cost
    HKD 15
    Welcome Offer: On or before 31 May 2024, apply via Planto, successfully open an account and deposit HK$10,000 to receive up to HK$2,000 worth of rewards: Planto exclusive HK$200 supermarket coupon Choose from one of the below 2 offers : A. Up to HK$1,500 * Up to 41% APR for deposit (Limited to HK$20,000 maximum for 60 days to enjoy interest approximately HK$1,366) [Usual APR is 5% while new clients can enjoy extra 30%] * Total worth of HK$200 stocks cash coupon (HK$100 x 2) B. Total worth up to HK$1,800 * Total worth of HK$800 stocks cash coupon * Total worth of HK$1,000 cash rebate (upon 15 tradings) Terms and conditions
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    LONGBRIDGE
    Other Fee
    N/A
    Avg. Trade Cost
    HKD 8
    Welcome Offer: On or before 31 May 2024, apply via Planto, successfully open an account and deposit HK$10,000 to receive up to HK$2,000 worth of rewards: Planto exclusive HK$200 supermarket coupon Choose from one of the below 2 offers : A. Up to HK$1,500 * Up to 41% APR for deposit (Limited to HK$20,000 maximum for 60 days to enjoy interest approximately HK$1,366) [Usual APR is 5% while new clients can enjoy extra 30%] * Total worth of HK$200 stocks cash coupon (HK$100 x 2) B. Total worth up to HK$1,800 * Total worth of HK$800 stocks cash coupon * Total worth of HK$1,000 cash rebate (upon 15 tradings) Terms and conditions
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    Futubull
    Other Fee
    N/A
    Avg. Trade Cost
    HKD 15
    Welcome Offer: Enjoy up to HK$2,300 welcome offer Register a new account on or before 31st May 2024 through Planto and receive an exclusive HKD 200 cash coupon (directly deposited into Futu account) Open an account, deposit HK$10,000, and complete specific requirements can get 1 out of 2 rewards: First level gift (1 out of 2): - Deposit a total of HK$10,000 or above into the Futu HK account.Maintain 60 days daily average asset* of HK$10,000 or above. 1) Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) - 1 share or 2) HK$400 supermarket e-voucher Second level gift:: - Deposit a total of HK$80,000 or above into the Futu HK account by 15:00 29th February 2024. Maintain 60 days daily average asset* of HK$80,000 or above. Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) – 1 share Additional rewards: Register a new account together with a friend can enjoy lifetime 0 commission for HK stock and additional HK$200 supermarket e-voucher The first reward and the second reward can be stacked. As of the closing price on 26th March 2024, Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) stock price was US$74.390/share, Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) stock price was US$137.19/share. Asset calculation method: Sum of the everyday assets/60 days; Including Cash/ Stocks/ Funds/ Options/ Futures Investment involves risks. The fund price may move up or down. Investor should thoroughly study the funds' offering documents and other related documents (including risk disclosure statements).
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    Futubull
    Other Fee
    N/A
    Avg. Trade Cost
    HKD 15.5
    Welcome Offer: Enjoy up to HK$2,300 welcome offer Register a new account on or before 31st May 2024 through Planto and receive an exclusive HKD 200 cash coupon (directly deposited into Futu account) Open an account, deposit HK$10,000, and complete specific requirements can get 1 out of 2 rewards: First level gift (1 out of 2): - Deposit a total of HK$10,000 or above into the Futu HK account.Maintain 60 days daily average asset* of HK$10,000 or above. 1) Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) - 1 share or 2) HK$400 supermarket e-voucher Second level gift:: - Deposit a total of HK$80,000 or above into the Futu HK account by 15:00 29th February 2024. Maintain 60 days daily average asset* of HK$80,000 or above. Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) – 1 share Additional rewards: Register a new account together with a friend can enjoy lifetime 0 commission for HK stock and additional HK$200 supermarket e-voucher The first reward and the second reward can be stacked. As of the closing price on 26th March 2024, Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) stock price was US$74.390/share, Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) stock price was US$137.19/share. Asset calculation method: Sum of the everyday assets/60 days; Including Cash/ Stocks/ Funds/ Options/ Futures Investment involves risks. The fund price may move up or down. Investor should thoroughly study the funds' offering documents and other related documents (including risk disclosure statements).
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    Saxo Hong Kong
    Other Fee
    N/A
    Avg. Trade Cost
    0.05%
    (min. HKD 18)
    Welcome Offer: Enjoy up to 4.27%* on cash deposits amount US$10,000 or higher *the interest rate figure is for reference, it could change with the market condition
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    Saxo Hong Kong
    Other Fee
    N/A
    Avg. Trade Cost
    From HKD 0.039 / share
    (min. from HKD 23)
    Welcome Offer: Enjoy up to 4.27%* on cash deposits amount US$10,000 or higher *the interest rate figure is for reference, it could change with the market condition
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    uSMART Securities
    Other Fee
    N/A
    Avg. Trade Cost
    HKD 8
    Welcome Offer: April special offer, Open an account with uSmart to earn: • 2024 promotion : US$1.5 transaction fee per trade for US stock, 0 commission and platform fee for HK stock • Real-time streaming quotation for HK stocks (Terms and conditions apply)• Lifetime free U.S. stock commission (only for standard accounts) • HK$20 cash coupons X8 #For HK stocks, you can enjoy 0 commission and platform fee by trading the designated 16 ETF. For US stocks, you can enjoy US$1.5 transaction fee per trade when the value of each trading of main board stocks equals or higher than US$100.
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    Interactive Brokers
    Other Fee
    N/A
    Avg. Trade Cost
    0.05% of Trade Value
    Welcome Offer: Earn up to 4.83% annual interest rate on positive settled cash balance for accounts with total NAV of US$100,000 or higher. *Accounts with NAV of less than US$100,000 receive interest at rates proportional to the size of the account **Interest rate if for reference only, it may change any time according to market condition
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    Interactive Brokers
    Other Fee
    N/A
    Avg. Trade Cost
    US$0.005 / share
    (min. from US$0.35)
    Welcome Offer: Earn up to 4.83% annual interest rate on positive settled cash balance for accounts with total NAV of US$100,000 or higher. *Accounts with NAV of less than US$100,000 receive interest at rates proportional to the size of the account **Interest rate if for reference only, it may change any time according to market condition
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    Syfe
    Account Funding Requirements
    HKD 10,000
    Fees
    0.35%-0.65% AUM
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    Stashaway
    Account Funding Requirements
    HKD 10,000
    Fees
    0.2%-0.8% AUM
    Welcome Offer: New customers who successfully open a StashAway account via Planto’s link can enjoy 3 months of free management for up to HK$50,000.
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    Aqumon
    Account Funding Requirements
    HKD 10,000
    Fees
    0.5%-0.8% AUM
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    Investment involves risks. This information is intended to be educational and is not tailored to the investment needs of any specific investor. This information does not constitute investment advice and should not be used as the basis for any investment decision nor should it be treated as a recommendation for any investment or action. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The value of investments and the income from them can go down as well as up, so you may not get back what you invest.

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