6 Fabulous Investing Freebies
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6 Fabulous Investing Freebies

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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.
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Free Investing Apps

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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.

SEE ALSO: 7 Best Free Investing Apps
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Free Capital Gains

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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.
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Free ETF Trades

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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.
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Free Savings Bonds

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Before you make any purchase online, consider making BondRewards.com 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.
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Free Portfolio Checkup

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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 to check for balance among stock sectors, investment styles, geographic regions and more.

Then, check out Kiplinger’s 25 favorite funds, our model portfolios or our Mutual Fund Finder to establish the mix of investments that’s right for you.
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Free Financial Guidance

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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.

Sign up for free email alerts for the latest insights from your favorite Kiplinger columnists.

And follow Kiplinger on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook to keep up with us on social media.
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