You can trade commission-free with Ally Invest Self-Directed Trading. They have partnered with market leaders to offer you simple, high-quality ETFs that complement your portfolio, so you can diversify your strategy with little impact to your bottom line. With Ally you can trade stocks, ETFs, options (equity and index), mutual funds, and fixed income. Research investments, analyze your portfolio or place trades from wherever you happen to be.
How you make money
Stock price appreciation + dividends. For reference: according to historical records, the average annual return from the S&P Index since its inception in 1926 through 2018 is approximately 10%–11%. The average annual return since adopting 500 stocks into the index in 1957 through 2018 is roughly 8%. Adjusted for inflation, the historical average annual return is around 7%. However, it's important to note that each Robo has their own investment strategy that can influence returns.
How Ally makes money
1. Rebates from market makers and trading venues 2. Income generated from cash 3. Stock loan income from counterparties
Is it safe?
Investing entails risk including the possible loss of principal and there is no assurance that the investment will provide positive performance over any period of time.