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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 17, 2018

Published August 17, 2018
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When it rains, it pours. Amirite Toronto? And, for many of Canada’s online brokerages located in Toronto and across the country, the commission party just got rained on. Hard. In this edition of the roundup we take a look at some earthshattering developments in the Canadian discount brokerage space, as a robo-advisor flips the script […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 3, 2018

Published August 3, 2018
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It was a big week for big apples. For the iconic technology firm, there were 1 trillion reasons to celebrate. For the New York Mets, there were probably 1 trillion reasons to explain what went so terribly wrong. Nonetheless, when it comes to comparing apples to apples, we’ve picked a few discount brokerages from the […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – August 2018

Published August 1, 2018
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*Updated: Aug. 18* Welcome to the August edition of the discount brokerage deals and promotions section where, at least at the outset, the theme of the month appears to be ‘status quo’. It is worth noting that unlike most months thus far, August is starting off on a relatively quiet note, with no deals expiring […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – July 20, 2018

Published July 20, 2018
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There might be no more teachers or no more books, but just because summer’s here, doesn’t mean that lots can’t be learned. In fact, it appears that several online brokerages are banking on the fact that investor education may not be coming from books (or teachers) for much longer. In this edition of the roundup, […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – July 6, 2018

Published July 6, 2018
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There’s no mistaking it, summer is here (for most of Canada) and it’s a scorcher. Of course, for Canada’s discount brokerages, it’s not just the heat that’s causing them to sweat, it’s also the hurried pace they’re moving at to position for what’s shaping up to be a very busy fall season. In this edition […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – July 2018

Published July 1, 2018
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*Updated: July 5* With lots of sunshine, July’s crop of discount brokerage deals is still in full bloom. That’s great news for DIY investors looking to open online investing account with a Canadian online brokerage. While the cash back offerings still lag the commission-free category, there remains ample opportunity to get a transfer-free bonus when […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – June 22, 2018

Published June 22, 2018
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There are lots of reasons to cheer as summer officially started this week and, of course, its Friday. For Canadian DIY investors, and much of the world really, the news coming out of the US has dominated airwaves. And, while nobody really knows exactly what’s going to happen next, it’s interesting to see how the […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – June 15, 2018

Published June 15, 2018
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There is no doubt that deal making is an art. Sometimes it’s a Michelangelo, sometimes it’s a Pollock, sometimes it’s a Vandelay. In either case, online brokerages know that like beauty, a good deal is in the eye of the beholder. This week we know we’ve seen all kinds of ‘deals’ make the news but […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – June 8, 2018

Published June 8, 2018
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As any seasoned investor knows, the stock market is one very big voting machine. And, while there is no ‘leader’ per se, those stocks that get to the top are those that enrich their shareholders. Heading into the end of this week, there’s certainly been a lot of news about politics, which has everyone guessing […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – June 1, 2018

Published June 1, 2018
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Even though it was a tough week for hacking scandals, pipeline purchases and provincial politics, none of it mattered because Kim Kardashian visited the US President, J.R. Smith royally messed up game 1 for the Cavs, the US touched off a trade war with Canada and other trading partners. Even for traders who relish in […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – June 2018

Published June 1, 2018
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It’s hard to believe but June is already here, which means summer is right around the corner. While temperatures outside are heating up, the discount brokerage deals and promotions section is gradually warming back up. Heading into the new month there was a good mix of extensions as well as a new offer from National […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – May 18, 2018

Published May 18, 2018
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Being online can sometimes be an occupational hazard. Case in point: Laurel or Yanny. Despite having captured the imagination of the internet and having squandered so many people’s valuable time there’s a lesson in here for online brokerages, which is to get attention online, you have to be interesting. In this edition of the roundup […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – May 11, 2018

Published May 11, 2018
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Eventually spring was bound to show up. And, like the green shoots, flowers and sunshine, it’s a time for change and opportunity. Fortuitously, Canadian discount brokerages are also taking their cues from spring and rolling out some interesting new items for the season. In this edition of the roundup we take a look at a […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – May 4, 2018

Published May 4, 2018
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The old trading adage of sell in May and go away clearly did not apply to this week’s market activity. It’s still early enough in the month that anything can happen, however. With the announcement of the end of decades of hostilities between North and South Korea, it’s as good as any segue into the […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – May 2018

Published May 1, 2018
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*Update: May 29*  There’s an old trader tip that says “buy when it snows and sell when it goes.” Now, it wasn’t too long ago that the snow actually did leave but the arrival of May “should” mean no more snow. Alas, snow wasn’t the only thing disappearing to kick off this month. Several Canadian […]

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