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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – October 7, 2016

Published October 7, 2016
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It’s been a tough week for some birds. Turkeys have seen their number come up, the blue bird of Twitter has seen its number go down, and for Orioles, orange was the new eliminated. Of course, there’s still one cuckoo left set to take the stage on Sunday. Thankfully, the Canadian online brokerage space hasn’t […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – October 1, 2016

Published October 1, 2016
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*Updated Oct. 7* For DIY investors, October is shaping up to be a great month for treats. After a quiet start to September it wasn’t too long before deals and promotions from Canadian discount brokerages started to pop up. With names such as HSBC InvestDirect stepping into the deals pool mid-September and other more familiar […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – September 23, 2016

Published September 23, 2016
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Now that fall is here, the weather may be cooling down but the competition at Canadian discount brokerages is definitely heating up. Rather than sitting back Canadian online brokers are firing on all cylinders, from deals and marketing to technological revolutions. This edition of the roundup launches with a look at yet another new deal […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – September 16, 2016

Published September 16, 2016
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For Isaac Newton a falling apple sparked inspiration about gravity. For traders and investors this week, Apple defied gravity and seemed to spark a rally in a falling market. The lesson seems to be clear: don’t fight the obvious. Markets for DIY investing are clearly giving signals to Canadian discount brokerages and this week it […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – September 2, 2016

Published September 2, 2016
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September’s here and it’s all about the kids – well at least what some people consider to be kids anyway. After a summer spent huddled away figuring out what the ‘cool kids’ of investing may want, the Canadian discount brokerages have launched into September with some new features that are clearly aimed at winning the […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – September 1, 2016

Published September 1, 2016
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*Update: 9/23/16* At the outset of September, the discount brokerage deals & promotions activity appears to have contracted slightly but still remains reasonably healthy for any DIY investor searching for a deal. With 21 offers in the mix, there are certainly deals to be had and certain brokerages, such as Desjardins Online Brokerage (Disnat) and […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 19, 2016

Published August 19, 2016
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With the 2016 Rio Olympics staring down the final stretch, it has been quite the run for Team Canada and for many athletes the world over. Like the athletes who are focused on getting themselves on the podium next time, Canadian discount brokerages who want to win understand that training to be better happens day […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 12, 2016

Published August 12, 2016
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One the great lessons embodied by the Olympics is that preparation, practice and discipline lead to success. It’s a message that holds true not only in the world of sport but also in the world of investing. For Canadian discount brokerages, one of the ways in which they can help enable investors to succeed is […]

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Questrade’s IPO Centre: What you need to know

Published August 12, 2016
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If you haven’t heard much about IPOs this year, you’re not alone. Globally, investment bankers have had a lot more time on their hands and deal flow has slowed to its lowest levels in a decade (see data on Global IPO proceeds below, courtesy of Renaissance Capital). Global IPO Proceeds to June 2016 Source: Renaissance […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 5, 2016

Published August 5, 2016
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Citius, Altius, Fortius – the Latin version of the motto of the Olympics which translates into faster, higher, stronger – seems to be an appropriate jumping off point for this week’s roundup, especially as the US stock markets hit new ‘personal bests.’ As with the Olympic games in Brazil, competition between Canadian discount brokerages is […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – August 1, 2016

Published August 2, 2016
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*Updated: Aug. 9th* At the start of August, discount brokerage deals and promotions appear to be in vacation mode. With a pair of deals that expired at the end of July and one new partner offer that joined the list of promotion, the turnover and activity in offers coming into this month was minimal. While […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – July 29, 2016

Published July 29, 2016
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The summer Olympics are just around the corner and with them will come all kinds of excitement, fanfare and of course, the widely anticipated opening ceremonies. While there aren’t typically flag bearers, parades, fireworks or exotic choreography, there are a handful of Canadian discount brokerages who try to make opening an online trading account feel […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – July 22, 2016

Published July 22, 2016
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With the activities going on in the US republican convention this week, it was difficult to escape the news cycle that was dominated by the upcoming US elections in November. Alas there are no plagiarized speeches, comb-overs or bad spray tans (at least that we know of) in the online brokerage space. Given the hubbub […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – July 15, 2016

Published July 15, 2016
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Even when the world appears irrational, markets still move to beat of their own drum. Against a backdrop of turbulent headlines, markets in the US have managed to hit new all-time highs. For DIY investors in Canada, however, it is an interesting moment. As stock prices move higher, this will invariably attract investors back into […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – July 8, 2016

Published July 8, 2016
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Bulls will be bulls. On a day when grim news captured the headlines, the S&P 500 managed to put it all in the rear-view mirror and touch a new record high intraday. Despite what naysayers are nay-saying, the numbers on the tape tell a different story. For Canadian discount brokerages, the news cycle is relatively […]

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