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What are Friends For? A Review of Online Brokerage Refer-a-Friend Promotions

Published March 11, 2016
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One of the interesting paradoxes of DIY investing is that for many investors, the journey to doing it yourself actually starts by consulting a lot of other people. Knowing this, several online brokerages have created incentive programs aimed at giving existing clients a ‘win/win’ approach to refer their friends and family. Unfortunately for many investors, […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – March 4, 2016

Published March 4, 2016
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While much of Canada (save for the Wet Coast) has been digging out from under piles of snow, it seems like Canadian stock markets have also managed to dig themselves out from underneath the recent avalanche of bad news. For Canadian discount brokerages, the turn in the markets has been a welcome relief, and they’re […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – March 1, 2016

Published March 1, 2016
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*Update Mar. 18* While there were lots of offers available to DIY investors from Canadian online brokerages into the RRSP contribution deadline, there were definitely fewer than last year. Volatile markets and Canadians signaling their reluctance to contribute to an RRSP this year might have contributed to the pullback in participation by brokerages however there […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – February 12, 2016

Published February 12, 2016
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This week there was some serious talk about gravity. From the astrophysicists cheering the official confirmation of Einstein’s predicted gravitational waves to the basketball fans in ‘the six’ hoping to observe the NBA’s best and brightest defy gravity at the upcoming All-Star game, this has been an exciting week. Unfortunately for most investors, watching the […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – February 5, 2016

Published February 5, 2016
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It seems like Fox Mulder and Goldman Sachs share at least one more thing in common: they both want to believe. When the poster child for capitalism questions out loud whether or not capitalism actually is working as it should, there is definitely something paranormal happening. Canadian and US discount brokerages alike also want to […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – February 1, 2016

Published February 1, 2016
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*Updated: Feb 2* While it still looks like winter across most of Canada, the deals and promotions section is a balmy +17 +18 at the outset of February. Even though no new deals have launched at the beginning of February, this month is typically a very exciting month across the discount brokerage space. Throughout January, […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – January 22, 2016

Published January 22, 2016
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From national squirrel day to discovering a whole other planet to the end of week bounce in the markets, there’s been no shortage of interesting events this week. Of course, this strange string of events may have something to do with the X-files officially returning to TV this upcoming weekend. Or so some might want […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – January 8, 2016

Published January 8, 2016
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The start of the 2016 trading year has been more than a bit loonie. Circuit breakers tripping and then being pulled in China, RBC raising mortgage rates in Canada and the price of oil continuing to plunge have made for quite an opening act to 2016. For Canadian discount brokerages, planning for their busiest season […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – January 1, 2016

Published January 1, 2016
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Happy New Year! Welcome to the first edition of the discount brokerage roundup for 2016. It’s hard to believe that we’re turning the page into another year already but when time flies this fast it must mean that we’re having fun. With a number of market closures, a gearing down of activity with Canadian DIY […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – January 1, 2016

Published January 1, 2016
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*Updated Jan. 29/16* For DIY investors, nothing says welcome to 2016 quite like a review of the latest deals and promotions from Canadian discount brokerages. With markets and Canadian online brokerages closed for New Years, the deals and promotions engine looks like it’ll need some time to warm up before it kicks back into gear […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – December 18, 2015

Published December 18, 2015
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With the Canadian dollar and oil prices looking like they’ve been on the wrong end of an imperial destroyer, what was in demand this week was cool technology, light-sabers and a chance to escape to something better. The takeaway lesson that markets always teach traders is that demand is a powerful force when awakened and […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – December 4th 2015

Published December 4, 2015
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One of the great things about watching professionals in action is just how easy they make things look. If you’re Aaron Rodgers, airing out a game-winning pass with no time left on the clock just seems like a day’s work. While Canada’s discount brokerages don’t have quite the dramatic finishes that the NFL seems to […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – December 2015

Published December 1, 2015
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*Update Dec 19th* With 2015 quickly drawing to a close, it looks like Canadian discount brokerages have already put forward their best deals and promotions to take investors into 2016. As the year winds down, DIY investors and traders are looking at places to spend their money rather than grow it, and as such, markets […]

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