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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – November 27, 2015

Published November 27, 2015
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This past week, many DIY investors have been turning their attention to ways to spend their money rather than to grow it. Although online traders have typically avoided coming to blows with each other over discounted vegetable steamers, online trading is most definitely a fierce battle to get a deal that can be monetized by […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – November 20, 2015

Published November 20, 2015
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November is quickly drawing to a close. For many that means its Grey Cup season, and for those south of the border, Thanksgiving and yes, deals galore for Black Friday. While all three may be full contact endeavours, they all seem somewhat tame compared to the upcoming jockeying for title of best Canadian discount brokerage […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – November 13, 2015

Published November 13, 2015
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Fans of Star Wars have probably already seen the trailer to the next episode, The Force Awakens, as the movie is set to be released before Christmas. Undoubtedly one of the most successful movie franchises ever, Disney shareholders are hoping the sci-fi series can also awaken their quarterly earnings well into the future. Interestingly, it […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – November 6, 2015

Published November 6, 2015
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Some people don’t even refer to this month as November anymore. “Movember” – the trendy moustache-growing period of the year, has now overtaken the second last month of the year all with the aim at raising men’s health awareness, of course, and having a little fun.  As many traders and online brokerage providers know, however, […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – November 2015

Published November 1, 2015
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*Updated November 6* November starts out quietly with only a couple of new deals from Questrade. Hopefully Canadian online brokers are waiting to launch new promotions sometime before the Holiday season. At the start of this month there are 13 offers currently available from seven different brokerages. Of those nearly half (46%) come from Questrade, […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – October 30, 2015

Published October 30, 2015
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Much of Canada is currently experiencing the effects of fall weather: falling leaves, lowering temperatures, and Toronto Maple Leaf’s fans thinking about a Stanley Cup run. As many of Canada’s discount brokerages know, however, while hope may be a good thing, hedging your bets is a necessity. In this week’s roundup, we’ll take a look […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – October 23, 2015

Published October 23, 2015
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Landslide elections, time machines, and Drake’s infamous victory dances (we think) – this has been a marathon week for peering into the future. While they may not have legendary locks of hair, a hoverboard or some rather original dance moves, Canadian discount brokerages are constantly thinking about and trying to keep up with the future […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – October 16, 2015

Published October 16, 2015
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It’s rally time. Midway through October, baseball, bats and Blue Jays are top of mind in this post-Thanksgiving trading week. While there’s lots more than baseball that the personal finance enthusiasts are talking about this week, we’ll pitch the idea of a baseball themed roundup, tossed bats and all. In this edition of the roundup, […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – October 9, 2015

Published October 9, 2015
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This was a big week for rivalries. Whether it was Vancouver versus Calgary or Montreal versus Toronto, there was an electric kick off to the 2015/16 hockey season. It was a fitting backdrop as fierce rivals from across the Canadian discount brokerage landscape also stepped up their game with new features, promotions and movement taking […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – October 2, 2015

Published October 2, 2015
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One of the great lessons that the stock market teaches investors again and again is that perception is reality. Within the Canadian discount brokerage marketplace, this lesson is equally true, as almost all online brokerages wrestle with just how exactly they can get DIY investors to listen to what they are saying. In this week’s […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – October 2015

Published October 1, 2015
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*Updated Oct. 9* October is typically the month when little ghouls and goblins put on their best costumes and head out in search of treats. For DIY investors, Canadian discount brokerages have quite a few treats in the form of deals and promotions running this month, and perhaps even a few tricks. Heading into this […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – September 25, 2015

Published September 25, 2015
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For some, this week started off about as bad as a post-Oktoberfest wurst nightmare scenario could be. The world awoke to major automaker Volkswagen admitting that there was something strange in the air with their emissions ratings. Of course while their stock was getting pummeled, traders also saw the opportunity to give Palladium, one of […]

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Price Drop: HSBC InvestDirect Lowers Standard Commission Pricing

Published September 13, 2015
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If there’s one thing that can take a Canadian discount brokerage from obscurity to contender, it’s dramatically lowering its standard commission pricing. Despite a relatively quiet summer, the lead up to the fall of 2015 has now officially been marked with a price drop from an unlikely source: HSBC InvestDirect. As of early September, HSBC […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – September 4, 2015

Published September 4, 2015
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Just a few more days until school begins but from the looks of things, investors are already enrolled in the school of hard knocks. Unlike Tom Brady, however, many DIY investors are not going to get away without a few bumps and bruises to their portfolio. For Canada’s discount brokerages, the volatility is a double-edged […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – September 2015

Published September 1, 2015
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*Updated September 26* September is not even a day old and it’s off to a volatile start in the equity markets. Even though this is the month when leaves start changing colour, it seems like DIY investors are going to see portfolios and markets change colour first. Canadian discount brokerages, and in particular their deals […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 28, 2015

Published August 28, 2015
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This past week saw such a crazy mix of sell-off and rally it could have easily been characterized as a McWhopper of a trading week. For Canadian discount brokerages, however, volatility is more than just food for thought; it looks like it may just be the main course. In this week’s discount brokerage roundup, we […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 21, 2015

Published August 21, 2015
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It seems that nowhere was safe from the bears this week. Not stock markets or commodities or even swimming pools. While the bears are out having a pool party, Canadian online brokerages are racing to see who’ll be the ‘last one into the pool’ when it comes to upgrading their website. In this week’s roundup, […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 14, 2015

Published August 14, 2015
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This week provided yet another reminder to traders big and small of the value that data plays in the market place. From the news of the arrest of hackers taking advantage of press releases, to frustrations of receiving delayed (or worse) data to the growing chatter among DIY investors about algorithmic trading, the message is […]

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