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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – January 2, 2015

Published January 2, 2015
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Welcome to the first discount brokerage roundup of 2015. While many folks are still in holiday mode, online brokerages are busy getting into shape for the all-important first calendar quarter. The countdown that brokerages are looking at is the all-important RRSP contribution deadline (March 2 this year). In this week’s roundup we take a look […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals and Promotions – January 2015

Published January 1, 2015
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*Updated Jan 26/15* Welcome to 2015! For many, the start of a new year is the time to mark a new beginning. For Canada’s online brokerages, however, the theme coming into January isn’t so much about being new as it is about being present. While many of the deals and promotions listed in December were […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – December 19, 2014

Published December 19, 2014
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*Edited Dec. 22/14* It looks like December isn’t going to go quietly. With huge volatility coming into the markets, traders are certainly cheering. Canada’s discount brokerages are also not wont to stand still going into the year end. Whether they’re gearing up for a busy 2015 or pushing hard into the finish line of 2014, […]

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Exclusive: A Year in Review and Look Ahead from Canada’s Online Brokerages

Published December 17, 2014
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*Edited Dec. 22/14* What an exciting year to be a DIY investor. As an active observer and commentator on the landscape of Canada’s online brokerages, we’ve seen some dramatic changes this past year. Whether it was reduction in commission pricing, changes in account types or enhancements to platforms, user experience or investor education, 2014 presented […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – December 5, 2014

Published December 5, 2014
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It’s hard to believe that December is already here. People tend to get a bit happier, office work tends to become a little bit more lax, fantasy football more competitive and holiday movies a little more epic.  For many of Canada’s discount brokerages, however, before the December slowdown hits, there’s lots of planning and positioning […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals and Promotions – December 2014

Published December 1, 2014
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*Updated Dec. 17, 2014* With the start of December coming on the heels of two of the biggest deals days of the year, the Canadian discount brokerage deals & promotions section is filled to the brim with offers from online brokerages. Unlike the pictures on television or Twitter, however, there was no crush of people […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – November 28, 2014

Published November 28, 2014
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Whether it was landing a great Black Friday deal, or a managing to catch a seemingly impossible pass, this past week has been book-ended by really interesting catches and stuffed with goodies. Discount brokerages this week kept pace with the great catch theme as they hauled in awards and recognition as part of online brokerage […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – November 21, 2014

Published November 21, 2014
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What do shows like Big Bang Theory, Dancing with the Stars and Sons of Anarchy have to do with Canadian Discount Brokerages? Well, if you guessed fall ratings then Bazinga! Finding the right metric to judge the ‘best TV show’ is easier in some respects than finding the “best online brokerage”. As we move into […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – November 7, 2014

Published November 7, 2014
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November is Financial Literacy Month and with it has come a number of events geared towards helping Canadians better understanding and manage their personal finances. There’s also another growth-oriented spin to November – facial hair, as it also happens to be Movember. While we have yet to see too much in the way of wacky […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals and Promotions – November 2014

Published November 1, 2014
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*Updated Nov. 25* November is the month that many bargain hunters wait for all year long. The phenomenon of ‘Black Friday’ has taken on a life of its own with anybody who sells anything trying to ride the wave of deal hunter enthusiasm. Traditionally Canadian online brokerages have avoided the big discount day type of […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – October 31, 2014

Published October 31, 2014
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When people think Halloween, they think of costumes and candy. But, when Halloween falls on a Friday, all the DIY investor ghouls and gals get an extra bonus – a discount brokerage weekly roundup chalked full of treats. In this week’s roundup, we tear a page from Dr. Frankenstein’s notebook to shout ‘it’s alive!’ as […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – October 17, 2014

Published October 17, 2014
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[updated Oct.18] If you’re like the markets this past week, you’ve ‘bear’ly made it to Friday.  For many investors and traders, a higher than usual dose of uncertainty made it a harrowing week.  Of course, Canada’s discount brokerages know all too well about the specter of uncertainty as they are now trying to navigate a […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – October 10, 2014

Published October 10, 2014
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Whether you’re rolling into the end of the week like a new Tesla or like a slightly battered blue chip, congrats on making it to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Even Canadian discount brokerages are getting into the spirit by dishing out a generous helping of interesting stories for DIY investors to tuck into this weekend. […]

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Special Series: An In-Depth Look at the 2014 J.D. Power Canadian Discount Brokerage Rankings – Part 1

Published October 7, 2014
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This year’s J.D. Power & Associates’ Canadian discount brokerage rankings were recently announced. As with years past, the rankings and the underlying survey they’re based on, provided a unique window into the collective voice of Canadian self-directed investors and their perceptions of Canada’s online discount brokerages. In the first of our multi-part special series on […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – October 3, 2014

Published October 3, 2014
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Leaves and temperatures aren’t the only things falling this time of year.  Apparently markets and commissions at Canada’s discount brokerages are dropping too.  Even though we’re barely into the fall and have just crossed into October, the battle for discount brokerage supremacy is back in full swing after a late summer lull. For this week’s […]

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