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Discount Brokerage Deals and Promotions – October 2014

Published October 1, 2014
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*Updated October 9, 2014* Savvy traders understand that there’s always a bull market somewhere.  Even though the recent pull back in the major stock markets and indices suggests investors may be cooling off, Canadian discount brokerages have a different idea, especially when it comes to promotions. We began last month with a brief lull in […]

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Breaking News: CIBC Investor’s Edge poised to rock the market with $6.95 standard commissions

Published October 1, 2014
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The online brokerage battle is boldly going where many thought it might – into a full-on price war.  Sparxtrading.com has learned from sources within CIBC Investor’s Edge that they’re planning to slash their trading commission rate to $6.95 for all clients. The pricing change could be officially announced as early as Monday. What we’ve learned […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – September 26, 2014

Published September 26, 2014
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When it rains it pours. That’s not only true if you’re in Vancouver, but also if you’ve been following what’s been going on with Canadian discount brokerages this week. In this edition of the roundup we highlight what’s probably been one of the biggest and busiest weeks of 2014 for Canadian brokerages. On the menu: […]

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Kind of a Big Deal: Scotia iTrade Raises the Stakes for Discount Brokerage Deals

Published September 23, 2014
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Earlier last week the Canadian discount brokerage landscape saw a massive deal unfold. Scotia iTrade, one of Canada’s bank-owned online brokerages, launched their latest offer: 500 commission-free trades or $500 cash back for deposits of $500,000 (or more). Yes, that’s correct, 500 commission-free trades or $500 cash back. Aside from the headline grabbing numbers, what […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – September 12, 2014

Published September 12, 2014
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Spectacular northern lights thanks to solar flares, wild summer snowfall in Alberta and Apple being able to design a smart watch but not a smart map. It’s been a strange week to be sure. Equally strange – the silence from Canada’s discount brokerages through the month of September. It’s not often that there’s a quiet […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – September 5, 2014

Published September 5, 2014
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For many students, September means getting back to school. For students of the stock market, however, every day is a chance to learn something new (and hopefully not get schooled). As the old stock market cautionary saying goes, however, don’t confuse brains with a bull market. In this week’s roundup, we’ll preview a couple of […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – September 2014

Published September 1, 2014
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(Updated: Sept. 15/14) Although it’s hard to believe, September is already here. For many it is a signal that Fall (and the cooler weather that comes with it) is just around the corner. Canadian online brokerages have had quite the summer and as they enter September the deals landscape seems to be cooling off – […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 29, 2014

Published August 29, 2014
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Greetings roundup readers. This pre-long weekend version of the discount brokerage roundup is coming to your from none other than the ‘fabulous’ Las Vegas. Against the backdrop of opulent hotels, sunny skies and seemingly endless “premium” brands, an interesting takeaway from Vegas is just how tricky competition makes things for brands. Sidestepping the association between […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 15, 2014

Published August 15, 2014
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As much as investors and traders alike are beholden to the hard right edge of a chart, there’s something precarious about staring back at a trend line breaking behind you. Despite the possible gloom (for the longs) in stock markets that accompanies a break of an upward trend, Canadian discount brokerages may be experiencing the […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 8, 2014

Published August 8, 2014
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After a flurry of activity across the discount brokerage space these past several weeks, this past week was a bit quieter. The same, however, can’t be said for the markets.  Despite the relative quiet on the discount brokerage side, a couple of items of interest to DIY investors crossed our radar.  In this roundup, we […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 1, 2014

Published August 1, 2014
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What a difference a day makes. Yesterday was July and the markets were floating near all-time highs today it’s August those gains are gone. While that might not seem newsworthy, when it comes to trading/investing it’s often the simple lessons rather than the ‘news’ that make the difference. Learning how to stomach volatility (ironically as […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – August 2014

Published August 1, 2014
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[Updated: August 9, 2014] Coming into August, it’s hard to tell what’s hotter – the summer sun or the activity at Canadian discount brokerages. This summer, online brokerages have been busy adding new features or tweaking their pricing structures and, we believe, the fall is when brokerages will be working hard to showcase these updates. […]

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Scotia iTrade Launches Loyalty Pricing Program

Published July 31, 2014
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Here’s a question few people get asked in their day: what would it take to join a club that let’s DIY investors pay $9.99 in commission per trade? Well, if that ‘club’ is online broker Scotia iTrade, the answer is $50,000. At first blush the number may seem steep, however because of how that $50,000 […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – July 25, 2014

Published July 25, 2014
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As we cruise into the end of July, every trader’s favourite season is drawing to a close. No, it’s not summer but rather earnings season. Depending on which side of an analyst’s estimate a company falls, the news may be great or simply a great disappointment. Regardless, the lesson the market forces everyone to learn […]

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Deal Review: Questrade’s Commission-Free-Trade-per-Month Offer

Published July 17, 2014
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The latest offer put forth from Questrade is a sign that Canadian discount brokerages are gearing up to compete even more creatively for new clients. In this post we take a detailed look at Questrade’s commission-free-trade-per-month offer to see what consumers are being offered and what potential strategies might be at play from Questrade’s end. […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – July 11, 2014

Published July 11, 2014
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The word heading into the end of this week: Drama. This weekend it seems no matter where you look there is some source of incredible drama. An Argentinian team playing for the World Cup final in Brazil, LeBron ‘going home’ to Cleveland and rumours of Eva Mendes having Ryan Gossling’s baby – wait what? Not […]

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