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Caution, Cunning and Competition: Three Investing Lessons from Game of Thrones

Published June 11, 2013
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Set against the backdrop of epic conquests, bloodthirsty barbarians and Machiavellian-style manipulation, Game of Thrones is capturing imaginations across the globe. At times the investing world seems a lot like the savage and cruel arenas characters from the story find themselves in.  Even though the story takes place in a mythical land, it focuses on […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – June 7th 2013

Published June 8, 2013
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This week’s discount brokerage update features the newly announced deal by BMO InvestorLine, a couple of great forum post on the Financial Webring Forum on Qtrade vs. RBC Direct Investing  as well as another article from The Globe and Mail about Canada’s best discount broker. Deals Getting Some Air Unlike a lot of deals that […]

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Special Series: Dalbar Canada’s Direct Brokerage Service Award – Part 1

Published June 7, 2013
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When searching for the right discount brokerage, a lot of information can be obtained online about the pricing of discount brokerage accounts, commissions and services.  Some features, such as customer service, require more work to learn about. After knowing what it costs to be a client of a discount brokerage many self-directed investors value knowing […]

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Outlook on the Junior Mining & Exploration Sectors from WRIC 2013

Published June 3, 2013
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With speakers, analysts, exhibitors and investors all converging in the same space, the World Resource Investment Conference (WRIC) is a great opportunity to gauge the pulse of the Canadian junior mining and exploration sectors.  Of course, with a year that has unfolded the way it has for the junior mining and exploration space, many attendees […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – June 2013

Published June 1, 2013
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[Updated June 12th] With summer just around the corner, a few of Canada’s discount brokerages are going to be working a little harder this month to try and win over self-directed investors.  The recently announced earnings from several major Canadian banks indicate that they aren’t making as much money as their shareholders are expecting. As […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – May 31st 2013

Published May 31, 2013
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Discount Brokerage News This roundup features deal spotting from Disnat and TD Direct Investing at the Cambridge House World Resource Investment Conference, a new review of Qtrade and news about a costly mistake made by a  Questrade trader. In addition we take a quick peek at the latest ranking of Canadian discount brokerages. Deal Me […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – May 17th 2013

Published May 17, 2013
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We are back with the Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup! Here’s the latest news from Canadian discount brokerages this past week: JitneyTrade and Credential Direct have stepped into the investor education game offering learning webinars to their clients. A look at JitneyTrade’s Twitter feed gave us the low-down on a series of webinars about market analysis […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – May 2013

Published May 1, 2013
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*Deals have been updated, see below for more details* This month’s deals and promotions from Canadian discount brokerages feature a new promotion by Questrade, as well as an interesting deal/contest by Scotia iTrade announced last month.  Also, Qtrade‘s transfer fee rebate is also back, this time with no apparent time limits.  Before launching into the […]

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3 D’s to make you a better self-directed investor

Published April 25, 2013
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While many self-directed investors understand that managing their own money can involve a great deal of responsibility and work, many do not realize the important skills they need to commit to mastering in order to succeed.  Certain investors want to “dabble” or learn to trade with what they often characterize as “fun money” however losing […]

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Event Review – World MoneyShow Vancouver – April 2013

Published April 23, 2013
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This year’s Vancouver World MoneyShow turned out to be a little different than most others. The exhibiting space felt a bit smaller than usual, the lineups took a bit longer and the schedule a bit less punctual.  As it turned out, this year’s MoneyShow would be the one in which this franchise would announce its […]

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National Bank Direct Brokerage to offer commission-free ETFs

Published April 17, 2013
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Commission-Free ETFs: Peer Pressure? Letting self-directed investors trade exchange traded funds (ETFs) commission-free appears to be all the rage amongst Canadian discount brokerages these days. National Bank Direct Brokerage has now become the latest Canadian discount brokerage to offer free trading of Canadian ETFs (click here to read their press release) joining the likes of […]

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Questrade vs Virtual Brokers – A Comprehensive Pricing Comparison of Their Lowest Commission Plans

Published April 15, 2013
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Canadian Discount Brokerages Cut Commissions Canadian discount brokerages are in the midst of a price war.  The newer entrants to the Canadian discount brokerage market, such as Questrade and Virtual Brokers, have driven prices for equity trade commissions to below the $1 per trade mark.  With Questrade’s recently announced $0.95 commission per trade offering, they […]

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Social Media and Investing – LinkedIn

Published April 1, 2013
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Introduction As part of our special series on social media and investing, we take a look at the professional social network, LinkedIn. What is LinkedIn LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) was launched in 2003 and is a social networking website for professionals.  As of January 2013 the site boasts more than 200 million users in more than 200 […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – April 2013

Published April 1, 2013
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April’s discount brokerage deals and promotions heralds the return of unlimited trading by an unlikely character in the deals section – HSBC InvestDirect. This deal is in ‘celebration’ of HSBC’s recent award by Dalbar Inc for best customer service at a Canadian discount broker, an award that RBC Direct Investing had won for several years. […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – March 2013

Published March 1, 2013
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As we move past the 2013 RRSP season, many of the promotions offered last month are either expired or will be expiring at the end of this month.  It seems like several discount brokerages are going to pass altogether on offering up any promotions for March whereas others are just extending out the deadlines of […]

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