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Interactive Brokers Releases Trading Data for March 2012

Published April 12, 2012
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One of the largest publicly traded discount brokers, Interactive Brokers Group Inc. (better known as Interactive Brokers or ‘IB’) published their monthly trading data for March 2012.  Many industry commentators and trader’s alike have observed a decrease in the trading volumes over the past several months.  An interesting data point that confirms that observation comes […]

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Investment Conference Recap: World Money Show Vancouver 2012

Published April 11, 2012
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This stop on the World Money Show circuit brought with it quite a few interesting speakers and exhibitors.  The list of speakers included such notable Canadian personalities as Larry Berman and Danielle Park, both of whom had very good turnouts (Danielle’s was standing room only!).  Some international guests included Marc Faber, aka “Dr. Doom” who […]

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Scotia iTrade Raising Prices for Commissions

Published April 6, 2012
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Scotia iTrade is raising how much they charge for their ‘standard’ commission per trade rate from $19.99 to $24.99 for equity trades effective April 2012. Specifically, it’s $24.99 per trade (up to 1000 shares) and $0.03/share for orders greater than 1000 shares. Option commissions are also going up from $19.99 +$1.75 per contract to $24.99 […]

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Discount Broker Deals & Promotions – As of April 1st 2012

Published April 2, 2012
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Here are the latest discount broker deals and promotions offered by Canada’s online discount brokerages. This month there is a monster deal being launched  by Disnat Direct called the “Active 5” deal.  Look out for other deals being announced from National Bank Direct Brokerage early this month.  If there’s a deal or promotion that we’ve […]

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Stock Trading Lessons from the Hunger Games

Published March 23, 2012
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Every so often something comes along that turns into a phenomenon which then takes on a life of its own.  This weekend is the big launch of the first movie in the widely anticipated  Hunger Games series.  The mania for the film is already at an all-time high going into the opening weekend – everyone […]

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Silver Circle: The Movie

Published March 14, 2012
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What would you do if you had a printing press that spat out as much money as you wanted at any time you asked for it? It’s a question most people can only dream of being able to answer, but for a handful of individuals in governments around the world, these machines already exist and […]

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How to Choose an Online Discount Broker – Part 4 – Commission Pricing I

Published March 14, 2012
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One of the first places that retail investors look to when thinking about choosing a discount brokerage firm is commission pricing. Pricing, however, isn’t as straight forward as the lowest price commission per trade.  When thinking about pricing, value is really what you as a potential or existing client are seeking.  After all, if you […]

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How to Choose an Online Discount Broker – Part 3 – Account Types

Published March 8, 2012
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Many discount brokerages offer different account types, but among the most recognizable are registered retirement savings plans accounts (RRSPs), registered educations savings plans (RESPs) and recently, the tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs).  Discount brokerages also offer what are often known as “non-registered” accounts (as opposed to the registered accounts listed above) which usually consist of either […]

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Discount Broker Deals & Promotions – As of March 1st 2012

Published March 6, 2012
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Here are the latest discount broker deals and promotions offered by Canada’s online discount brokerages.  While we strive for accuracy in our reporting we cannot guarantee that the information presented below will not have changed or be altered without notice. Please ensure to check the brokerage’s website directly for full details. Company Brief Description Details […]

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How to Choose an Online Discount Broker – Part 1

Published March 6, 2012
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If or when you decide that you would like to manage a portion of your investments directly, knowing where to begin or even what your options are can feel like a daunting task.  Like belly button fuzz, choosing an online discount broker is not something many people generally think about unless they have to deal […]

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SparxTrading Newsletter Launching Soon

Published March 4, 2012
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Hey Sparx Members! Now there is an added benefit to being part of the SparxTrading Network. We will be launching our newsletter this week featuring our favorite videos, articles and events and it will be going out to our members only! Stay connected to the best of SparxTrading but don’t keep it all to yourself. […]

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Mistakes Investors Make: Not knowing when or how to take a loss

Published March 2, 2012
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It happens to every trader or investor at some point. You spot what you think is an opportunity, you press buy, your heart and thoughts race a little at the prospect of this purchase bringing you the next big trade; very briefly your brain thinks about all of the things you’re going to do with […]

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Mistake Investors Make: Not Taking Ownership of Investing Decisions

Published February 29, 2012
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When we asked Josef Schachter of Schachter Asset Management at the 2012 MoneyTalks World Outlook Conference what the biggest mistake investors make was, he told us that not taking a sense of ownership for their investing decisions was high on that list  The idea of handing one’s money over to an advisor should be one […]

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Mistakes Investors Make: Buying the Symbol Instead of the Business

Published February 28, 2012
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When looking at the universe of stocks, beginner or long-time investors sometimes make some interesting “decisions”. We talked to Ryan Irvine, President & CEO of Keystone Financial Publishing Corp, at the MoneyTalks 2012 World Outlook Conference for his take on the biggest mistake investors make. According to Irvine, focusing on the stock symbol instead of […]

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