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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 4, 2020

Published August 4, 2020
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Dessert-lovers, rejoice! This past week was a great time to enjoy the fruits of investing labour, with tech giant Apple announcing they will be initiating a 4:1 stock split, as well as the tech-heavy Nasdaq pressing into new all-time-high territory. In this week’s Roundup, we report on the current state of the deals/promotions drought and […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – August 2020

Published August 1, 2020
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*Update: August 18* With everything that’s happened over the last few months, 2020 has simultaneously felt like the longest and the shortest year ever.  Time isn’t the only thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has distorted. Despite the biggest economic shock in memory (and on record), stock markets and retail investor behaviour have also distorted how […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – July 20, 2020

Published July 20, 2020
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Elon Musk isn’t just a fan of shorts this summer. He’s also taken a pretty long view on bringing big ideas to fruition. As markets continue to press higher despite what appear to be doom-and-gloom messages about the real economy, it seems like the distant future is being priced in rather than the immediate one. […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – July 13, 2020

Published July 13, 2020
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With COVID-19 very much in focus, it appears that time is being measured more in phases and case counts than in actual calendar days or traditional time. Despite the uncertainty (or perhaps as a result of it), discount brokerages in Canada find themselves in a unique position to learn from what is happening in the […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – July 6, 2020

Published July 6, 2020
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Whether it’s the first or fourth of July, where and how you might have celebrated depends in large part on where you happen to find yourself. In this edition of the Roundup, we keep things short and sweet, like a great helping of soft-serve ice cream. First, we take a peek at the deals and promotions […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – July 2020

Published July 2, 2020
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*Update: July 28* Summer has finally arrived, and what a strange summer it’s shaping up to be! This word has been used a lot in the last few months, but it continues to be the word of the moment: unprecedented. With the whole world – and the stock market – venturing into uncharted territory, it’s […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – June 22, 2020

Published June 22, 2020
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Summer is officially here. With warmer weather now upon us and progress – albeit slower than anyone would like – in the battle against COVID-19, it appears that there is reason for some cautious optimism. A group feeling particularly optimistic heading into the summer are Canadian discount brokerages. The combination of standard commission rates and […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – June 8, 2020

Published June 8, 2020
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Many seasoned investors know that the stock market acts as a giant voting machine on what things are worth. What many people gloss over, however, is the fact that stock markets often start figuring out what something is worth by looking into the future and ignoring what things are worth in today’s dollars. Why this […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – June 2020

Published June 1, 2020
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Just like that, it is now June. The past few months have simultaneously felt like the slowest yet fastest months ever, and it is safe to say that the first half of 2020 has been rather tumultuous. However, for every bad news story we have heard or read about, there are countless good ones that […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – May 25, 2020

Published May 25, 2020
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It’s likely a sign of the times, but what we see and hear on the news is so vastly different depending on where we live. And, even though we are all living through the collective experiment of lifting restrictions, we are starting to learn more about the unforeseen consequences of COVID-19 as well as the […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – May 18, 2020

Published May 18, 2020
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To all the Canadian traders who went long on fun this weekend, the latest performance by US and international markets while the Canadian markets were closed is a mixed blessing. With the bounce-back rally in stocks still going and some stocks even notching new highs, it certainly goes to show that demand for equities – […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – May 11, 2020

Published May 11, 2020
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Despite what most people, Garfield included, seem to think about Mondays, the good news is that this week isn’t last week. With historic job-loss data being reported, the good news is that hopefully the worst bad news economically is now behind us. Surprisingly, trusting the numbers is now a theme appropriate to the news and […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – May 2020

Published May 1, 2020
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As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. After a whirlwind of unexpected changes in the last month, resulting from the global health and economic crises, there appears to be an increase in DIY investor confidence when it comes to stepping back into the markets. Despite current market volatility, there has been a recent […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – April 27, 2020

Published April 27, 2020
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Here we are at almost the end of April and were it not for the intentional reminders as to the date, it certainly feels like the long day continues. Still, the goalposts matter. While dates aren’t moveable, it seems like other goalposts are being moved on DIY investors. Also, on the topic of goalposts, this […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – April 20, 2020

Published April 20, 2020
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Another week gone by; however, the metrics that matter aren’t hours and seconds, it seems. Tests, cases, and, unfortunately, deaths are part of a grim set of metrics that serve as the very human backdrop to everybody’s new normal. While it’s harder to distance ourselves from the news than it is from one another, what […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – April 13, 2020

Published April 13, 2020
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For DIY investors, last week’s market bounce is sure to put a spring back into their step, even though stocks are trading well below their levels from just a few weeks ago. Nonetheless, with the fear gauge falling and DIY investors hoping to find treasures in the market, one spoiler to that momentum is that […]

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