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Look Back / Look Ahead: A Review of Canadian Online Brokerages in 2021 & Preview of 2022

Published December 31, 2021
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If you thought 2021 was an eventful year (and it was!) at Canada’s online brokerages, wait until you see what’s in store for 2022. In this milestone issue of the Look Back / Look Ahead series, we hear from leaders at Canadian online brokerages about what they saw as the biggest highlights, as well as what they’re working on to impress self-directed investors in the next year. Also, we’ve got the scoop on four new online brokerages moving into the commission-free trading game.

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – October 25, 2021

Published October 25, 2021
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Yet another commission-free online brokerage is slated to come to Canada – this time it’s TradeZero looking to gain a foothold with active traders. Also, read up on the latest feature to launch from Interactive Brokers which they hope will reduce the friction of getting started with trading online. As always check out some entertaining posts from the investor forums.

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – October 11, 2021

Published October 11, 2021
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From new branding, to new pricing, to new features, this week’s Roundup covers exciting developments at online brokerages on both sides of the border. Dive in to read more about customer service at Robinhood, the launch of CI Direct Trading, and BMO adviceDirect’s move to make their service more accessible to online investors.

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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 – February 3, 2020

Published February 3, 2020
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After the ‘big game’ in the NFL, it’s now time for the championship race between Canadian online brokerages to kick into high gear. With just a few weeks left until the deadline for RSP contribution, it will be an all-out sprint by Canadian online brokerages to land new accounts and assets from Canadian DIY investors. […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – January 2020

Published January 2, 2020
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*Update Jan. 21* It’s a new year, a new decade and what better way to ring it all in than with some new discount brokerage deals for online investors looking to find a new home for their hard-earned investment dollars. The past year was a time of significant change in the online brokerage space – […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions, December 2019

Published December 1, 2019
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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday landing so close to the beginning of December, deal hunting is going to be top of mind for DIY investors heading into the final month of the year. Fortunately, there are deals to be had with a number of cash back and commission-free trade promotions going on to round […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions, November 2019

Published November 1, 2019
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*Updated Nov. 27* Welcome to November, where DIY investors, like daylight, are in for some savings when it comes to investing online. Despite the extra hour available to online brokerages, TFSA contribution room dates, RRSP contribution deadline season and tax season are all quickly approaching, and as a result, investors are already kicking the tires on […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions, October 2019

Published October 2, 2019
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*Updated Oct. 15* There probably couldn’t be a better name for the current season that online brokerages find themselves in this year. Fall is definitely here and more than just the leaves on the trees, commission rates are dropping to the ground this October. The casualties in the US online brokerage space are making headlines […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions, September 2019

Published September 1, 2019
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*Updated Sept. 4* When it comes to discount brokerage deals, it appears that this month, school is definitely in session. Even though there are no new deals that officially launched at the beginning of September, there were several that snuck in at the tail end of August, just in time for the Labour Day weekend […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 26, 2019

Published August 26, 2019
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It seems like more and more discussion is taking place around the “R” word. Of course, with stranger things taking place around the world with respect to interest rates, trade wars, and conflicting accounts from economic indicators, it’s tough to make heads or tails of what’s going on. Despite the pervasive and heightened uncertainty, one […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions, August 2019

Published August 1, 2019
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*Updated Aug. 28* As we round the corner into August, most DIY investors are patiently waiting for new discount brokerage promotions to drop. Unfortunately, it seems like most Canadian online brokerages are in summer vacation mode when it comes to offering new deals. Even so, the summer so far hasn’t been totally silent. HSBC InvestDirect […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – July 2019

Published July 1, 2019
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*Updated: July 8* Despite all the fanfare and celebration that typically accompanies the beginning of July, it seems like many Canadian online brokerages are taking a bit of a break from the promotional game. Heading into the first official month of the summer, the discount brokerage deals section appears to be keeping its cool with […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – June 2019

Published June 1, 2019
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June is here, and for many Canadian DIY investors, their attention is fixed on the Raptors’ amazing journey to the NBA finals. As we cross into a new month in the deals and promotions section, however, it appears that there aren’t going to be nearly as many slam dunks in here to start off the […]

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