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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – November 25th, 2016

Published November 25, 2016
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For investors, every day in the markets feels like Black Friday. From the opening bell through to the close and into the night, there’s no shortage of folks looking to capitalize on a great deal. Fortunately for DIY investors, there’s at least one place that pulls together the deals and promotions from Canadian discount brokerages […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – November 1, 2016

Published November 1, 2016
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*Updated Nov. 23* Nothin’ lasts forever, even cold November rain. It seems odd yet appropriate to reference a Guns & Roses song as we head into a new month of deals and promotions coverage of Canada’s discount brokerages. Like the band, however, deals & promotions are still rocking on even as we head into the […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – October 1, 2016

Published October 1, 2016
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*Updated Oct. 7* For DIY investors, October is shaping up to be a great month for treats. After a quiet start to September it wasn’t too long before deals and promotions from Canadian discount brokerages started to pop up. With names such as HSBC InvestDirect stepping into the deals pool mid-September and other more familiar […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – September 1, 2016

Published September 1, 2016
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*Update: 9/23/16* At the outset of September, the discount brokerage deals & promotions activity appears to have contracted slightly but still remains reasonably healthy for any DIY investor searching for a deal. With 21 offers in the mix, there are certainly deals to be had and certain brokerages, such as Desjardins Online Brokerage (Disnat) and […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – August 1, 2016

Published August 2, 2016
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*Updated: Aug. 9th* At the start of August, discount brokerage deals and promotions appear to be in vacation mode. With a pair of deals that expired at the end of July and one new partner offer that joined the list of promotion, the turnover and activity in offers coming into this month was minimal. While […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – June 1, 2016

Published June 1, 2016
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Summer is close at hand and now that May is behind us, those who have sold in May and gone away might still find a reason to come back to the markets – at least that’s what some brokerages are banking on. As we launch into a new month the discount brokerage deals and promotions […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – May 20, 2016

Published May 20, 2016
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Even the best investors can be caught off guard by sudden moves in the market. It’s a humbling lesson and usually the tuition for poor risk management isn’t cheap. For Canadian discount brokerages, there are definitely signs in the US brokerage market that the risks for certain brokerages are rising. In this week’s roundup, we […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – May 1, 2016

Published May 1, 2016
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*Update May 9* Sell in May and go away. It’s a phrase many traders are familiar with and now that May has arrived it looks like there will be sales – just not a whole lot more from certain discount brokerages. As we head into a new month, it looks like there’s a definite pull […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – April 1, 2016

Published April 1, 2016
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People often look at springtime as a chance to clean house. And, for many of Canada’s discount brokerages, that is exactly what they did with the deals and promotions heading into April. At the outset of this month, there are almost half as few deals being offered as there were throughout March which is a […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – March 1, 2016

Published March 1, 2016
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*Update Mar. 18* While there were lots of offers available to DIY investors from Canadian online brokerages into the RRSP contribution deadline, there were definitely fewer than last year. Volatile markets and Canadians signaling their reluctance to contribute to an RRSP this year might have contributed to the pullback in participation by brokerages however there […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – February 1, 2016

Published February 1, 2016
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*Updated: Feb 2* While it still looks like winter across most of Canada, the deals and promotions section is a balmy +17 +18 at the outset of February. Even though no new deals have launched at the beginning of February, this month is typically a very exciting month across the discount brokerage space. Throughout January, […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – January 1, 2016

Published January 1, 2016
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*Updated Jan. 29/16* For DIY investors, nothing says welcome to 2016 quite like a review of the latest deals and promotions from Canadian discount brokerages. With markets and Canadian online brokerages closed for New Years, the deals and promotions engine looks like it’ll need some time to warm up before it kicks back into gear […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – December 2015

Published December 1, 2015
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*Update Dec 19th* With 2015 quickly drawing to a close, it looks like Canadian discount brokerages have already put forward their best deals and promotions to take investors into 2016. As the year winds down, DIY investors and traders are looking at places to spend their money rather than grow it, and as such, markets […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – November 2015

Published November 1, 2015
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*Updated November 6* November starts out quietly with only a couple of new deals from Questrade. Hopefully Canadian online brokers are waiting to launch new promotions sometime before the Holiday season. At the start of this month there are 13 offers currently available from seven different brokerages. Of those nearly half (46%) come from Questrade, […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 14, 2015

Published August 14, 2015
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This week provided yet another reminder to traders big and small of the value that data plays in the market place. From the news of the arrest of hackers taking advantage of press releases, to frustrations of receiving delayed (or worse) data to the growing chatter among DIY investors about algorithmic trading, the message is […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – April 24, 2015

Published April 24, 2015
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From parcel delivery to vacuum cleaners to financial management, it seems like robots are here to stay. With the NASDAQ finally breaching its previous all-time high, led there of course by the technology giants, there’s no doubt that robots and gadgets are powering the drive. For many online discount brokerages confronting this brave new world, […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – April 10, 2015

Published April 10, 2015
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As it turns out, the launch of Game of Thrones season 5 isn’t the only epic battle around this April. While there won’t be the same kind of over-the-top fight scenes, gore or unending-memes, Canadian discount brokerages appear to be gearing up for their own fight for supremacy. In this week’s roundup, we take a […]

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