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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – November 2013

Published November 1, 2013
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*Updated Nov. 18th 2013* It’s hard to believe that November is already here. Most of the Canadian discount brokerages appear to be moving cautiously towards the end of the year with no new deals being offered this month.  And so things appear quiet – perhaps too quiet. [updated  11/18/13] Well, it looks like the deal […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup October 25 2013

Published October 25, 2013
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Coming into the home stretch of October, equity markets are continuing push higher.  The constant string of ‘good news’ is something that may lure more investors back into the markets, which is also probably why there are some major initial public offerings (IPOs) also being announced. Against the backdrop of optimistic markets, some discount brokerages […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – October 2013

Published October 1, 2013
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This October the deal wheels keep on turning.    Overall, it looks like competition at Canadian discount brokerages is heating up with 6 discount brokerages currently offering some kind of promotion. To help make sense of the deals, this month we’re rolling out Deal Analytics (explained below) which will help provide support to individuals trying to […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – September 2013

Published September 1, 2013
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Updated Sept. 20/13 September is here, and with it comes a number of deal extensions from Canadian discount brokerages.  Going into the home stretch of the calendar year, several factors might be at play that explain why there are more ‘extensions’ of deals than new deals appearing just yet. First, a number of financial firms […]

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Discount Broker Weekly Roundup – August 30 2013

Published August 30, 2013
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If Yoda were watching the discount broker activity this past week, he’d probably say: ‘a slow news week this was not’.  Going into the long weekend there’s quite a bit of activity to report from Canadian discount brokers. In this week’s discount broker roundup we look at the big news coming out of a major […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – August 9, 2013

Published August 9, 2013
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This week’s discount brokerage roundup will be short and sweet as we continue to cruise through August. In this roundup, a major US discount brokerage comes under fire for how it handled client orders, the mobile trading landscape gets a little clearer for some investors and a little bumpier for others and lastly the marketing […]

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Mobile Trading Review – Disnat Classic

Published August 7, 2013
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This review covers the mobile trading website (m.disnat.com) for Disnat Classic as tested on an iPhone 4s with a 3G internet connection and a demo trading account. To access the video review, click on the video player below. Disnat offers several different account types for investors of different activity levels.  Disnat Classic is typically for […]

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Mobile Trading Reviews – Discount Brokerages’ Mobile Platforms

Published August 7, 2013
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The term “mobile trading” doesn’t mean the same thing today that it did a few years ago. As little as 5 years ago, the notion of trading on the go would have typically been thought of as something you would do with your laptop, palm trees swaying in the background.  Today, however, an entirely new […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – August 2013

Published August 1, 2013
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August Discount Brokerage Deals Overview The discount brokerage deals activity remains largely in a holding pattern as we move into August.  While there were a couple of noteworthy deals that expired in July, the bigger news last month was Questrade’s announcement that they would be re-introducing their unlimited trading offer.  Currently Questrade is offering the […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – July 12, 2013

Published July 12, 2013
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In this week’s discount broker roundup, we highlight an article launch, how hard it is for discount brokers to be really, really popular and the beginning of what looks to be a busy promotional battle between discount brokerages for self-directed investors’ new business. More commission-free ETF info Earlier this week, part 3 of the series […]

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – July 2013

Published July 1, 2013
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[Updated July 2nd] For the most part, many of July’s discount brokerage deals and promotions look to be mostly similar to last month’s offering.   First, I’ll recap of the deals that expired at the end of June and then launch into the deals that got extended and round out with the newest offerings. Expired Deals […]

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – June 28, 2013

Published June 28, 2013
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It has been predictably quiet in the discount brokerage space this past week with many self-directed investors out enjoying summertime activities. Still, there are some updates on several discount brokerage promotions that are noteworthy as we head into July.  Also, there are a couple of advertising/marketing stories that might be of interest for those keeping […]

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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 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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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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