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Online Brokerage Promotions – May 2022

Published May 1, 2022
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Online brokerage promotions in May were slim except for one bank-owned brokerage which is leaning into lowering interest rates on margin lending at a time when rates are rising. Get the latest news on online brokerage offers and why there are likely to be more deals on the horizon as competition intensifies.

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Look Back / Look Ahead 2021-2022: Qtrade Direct Investing Q&A

Published April 13, 2022
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Providing a DIY investing platform is just the beginning for one online brokerage. We spoke with Christine Zalzal, Head of Qtrade Direct Investing and VirtualWealth, about how they’re constantly stepping up their game when it comes to tools and resources for self-directed investors, with a laser focus on helping them succeed with confidence.

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Online Brokerage Weekly Roundup – April 10, 2022

Published April 10, 2022
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This edition of the Roundup looks at unusual behaviour in the deals and promotions section, zeroing in on one bank-owned online brokerage’s uncharacteristic decision to pause an already live offer. Also we highlight the new website launch of a previously household name to see what a chance at a new start could offer in terms of opportunities to connect with new audiences.

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Online Brokerage Weekly Roundup – March 22, 2022

Published March 22, 2022
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* Deals and promotions are important tools for online brokerages to continue to attract attention of online investors

* Established or larger players may not have to rely on them because they have already invested in advertising and there is some level of awareness

* Newer or smaller online brokerages will almost certainly need to get creative with new account promotions

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Online Brokerage Weekly Roundup – March 9, 2022

Published March 9, 2022
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In this week’s Roundup, we look at the latest deals and promotions and what they reveal about opportunities for DIY investors to capture even more value when opening online trading accounts. Also, we dive into Interactive Brokers’ master class on continuing to grow their new accounts despite challenging conditions.

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Online Brokerage Weekly Roundup – February 22, 2022

Published February 22, 2022
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In this reboot to the Weekly Roundup, we took our cues from the biggest sporting events in the world to bring an exceptional edition filled with high degrees of difficulty to compare one of the most influential touchpoints of DIY investors making decisions on which online brokerage to choose: Canadian online brokerage rankings. Grab some snacks (maybe a coffee too), this is going to be a good one.

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – January 6, 2022

Published January 6, 2022
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This mega-edition of the Weekly Roundup features in-depth reviews of Canadian online brokerages in 2021. Be sure to check out the analysis of the Look Back / Look Ahead feature for the top online brokerage trends for 2021 and 2022. Also, we highlight the biggest news from Canadian online brokerages in 2021. Tune in for great memes and important themes!

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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 – December 20, 2021

Published December 20, 2021
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The holidays are almost here, but red and green are the colours flashing on trading screens this week! In this edition of the Roundup, we review a new feature called… RoundUP from Questrade, as well as another new feature: a cash-back reward program. Both programs are trying to get people to take the hassle out of saving and investing. Next, we review even more deals from online brokerages to cross the wire just before Christmas. And finally, we preview our Look Back / Look Ahead issue, including some juicy details on what’s inside.

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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 – October 4, 2021

Published October 4, 2021
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October is already here, and with it, a new crop of deals and promotions from online brokerages. Also launching this fall season, a brand new mobile trading experience from Questrade, called QuestMobile, that didn’t quite hit the mark with investors. Read more about what investors had to say about the new trading experience.

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