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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – July 19, 2013

With the summertime weather in full effect from coast to coast, it’s no wonder things have quieted down on the forums, markets and with discount brokers.  Not everyone is away on vacation though as we’ll see in this week’s roundup.  We’ll look into the discount brokerage earnings that were released this past week, some new research products launched being launched for investors,  and what looks like a new project under development at a popular discount broker.

Interactive Brokers Gets Rich

Its earnings season again and this past week Interactive Brokers (IBKR) released their quarterly results for Q2. In the earnings report, one of the interesting stats was the increase of almost 28% in revenues from commissions and fees. The increased revenues in this area are another positive sign that trading activity is improving in the marketplace.

TD Waterhouse Gets Technical

TD Waterhouse released its first “Technical Take” newsletter this past week. The newsletter is prepared by Ryan Lewenza, a Senior US Equities Strategist and his team at TD Waterhouse Portfolio Advice and Investment Research.  Ryan Lewenza was one of the featured speakers at the TD Waterhouse Discount Brokerage Investing Expo last year (click here for the review) where he presented on technical analysis.  The new newsletter (see below) covers a number of sectors, indices and a few interesting featured companies.   Pages 13-16 provide an interesting birds-eye view of the different sectors of the S&P 500 along with thoughts on where each sector sits within short and long term trends.

The Technical Take – July 15, 2013(2) by dpbasic

Questrade Gets Curious

One of the larger forums in the US for investors , Elite Forums, is where Questrade reached out for feedback on development. In what looked to be a mix of genuine interest for feedback and also the chance to do some late night marketing, a rep from Questrade asked forum users for their feedback on options trading as well as the research and trading features they would like to see.

The answer by user ‘heiasafari’ (below) was particularly well explained and as with other comments that followed, the fact is that Interactive Brokers and ThinkOrSwim are going to be extremely tough platforms to compete against in terms of features.   To read the whole thread, click here.

That’s it for this week’s roundup – have a great weekend and stay cool!

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