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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – March 28th, 2014

As March comes to a close, winter still seem reluctant to leave so many Canadians. Even so, spring is in the air and it is bringing with it some surprises from online brokerages which will hopefully leave DIY investors with more green in their accounts.

In this week’s discount brokerage roundup we cover the news on one discount brokerage that received an award of a different kind – as a well managed company. In addition we focus on deals poised to expire, new deal announcements and a couple of interesting educational offers linked to discount brokerages.  Finally, we share some very interesting threads from the investor forums on ETF price drops, switching online brokerages and important buyer-beware notices for a major online brokerage’s dividend procedure.

Don’t Stop Believing

Earlier this week, popular online brokerage Questrade released a video (below) that highlights what their employees believe is great about working for this discount brokerage. The release coincided with Questrade’s third award from the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. For a full list of this year’s winners of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies, click here.

As part of their news release, Questrade appears to be looking to hear about “what Canadians believe in” via social media channels. Interestingly, neither the Twitter chatter nor their Facebook page seemed to ask the questions directly to their respective followings.

What was also interesting to note was the rare show of finance collegiality that Questrade received from CIBC (a sponsor of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program and parent to rival brokerage CIBC Investor’s Edge) via CIBC’s twitter feed.

Investor Education Back on the Map

It appears that investor education is literally being put back on the map for a couple of discount brokerages this spring.

Larry Berman’s speaking tour (co-sponsored by Scotia iTrade) continues to wind its way through stops across Canada for April and May.

In addition, Desjardins Online Brokerage (aka Disnat) is also launching a Stockscores tour similar to their “SCATE” tour which ran last year. This new Stockscores tour appears to be focused online as well as out in Western Canada with events planned for Calgary and the Lower Mainland of BC.

As part of this tour, there will be a promo entitled the “Hat Trick” promo because it offers those who sign up for a Disnat Direct account with a deposit of at least $10,000. For more details on the offer, check out our discount brokerage deals section.

Deals Are Springing Up

Spring is synonymous with renewal and also with new life. For Canadian online brokerages, the decision to renew, release new deals or let deals expire is an important question heading into April.

There are 8 discount brokerage promotions or offers that were set to expire at the end of March and whether some or all of these change will be interesting – especially given the announced offers recently by TD Direct Investing as well as the deal launched by Desjardins Online Brokerage.

Of those offers poised to expire, only Desjardins Online Brokerage has extended their long running $300 commission credit offer out to August 29, 2014. It will be interesting to see what some of the major bank-owned players as well as the independent online brokerages have planned in response.

From the Forums

This past week’s forum activity was very interesting as there were a number of really interesting conversations about issues many self-directed investors follow. We’ve selected three topics that seemed to attract and deserve extra attention.

ETF Price Wars

Investors in two different forums, the Financial Wisdom Forum and Canadian Money Forum, were abuzz at the news that one of the largest ETF providers within Canada (BlackRock iShares), was dropping their management fees on a number of ETFs.  Given the popularity of ETFs amongst Canadian investors for their low management expense fees, the news ignited all kinds of interesting angles on what this means for investors.

Click here to read the Financial Wisdom Forum post and here to read the Canadian Money Forum thread.

Switching Online Brokerages

What happens exactly when going from one discount brokerage to another isn’t exactly clear to most folks. For those who have lived through a switch, the experiences appear to range from seamless to nightmarish. In the following post on Red Flag Deals’ investing forum, there are some interesting comments on making the switch from TD Direct Investing over to Questrade specifically and on changing brokerages in general.

Caveat Emptor for Dividend Strategies

Strategies involving dividend payments are popular with many investors. Outside of registered accounts, however, dividend seeking investors have to be aware of foreign investment rules and taxes that can apply to dividends originating from stocks outside of Canada. A really interesting example of the devil in the details was brought to light from this Red Flag Deals thread about Interactive Brokers. For those considering US stock dividend investing strategies with this brokerage, this is a must read.

That does it for this week. If things look a little darker this weekend, it’s because from 8:30-9:30 PM on March 29th cities all over the world will be celebrating Earth Hour in support of climate change awareness. Learn more about the #MomentOfDarkness here.

For the traders out there, light some actual candles to show support (not resistance!).

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – March 21, 2014

If there is one thing that March madness can guarantee, its unpredictability. In the discount brokerage space this was certainly the case as we were watching to see who, if anyone, would launch a promotion that could make a splash in the already ultra-competitive online brokerage market. This past week it happened.

In this week’s roundup we’ll take a look at that deal launched by one of Canada’s largest bank-owned brokerages, then see which major online brokerage was crowned ‘#1 online brokerage’. Next we’ll take a peek at some interesting technology that brokerages south of the border are tinkering with. Finally, we round out this week by looking at a couple of interesting investor forum posts.

Kind of a Big Deal

On the heels of their now lowered standard commission offer, TD Direct Investing has upped the ante in the discount brokerage price battle by announcing a new promotion. Until April 30th TD is offering up to 300 commission-free trades for those who open a new account with a deposit of at least $100,000. For those who are depositing less than $100,000, TD is offering 30 free trades. Recently, RBC Direct Investing had a 20 commission-free trade offer however this new promotion by TD Direct Investing is going to make a splash because the sub-$100K depositor can land 30 free trades good for 90 days (or slightly longer depending on when the account is opened). At the $100K+ deposit level, there is still BMO InvestorLine’s offer of $250 + 250 commission-free trades that comes close however the TD Direct Investing deal edges it out when factoring in the cost per trade. At the very least, TD’s latest offer will spur other bank-owned brokerages to put together an offer that can rival the combination of promotion plus lowered standard commission pricing. To learn more about all of the current discount brokerage promotions here.

Interactive Brokers Wins Top Online Brokerage

For the second consecutive year, US financial publication Barron’s has rated Interactive Brokers as the #1 online brokerage. The US online brokerage market is a highly competitive marketplace so edging out the field is no easy feat. Barrons’ ranking compared 20 discount brokerages across 8 categories they felt were relevant to evaluating the user experience and scored all of the online brokerages out of 5 for each category. Interestingly, Interactive Brokers led the field on costs and did well on portfolio analysis as well as trading experience and technology.

Timing the Market

With the competition being so fierce in the US, not only do prices go down, but innovation tends to go up. This interesting article about what US discount brokerage Fidelity is trying to do with smart watches definitely highlights that. While it appears that the jury is still out on whether a watching your stocks on your watch will improve your market timing, it is nonetheless interesting to peek over the fence at our neighbours to the south to see what, if anything, could come our way in Canada. In this case, self-directed investors might be staring at their regular old watches (or smartphones) for quite some time before the smartwatch trading applications land at a Canadian discount brokerage.

From the Forums:

In this week’s forum posts, a pair of interesting threads from Canadian Money Forum crossed our radar.

Settling the Gambit

One of the interesting techniques for potentially saving on US currency conversion fees is called Norbert’s Gambit.

In this thread, there is a great example of the importance of understanding the trade settlement process in detail as well as which discount brokerages tend to fare better for clients wishing to perform this technique.

Here’s My Number, So Call Me Maybe

For many DIY investors, one of the important sources of information about the potential of a stock comes from analysts who follow the company’s ins and outs carefully. The recommendations analysts make about price targets are interesting because they seem to suggest a level of certainty that, in reality, just doesn’t exist. This thread wonders out loud what the value of analyst price targets are and the answers from the forum are worth a read.

That does it for this week’s roundup. Enjoy the first official spring weekend and hopefully it won’t be filled with too many basketball or weather induced facepalms!

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – March 14, 2014

This week’s discount brokerage roundup is a little ‘rounder’ than most as it falls on Pi Day. This irrational edition of the weekly roundup features a quick announcement about an ETF webinar reschedule followed by a release by one discount brokerage of a refreshed trading platform.  In addition, we provide some interesting results from US online brokerages that may be telling of what may unfold here in Canada and finally we’ll come full circle with an irrational forum post fit for an algorithmic king.

Credential Direct Webinar Moved

Although we were looking forward to the session with the Canadian Couch Potato this past week, it seems that this webinar got postponed.  The date for the new webinar with Dan Bortolotti is March 19th at 12 pm ET.

myQuestrade Gets a Refresh

Questrade users got a nice surprise recently as the discount brokerage rolled out its latest upgrade to the myQuestrade interface.  There are upgrades to monitoring one’s account including performance stats and charts that make staying on top of one’s account much easier than it used to be.   The reaction from Questrade users online was generally very positive – although it appears that there may be some third party compatibility issues with Mint.    To learn more about the updates, check out the video below the tweets.

Back to the Future

When it comes to online brokerage products, pricing and services, the US market tend to be an interesting place to look for clues as to what may be coming down the wire here in Canada.  And, unlike the title song from Back to the Future, it looks like the discount brokerage train will be looking for money and for credit.

As the Canadian marketplace tries to adjust to the newer reality of lower commission pricing, the US has already been working through this environment for quite some time.  An interesting set of articles released this week helps to paint a picture of what is going stateside that could shape how things unfold for Canadian discount brokerages.

First, data from this article adds to the evidence that more and more retail investors are participating in the markets.  An important takeaway (and perhaps disturbingly) is that many ‘institutional’ investors monitor the participation of retail investors in the market as a contrarian indicator – meaning when the public is piling in, the pros are on their way out.  With more and more retail investors coming in, it is safe to wager more seasoned investors are becoming more cautious.

A second piece, a news release from ratings agency Fitch, suggests that large brokerages are interested in attracting deposits and supplying fee based services to offset low trading commission revenues.  In their analysis Fitch also reaffirms the view that pricing for commissions will continue to be driven lower. The bottom line, bank-owned or larger online brokerages could start to make their managed products and ancillary services more of a focal point.  For smaller or independent brokerages, however, these other services aren’t an option (unless they partner with a bank) so increasing fees (as Questrade is doing with their cheque processing fee for example), getting more active traders, higher margin lending rates and/or aggressively pursuing more assets could all be part of the plan.

From the Forums

IPO Frequencies Going High Frequency

It seems that IPOs continue to generate interest, and while calling a bubble is hard to do, the word comes to mind when looking stories such as this one from the Financial Wisdom Forum that showcase a high frequency trading firm going public.  You can read up on the financial firm Virtu mentioned in the post here. Skepticism is warranted but also – what are they paying on trading commissions?

That does it for this week’s roundup.  Hope you all have an irrationally great weekend!

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Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – March 7, 2014

The beginning of March has seen a frenzied week across international markets and here at home in the discount brokerage space.  While the world is watching to see what unfolds between the Ukraine and Russia, markets paused only briefly on the news but then continued to push higher into new all-time highs (for the S&P 500) illustrating once again that markets and headlines don’t always agree on the state of the world. Sorry bears.

Closer to home, many discount brokerages were busy attending to the last minute RSP contributors who managed to get in ahead of the March 3rd deadline.  Now that RSP season is over, brokerages are taking a slight pause before trying to land the deposits from tax returns into new trading accounts.

In this week’s roundup, we cover yet another major online brokerage that has dropped their standard commission pricing, we report trading activity from a an independent online brokerage, news from a major investor conference that took place in Toronto and a couple of interesting threads from the Canadian investor forums.

Desjardins Online Brokerage Lowers Commissions

It seems that there has hardly been a week that has gone by that hasn’t seen an announcement by a major online brokerage lowering their standard commission fees.

This past week, Desjardins Online Brokerage (aka Disnat) became the latest discount brokerage to do so by lowering their standard equity commission trading rates on their Disnat Classic platform from $29+ to $9.95.  While the Disnat Classic rates have changed, Disnat Direct will still have the same standard pricing structure for equity trading ($19.95+).

Also lowered is the cost of options trading via Disnat Classic – it is now a $1.25 per contract with a minimum charge of $8.75 per trade.

As with the bank-owned brokerages, there may be an administrative (aka inactivity or minimum account balance) fee that is charged depending on the trading level or balance or whether a registered account is held.

For Disnat Classic, an administrative fee of $25 per quarter can be waived for account holders whose portfolio balances are greater than $15,000, or if they make 2 or more trades are within a year or if they also hold a registered account.

Trading Figures Still Strong

The passage into March means that trading activity statistics from Interactive Brokers were made available for the month of February.  According to the latest figures, trading was up 19% on a year over year basis compared to February 2013, however on a month-over-month basis the Daily Average Revenue Trades (DARTs) were about the same.  DARTs for February 2014 totaled 581,000.  The number of client accounts at Interactive Brokers continued higher with 247,300 accounts representing a 2% growth over the prior month and a 19% increase over the same point last year.

Prospecting for Prospects

One of the world’s largest mining conventions took place this past week in Toronto.  The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) held their annual convention and, despite the downturn in commodity markets, there were enormous crowds of investors (retail and institutional) as well as industry, government and media in attendance.

The size and scale of the convention reflects just how important it has become as a place for the mining industry to converge and for deals to get done.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke at the event as well as other key political representatives.

One thing that stood out was the sheer number of attendees looking to generate business – a great example of the fact that prospecting underground also requires a lot of prospecting above ground too.

Commission-Free ETFs Back on the Radar

With pricing at major bank-owned online brokerages dropping into line with one another, many of these banks as well as other brokerages are going to be trying harder to highlight features and benefits apart from pricing that make them stand out from their peers.

One of the products offerings that will likely get attention as a result of this are commission-free ETFs.  A recent article from the Globe and Mail this past week reiterates much of what is covered in our special series comparing commission-free ETFs at online brokerages – namely that while paying low or now commissions is nice, ultimately you have to look at what exactly you are buying and whether that is the right fit for your portfolio needs.

Recently, Rob Carrick of the Globe and Mail has also put together an ‘ETF Buyer’s Guide’ available via the following links:

  1. Vol. 1: Canadian Equity ETFs
  2. Vol. 2: U.S. Equity ETFs
  3. Vol. 3: Global ETFs
  4. Vol. 4: Income Paying ETFs
  5. Vol. 5: Bond ETFs

From the Forums

Portfolio Orientation

A post from this past week’s forum scan serves as a great example of the importance of knowing what it is that you are buying when looking at either ETFs or low-cost mutual funds.  Click here to read what the Canadian Money Forum users had to say to one RBC Direct Investing client who’s decided to go it alone.

On the Margins

Margin and margin accounts are typically used for trading stocks or options, however there are cases when they can be used for more.  This post from Canadian Money Forum shows how one user is thinking outside of the box when using margin, however the message from the community is: if (or when) things go down in value, beware of the dreaded margin call.

That does it for this week’s roundup.  In case you missed it, here’s the link to the March Madness edition of our monthly newsletter.  Have a great weekend and don’t forget, clocks spring forward by an hour!

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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – March 2014

*Updated March 28/2014* The deals and promotions offered by Canadian discount brokerages at the outset of March are largely unchanged from February.  While the the deals may be starting March looking one way,  there’s a good chance that the end of March will look very different.  Of the 18 offers currently available, 12 are set to expire within or by the end of this month. Several bank-owned online brokerage promotions are set to end within the first two weeks of March so there is a good chance that either extensions and/or additional deals will start to show up as we ‘march’ on through the month. At the start of the month, however, there is only one noteworthy offer that was launched by HSBC InvestDirect late into February.

Expired Deals

The following discount brokerage deals expired this past February:

  • CIBC Investor’s Edge offer which essentially expired at the outset of February
  • BMO InvestorLine’s Lunar New Year Offer
  • HSBC InvestDirect’s 5 free trades for an account transfer offer is now expired

Extended Deals

The expiry date on Questrade’s iPad Mini offer has been extended to March 31st 2014. Questrade has also extended their 100 free trade offer to July of 2014.

New Deals & Promos

[Update March 28/2014: Desjardins Online Brokerage (aka Disnat) is launching a new promotion as part of their Stockscores education tour.  The “hat trick” promotion features a series of offers bundled together for individuals who open a Disnat Direct account and deposit at least $10,000.  The offer includes:

  • $300 in commission credits (good for up to 3 months)
  • 3 months of their lowest commission level – $5/trade
  • 3 months access to their DDweb and/or DDXtra trading platforms
  • 1 year’s subscription to the Tradescores daily newsletter

See the table below for additional info]

[Update March 18/2014: TD Direct Investing has just announced a monster offer as part of their 30 year anniversary: 300 commission free trades for deposits of $100,000 or more.  This is by far one of the biggest offers to come from TD Direct Investing and is much larger than any of the other bank-owned peers for this deposit level.  For those deposits less than $99,999, TD is offering 30 commission free trades. The terms and conditions on this offer are also very straightforward so it’s worth a look over for those thinking about TD. More details in the table below]

The most noteworthy deal to show up late into February was HSBC InvestDirect’s unlimited trading offer to celebrate their recent strong performance on the Dalbar direct brokerage service award.  This offer is available to existing and new clients and enables qualifying clients to trade North American as well as international equities commission-free for 30 calendar days.  It is important to note that commissions are charged at the time of the trade and are refunded after 90 days. Of course one of the big draws of this offer is that there is no minimum deposit required to qualify.

Discount Brokerage Deals

Company Brief Description Minimum Deposit Amount Commission/Cash Offer Type Time Limit to Use Commission/Cash Offer Details Link Deadline
Jitney Trade A Sparx Trading exclusive offer! Use the promo code “Sparx Trading” when signing up for a new account with Jitney and receive access to their preferred pricing package and a massive 45% discount on the Real Tick trading platform. n/a Discounted Commission Rates none For more details click here none
Open a new account at HSBC Invest Direct by March 31st, 2014 and receive 30 calendar days of free equity (including ETF) trading of North American and International equities. This offer is open to new and existing HSBC InvestDirect clients. Be sure to read the terms and conditions and the FAQs for more details. $0 Unlimited equity trades (commissions to be rebated within 90d) 30 days HSBC Dalbar Award Offer Terms & Conditions. For FAQ information, click here March 31, 2014
Open and fund a new account at TD Direct Investing with either A)$99,999 or less or B)$100,000 or more and receive commission rebates on either A)30 trades or B)300 trades. New accounts must be opened by April 30, 2014. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for full information on this offer. A)$0-$99,999 B)$100,000+ A) 30 commission free trades (rebated) B) 300 commission free trades (rebated) Trades must be executed by August 1, 2014 4pm ET to qualify for rebate. TD Direct Investing Free Trade Offer April 30, 2014
Open a new account with RBC Direct Investing before March 3, 2014 and they will offer 20 commission free trades that are good for use for up to 90 days. Use promo code: 20W17 when opening the account. Be sure to read the offer page and the terms and conditions page for full information. $0 20 free trades (equity & etf) 90 days For the offer page, click here and for the terms and conditions, click here March 3, 2014
Open a new account (TFSA, Margin or RRSP) and receive $50 commission credit . Use promo code: kdkfnbbc $1,000 $50 commission credit none none none
Open an account with Virtual Brokers with a deposit at least $1,000 and Virtual Brokers will offer 25 commission free trades which can be used for up to 1 year. Use promo code “25FTNE” when signing up. This offer is open to new clients only. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for full details on this offer. $1,000 25 commission-free trades 365 days 25 free trades offer March 31, 2014
Refer a friend to Questrade and when they open an account you receive $100 and they receive $50. To receive this deal you must be an existing client with an equity account and refer a person that does not reside with you and who has not previously opened a Questrade account. $1,000 $50 commission credit (friend) $100 commission credit (referrer bonus) 60 days Refer a friend none
Open a new account (TFSA, Margin or RRSP) by July 1 2014 A) $1000 or B) $10,000 to receive either A)10 commission-free trades or B)100 commission-free trades. The promo code QT100 must be used at time of account opening. There are many conditions attached to this offer so be sure to read the details link for more information. A)$1,000 B)$10,000 A)10 free trades B)100 free trades 60 days 100 commission-free trades July 1, 2014
Open a new TFSA, margin or registered account with Questrade and receive either A) 31 days B) 62 days or C) 90 days of unlimited commission-free stock & options trades. Use promo code UNLIMITEDW14 when signing up. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for more information. A)$1,000 B)$25,000 C)$50,000 Unlimited commission-free trades during associated period. A) 31 days B) 62 days C) 90 days Questrade Unlimited Trade Promo March 3, 2014
Disnat As part of their Stockscores tour, Disnat Direct is offering a “hat trick” promotion. Open a new account with at least $10,000 by June 15, 2014 and receive: $300 in commission credits, 3 months of trading at $5 commission per trade, 3 months of platform access to DDWeb/DDXtra and 1 year’s free subscription to TradeScores daily newsletter. Use the promo code “Hat Trick” when registering via phone. Read the terms and conditions for more details. $10,000 1) $300 commission credits 2) 3 months of $5/trade commission rate 3) 3 months platform access to DDWeb/DDXtra 4)1 year’s free subscription to TradeScores daily newsletter 1) 3 months Disnat Direct Hat Trick Promotion June 15, 2014
Scotia iTrade If you refer a friend/family member who is not already a Scotia iTrade account holder to them, both you and your friend get a bonus of either cash or free trades. You have to use the referral form to pass along your info as well as your friend/family members’ contact info in order to qualify. There are lots of details/conditions to this deal so be sure to read the details link. A)$10,000 B)$50,000+ A) You(referrer): $50 or 10 free trades; Your “Friend”: $50 or 10 free trades (max total value:$99.90) B) You(referrer): $100 cash or 50 free trades; Your “Friend”: $100 cash or 50 free trades (max total value: $499.50) 60 days Refer A Friend to Scotia iTrade March 31, 2014
Deposit $5,000 into an RSP and $5,000 into either a cash or TFSA account and Credential Direct will waive the $50 administration fee for the RSP account. Be sure to contact their customer service to clarify the exact terms & conditions. $10,000 ($5000 into RSP + $5000 into TFSA/Cash account) $50 admin fee waived none 5+5 Promotion March 3, 2014
Scotia iTrade Open a new account with Scotia iTrade and fund it with at least $15,000, and you can receive 100 commission-free trades, 60 days of FlightDesk and be entered into a contest for a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals or one of 5 runner-up prizes of iPad Air (64gb). Use Promo code RS13-SCE when opening the account. Existing clients must call customer service to qualify for contest entry. There are lots of terms, conditions, and rules/regulations so be sure to read them for more details. $15,000 100 free trades ($999 max value @ 9.99 commission rate) 60 days Stake Your Claim to the Stanley Cup Promotion March 24, 2014
Open a new account before March 31, 2014 with at least a)$20,000 or b)$100,000 and National Bank Direct Brokerage will offer up to a)$500 or b)$1000 in commission fee credits. Use the promo code “CASHBACK2014” when signing up to qualify for this offer. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for this offer especially the refund dates for commission credits. A)$20,000 B)$100,000 A)$500 commission credit B)$1000 commission credit 90 days Invest and get cash back offer March 31, 2014
Scotia iTrade Open and fund a new Scotia iTRADE account with at least $15,000 before June 30, 2014 and the commissions associated with your first 100 trades placed within 60 days of the date the account is activated and funded are free. Also, the new FlightDesk platform is being offered for free for 60 days. Use promo code HUN-SP. See details link for further terms and conditions. $15,000 100 commission-free trades ($999 value @ $9.99 commission rate) 60 days Scotia iTrade 100 free trades + FlightDesk June 30, 2014
BMO InvestorLine Open and fund a new RSP or TFSA account with BMO InvestorLine with either A)$25,000 or B)$50,000 and they will pay either A)$100 or B)$250 cash back. The promo code for the $100 cash back is “SELECTR100” and for the $250 cash back offer is “SELECTR250”. Be sure to read the terms & conditions for more information. A)$25,000 B)$50,000 A)$100 B)$250 Payout occurs after 6 months Registered Account Cross Sell Campaign March 31, 2014
Disnat Disnat is offering new & existing clients $300 in commission credits which can be used for up to 6 months. To be eligible, new/existing clients need to deposit $50,000 into a Disnat account. You’ll have to call 1 800 268-8471 and mention promo code Disnat300. See details link for more info. $50,000 $300 commission credit 6 months Disnat $300 Commission Credit Promo March 31, 2014
BMO InvestorLine If you refer a new client to BMO InvestorLine and they open an account with a)$50,000 – $249,999 or b)$250,000+ the referrer and the referee will both receive cash. The new account must be opened with the referral code specific to the referrer. A) $50,000 – $249,000 B) $250,000+ A) You(referrer): $200; Your Friend(referee): $50 B) You(referrer): $300; Your Friend: $100 Payout occurs after 60 days (subject to conditions). Refer A Friend Terms & Conditions October 31, 2014
BMO InvestorLine [Main offer]Open a new account or deposit new funds of $100,00 or more and you can be eligible for cash rebates of $250 and 250 commission-free trades (Promo code: RSP250). [Bonus Offer] If you open a new account or fund another account you could also be eligible for an additional $50 and 50 commission-free trades (Promo code ADD50). Be sure to read the full details & terms of this offer. $100,000 (main offer) $5000 (bonus offer) [main offer] $250 cash back + 250 commission-free trades (max value $2500) [Bonus offer] $50 + 50 commission-free trades 90 days $300 + 300 trade offer March 10, 2014
Open a new account or transfer new assets of $100,000 or more and choose between receiving either a)A 16GB iPad Mini or B)$250 cash back. Be sure to choose the appropriate code (IPADMINIW13 for the iPad Mini and CASH250W13 for the cash back offer) for each offer. There are several important conditions so be sure to read the terms and conditions for this offer. $100,000 A) iPad Mini (16 GB) [~$270-320 value] B) $250 Cash Payout/iPad delivery occurs after 30 days. iPad Mini or $250 Cash Back March 31, 2014

Transfer Fee Deals

Company Brief Description Maximum Transfer Fee Coverage Amount Deposit Amount for Transfer Fee Eligibility Details Link Deadline
Transfer $15,000 or more to RBC Direct Investing and they will pay up to $135 in transfer fees $135 $15,000 Transfer Fee Rebate Details none
Move your brokerage account to Questrade and they’ll cover the transfer-out fee up to $150. $150 $25,000 Transfer Fee Promo none
Transfer at least $25,000 to TD Direct Investing and TD will cover up to $150 in transfer fees $150 $25,000 TD Direct Investing Free Trade Offer April 30, 2014
Virtual Brokers will cover transfer fees from your transferring institution to a maximum of $150 per account. This offer is only applicable to accounts opened with at least $25,000 in equity before March 31, 2014 $150 $25,000 Transfer Fee Promo March 31, 2014
Transfer $25,000 or more to a National Bank Direct Brokerage account and they will pay up to $135 plus taxes in transfer fees $135 $25,000 Transfer Fee Rebate none
Qtrade Investor Qtrade Investor will reimburse your transfer fee up to $125 when transferring a balance of $25,000 or more. For reimbursement, please mail or fax a copy of your statement from the transferring institution that shows the transfer charge to Qtrade Investor at 604.484.2627 and indicate your Qtrade Investor account number. $125 $25,000 Transfer Fee Promo none
Disnat Disnat is offering up to $150 to cover the cost of transfer fees from another institution. To be eligible, new/existing clients need to deposit $50,000 into a Disnat account. You’ll have to call 1 800 268-8471 and mention promo code Disnat300. See details link for more info. $150 $50,000 Disnat $300 Commission Credit Promo March 31, 2014