[Updated July 10, 2014]
With summer just around the corner, June is an interesting month for Canadian discount brokerage deals. On the one hand, there are six offers that are scheduled to expire at the end of the month. On the other hand, history has shown that Canadian brokerages don’t like to be left out of the deals party.
In this month’s deals section, although nothing new was posted or announced at the beginning of the month from Canadian online brokers, we’ve seen a couple of interesting offers launched in mid to late May that are likely to get more attention in June.
So, while investors may be gearing down, the deals and promotions timeframes seem to suggest that Canadian discount brokerages are gearing up for a very heated summer of competition.
[Update: July 10, 2014]
- Editor’s Note: A representative from BMO Investorline has contacted us directly to let us know that the terms for the Select1500 and Select700 offers are being updated and that this will only be offered to select existing clients. As such, we have removed this offer from the deals sections in which it appears.
Update June 23, 2014:
- Questrade has launched yet another offer – this one themed around Canada Day. With this newest offer, new clients who deposit $25,000 or more into a qualifying account may be eligible to receive 25 commission free trades which can be used between now and the end of the year (about 6 months). Be sure to read the details below and pay special attention to the deadline (July 3) if this offer is of interest.
Update June 11, 2014:
- Questrade appears to have brought back its 3 month of free trading offer, currently no other brokerage is offering unlimited trading for this span of time. As a note, the full three months is available for deposits of $50,000 or more. Those who deposit between $25,000 and $49,999 get two months of commission-free trades and for deposits of between $1,000 and $24,999 one month of commission free trades are being offered. For more details, check the table below.
iPad minis made a comeback through May as two online brokerages, Questrade and National Bank Direct Brokerage, launched offers with these tablets as incentives to open an online trading account. It is interesting to compare the two offers directly as, although the tablet being offered is the same (iPad mini 16gb wifi), the criteria to qualify and the value of the offers are very different.
In the case of National Bank Direct Brokerage’s offer, the minimum deposit required is $20,000 and the valuation on the iPad Mini is being pegged at $319. It is noteworthy that this is the first time in recent memory that National Bank Direct Brokerage has offered up an iPad mini as an incentive to open an account.
Questrade’s iPad mini offer, by comparison, requires a minimum deposit of $100,000 and clients can elect to receive an iPad mini or $250 cash. For Questrade, this isn’t the first time they have used an iPad mini as part of their promotional mix. The iPad mini was being offered under similar terms to the current offer for quite some time however it wasn’t present through May.
Another very interesting deal was also quietly announced midway through May by BMO InvestorLine. Specifically they have launched an offer directed at younger investors (i.e. those aged 18 – 35) that offers free trades, a waiving of the minimum deposit requirement and the possibility to have minimum account balance fees waived on registered and non-registered accounts. For a number of reasons, younger investors are becoming an increasingly important demographic for online brokerages to target and this offer by BMO may result in comparable offers from other brokerages.
As history has shown, Canadian discount brokerages are not keen on standing still. So, although June might be a time when most investors are starting to take it easy, most of the brokerages will likely be working on their next wave of promotions and deals.
Only one promotion saw its expiry date moved from the beginning of July out until the end of August. Questrade’s 100 commission free trades offer has now been extended to August 30th and the promo code for it has also changed.
Only one deal was set to expire at the end of May and that was Questrade’s cash back offer. That deal offered either $250 cash back for a $100,000 deposit or $100 cash back for a $50,000 deposit.
Discount Brokerage Deals
|Company||Brief Description||Minimum Deposit Amount||Commission/Cash Offer Type||Time Limit to Use Commission/Cash Offer||Details Link||Deadline|
|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|
|For individuals between 18 and 35 who open a new qualifying account with BMO Investorline, they may be eligible to receive 35 commission-free trades, an eBook on investing and potentially waived account minimum fees. Use promo code “New” when signing up. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for more details on the offer.||n/a||35 commission-free trades||90 days||Youth Promotion||October 31, 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 “FTR2” 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||June 30, 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 August 30 2014 A) $1000 or B) $10,000 to receive either A)10 commission-free trades or B)100 commission-free trades. The promo code 100LOWCOM14S 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||August 30, 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 FREETRADES14 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||August 31, 2014|
|Open and fund a new account at Questrade with at least $5000 and place at least one commission generating trade, and Questrade will provide a gift card from Amazon.ca worth $50. Use promo code BONUS50 when signing up. Be sure to read the full terms and conditions for more information.||$5,000||$50 gift card from Amazon||Receive gift card after placing 1 commission generating trade||Amazon Gift Card Promo||June 30, 2014|
|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|
|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||June 30, 2014|
|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|
|Open and fund a new account with National Bank Direct Brokerage by July 31st, 2014 and you could be eligible to receive an iPad mini. A commission generating trade must be placed within the ‘validation period’ in order to qualify. Use promo code IPADMINI14. Be sure to read full terms and conditions, especially around validation periods.||$20,000||iPad Mini (value $319)||iPad Mini to be sent after either Dec. 31/14 or Jan. 31/15 depending on eligibility. At least 1 commission generating trade must be placed to be eligible.||iPad Mini Promotion||July 31, 2014|
|Open and fund a new account at Questrade with at least $25,000 and you may be eligible to receive 25 commission-free trades. Use promo code CANADADAY14 when signing up. Be sure to read the full terms and conditions for more information.||$25,000||25 commission-free trades||Dec. 31st, 2014||Canada Day Promo||July 3, 2014|
|Open a new account by June 29 & fund with: A) between $15,000-$99,99 B) $100,000-$499,999 or C)$500,000+ and receive either A)$50 cash back or 100 free trades B)$250 cash back or 250 trades or C)$500 cash back or 500 free trades. Also, Scotia iTrade is including 6 months free access to their FlightDesk trading platform. Use promo code: SPTRD14 for free trades and CSHSG for cash back. Be sure to read the terms & conditions on this deal.||A)$15,000 – $99,999 B)$100,000 – $499,999 C)$500,000+||A)$50 or 100 free trades B)$250 or 250 free trades C)$500 or 500 free trades||Cash Back: deposit by Feb 28/15 Commission Rebate: 90 days||$500 Cash Back or 500 Free Trade promo||June 29, 2014|
|Open a new qualifying account or fund an existing qualifying account by July 31, 2014 with at least $50,000 and BMO InvestorLine will provide a $50 cash back offer, 50 commission-free trades and a 1 year subscription to GlobeInvestor. Use promo code BONUS to qualify when signing up. Be sure to read full deal terms and conditions.||$50,000||$50 cash back 50 commission-free trades ($497.50 value) 1 year subscription to Globe Investor (~$228 value)||Cash Back: Payout after 6 months Commission-Credits: 50 days||Spring “New Investors” 50 50 Promotion||July 31, 2014|
|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||August 29, 2014|
|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|
|Open and fund a new qualifying account with at least $100,000 in net new assets and you may be eligible to receive either A) a new 16gb iPad Mini (wifi only) or B)$250 cash back. To be eligible for either, at least one commission generating trade must be placed. For the iPad Mini use promo code IPADMINIS14 or for the $250 cash back offer use promo code CASH250S14. Be sure to read full terms and conditions for eligibility and further details.||$100,000||A) iPad Mini or B) $250 cash back||A) iPad will be sent after 6 months B) Payout occurs after 60 days||iPad Mini or Cash Back Promo||July 30, 2014|
Transfer Fee Deals
|Company||Brief Description||Maximum Transfer Fee Coverage Amount||Minimum Deposit Amount for Transfer Fee Eligibility||Details Link||Deadline|
|Tranfer $15,000 or more and Scotia iTrade may cover up to $150 of the transfer fee.||$150||$15,000||$500 Cash Back or 500 Free Trade promo||June 29, 2014|
|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|
|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 June 30, 2014||$150||$25,000||Transfer Fee Promo||June 30, 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 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 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||August 29, 2014|