[Updated: July 18, 2014]
July is here and while sidewalks and barbeques might be sizzling, deals at Canada’s online brokerages at the outset of the month are quite a bit cooler. That said, if history is any predictor, we don’t expect that situation to persist for too long.
As was the case last month, the beginning of the month is off to a quiet start. The deals that are currently in play feature commission-free trading, cash back offers and iPad minis.
In a landscape where pricing has become so competitive, it is interesting to take note of which brokerages are more willing to ‘give’ in order to ‘get’. The mix involves both bank and credit union-owned brokerages as well as independent brokerages, however there are more of the former than the latter.
So, just who is in the deal pool this month? Thus far it is BMO InvestorLine, Desjardins Online Brokerage (Disnat), JitneyTrade, National Bank Direct Brokerage, Scotia iTrade and Questrade. Of this group, BMO InvestorLine, Questrade and Scotia iTrade have multiple offers.
For more details on all of the offers, check the comparison table below. As always, if there are any deals that we’ve missed, we’d love to hear about them & share them with other Canadian investors.
[Update: July 18, 2014]
- National Bank Direct Brokerage has launched a new Canadian margin account promotion that offers an introductory margin rate of 2% (prime rate – 1%). This offer is open to new and existing clients (who don’t already have a Canadian margin account). This offer is scheduled to run until August 31st 2014, see table below for more details.
- Questrade has introduced an innovative new offer – get one commission-free trade per month for either 12 (with a $12,000 deposit), 24 months (with a $24,000 deposit) or for as long as you make a deposit of at least $1,000 per month for consecutive months (for up to 24 months). This offer is open to new and existing clients however for existing clients, funds for the new account cannot come from another Questrade account. Also, each free trade must be used in the month it is assigned to otherwise the trade expires (no carry forward or rollovers). For more details see table below or click the following link for an analysis of Questrade’s latest deal.
There are no new deals as of July 1st however there were 2 deals announced mid-late June (both from Questrade) which extend past and/or expire within July. .
The first, set to expire in early July (July 3rd) is a commission-free trading offer (the Canada Day promotion). This offer is interesting because it allows clients to have 25 commission-free trades that don’t expire until the end of December 2014 (~6 months). Many commission-free trading offers are good for between 60 and 90 days.
A second promotion announced in late June by Questrade was the 3 months of unlimited trading offer for deposits of $50,000 or more. There are also unlimited trading offers for those with lower deposit amounts – see the table below for more details. Currently Questrade is the only brokerage running ‘unlimited trading’ offers.
Scotia iTrade has extended two of the three deals that were set to expire at the end of June.
The first, their Refer-a-Friend offer, has been extended out until October 31st. This deal had typically been extended at one month intervals so it is interesting to note that it is now be extended for the next 3 months.
Another deal extended by Scotia iTrade is their 100 commission-free trades offer (for deposits of $15,000 or more) which has been extended until August 31st.
[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: July 4, 2014]
- National Bank Direct Brokerage has officially ended their iPad Mini Offer on July 2nd (earlier than the original July 31st deadline) because the iPad Minis had all been given away
Deals that wound down going into July include:
- Desjardins Online Brokerage’s Hat Trick Offer
- Questrade Amazon Gift Card Offer
- Scotia iTrade’s $500 Cash Back/500 free trade Offer
- Virtual Brokers Free Trade Offer
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 and fund a new Canadian margin account with National Bank Direct Brokerage and receive a promotional margin interest rate of 2% for 3 months. New clients are also eligible for 3 months of $6.95 commission pricing. Use promo code: MARGIN2014 when signing up. Be sure to read terms and conditions for full details||n/a||A) 2% margin rate (for Canadian margin account only) B) $6.95 commission rate (new clients only)||A) 3 months B) 3 months||NBDB Margin Account Promotion||August 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|
|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 account (TFSA, Margin or RRSP) by August 30 2014 with either a)$1000 per month, b)$12,000 or c)$24,000 and receive 1 commission free trade per month for A) every consecutive month a $1000 deposit is made [promo code: ONETRADEMTH1000]; B) 12 months [promo code: ONETRADEMTH12] or C) 24 months [promo code: ONETRADEMTH24].||A) $1,000 per month (24 month max) B) $12,000 C) $24,000||A) 1 commission free trade per month per $1,000 deposit B) One commission-free trade per month for 12 months (12 trades) C) One commission-free trade per month for 24 months (24 trades)||1 month (each commission-free trade is only valid for month assigned)||One Free Trade per Month Offer||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|
|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||August 31, 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||August 31, 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||*EXPIRED JULY 2, 2014* (original expiry 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 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|
|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 $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|