(Updated: Sept. 15/14) Although it’s hard to believe, September is already here. For many it is a signal that Fall (and the cooler weather that comes with it) is just around the corner. Canadian online brokerages have had quite the summer and as they enter September the deals landscape seems to be cooling off – at least for now.
The big story going into September, however, is the apparent pull-back of big (>50) free trade offers.
At the writing of this post, Scotia iTrade’s 100 free trade offer is officially listed as having expired on August 31st (update: it has now been officially extended) and Questrade has retired (at least for now) their 100 free trade (note Sept. 6: this deal has now been extended) and unlimited trading offers. Should this remain true, it would signal the end (at least for now) of the major commission-free trade offers from these two players.
There are still commission credit/cash back offers such as Desjardins Online Brokerage’s $300 commission credit offer as well as offers from BMO InvestorLine and Questrade (at the $100K+ deposit level). In a market that hasn’t been particularly volatile, the large volume of free trades and the short time to use them in don’t seem to fit quite well together.
At the outset of September there four discount brokerages offering a total of 10 active deals, two of which were extensions from the end of August. Because of the long weekend, both Scotia iTrade and Questrade have offers listed on their websites that either don’t appear in the promotions section or do not have updated deadline dates. We’ll be sure to follow up within the week to see if anything changes in terms of extensions.
In relative terms, this month is off to a quiet start. Questrade did add one offer partway through August – its RESP promotion, however no discount brokerage has a new promo launching out of the gate in September.
That said, several brokerages have disclosed that they’re working on new promotions for the fall, so we expect that there will be more activity soon enough. Without further ado, let’s recap which deals expired, which were extended and which joined the list of promotions for September.
[Updated: Sept. 15/14 – Scotia iTrade’s 100 Free Trades offer moved from ‘expired’ to ‘extended’]
[Updated: Sept. 6/14 – Questrade’s 100 free trade offer has moved from ‘expired’ to ‘extended’]
The end of August saw deals and promotions expire from National Bank Direct Brokerage (1), Questrade (3) and Scotia iTrade (1). Due to the long-weekend these figures could change pending an update of their website.
- Margin Account promotion
- One Free Trade per Month Offer
- Unlimited Trade Promo
[[Updated: Sept. 15/14 – Scotia iTrade reps have confirmed that the 100 Free Trades offer has been extended to December 31st, 2014]
[Updated: Sept. 6/14 – Questrade has extended it’s 10/100 free trade offer out until October 30, 2014]
A regular in this section, the Scotia iTrade Refer-a-Friend offer finds itself into the ‘extended’ category once again with the deadline for this offer being moved out to October 31st.
Another long-standing commission credit offer from Desjardins Online Brokerage (Disnat) also got extended out until the end of 2014 (December 31st to be exact).
[Updated: Sept 15/14 – Scotia iTrade has launched one of it’s biggest promotions to date by offering up to 500 commission-free trades or $500 cash back for deposits of $500,000 or more. Other free trade/cash back tiers are available for deposits of $15,000 – $99,999 (100 free trades or $50 cash back) and $100,000 – $499,999 (250 free trades or $250 cash back). The offer is open to existing clients as well as new clients however existing clients must call Scotia iTrade’s client services to qualify. For new clients, specific offer codes must be used depending on the promotion desired (i.e. there’s a code for the cash back and a separate code for the free trades). See the table below for further details and the link to terms and conditions]
[Updated: Sept. 8/14 – Editor’s Note: A BMO InvestorLine representative has clarified that the “Happy” promotion offer is only being extended to select visitors to their website and as such not all visitors/clients may be eligible. Given the restricted eligibility and to avoid any confusion, we have removed the offer details and link from the deals table below. For any questions regarding this promotion, please contact a BMO InvestorLine representative. We would again like to extend our thanks to Brian for sharing this promo with our readers.]
There weren’t any new deals to announce at the beginning of September however Questrade’s ‘back-to-school’ timed RESP promotion is the latest deal (launched mid-August) being offered.
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|
|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 RESP account at Questrade with at least $1,000 and you may receive a $50 commission credit. Use promo code RESPFALL14 when signing up to be eligible. Be sure to read the full terms and conditions for this offer.||$1,000||$50 commission credit||30 days||Fall 2014 RESP Promo||September 30, 2014|
|Open a new account (TFSA, Margin or RRSP) by October 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 100LOWCOM14F 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||October 30, 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||October 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||December 31, 2014|
|Open a new account with Scotia iTrade with either A) $15,000 – $99,999 B) $100,000 – $499,999 or C) $500,000+ and you may be eligible to receive either A)100 free trades or $50 cash B)250 free trades or $250 or C)500 free trades or $500 cash. Accounts must be opened prior to December 31st, 2014. New clients use code: FATD14E for free trades and code: MONF14 for cash back. Existing clients must call client service (1-888-769-3723) to qualify. Be sure to read terms and conditions regarding minimum balance requirements and other details.||A)$15,000 – $99,999 B)$100,000 – $499,999 C)$500,000+||A) 100 commission-free trades or $50 cash B) 250 commission-free trades or $250 cash C) 500 commission-free trades or $500 cash||For commission-free trades: 180 day limit For cash back: payout occurs by August 31, 2015||Cash back + Free trade offer||December 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||December 31, 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 or fund a new account at Questrade with a deposit of at least either A) $50,000 or more or B) $100,000 and Questrade will provide either A) $100 or B) $250. Use promo code CASHBACK250S when signing up. Be sure to read terms and conditions for minimum account balance requirements.||A) $50,000 B) $100,000||A) $100 B) $250||Payout occurs within 30 days of account being funded to appropriate level||Questrade Cash Back Promo||September 30, 2014|
|Open and fund a new qualifying account at BMO InvestorLine with at least $100,000 in net new assets and you may be eligible to receive $250 cash back and a rebate of commissions on up to 25 trades made within 50 days of opening the account. Use the promo code SMILE when signing up for the account. Be sure to read full terms and conditions for eligibility and further details.||$100,000||$250 cash back + 50 commission-free trades (rebated)||50 days (payout for cash back and commission rebate occurs after 6 months)||Smile Promotion||November 2, 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||December 31, 2014|