Posted on Leave a comment

Discount Brokerage Weekly Roundup – September 5, 2014

For many students, September means getting back to school. For students of the stock market, however, every day is a chance to learn something new (and hopefully not get schooled). As the old stock market cautionary saying goes, however, don’t confuse brains with a bull market.

In this week’s roundup, we’ll preview a couple of upcoming events that are geared towards increasing the know-how of self-directed investors, we’ll take a look at the deals that surfaced from Canadian discount brokerages at the outset of September and round out with a pair of interesting forum posts.

Attendance Optional

This month (September) brings with it three big events for self-directed investors in Toronto and Montreal.

First up, the Montreal Exchange is hosting its Options Education Days in the two cities starting first in Montreal on September 13th and then going to Toronto on September 27th. Options Education Days are a great opportunity for both beginner and advanced options investors to learn from seasoned instructors and industry experts. Although the cost of the event is $45, the price of admission includes all materials and meals (usually breakfast and lunch).

As with past sessions, a number of Canadian online brokerages will be sponsors at the event. This year there are 7 online brokerages in attendance, including one newer face at these events, BMO InvestorLine. Sessions in Toronto are generally busier than other regions so if you’re considering attending, be sure to register early.

For a full review of Options Education Day, click here.

Conference Call

Another investor-focused event of interest going on in Toronto this September (on the 25th and 26th) is the Canadian Investor Conference being put on by Cambridgehouse International. The Canadian Investor Conference has taken the place of the Toronto Resource Investment Conference and is not only focused on junior mining and exploration stocks/stories.

This upcoming conference will be smaller than its Vancouver counterpart however there will still be a number of interesting speakers and discussion panels. Some highlights will include a panel on the ‘world outlook’ featuring Danielle Park in the afternoon of day 1 and a panel on capital raising featuring the heads of a couple of major stock exchanges in the morning of day 2.

For more details or to register, click here.

What’s the Deal?

No, we’re not talking about airline peanuts although the deals from discount brokerages this month are feeling as if they’re in the same category. September got off to a slow start as far as deals and promotions were concerned with 10 active promotions, however, as we’ve seen in month’s past, it wasn’t too long before brokerages started to stir the deal pot. Two brokerages, Questrade and BMO InvestorLine, have added on promotions into their offering mix. For Questrade, they reactivated their 100 commission-free trade offer and, thanks to an eagle-eyed reader, an extra bonus offer on top BMO InvestorLine’s current deal looks like its active as well. To read more about the current offers, check out this link to the deals section for September.

From the Forums

What’s the downside of Investor’s Edge?

One of the most attractive features of CIBC Investor’s Edge is their loyalty pricing discount on trading commissions. In this post from the Reddit Personal Finance Canada forum, one reader wanted to get a sense of what the experience of other investors was like with this brokerage. Check out what the Redditors had to offer in terms of feedback and alternative choices of brokerage.

Getting in on the Ground Floor

The prospect of getting in on the next Facebook or Apple while they still may be in their dorm rooms or garages is both risky and exciting. For many investors that want to get involved by investing in a startup, this next post from the Canadian Money Forum may be of interest. Check out some of the responses from investors who do venture into the private markets to look for the next big thing. Coincidentally, the British Columbia Securities Commission’s investor education platform Investright has recently released a very comprehensive and clear document on what to consider when investing in private placements – a worthwhile read.

That does it for this week’s roundup. Even though the week was short it appears that nobody in the markets was.  Have a great weekend and if you’re looking for a great (and tad long) video to do a little DIY learning on luck and skill, check out this video (thanks to Sultan for spotting this!)

Leave a Reply