*Updated Nov. 25* November is the month that many bargain hunters wait for all year long. The phenomenon of ‘Black Friday’ has taken on a life of its own with anybody who sells anything trying to ride the wave of deal hunter enthusiasm. Traditionally Canadian online brokerages have avoided the big discount day type of promotion, however last year Questrade jumped into the Boxing Day deal game with their own special promo. Given some of Questrade’s recent hints of upcoming service launches as well as the timing of expiry of an existing offer in late November, this month could herald a number of surprises.
While it is becoming a familiar refrain at the beginning of the month, no ‘new’ deals launched at the outset doesn’t mean that more aren’t coming. Heading into November the theme appears to be extending current offers, with at least 7 offers going to the end of this year if not out into early 2015.
There are offers that we’re already aware of that we’re working to get additional details on so there will be updates to this section you’ll want to check back for soon. In the meantime, let’s dive in.
Technically speaking, only one deal met this criteria, and it is a familiar one in this section. Scotia iTrade’s “refer-a-friend” offer is posted on their website as having expired (at the time of writing this post) however historically it has yet to be allowed to stay there for too long.
There were a number of extensions on offers which came mostly from BMO InvestorLine this month. Their young investor (yes up to age 35 is considered young) promotion has been extended through to January 2015 as has their ‘Smile’ promotion. BMO InvestorLine’s refer-a-friend offer has also been extended to October 2015 however the terms/conditions for this offer are only accessible to clients at this time so, although we mention it in our selection below, there won’t be a link to the terms/conditions page.
*Update Nov. 22* BMO InvestorLine has launched a promotion to encourage its users to download and try the mobile/iPad app. BMO InvestorLine is offering qualified individuals up to 5 commission free trades within 30 days of downloading the app. The 5 free trades offer is open to new and existing clients and can be combined with existing offers so it is possible to ‘stack’ this deal on top of another.
*Update Nov. 18* RBC Direct Investing commission-free trading promotion for new account openings has been added to the mix. Specifically, qualified applicants can receive their first 20 trades (placed within 90days of opening the account) commission-free. See table below for additional details.
*Update Nov. 18* Questrade has also launched yet another deal this month – this time a cash-back offer. Individuals can receive either $100 cash back or $250 cash back depending on the deposit they place into their account. Individuals who sign up for this promotional offer will have to maintain the qualifying balance for a period of 6 months. See table below for additional details.
There are no new deals released at the outset of November however the offer from CIBC Investor’s Edge following their price drop was one of the biggest to land on the playing field. Questrade also offered up a $50 Visa gift card which we’re including in this month’s list of promotions. There is also another offer that we know of from a popular brokerage (that we can’t name yet) that we expect to announce as soon as we’ve got confirmation on terms and conditions.
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||January 5, 2015|
|Individuals opening a new account with RBC Direct Investing by December 31st may be eligible to receive a commission-rebate on their first 20 trades. Use promo code QC20 or visit the info page link for a valid code. Be sure to read the terms and conditions on this offer.||n/a||20 commission-free trades||90 days||Full offer information can be found here . For terms and conditions information click here.||December 31, 2014|
|Download the BMO InvestorLine iPad app and you could qualify for up to 5 commission-free trades. This offer is open to new and existing clients and can be combined with other offers. Clients must have a qualifying account in order to be eligible. Read full terms and conditions for details.||n/a||5 commission-free trades ($50 max value)||30 days||Tablet Trades Promotion||January 5, 2015|
|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 November 20 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||November 20, 2014|
|Open a new account (TFSA, Margin, RRSP or FX/CFD) and place at least one trade within 60 days of opening and you may be eligible to receive a $50 prepaid Visa card from Questrade. Use promo code VISA50. Be sure to read terms and conditions for full details on this offer||$5000||$50 Visa gift card||Cards will be mailed within 40 business days of reaching account funding requirement.||$50 Prepaid Visa Card Offer||December 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||tbd|
|Open and fund a new Scotia iTRADE account with at least $15,000 before December 31, 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|
|Open a new account or fund an existing account at CIBC Investor’s Edge with at least A)$25,000-$49,999 B)$50,000 – $99,999 or C)$100,000+ and you may be eligible to receive A)$100 cash back and 25 free trades; B)$200 cash back and 50 trades or C)$300 cash back and 100 free trades. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for full details on this offer.||A) $25,000 – $49,999 B) $50,000 – $99,999 C) $100,00+||A) $100 cash back + 25 commission-free trades B) $200 cash back + 50 commission-free trades C) $300 cash back + 100 commission-free trades||Cash back payout occurs within 30 days of account funding; Time limit to use commission free trades is 60 days||Investors Edge Cash Back and Free Equity Trades Offer||February 28, 2015|
|Open and fund a new account with at least $50,000 at TD Direct Investing and you may be eligible to receive up to 200 commission-free trades plus 60 days of free use of the premium data for the advanced dashboard. Trades must be completed within 60 days. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for full details on this offer.||$50,000||200 commission-free trades (or $2,000 of commission rebates – whichever comes first); Advanced dashboard premium data rebate ($87)||60 days to use trades (rebate may be paid by May 30, 2015)||Commission-free Trade Offer||November 21, 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|
|Open and fund a new account at Questrade with at least A)$50,000 or B)$100,000 by December 30, 2014 and you may be eligible to receive either A)$100 cash back or B)$250 cash back. Use promo code: CASHBACK250W when opening the account. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for full details.||A)$50,000 B)$100,000||A)$100 cash back B)$250 cash back||Cash back payout occurs after 60 days.||Questrade Cash Back Offer||December 30, 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).||Contact InvestorLine for full terms and conditions.||October 30, 2015|
|Open and fund a new account with at least $100,000 at Questrade and execute at least one commissionable trade and you may be eligible to receive an iPad Mini. Use promo code IPADMINI14F. Be sure to read terms and conditions for full details.||$100,000||iPad mini (Wi-Fi only, 16 GB)||iPad mini will be ordered within 30 days of eligibility criteria being met.||Questrade iPad Mini Promo||November 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||January 15, 2015|
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 Credential Direct and they will pay the transfer-out fees up to $150. If you wish to switch out of Credential Direct after 90 days they will waive their transfer out fee. See link for more details.||$150||$15,000||Transfer Free Promo||December 15, 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|
|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|
|Transfer $50,000 or more to TD Direct Investing from another brokerage and you may be eligible to receive up to $150 in transfer fee rebates.||$150||$50,000||Commission-free Trade Offer||November 21, 2014|