*Updated June 16*
With summer now just around the corner, June should prove to be an interesting month for discount brokerage deals and promotions.
On the one hand there has been a pullback in the number of deals as we head into the summer, however the same core group of discount brokerages continue to run active promotions. In particular, BMO InvestorLine, Questrade and Scotia iTrade each have multiple offers, with Questrade aggressively putting forward 6 of the 15 offers at the outset of June.
What is interesting to observe is that 50% of the current offers are timed to expire at the end of June. This signals that DIY investors can expect some deal turnover to happen through and towards the end of this month.
Another interesting observation is that the latest offers from Questrade and Scotia iTrade have deadline dates well into the end of August or mid-September.
We’ll definitely be monitoring June closely to see what’s going to unfold.
There were five noteworthy discount brokerage deals that expired at the end of May. In particular there were three concurrent offers from Scotia iTrade that consisted of cash back and/or free trades that expired and were replaced by the deal referenced below.
Questrade also saw their $250 prepaid Visa offer expire as well as one of their 100 free trade offers.
Not wanting to be excluded from the deal pack, Virtual Brokers extended the deadline for their “25 commission-free trade for a year” from the end of May through to the end of June.
*Updated June 16:
After taking a bit of a break, National Bank Direct Brokerage has stepped back into the deals & promotion pool with a new offer linked to their ‘InvestCube’ service. Until August 31st, NBDB is offering up either a 16gb iPad Mini (estimated value $329 CAD) or $300 cash back for a minimum deposit of $50,000 into a new InvestCube account. See table below for additional details.*
*Updated June 3:
There are sometimes in life when a Ron Burgundy quote seems entirely appropriate. In this case, it’s that things ‘escalated quickly’ with regards to deals and promotions at discount brokerages in June. Although it was quiet to start off June, barely 3 days into the month there are two new offers that have launched.
The first is from a very unlikely candidate – HSBC InvestDirect, who has kicked off the summer with a commission-free trading promotion. This offer is for 30 commission free trades that are good for use within 60 days. Check out the table below for full details.
The second offer is yet another promotion being launched by Questrade. In their latest promo, Questrade has revived the Amazon gift certificate deal although this time it is aimed at smaller depositors than their previous one. Questrade is now offering a $50 Amazon gift certificate for deposits of at least $5,000. More details below.*
In keeping with their ongoing strategy of offering up multiple promotions, Questrade launched a smart(watch) offer in May and has resurrected another headline grabbing deal for June.
Midway through May, Questrade made a timely decision to capitalize on the interest in the Apple Watch by launching a promotion with the smartwatch as a theme.
Digging into the fine print, the offer was actually for a $500 Apple Store gift card for deposits of at least $100,000. While it is technically just enough to land the base model of the Apple Watch, the $500 Gift Card offer is still a pretty substantial offering for the $100,000 deposit.
There were more than a handful of tweets and forum posts that highlighted that Questrade has their fingers on the pulse of what their key demographic of clients is hungry for.
In addition to their new shiny promotion, starting this month Questrade is bringing back their “3 month unlimited trading” offer. Specifically, this promotion offers individuals one, two or three months of unlimited commission-free trading based on deposits of at least $1,000; $25,000 or $50,000. As a note, commissions are charged at the time of trading and then reimbursed within 10 business days. See table below for more details.
Finally, Questrade has recently changed their refer-a-friend offer away from commission credits and replacing it with a substantially lower cash back offering. We’ve updated the table below with the new referral code info. For individuals interested in using this promotion, be sure to read the terms and conditions as there are requirements for minimum balance amounts to held for minimum periods of time.
Discount Brokerage Deals
|Company||Brief Description||Minimum Deposit Amount||Commission/Cash Offer/Promotion 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, $50 cash back and potentially waived account minimum fees. Use promo code “YOUNG” when signing up. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for more details on the offer.||A) for commission free trades: n/a B) for cash back: $25,000||A) 35 commission-free trades B) $50 cash back + 35 commission-free trades||90 days||Youth Promotion||June 30, 2015|
|Open a new account with HSBC InvestDirect and you may be eligible to receive up to 30 equity trades (North American listed equities only) commission free. Only trades placed within the first 60 days of account opening will be eligible. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for full details on this offer.||n/a||30 commission-free trades (commission will be rebated within 90 days after 60 day trading period)||60 days||HSBC InvestDirect Summer Promotion Terms & Conditions||August 31, 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 $25 cash back and they receive either A) $25; B) $50; C) $75; D) $100; or E) $250 depending on the amount deposited amount. Enter code: 476104302388759 during account sign up to qualify. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for eligibility and additional bonus payment structure and minimum balance requirements.||A) $1,000 – $9,999 B) $10,000 – $24,999 C) $25,000 – $49,999 D) $50,000 -$99,999 E) $100,000+||$25 cash back (for referrer per referral; $50 bonus cash back for every 3rd referral) For referred individuals: A) $25 cash back B) $50 cash back C) $75 cash back D) $100 cash back E) $250 cash back||Cash deposited into Questrade billing account within 7 days after funding period ends (90 days)||Refer a friend terms and conditions; Code Number: 476104302388759||none|
|Open a new account (margin or registered account) with Questrade and deposit at least A)$1,000 or B)$10,000 and you may be eligible to receive A)10 commission-free trades or B)100 commission-free trades. Use promo code 100FREEML15Q3 when registering. Be sure to read the full terms and conditions for this offer.||A)$1,000 B)$10,000||A) 10 commission-free trades B) 100 commission-free trades||60 days||100 free trades/multileg offer||June 30, 2015|
|Open and fund a new account at Questrade with at least A)$1,000, B)$25,000 or C)$50,000+ and you could be eligible to receive either A)1 month, B) 2 months or C)3 months of commission-free trading. Use offer code UNLIMITED2015 when opening an application to qualify. Be sure to read full terms and conditions on this offer.||A)$1,000 B)$25,000 C)$50,000||A) 1 month commission-free trading B) 2 months commission-free trading C) 3 months commission-free trading (*note trading commissions will be rebated within 10 business days of trade execution)||A) 1 month B) 2 months C) 3 months||Unlimited Trading Promotion||August 31, 2015|
|Open and fund a new account at Questrade with at least $5,000 and complete at least one commission-generating trade and you may be eligible to receive a $50 gift certificate from Amazon. Use promo code AMAZON2015 when signing up to qualify. Be sure to read the terms and conditions associated with this offer.||$5,000||$50 Amazon gift certificate||Gift certificate emailed within 30 days of eligibility requirements being met.||Amazon gift certificate promotion||July 30, 2015|
|Open a new account with Questrade and deposit at least A)$5,000 or B)$25,000 and you may be eligible to receive A)$50 cash back or B) $75 cash back. At least one commission-generating trade must be executed in order for cash back to apply. Use code TFSA2015 when registering to qualify. Be sure to read the full terms and conditions for this offer.||A)$5,000 B)$25,000||A)$50 B)$75||Cash rebates applied within 60 days of funding eligibility and trade execution confirmation.||100 free trades offer||June 30, 2015|
|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, 2015|
|Open and fund a new account at Virtual Brokers with at least $15,000 and you could be eligible to receive up to 25 commission-free stock or ETF trades good for use for up to one year. Use promo code “TRYUS2015” when signing up to qualify. Be sure to read full terms and conditions carefully.||$15,000||25 commission-free trades||365 days||Free trades for one year promotion||June 30, 2015|
|Open and fund a new Scotia iTRADE account with at least A) $15,000 – $49,999; B) $50,000 -$99,999; C)$100,000 – $249,999; D)$250,000 – $499,999; E) $500,000 – $999,999 or F)$1,000,000+ you may be eligible to receive a corresponding cash back or commission rebate. For commission-free trades use code: THSP15 or for cash rebates use code: RNYDMN. Be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully for rebate and cash back eligibility. Contact Scotia iTRADE for full details on this offer.||A) $15,000 – $49,999 B) $50,000 -$99,999 C) $100,000 – $249,999 D) $250,000 – $499,999 E) $500,000 – $999,999 F) $1,000,000+||A) 50 commission-free trades OR $50 cash back B) 100 commission-free trades OR $100 cash back C) 250 commission free trades OR $250 cash back + KeeneOnTheMarket Subscription D) 350 commission-free trades OR $350 cash back + KeeneOnTheMarket Subscription E) 500 commission-free trades OR $500 cash back + KeeneOnTheMarket Subscription F) 1000 commission-free trades OR $1,000 cash back + KeeneOnTheMarket Subscription||120 days for commission-free trades Cash back to be deposited by February 13, 2016.||$1000 or 1000 free trade offer||September 13, 2015|
|Open a new Scotia iTRADE account with at least $15,000 by June 30, 2015 and you could be eligible to receive up to 100 online trades commission-free (equities, options, ETFs). Use promo code HUN-SP when registering to qualify. Be sure to carefully read full terms and conditions.||$15,000||100 commission-free trades (+ free trial of FightDesk platform for 60 days)||60 days||100 Free Trades Offer||June 30, 2015|
|Disnat is offering new & existing clients $500 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 1-866-873-7103 and mention promo code Disnat500. See details link for more info.||$50,000||$500 commission credit||6 months||Disnat $500 Commission Credit Promo||June 30, 2015|
|National Bank Direct Brokerage is offering either A) a 16GB iPad Mini or B) $300 cash back to new clients who sign up for the InvestCube service and deposit at least $50,000. Use either promo code “Mini2015” for the iPad or “Cash2015” when signing up to be eligible for this offer. Be sure to read the terms and conditions of this promotion carefully.||$50,000||A) iPad Mini (16GB) B) $300 cash back||Within 45 days of the eligibility date either A) the order for the tablet will be processed or B) cash back will be credited to the account.||InvestCube Tablet or Cash Back Promotion||August 31, 2015|
|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 – $249,999 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).||BMO InvestorLine Refer-a-Friend||October 30, 2015|
|Open a new account (registered, margin, or FX & CFD) with at least $100,000 in new assets and execute at least one commission-generating trade and you may be eligible to receive an Apple Gift Card worth $500.00. Use promo code APPLEWATCH2015 when registering. Be sure to read the full terms and conditions on this offer.||$100,000||$500 Apple Store gift card||Apple Store gift card will be emailed within 30 days of eligibility requirements being met.||Apple Gift Card Promo||August 31, 2015|
|Open and fund a new qualifying account at BMO InvestorLine with at least A)$100,000 – $249,999; B)$250,000 – $499,999 or C)$500,000+ in net new assets and you may be eligible to receive either: A)$250 cash back OR 125 commission-free trades; B) $500 cash back OR 250 commission-free trades; C)$1000 or 500 commission-free trades. Use promo code 5CASH for cash back promotion or 5TRADE for commission-free trade promo. Be sure to read full terms and conditions for eligibility and further details.||A) $100,000 – $249,999 B) $250,000 – $499,999 C) $500,000+||A) $250 cash back OR 125 commission-free trades B) $500 cash back OR 250 commission-free trades C) $1000 or 500 commission-free trades.||Cash back: 6 months – 7.5 months Commission-free trades: 90 days (note: commission fees rebated within 45 days after 6 month credit period)||Five Star Promotion||June 30, 2015|
|Last Updated: June 3, 2015 10:00 PT|
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 Scotia iTrade from another Canadian brokerage, and iTrade may pay up to $150 in transfer fees.||$150||$15,000||1000 Free Trade or $1000 Cash Back Offer||September 13, 2015|
|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|
|Transfer $25,000 or more from another brokerage and Credential Direct will cover up to $150 in transfer fees. Use promo code SWITCHME when signing up to qualify for the transfer promotion.||$150||$25,000||Credential Direct Transfer Fee Rebate||none|
|Qtrade Investor will reimburse your transfer fee up to $150 when transferring a balance of $10,000 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.||$150||$25,000||Transfer Fee Rebate||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 into a CIBC Investor’s Edge account and they will reimburse up to $135 in brokerage transfer fees. Clients must call customer service to request rebate after transfer made.||$135||$25,000||confirmed with reps. Contact client service for more info (1-800-567-3343)||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|
|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 1-866-873-7103 and mention promo code Disnat500. See details link for more info.||$150||$50,000||Disnat $500 Commission Credit Promo||June 30, 2015|