Summer is a great time for taking vacations, staycations and generally taking it easy. While Canadian discount brokerages are keeping busy behind the scenes, heading into July it looks as though most of them have given the deals and promotions a break to cool off.
At the start of this month there are 14 offers currently available from seven different brokerages. Of those, nearly half (43%) come from Questrade, signaling once again that Questrade is the discount brokerage offering the most deals or incentives of the field.
With some rather prominent discount brokerages on the sidelines, it will be interesting to observe just how much traction brokerages like Questrade may gather in the summer simply because the field is less crowded. If history is any indicator, however, they won’t be left unchallenged for too long and the field may ramp up rather quickly once this holiday-shortened first week has passed.
Several noteworthy deals came to an end in June. Among the most interesting was Virtual Brokers’ 25 free trade offer. Questrade launched a 25 trade offer of their own however with Virtual Brokers electing to not renew this particular deal, there is a definite gap in the segment of offers that allow clients ample time to use them. Another interesting observation was that BMO InvestorLine decided to let their ‘Five Star’ promotion come to an end. For the moment, this means that BMO InvestorLine is not currently advertising an offer geared towards large deposit accounts. Finally, Scotia iTrade and Questrade both had offers that expired in June.
With so many deals scheduled to expire at the end of June, there were bound to be some extensions granted. In this month’s case, there were 3 offers that had their deadlines extended. First on deck, BMO InvestorLine extended their youth promotion (this go around naming it “phase II”) until the end of August. Next Desjardins Online Brokerage bumped the expiry date of their $500 commission rebate offer until the end of September as did Scotia iTrade with their refer-a-friend promotion.
Late last month, Questrade launched a cleverly worded promotion that gives clients 25 commission-free trades which are good through the end of 2015. This deal requires a deposit of at least $25,000 in order to be eligible for the commission-free trades. See table below for more details.
As always if there are any offers that we may have missed or that you would like to share, feel free to drop us a note directly or to post in the community section for deals & promos.
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||August 31, 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 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|
|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||September 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 and fund a new registered or margin online trading account with Questrade with a deposit of at least $25,000 and you may be eligible to receive up to 25 commission free trades. Use promo code “TRADEFREE15” when signing up. Be sure to read full terms and conditions.||$25,000||25 commission-free trades||Trades good for use until December 31, 2015.||Canada Day Campaign||July 31, 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||September 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|
|Last Updated: July 1, 2015 15:15 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||September 30, 2015|
2 thoughts on “Discount Brokerage Deals and Promotions – July 2015”
Thanks for the great website!
Just a question about maximizing these promotions.
If my wife and I transfer two joint accounts can we generally qualify for 2 rewards?
For example, the first account will have my name first and her name second. Ex. John Doe and/or Jane Doe. The second account will have her name first and my name second. Ex. Jane Doe and/or John Doe.
I’ve been told my BMO Investorline that this would work as they qualify the joint accounts by the first name listed.
I was wondering about how other brokerages treat this, especially Questrade. (Am interested in the Apple watch promo)
Thanks for the comment JD – sorry it’s taken so long to respond to it. For the sake of anyone reading after you who might find themselves in the same boat here’s a possible answer. Generally the thing to look out for is whether the promo restricts eligibility based on person or on household. But, as the BMO InvestorLine rep stated to you, so long as the primary name on the account is different, it should get treated as two different accounts. While you’ll have to confirm with Questrade, asking them if they would rather have two accounts instead of one is likely to result in added incentive to make it happen. So long as the numbers make sense (cents) they seem open to accommodating new clients.