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Is Eight Enough? Credential Direct Drops Commission Pricing

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The price war between Canadian online brokerages just got a little hotter as Credential Direct announced a major shift in its pricing structure and a substantial commission price drop. Effective July 9th the standard commission per online equity trade at Credential Direct is $8.88. That is a significant drop from their previous standard commission price of $19 per trade and …

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New Online Brokerage Reviews Coming Soon

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Just in time for Easter, SparxTrading.com is pleased to announce the roll-out of some very egg-citing features we’ve been working on. While we have been hinting about some improvements for some time, we’re glad to announce that they’re just about ready to be unveiled. This year will have several big features launched, but one of the first big announcements has …

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Ten is the New Thirty: A Review of Price Drops at Canadian Bank-Owned Online Brokerages – Part 1

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For Canadian discount brokerages, 2014 has already been an eventful year. It has now been just over a month since RBC Direct Investing announced the lowering of their standard trading commissions and in that time, the predicted response from several other bank-owned online brokerages has materialized. Since the RBC announcement, BMO InvestorLine, TD Direct Investing and National Bank Direct Brokerage …

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RBC Direct Investing: Lowering Commissions and Raising the Stakes

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For many years, observers of the Canadian discount brokerage marketplace as well as the discount brokers themselves have all understood that the online brokerage business is a highly competitive space. Despite the many trends in products, services and pricing that have occurred over the last decade the standard commission rates at bank-owned brokerages have remained largely high and untouched. After …

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Review: Dalbar Canada’s Direct Brokerage Service Award 2013

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For individual investors, shopping for an online trading account often requires doing a fair amount of research and comparison between brokerages.  While commissions & fees are the most important factor investors consider when choosing an account, what it’s like to be a client of a particular brokerage is also something many investors are often curious about. Fortunately for self-directed investors, …

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How Fantasy Hockey Can Teach You To Be A Better Investor

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If you’ve ever watched a hockey game, you’ve probably seen team owners and managers high up in the stands stoically gazing down at the action.  Even though they’re watching the same game as many of the cheering fans, the team managers and owners’ view of the action is far different than that of the crowds below them. In the minds …

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12 Days of Investor Tips

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In the spirit of sharing, we’ve put together a special series of tips for investors collected from throughout SparxTrading.com’s collection of great articles, interviews and reports.  Be sure to check back here daily through December 25th for the latest tip or follow us on Twitter to get updates on when they’re released. Investor Tip #12: Know When to Take a …

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Investor Financial Statement Survey Offer from Dalbar Canada [Sponsored]

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As part of an ongoing study, Dalbar Canada, a leading financial services research firm, is gathering feedback from Canadian retail investors for the purpose of improving the content and design of financial investment statements (including RSP, pension, non-registered account statements, insurance etc) commonly used by Canadians. The survey takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes to complete and the data collected …

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