Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – August 1, 2016

*Updated: Aug. 9th* At the start of August, discount brokerage deals and promotions appear to be in vacation mode.

With a pair of deals that expired at the end of July and one new partner offer that joined the list of promotion, the turnover and activity in offers coming into this month was minimal. While 22 23 offers still provide a lot for DIY investors to choose from, there are some noteworthy Canadian discount brokerages who still continue to sit on the promotional sidelines.

For DIY investors, the good news is that offers are still surfacing. For DIY investors eyeing BMO InvestorLine, their Summer 2016 promotion has been extended out to the end of August. Also entering the deals roster this month is an offer from a partner of Desjardins Online Brokerage, MoneyTalks, who is offering up three free months of their subscription program to Desjardins Online Brokerage clients.

Interestingly, TD Direct Investing held a one-day promotion during July as a “thank you” to clients in which they offered to waive the commission fee for one trade.

While it was positioned as a ‘thank-you’ gesture to TD Direct Investing clients, the move comes against the backdrop of recent technical difficulties which have been aggravating clients. Thus, it will be interesting to see what other promotional activities TDDI is planning and whether the offer of free trades and other deals might help smooth over some of the technical issues that have arisen recently. It is also interesting to see whether any of their competitors will be offering up something similar to existing clients.

With the ramp up to the fall season on the minds of many brokerages, it won’t be too long before more offers start to show up. As always, if there’s anything that we’ve missed that could help DIY investors fetch a better deal, let us know and we’ll post it here.

Expired Deals

Two noteworthy contest offers expired at the end of July from Virtual Brokers and Scotia iTRADE.

Virtual Brokers’ contest for passes to Canada’s Wonderland (or free trades instead) concluded at the end of July.

Scotia iTRADE’s TSX $10,000 shopping spree contest ended in July and along with the contest offer their official transfer fee credit offer also expired. Users who are considering transferring assets to a new Scotia iTRADE account may want to contact the customer service number at 1-888-872-3388.

Extended Deals

Late last month, BMO InvestorLine officially extended their summer 2016 offer to August 31st from the previous deadline of July 31st.  As a reminder this promotion offers new clients between $200 and $1,000 cash back for deposits ranging from $100,000 to $500,000+. See table below for more details.

New Deals

*Updated: Aug. 9th – Virtual Brokers has launched another contest celebrating their 7th anniversary. Both existing or new clients that find a special promo code somewhere on the Virtual Brokers website and enter the code on a new account application will be entered for a draw to win 7 prizes of $500. See table below for more details.*

A new offer that crossed our radar was posted on Desjardins Online Brokerage’s website. The offer is for three free months of Michael Campbell’s Inside Edge investor information service. This service includes content such as interviews with market commentator Michael Campbell, analyst reports and access to bonuses and discounts. The monthly rate for the service is currently $19.95 so this offer translates into a $59.85 value. See table below for more information.

Discount Brokerage Deals

  1. Cash Back/Free Trade/Product Offer Promotions
  2. Referral Promotions
  3. Transfer Fee Promotions
  4. Contests & Other Offers

Cash Back/Free Trade/Product Offer Promotions

CompanyBrief DescriptionMinimum Deposit AmountCommission/Cash Offer/Promotion TypeTime Limit to Use Commission/Cash OfferDetails LinkDeadline
Jitney TradeA Sparx Trading exclusive offer! Use the promo code "Sparx Trading" when signing up for a new account with Jitneytrade and receive access to their preferred pricing package.n/aDiscounted Commission RatesnoneFor more details click here none
Open and fund a new account (TFSA, Margin or RRSP) with at least $1,000 and you may be eligible to receive 5 commission-free trades. Use promo code 5FREETRADES when signing up. Be sure to read terms and conditions carefully.$1,0005 commission-free trades60 days 5 commission-free trade offer December 31, 2016
Open and fund a new account at Virtual Brokers with at least $5,000 and you may be eligible to receive 3 months of commission-free equity trading and a $150 USD/mo credit towards Edge Trader Pro for 3 months. Use promo code sent at sign up to qualify. Be sure to read full terms and conditions for details.$5,0003 months commission-free equity trading + $150 USD/mo platform fee rebate.3 months 3 months free trading / Sign up form for promo code available herenone
DisnatDisnat is offering new & existing clients up to $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 credit6 monthsDisnat $500 Commission Credit PromoAugust 30, 2016
BMO InvestorLineOpen a new qualifying account with BMO InvestorLine, and fund it with at least A) $100,000 or B) $250,000 or C)$500,000 in net new assets and you may be eligible to receive A) $200 cash back, B)$500 cash back or C) $1,000 cash back. Use promo code Summer1000 when signing up to be eligible. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for more details on the offer.A) $100,000 - $249,999
B) $250,000 - $499,999
C) $500,000+
A) $200 cash back
B) $500 cash back
C) $1,000 cash back
Cash back will be deposited the week of Mar. 6, 2017. Summer 2016 PromotionAugust 31, 2016
Last Updated: Aug 2 16:45 PT

Referral Promotions

CompanyBrief DescriptionMinimum Deposit AmountIncentive StructureTime Limit to Use Commission/Cash Offer DepositDetails LinkDeadline
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: 476104302388759none
Scotia iTradeIf 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 daysRefer A Friend to Scotia iTrade tbd
BMO InvestorLineIf you (an existing BMO InvestorLine client) refer a new client to BMO InvestorLine and they open an account with at least $50,000 the referrer and the referee may both be eligible to receive $50 cash. To qualify the referee must use the email of the referrer that is linked to their BMO InvestorLine account. See terms and conditions for full details. $50,000You(referrer): $50; Your Friend(referee): $50
Payout occurs 45 days after minimum 90 day holding period(subject to conditions). BMO InvestorLine Refer-a-Friend October 31, 2016
Last Updated: Aug. 2, 2016 16:30PT

Transfer Fee Promotions

CompanyBrief DescriptionMaximum Transfer Fee Coverage AmountMinimum Deposit Amount for Transfer Fee EligibilityDetails LinkDeadline
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
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 at least $25,000 or more in new assets to TD Direct Investing when opening a new account and you may qualify to have transfer fees reimbursed up to $150. Be sure to contact TD Direct Investing for further details. $150$25,000Contact client service for more information (1-800-465-5463).none
Transfer $25,000 or more to Qtrade Investor from another brokerage and Qtrade Investor may cover up to $150 in transfer fees. See terms and conditions for more details.$150$25,000 Transfer Fee Rebatenone
Transfer $25,000 or more to Virtual Brokers and they may cover up to $150 in transfer fees. $150$25,000 Transfer Fee promo September 30, 2016
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$25,000Confirmed with reps. Contact client service for more information (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
DisnatDisnat 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$50,000Disnat $500 Commission Credit PromoAugust 30, 2016
Last Updated: Aug. 2, 2016 16:30 PT

Other Promotions

CompanyBrief DescriptionMinimum Deposit Amount RequiredDetails LinkDeadline
Credential Direct has partnered with Trend Micro to offer 50% off Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security. Use code "TrendCF" at checkout. n/a Trend Micro Special Offer Code none
National Bank Direct Brokerage is offering a discount of 0.75% on it's current margin lending rate for new margin accounts for a period of 3 months. In addition, new margin account registrants will receive a commission rate of $6.95 per equity trade. This offer is open to new and existing clients. Use promo code MARGIN2016 when signing up. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for full details. n/aMargin Account PromotionAugust 31, 2016
DisnatDesjardins Online Brokerage, in conjunction with MoneyTalks, is offering 3 months of the "Inside Edge" investor information service to Desjardins Online Brokerage clients. Use promo code DESJ2016 during checkout to qualify. Be sure to read full terms and conditions for more information.n/aMoneyTalks Inside Edge Discount none
DisnatDesjardins Online Brokerage is offering $50 in commission credits for new Disnat Classic clients depositing at least $1,000. See terms and conditions for full details. $1,000Broker@ge 18-30 Promotionnone
Scotia iTradeScotiabank StartRight customers can receive 10 commission-free trades when investing $1,000 or more in a new Scotia iTrade account. Trades are good for use for up to 1 year from the date the account is funded. Use promo code SRPE15 when applying (in English) or SRPF15 when applying in French. Be sure to read full terms and conditions for full details.$1,000 StartRight Free Trade offer none
Virtual Brokers is celebrating its 7th anniversary with an online contest to win one of 7 prizes of $500. Individuals need to find a special promotion code on a specially marked page on their website and enter the code on an application for a new account. This contest is open to new and existing clients. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for full details. $1,000 Virtual Brokers 7th Anniversary August 31, 2016
Last Updated: Aug 9, 2016 09:50 PT

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