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Discount Brokerage Deals & Promotions – September 2020

*Update: September 18* Although it feels like we’ve barely had enough time to enjoy the simple pleasures of summer this year, the end of the season is now just around the corner. As 2020 progresses, DIY investors continue to be met with market volatility. In fact, as we release this month’s discount brokerage deals and promotions update, stock market indices are continuing their push into record territory. 

Despite September’s chillier weather, the Canadian online brokerage space appears to be heating up this month. After a few quiet months devoid of new promotions, Canadian discount brokers have recently begun to gradually unveil new deals, signaling the return of some sense of “normalcy” in the world of discount brokerages. 

Heading into this month, a pair of new commission-free trade offers from two bank-owned discount brokerages have appeared on our radar. Scroll on to learn more about these recently launched promotions, as well as other deals that are currently being offered by Canadian discount brokerages. 

Be sure to check back throughout September, as we continue to monitor and provide updates on new discount brokerage deals. Here’s hoping these updates will keep you warm as the fall season approaches! 

Expired Deals

No expired deals to report at this time. 

Extended Deals

*Update: Sept. 18 – National Bank Direct Brokerage’s recently launched commission-free trade offer has been extended. Previously set to end on October 30th, this deal will now expire one month later on November 30th. See the table below for full details regarding the promotion and eligibility.*

New Deals

DIY investors looking for free trade promotions can rejoice. National Bank Direct Brokerage launched a commission-free trade offer this summer that is set to run until October 30th. Also, HSBC InvestDirect has jumped into the deals pool with a commission-free trading offer of their own. See the table below for more details. 

Discount Brokerage Deals

  1. Cash Back/Free Trade/Product Offer Promotions
  2. Referral Promotions
  3. Transfer Fee Promotions
  4. Contests & Other Offers
  5. Digital Advice + Roboadvisor Promotions
  6. Offers for Young Investors

Cash Back/Free Trade/Product Offer Promotions

CompanyBrief DescriptionMinimum Deposit AmountCommission/Cash Offer/Promotion TypeTime Limit to Use Commission/Cash OfferDetails LinkDeadline
HSBC InvestDirect is offering 60 days of free online equity and ETF trading (up to 60 transactions) for new accounts opened during the promotional period. There is no minimum funding requirement for the accounts; however, the fund must be from outside HSBC InvestDirect. Trading commissions will initally be charged but will then be credited back to the customer's account within 120 days after the free trading period ends. $060 days of free trading60 daysPlease refer to the full Terms and Conditions
October 30, 2020
New accounts opened between Jun 22 and Nov 30, 2020 will be awarded 100 free online trades in one year. This promotion applies to new and existing NBDB clients who uses the code "FREE2020" to open new accounts.There's no minimum funding requirement, however some other restrictions may apply. $0100 Free Trades1 yearPlease refer to the full details of the deal.
November 30, 2020
Open and fund a new account (TFSA, Margin or RRSP) with at least $1,000 and you may be eligible to receive $88 in commission credits (up to 17 commission-free trades). Use promo code SPARX88 when signing up. Be sure to read terms and conditions carefully.$1,000$88 commission credit60 daysAccess this offer by clicking here: $88 commission-credit offer. For full terms and conditions,
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, 2020
Open and fund a new qualifying account with at least $25,000 and you may qualify for one month of unlimited commission-free trades and up to one month free of an advanced data package. Use promo code ADVANTAGE14 when opening a new account. Be sure to read terms and conditions for full details.$25,000commission-free trades for 1 month + 1 month of advanced data.1 monthActive Trader Program December 31, 2020
Last Updated: Sep. 18, 2020 10:28PT

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
B) $10,000
C) $25,000
D) $50,000
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 $5,000 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.$5,000You(referrer): $50; Your Friend(referee): $50Payout occurs 45 days after minimum 90 day holding period (subject to conditions). BMO InvestorLine Refer-a-Friend January 5, 2021
Last Updated: Aug 31, 2020 15:56PT

Transfer Fee Promotions

CompanyBrief DescriptionMaximum Transfer Fee Coverage AmountMinimum Deposit Amount for Transfer Fee EligibilityDetails LinkDeadline
Move your brokerage account to Questrade and they'll cover the transfer-out fee up to $150.$150n/a Transfer Fee Promo none
Transfer $15,000 or more to RBC Direct Investing and they will pay up to $200 in transfer fees.$200$15,000 Transfer Fee Rebate Details none
Transfer $15,000 or more into a new HSBC InvestDirect account and you may be eligible to have up to $152.55 in transfer fees covered. $152.55$15,000Confirmed via email contact with HSBC InvestDirect Rep. Contact client service for more information. none
Transfer $15,000 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$15,000 Transfer Fee Rebatenone
Transfer $20,000 or more to a National Bank Direct Brokerage account and they will pay up to $135 plus taxes in transfer fees.$135$20,000 Transfer Fee Rebate 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$25,000 Transfer Fee Promo
Contact client service for more information (1-800-465-5463).
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$25,000Confirmed with reps. Contact client service for more information (1-800-567-3343).none
BMO InvestorLineOpen a new qualifying account with BMO InvestorLine or fund a qualifying existing account and you may be eligible to have transfer fees covered up to $200. Contact client service for more details. $200Contact client service for more informationContact client service for more information (1-888-776-6886)none
Last Updated: Aug 31, 2020 14:25PT

Other Promotions

CompanyBrief DescriptionMinimum Deposit Amount RequiredDetails LinkDeadline
Submit your information via the Hardbacon website to be referred to National Bank Direct Brokerage. Open and fund a qualifying account and you may receive up to 20 commission-free trades and discounted trading commissions. Be sure to read full terms and conditions. n/a Hardbacon Free Trade Promo 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
Last Updated: Aug 31, 2020 14:29PT

Digital Advice + Roboadvisor Promotions

Robo-advisor / Digital advisorOffer TypeOffer DescriptionMin. Deposit Reward / PromotionPromo CodeExpiry DateLink
Discounted ManagementOpen and fund a new Questrade Portfolio IQ account with a deposit of at least $1,000 and the first month of management will be free. For more information on Portfolio IQ, click the product link.$1,0001st month no management feesKDKFNBBCNoneQuestrade Portfolio IQ Promo Offer
Cash Back - ReferralBMO SmartFolio clients will receive $50 cash back for every friend or family member who opens and funds a new SmartFolio account. Friends and family referred to SmartFolio will receive $50 cash back for opening and funding an account, plus automatic enrollment into SmartFolio’s mass offer in market at the time. See offer terms and conditions for more details.

$1,000$50 cash back (referrer)
$50 cash back (referee)
Unique link generated from SmartFolio required.NoneSmartFolio Website
Transfer Fee CoverageTransfer at least $25,000 into Virtual Wealth when opening a new account and you may be eligible to have up to $150 in transfer fees covered by Virtual Wealth.$25,000 up to $150 in transfer fees coveredNoneNoneContact customer service directly for more information.
Last Updated: Aug. 31, 2020 15:51PT

Offers for Young Investors

BrokerageOffer TypeEligible Age Range / Client SegmentOffer DescriptionMin. Deposit Expiry DateLink
Student PricingClients with CIBC Smart™ Account for students$5.95 per trade and zero annual account feesnot requiredNoneCIBC Student Pricing
Broker@ge 18-3018-30 years old investorsBenefits:

* 5 free transactions (Minimum deposit of $1,000 required)
* No inactivity fees
* No asset minimum to maintain for free registered accounts
* Exclusive events
* Disnat Mobile App
$1,000NoneBroker@ge 18-30
Offers for professionals & StudentsStudents in selected fields of studyProfessionals and students in the below fields can benefit from a reduced pricing structure:
* Engineering students
* Legal, accounting and business students
* Healthcare students
* Health sciences students
* Nursing students

Benefits:
* $5.95 commission on equities
* $0 commission on ETFs
* $0 annual administration fee
not requiredNoneNBDB Student Pricing
Young Investors Offer18-30 years old investorsAccounts holders who are 30 years old or younger are offered 10 free trades each year. After the free transactions, a commission rate of $4.95 per transaction will be applied (which is just half of the regular price). not requiredNoneYoung Investor Offer
Young investor pricing18-30 years old investorsBenefits:

* $7.75 commissions for stock and ETF trades
* No account minimums
* No quarterly admin fees
min. $50 a month through pre-authorized contributions.NoneYoung Investor Pricing
Waiver of account maintenance fee Clients who have RBC Student account, currently or in the past 5 years.The Maintenance Fee ($25 per quarter) is waived, regardless of the account balance.not requiredNoneZero Account Management Fee
Young Investors OfferClients below 26 years oldLow activity account administration fee and the RSP account administration fee are waived.not requiredNoneYoung Investors Offer
Zero Account Administration FeeClients below 26 years oldThe account administration fee ($24.95 per quarter) is waived.not requiredNone$0 Account Administration Fee
Last Updated: Aug. 31, 2020 15:57PT

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