Canadian Online Brokers

Discussion in 'Learn how to trade or invest by asking questions' started by nomis_bmw, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. nomis_bmw

    nomis_bmw New Member

    Just wanted to ask the Canadian investors out there which online broker do you use? I've been using TD Waterhouse but the 29$ US commission is pretty brutal...I've been looking to change it to Ameritrade Canada or Questrade? anyone one use these two....please share your thoughts on these two more affordable brokers...especially maintenance fees or other hidden fees....thanks guys.
     
  2. thetank

    thetank New Member

    I know how you feel; I pay $25 dollars a trade with CIBC.
     
  3. SupraSaiyan

    SupraSaiyan New Member

    I'm with Credential Direct. $25/trade here too and $4 to set limit. :(
     
  4. mhertz

    mhertz Member

    i've been using ameritrade canada for a few months and it's pretty good. but i'm now in the process of transferring my account over to optionsXpress.ca because ameritrade canada accounts are being transferred to TD Waterhouse brokerage accounts.

    optionsXpress, from what I hear and have read, is the BEST online discount broker. barron's had a big piece rating all of them and this one came out on top! so i'm looking forward to begin trading with them.
     
  5. casperov

    casperov Member

    How about Interactive Brokers?

    Anyone have any experience with them?

    Their trade prices are pretty good, but if you trade over a certain number of shares, it is an extra couple of cents per share. So not so good if you are trading a lot of shares.

    8O
     
  6. mhertz

    mhertz Member

    optionsxpress is flat rate, no minimum, no maximum.
     
  7. casperov

    casperov Member

    Which service is the best in terms of trading fees for small stocks where 10 000 shares are the norm?

    :confused:
     
  8. casperov

    casperov Member

    Is that regardless of the number of shares you buy or sell?

    Even like 20 000 shares of company XYZ?:p
     
  9. nomis_bmw

    nomis_bmw New Member

    Just wanted to ask mhertz why changing to td waterhouse accounts is making you want to change brokers? are they increasing the commission?

    I am going to look into optionsexpress...is that for Canadians? Anyone else considering switching to ameritrade or questrade?
     
  10. Mik3L

    Mik3L New Member

    Actually, it looks like TD will be reducing their commisions based on your level of activity: http://www.tdwaterhouse.ca/activeinvestors.jsp

    OptionsExpress looks interesting, as does InteractiveBrokers. Might need to switch to one of these in the near future.

    mhertz, if you would, let us know your feedback on OE once you get switched over to there.
     
  11. bobwatford123

    bobwatford123 Member

    Etrade Canada is the best major brokerage by far in Canada with their recent fee changes.
    $19.99 FLAT fee for U.S. stocks (unlimited # of shares),
    $19.99 FLAT fee for Canadian stocks a dollar or less (unlimited # of shares), $19.99 fee for Canadian stocks over a dollar (per 1000 shares)

    I trade with TDWaterhouse and am changing most of it to etrade. TD doesn't even have depth on their site....
    Buying 10000 shares of BEL on the AMEX would currently cost me $300 with TDWaterhouse...... $20 on Etrade.
    Plus, if you have more than 30 trades a quarter they drop all these fees to $9.99. It is almost too good to be true. U.S. investors may not understand what the big deal is but Canadians have been being raped by brokerages for years. It's nice Etrade actually is doing something about it. I would assume the others will have to follow suit or get just obliterated by Etrade.
     
  12. thetank

    thetank New Member

    What about other fees such as transfering money out ect.
     
  13. bobwatford123

    bobwatford123 Member

    Sorry dude, I don't have all the fees off the top of my head. Go to the site and look at their fee schedule.
    While I liked the convenience of banking at TDCanadatrust and trading with TDWaterhouse (regarding real time transfers etc) it just isn't enough for me to spend $300 on a trade that would cost me $20 or even $10. I don't think Etrade has fees to transfer money into a bank account actually....but it would be worth going to the site to check.
     
  14. mhertz

    mhertz Member

    hey everyone -- i'm switching out of ameritrade/TD waterhouse brokerage because a) i have never liked the TD system -- too much of a hierarchy and lack of care for "smaller" investors. they just concern themselves with the high net worth clients. b) fees are increasing from the ameritrade $10.99 flat rates, which will make them the same price (and for some transactions, more) than optionsxpress. c) i decided on optionsxpress because of the great reviews in magazines like barron's, cramer's support, among other big-swinging wall st. resources. i hear they're the best in terms of execution, and they are flat rate - buy 1 or 10,000,000 shares and it's the same price. d) great, FREE, web trading live streaming real-time qutoes! e) excellent live customer service (8am-8pm)!

    having said that, i'm still in the process of transferring my AMTD assets to OXPS so I will let you know how it goes once i begin trading with them.

    and yes, you can open an account in both canada and/or the USA. i'm a canadian customer (www.optionsxpress.ca)
     
  15. Mik3L

    Mik3L New Member

  16. Mik3L

    Mik3L New Member

    The more I look at it the more OE looks like the winner to me. Now only if StockFetcher still supported Canadian stocks I would be set.
     
  17. myz350

    myz350 Member

    I used to use CIBC, now with TDwaterhouse. I like TDwaterhouse because it allows me to do ALL or None trades as well as pinkys, which were both not possible with CIBC. Right now I am paying the regular fees which is like $29 a trade, but come March 20th, I will be in the active trader program where I pay on $14.99 a trade as long as I do between 30 to 149 trades per quarter. But I think I will do more than that, so I will be in Tier 1 where I pay $9.99 a trade flat. This is definitely the cheapest commission rate you can find in Canada. Check out the web site.

    https://www.tdwaterhouse.ca/activei...w.tdwaterhouse.ca/discountbrokerage/index.jsp
     
  18. bobwatford123

    bobwatford123 Member

    The problem I have with TD Waterhouse is fees (etrade blows them away) and the fact that they give no market depth. Market depth is extremely important when trading I think.
     
  19. Damon

    Damon Member

    I pay $9.95/trade with TD Waterhouse. You get that rate once you have had 30+ executed trades or $500,000 in assets.
     
  20. bobwatford123

    bobwatford123 Member

    I believe Damon you are talking about the U.S. arm. The Canadian one is a different beast.
     

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