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Qtrade Investor Online Broker Review

Qtrade Investor Online Broker Review

If you are looking for an online discount brokerage, one of the major contenders is Qtrade Investor. This broker is known for its customer service. Qtrade’s fees are fairly competitive when compared to other Canadian brokers, and many customers feel that Qtrade Investor is definitely superior to the brokerage services offered by the big banks.

Features Offered by Qtrade Investor

Qtrade offers a variety of investment tools that you can use to determine what you want to invest in.You can use a screener to help you find stocks, ETFs, and mutual funds that meet certain criteria, including P/E ratio, dividend yield (when applicable), expenses for funds, and other items. You can use pre-set screeners set by industry experts, or you can customize the screeners to meet your specific needs.

It’s also worth noting that Qtrade has partnered with Morningstar to help you get great research on mutual funds, and read fundamental analyses on a variety of public companies. You have access to an education centre, as well as information links, and you can use calculators to estimate your potential returns.

Qtrade also offers other helpful features, including retirement planning, asset allocation help for a customized portfolio, streaming quotes (including real time quotes), and even technical research. You can set up a watch list for potential investments, and receive alerts when important changes occur to the investments you are considering. There are a number of helpful and educational features that can improve your ability to make sound investing decisions.

Types of Accounts

You can open a number of different accounts with Qtrade Investor, depending on your investing goals and needs. You can open a cash account, allowing you to trade with money you have. A cash account can be set up as personal, corporate, partnership, or sole proprietorship. You can also set up investment club accounts. These accounts can be set up in U.S. dollars as well as Canadian dollars. There are no annual fees or maintenance charges with a cash account.

It’s also possible to set up a margin account with all of the same features of a cash account. However, you can borrow money against securities you already own to leverage your investments. Realize, though, that you will have to pay interest, and the same leverage that increases your potential returns can also magnify your potential losses.

Qtrade also provides you a way to set up self-directed Registered Plans. This includes RRSPs, RIFs, LIFs, RESPs, and TFSAs. These plans offer you tax-advantages as well as a number of options for saving for the future. You can even set up your RRSP with Qtrade using U.S. dollars.

Qtrade Investor Costs

The costs associated with Qtrade Investor vary according to how active you are in trading, as well as the amount of assets you have. The price ranges from $7 up to $19, and there are extra charges for options, as well as per-share surcharges for certain transactions. You should read the entire Qtrade fee schedule to understand what is involved.

Even though Qtrade can be a little on the expensive side, the truth is that the customer service continues to be one of its greatest selling points. If you want great customer service, and a variety of account and Registered Plan options, this brokerage isn’t a bad choice, especially since you do get what you pay for.

Comments

  1. omi

    These fees are horrible, what is this, 2004?

  2. Cooper Gyles

    I have recently joined an online marketing business based in Toronto called Banner Broker. It is offering very high margins of 100% on the trading on online banner advertising function under an Affialiate Marketing methodology.
    I cannot find any references to their business address on Toronto or Oshawa.
    I do not know if the are registered as a compnay in the Canadaian business registry.
    Im reading a wide ranging amount of online commentary that suggests on the one had they are legit and on the other that its all a PONZI have on.
    Can you provide a definitive answer to my concerns

  3. Dean Junkin

    Q-TRADE literally sucks the past year. During heavy volumes or a busier time of day you cannot lg in or the site freezes. Naturally it’s during these times that you want to trade as well so a double whammy. Forced to call in the trade and on hold for 5 minutes so naturally you have lost your price by this time. I complained one time and was told I should expect a call back or email indicating I would get a price adjustment. No call/email received and no price adjustment provided.
    I have a mid 6 figure account with them and thoroughly p’d off!

  4. Daniel

    I would avoiding QTrade at all costs. I really don’t get any of the positive reviews (which was why I went with them initially). They have a ton of fees that are not super clear up front, and then when you take your money out they hit you with extra fees. I put a modest amount of money in a TFSA before realizing that I was being hit with almost $200 of fees per year, and deciding to remove my money. They then charged me almost $300 to take my money out. In total I ended up paying almost 10 PERCENT of my investment in Fees in under a year. Whether or not this was “clearly” spelled out in the fine print it was an awful experience. Coming from the US I am not used to the plethora of banking fees Canadian institutions charge but this was totally insane.

    On top of this there website looks like it is from 1998 and their customer service is poor.

  5. Alex

    Had a very similar bad experience with Qtrade. Invested $800 in an ETF 8 months ago as a trial run for larger investment and so far Qtrade has charged me $75. + HST in Admin Fees (10% of my account value) I tried to close my account to avoid any further admin fees and was threatened with another $100 admin fee if I didn’t leave the account open for another 3 months. If I wait another 3 months they will charge me another $25 admin fee so I’ll only have lost $100 on my $800 investment instead of $200. they will charge me for leaving before the end of a year. Charging 25% on an accounts total value in admin fees is just ridiculous and a fine print money grab. Avoid Qtrade due to hidden admin fees and penalties. I was considering to moving my 7 figure investment portfolio over to Q trade but not after being burned on a small initial test investment. Qtrade may have taken me for $200 on an $800 investment account but their admin fees scam just lost them a much bigger customer. Fool me once shame on you…

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