Q3-2012 - Online Discount Brokerage Review
Scotia iTrade is the new leader in online discount brokerage services in Canada as determined in the 11th edition of the Surviscor Online Discount Brokerage scorCard. Qtrade, the winner of the Q1 2012 review, fell to second place. BMO InvestorLine maintained third place while TD Waterhouse fell again into a tie for the third spot, narrowly behind BMO InvestorLine. Credential Direct dropped to fifth place and RBC Direct Investing fell to sixth. Scotia iTrade improved its score by 14 points from Q1 2012 with the introduction of its new website offering that is fully integrated with its online banking offering. The Surviscor Online Discount Brokerage review exclusively focuses on the Investor segment and reviews three types of Investor; the Passive, the Serious and the Active.
The firms' percentage score is based on the availability of its offerings as compared to the number one peers in each category. The main criteria was again expanded to over 3200 criteria questions with a more in-depth look at mobile brokerage applications, ETF information and services and a closer look at trading screens.
The category winners are: Scotia iTrade (Website Usability, Account Services and Website Transactions); TD Waterhouse (Market Intelligence and Online Resources); BMO InvestorLine (Getting Started - Public Website) and Virtual Brokers (Cost of Services).
The discount brokerage scorCard continues to expand and is the most comprehensive online brokerage analysis in North America. The scorCard reviews over 3200 features and functionality criteria questions which make up 32 sub-categories and 7 main categories. The scorCard identifies the Investor needs with easy to understand categories.
Each company's results and general information is available to users by linking on the company name in any of the result pages. Particpating firms allow visitors to view more information, including video presentations and a "what's new" section. The overview page also provides visitors the ability to link to various key area of the company's site.
Surviscor reviews all Canadian discount brokerage firms including bank-owned and independent firms. Traditional day trading firms are included providing they meet the minimum requirements for inclusion. The Firms are evaluated for the online features and functionality offered.
The minimum requirements are:
- Transactional capabilities in Canadian and US markets
- Physical location in Canada with minimum registration requirement of 2 provinces
- Ability to establish a registered account
- Minimum account opening balance requirement no greater than $10,000 CDN
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