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HSBC InvestDirect

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Below Average Firm

Needs Improvement: < 1 day


Not Rated

2016 Online Brokerage Review 2015 Mobile Brokerage Review
Score: 53% Score: NR
Rank: 12th Rank: NR
13 Firms Reviewed 11 Firms Reviewed
Surviscor Assessment:
Website Design
Account Services
Market Information
Transaction Process
Website Resources
Service Level Assessment
Mobile Accessibility
Surviscor Assessment:
Online Highlights

??HSBC InvestDirect continues to be ranked at the lowest end possible. The 2016 review indicated that HSBC InvestDirect typically places outside of the top 10 in both categories and sub-categories.  

  • Availability of multi-currency accounts
  • Global trading capabilities
Mobile Highlights
  • Lack of online resources
  • Basic Market Intelligence
  • Below average trading process

Brokerage Rankings

Qtrade Investor is the new leader in online customer experience in the Canadian Online Discount Brokerage landscape with a convincing win, dethroning BMO InvestorLine, a four time winner since 2011. The Surviscor Canadian Online Discount Brokerage Review focuses on the relatively 'free' segments of business for the everyday Canadian Investor.

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1 Qtrade Investor 87%
2 Scotia iTRADE 78%
3 Questrade 77%
4 Virtual Brokers 76%
5 BMO InvestorLine 76%
6 TD Direct Investing 72%
7 RBC Direct Investing 71%
8 Credential Direct 69%
9 Desjardins Online Brokerage 68%
10 CIBC Investor's Edge 63%
11 National Bank Direct Brokerage 60%
12 HSBC InvestDirect 53%
13 Laurentian Bank Discount Brokerage 37%

For the fifth straight year, MoneySense magazine and Surviscor have partnered to produce the annual Canada's Best Canadian Online Brokerages review. The study was conducted in June and July of 2017 using Surviscor's most recent Canadian online and mobile brokerage features, functionality and service data to support the conclusions.

The methodology and results were jointly produced by Surviscor and MoneySense. CLICK on any firm for more detailed information and educational content. Additional Canadian brokerage firms not mentioned as well as all Canadian banking firms can be found by clicking: LEARN MORE ABOUT MY FIRMS

The category top picks and honourable mentions were:

Getting Started

Top Pick and Honourable Mention:
Questrade and TD Direct Investing

User Experience

Top Pick and Honourable Mention:
Questrade and Qtrade Investor

Fees and Commissions

Top Picks and Honourable Mentions:
CIBC Investor's Edge/Questrade and Qtrade Investor/Virtual Brokers

Customer Service

Top Pick and Honourable Mention:
Qtrade Investor and Desjardins Online Brokerage

Reporting & Recordkeeping

Top Pick and Honourable Mention:
BMO InvestorLine and Qtrade Investor

Market Data

Top Pick and Honourable Mention:
TD Direct Investing and Qtrade Investor

Best for ETF's

Top Picks and Honourable Mention:
Virtual Brokers/Questrade and National Bank Direct Brokerage


Top Pick:
Qtrade Investor

Honourable Mention:

Top bank-owned brokerages:
BMO InvestorLine and Scotia iTRADE

Digital release date: July 17, 2017

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Service Level Rankings

For the second consecutive year, Qtrade Investor is the leader in customer service amongst Canadian self-directed brokerage firms, as measured by the 2016 Surviscor Service Level Assessment review. The review, now in its 12th year, analyzed over 170 'mystery shopper' service enquiries, per firm, in 2016. Desjardins Online Brokerage and Scotia iTRADE rounded up the top three.

1 Qtrade Investor 96%
2 Desjardins Online Brokerage 81%
3 Scotia iTRADE 79%
4 RBC Direct Investing 71%
5 HSBC InvestDirect 52%
6 TD Direct Investing 50%
7 BMO InvestorLine 29%
8 Credential Direct 29%
9 Virtual Brokers 27%
10 National Bank Direct Brokerage 23%
11 Jitney Trade 18%
12 CIBC Investor's Edge 15%
13 Questrade 15%
14 Laurentian Bank Discount Brokerage 4%

Current Rank 1
Overall Score (%) 99
Current Service Rating (%) 85
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Overall Score (%) 71
Current Service Rating (%) 85
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