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Questrade

Published by Blain Reinkensmeyer
On Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Overview

For Canadian residents Questrade offers clients competitive commissions rates and easy access to both the US and Canadian stock markets.

Dislikes

Broker only available to Canadian Residents.

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Questrade is a financial service provider with a democratically priced online stock trading platform for its Canadian based investors. They have a solid platform of trading tools for their customers, competitive commissions, and other options such as trading physical Gold. Questrade is one of the fastest growing Canadian brokers due to great customer service, direct access technology, and quick trade execution.

Our Questrade review includes a variety of information for researching and finding a brokerage to suit your needs. We have detailed commissions & fees data, an extensive features checklist, and other important broker information available. Our team encourages all investors to compare Questrade with their competitors to find out how they stack up.


Blain Reinkensmeyer

Blain has been involved in the markets for over 15 years, heading StockBrokers.com broker research and reviews. His personal blog, StockTrader.com, provides education articles as well as to-the-point market recaps to over 17,000 subscribers.

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Questrade Ratings

* - Questrade did not to participate in the 2016 Online Broker Review. As a result, there are no current ratings to display.

Overall
Commissions & Fees
Offering of Investments
Platforms & Tools
Research
Customer Service
Mobile Trading
Ease of Use
Education
Order Execution
Banking

Best in Class

Best in Class - Overall
Best in Class - Commissions & Fees
Best in Class - Offering of Investments
Best in Class - Platforms & Tools
Best in Class - Research
Best in Class - Customer Service
Best in Class - Mobile Trading
Best in Class - Ease of Use
Best in Class - Investor Education
Best in Class - Order Execution
Best in Class - Banking
Best in Class - Active Trading
Best in Class - Options Trading
Best in Class - New Investors

Questrade Awards

Commission Notes

Questrade is a Canadian based broker offering discount stock trades to Canadian residents. The broker also offers clients to trade US stocks while holding US cash in their accounts. Questrade is a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF). CIPF provides coverage for your general accounts up to CAD $1 million per account.

Stock Trades

Standard Accounts - All stock trades are $.01 per share with a $4.95 minimum per trade and a $9.95 max per trade. There is a $25 additional fee for phone orders.

Questrade Advantage - Stock trades are $4.95 flat or $.01 per share with a $0.95 minimum per trade and a $6.95 max per trade. Buy ETFs for free.

Options Trades

Standard Accounts - All options trades are $9.95 + $1.00 per contract. Any options assignments are a flat $12.95.

Questrade Advantage - Options trades are $6.95 + $0.75 per contract. Any options assignments are a flat $12.95.

Mutual Funds - $9.95 per trade. Questrade also offers a mutual fund maximizer program. For certain mutual funds Questrade will refund you the trailer fees (fees paid by the fund company to the broker) directly to the clients account.

Other Investments - International Trading available (outside of Canadian and US exchanges): International trades are charged a commission of 1% of the trade value (minimum charge of $125 USD), plus applicable exchange or stamp fees. Forex trading and the purchasing of Gold are also available investment types offered by the broker.

Trade Commissions Breakdown

$4.95 Stock Trade Fee (flat)*
N/A Stock Trade Fee (per share)*
$9.95 Options Base Fee*
$1.00 Options Per Contract Fee*
N/A Options Exercise Fee
N/A Options Assignment Fee
$9.95 Mutual Fund Trade Fee
N/A Broker Assisted Trades Fee
$1,000.00 Minimum Deposit

Margin Rates

-1.00% Under $24,999.99
-1.00% $25,000.00 to 49,999.99
-1.00% $50,000.00 to $99,999.99
-1.00% $100,000.00 to $249,999.99
-1.00% $250,000.00 to $499,999.99
-1.00% $500,000.00 to $999,999.99
-1.00% Above $1,000,000.00

Miscellaneous Fees

N/A Bond Trade Fee
N/A Treasury Trade Fee
$0.00 CD Trade Fee
N/A IVR Trade Fee
N/A IRA Annual Fee
N/A IRA Closure Fee
N/A Forced Margin Sellout Fee
N/A Returned ACH Fee
N/A Returned Wire Fee
N/A Stock Certificate Processing Fee
N/A Stock Certificate Delivery Fee
N/A Paper Statement Fee
N/A Paper Confirmation Fee
N/A Domestic Wire Fee
N/A International Wire Fee

Offering of Investments

* - Questrade did not participate in the 2016 Online Broker Review, as a result the following data may not be up to date.

Advisor Services
Bonds (Corporate)
Bonds (Municipal)
Bonds (US Treasury)
CDs
N/A Clearing Firm
N/A Commission Free ETFs
Direct Market Routing - Stocks
Direct Market Routing - Options
DRIPs
# of Easy to Borrow Stocks
Yes Forex Trading
Futures Trading
Member FINRA
Member SIPC
Yes Mutual Funds
N/A Mutual Funds (Load)
N/A Mutual Funds (No Load)
Mutual Funds (NTF)
Mutual Funds (Total)
Mutual Funds Phone Trades
Mutual Funds Web Trades
No Fee IRAs
Yes No Inactivity Fees
No Minimum Deposit
Options Exercising (Phone)
Options Exercising (Web)
Yes Options Trading
Options Trading (Mini)
Options Trading (Weekly)
OTCBB / Pink Sheets
Yes Stock Trading

Customer Service

Yes Phone Support
Yes Email Support
Live Chat (Current Clients)
24/7 Support

Platforms & Tools

Desktop Platform (Windows)
Desktop Platform (Mac)
Web Platform
Active Trading Platform
Auto Investing
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Charting - Drawing Tools
Charting - Notes
Heat Mapping
Ladder Trading
Level 2 Quotes - Stocks
Level 2 Quotes - Options
Option Chains - Streaming Real-time
Option Analysis - P&L Charts
Stock Alerts Delivery - Email
Stock Alerts Delivery - Sound
Stock Alerts Delivery - Text SMS
Streaming Time & Sales
Streaming TV
Trade Hot Keys
Virtual Trading
Watchlists - Streaming Real-time Quotes

Research

Research - ETFs
Research - Mutual Funds
Research - Pink Sheets / OTCBB
Research - Fixed Income
N/A Equity Research - Research Reports
ETF Research - Top 10 Holdings
ETF Research - Morningstar Style Box
ETF Research - Research Reports
Mutual Fund Research - Research Reports
Mutual Fund Research - Fees Breakdown
Mutual Fund Research - Performance Analysis
Mutual Fund Research - Top 10 Holdings
Screener - Stocks
Screener - ETFs
Screener - Mutual Funds
Screener - Options
Screener - Bonds

Education

Has Education - Stocks
Has Education - ETFs
Has Education - Options
Has Education - Mutual Funds
Has Education - Fixed Income
Has Education - Retirement
Investor Dictionary
Client Webinars
Live Seminars
Videos
Retirement Calculator
Community Forums

Mobile Trading

Yes iPhone App
iPad App
Apple Watch App
Yes Android App
Android Tablet App
Yes Mobile Site
Quotes (Real-time)
Quotes (Streaming Real-time)
Watch List Syncing
Market Movers (Top Gainers)
Stock Alerts Delivery - Push Notifications
Customizable Homescreen
Stream Live TV
Trading - Stocks
Trading - Stocks (After-Hours)
Trading - Simple Options
Trading - Complex Options

Banking

Member FDIC
Checking Accounts
Savings Accounts
Debit Cards
Credit Cards
Mortgage Loans
Mobile Check Deposit
ATM Fee Reimbursement
No Fee Banking
N/A Retail Locations

Active Trading

Receives Payment for Order Flow
Client Liquidity Rebates
Financial Information Forum (FIF) Participant

All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 2/16/2016 and is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. The StockBrokers.com staff is constantly working with its online broker representatives to obtain the latest pricing data. If you believe any data listed above is inaccurate, please contact us using the link at the bottom of this page. For stock trade rates, advertised pricing is for a standard order size of 500 shares of stock priced at $30 per share. For options orders, an options regulatory fee per contract may apply.

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