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Evaluation of Questrade: Canada’s largest independent online brokerage firm

To the point In this article, find out how to invest in the stock market with Questrade, Canada's largest independent online brokerage firm.

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Questrade is an investment dealer that opened its doors in 1999. Over the years, Questrade has become the largest independent broker in Canada. The company has $30 billion in assets under management and is a 12-time winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies list.

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As you will see below, Questrade offers several products and services, such as self-directed investments with the brokerage platform and professionally managed active investment portfolios. What’s more, Questrade sets itself apart from the competition by offering an impressive variety of individual, joint, corporate and trust accounts. In 2023, Questrade made a big splash by being the first online broker in Canada to offer the First-Home Savings Account (FHSA).

Whether you’re a novice or an advanced investor, Questrade has the trading platforms and analysis tools to meet your needs.

What services does Questrade offer?

The Questrade online brokerage platform offers a wide variety of products and services. Firstly, Questrade offers a self-directed investment service (Questrade Trading) and a professionally managed investment portfolio service (Questwealth Portfolios).

Next, Questrade offers several types of investment accounts, including margin accounts, registered accounts (TFSA, FHSA, RESP, RRSP, RRIF, etc.) and corporate accounts.

Subsequently, Questrade enables trading in a wide variety of investment products, from safe investments such as guaranteed investment certificates (GICs) to more volatile asset classes such as equities, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and options.

Finally, Questrade offers several trading platforms, including an online trading platform (Questrade Trading), a mobile application (QuestMobile) and an advanced trading application to install on your computer (Questrade Edge).

Here’s more information on each of Questrade‘s products and services…

Questrade Trading

Questrade Trading lets you invest in the stock market yourself, using a variety of trading platforms, investment products and account types. With the help of Questrade Global, you can also invest in commodities and foreign exchange (Forex). Questrade charges no administration or inactivity fees, and trading fees are among the lowest in Canada.

Questwealth Portfolios

Questwealth Portfolios is a professionally managed investment portfolio service from Questrade.Management fees are 0.25% per year (or 0.20% if you invest $100,000 or more). With management fees of 0.12% for the ETFs held in the portfolio, total fees amount to 0.37%. This service offers automatic portfolio rebalancing when necessary.

Investment account types

As mentioned above, Questrade offers several types of investment accounts.

First, here are the most popular accounts:

  • TFSA (Tax-Free Savings Account)
  • RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan)
  • Individual margin accounts
  • FHSA (First-Home Savings Account)
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Next, here are the other types of accounts offered by Questrade for self-directed investments: retirement, education, business, etc.

Retirement :

  • RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan)
  • Spousal RRSP
  • Locked-in RRSP
  • LIRA (Locked-In Retirement Account)
  • RRIF (Registered Retirement Income Fund)
  • LIF (Life Income Fund)

Studies :

  • RESP (Registered Education Savings Plan)
  • Family RESP

Entity and trust :

  • Business
  • Investment club
  • Partnership
  • Sole proprietorship
  • Formal trust, informal trust and informal joint trust

Margin accounts :

  • Individual margin account (non-registered account)
  • Joint margin account

Forex :

  • Forex (foreign exchange market) and individual CFDs (contracts for difference)
  • Joint Forex and CFD

Investment products

The following is a list of investment products available as self-directed investments from Questrade. Note the wide variety of investment types for all objectives, investment strategies and risk levels.

  • Money market
  • Company shares
  • Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
  • Asset allocation ETFs
  • Options (purchase or sale contract)
  • Forex (foreign exchange)
  • IPO (initial public offering)
  • Contracts for difference
  • Mutual Funds
  • Government or corporate obligations
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs)
  • International equities
  • Precious metals

Trading platforms

Questrade offers several trading platforms for beginners and more experienced investors alike.

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All-in-one platforms :

  • Questrade Trading: Main online trading platform with integrated “Learning Mode” function.
  • QuestMobile: Mobile application (iOS and Android) with integrated “Learning Mode” function.

Advanced trading platforms :

  • Questrade Edge Mobile (new): Mobile application designed for active traders.
  • Questrade Edge (IQ Edge): Advanced trading platform available on the Web and as a version to be installed on your computer (PC and Mac).

Questrade Global: Platform for trading currencies (Forex) and commodities on international markets.

How much does it cost to use Questrade?

Questrade charges no administration or inactivity fees. What’s more, it offers some of the lowest trading fees in Canada.

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  • Share: 1¢/share, with a minimum commission of $4.95 and a maximum of $9.95 per transaction.
  • ETFs: Buying ETFs is free, and selling ETFs works the same way as for stocks (1¢/share, min. $4.95 and max. $9.95).
  • Options: $9.95 + $1/contract
  • Mutual funds: $9.95 per transaction
  • Bonds: minimum purchase of $5,000
  • GIC: minimum purchase of $5,000

Precious metals: US$19.95 per transaction

Market data packages

Several features are available free of charge with all Questrade accounts. These include unlimited instant quotes for equities and ETFs (at the click of a button) and continuous real-time streaming of TSX and TSXV indices.

However, for active investors who wish to obtain additional data, and for data to appear in real time without refreshing the page, you need to subscribe to a monthly plan.

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  • Real-time options: For $19.95 a month, you get Level 1 quotes on Canadian and U.S. exchanges. Plus, you get a full refund ($19.95) if you spend more than $48.95 on trading commissions.
  • Continuous release of advanced Canadian data: For $89.95 per month, you get additional Level 1 and 2 data for a closer look at Canadian stock markets and index data. Plus, you get a partial refund ($19.95) if you spend more than $48.95 on trading commissions, or a full refund if you spend more than $399.95 on trading commissions.

How do I open a Questrade account?

The online account opening process is very simple:

  1. Open your account online
  2. Sign and submit documents online
  3. Transfer money to your account instantly
  4. Start trading
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However, not all stages of the account opening process are offered in French. For example, the account creation step is available in both English and French. While the steps for submitting documents online and funding the account are offered in English only. According to their website, Questrade is working to complete the French translation of its website and trading platforms.

Reimbursement of transfer fees

When you transfer your investment accounts from your current bank or online broker to Questrade, you can obtain a refund of the transfer fee. Your former bank may charge you a fee, usually between $50 and $150. Questrade offers a refund of these fees, up to $150 per account. To request a refund, simply send Questrade proof of fees paid within 60 days of the transfer.

Questrade Customer Service

Questrade customer service is available via chat, telephone, e-mail and in person.

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  • Chat: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Telephone: Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • E-mail: any time.
  • In person: Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at their North York office (5700 Yonge St, North York, ON M2M 4K2).

Advantages and disadvantages of Questrade

Here are the advantages and disadvantages of Questrade.

Advantages:

  • No administrative or inactivity fees.
  • Free ETF purchases.
  • Wide variety of investment accounts, including the new FHSA, joint accounts and corporate accounts (which many competitors don’t offer).
  • Wide variety of investment products: equities, ETFs, options, FOREX, IPOs, etc.
  • Web, mobile and desktop trading platforms.
  • Questwealth Portfolios, a professionally managed investment portfolio service.

Disadvantages :

  • Trading platform available in English only (currently undergoing French translation).
  • Trading fees for equities and ETF sales (compared to other online brokers who offer free trading).
  • Purchase of fractional shares not available.

Bottom Line

In short, Questrade lets you invest on your own (self-directed investments) or with the help of professionals (actively managed investment portfolios). Whether you’re a novice or an advanced investor, Questrade offers the trading platforms and analysis tools to meet your needs.

For more information, please visit the Questrade website or contact customer service at www.questrade.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Questrade.

How do I open a Questrade account?

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The online account opening process is very simple. In fact, there are just four steps: open the account, submit documents online, fund the account, start trading. However, not all stages of the account opening process are offered in French.

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How to use Questrade

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The Questrade online brokerage platform offers a wide variety of products and services. First, you need to choose between self-directed investing (online brokerage) or professionally managed investment portfolios (Questwealth Portfolios). For independent investors, you can open several types of investment accounts, such as margin accounts and registered accounts (TFSA, FHSA, RESP, RRSP, etc.). You can trade a variety of investment products, such as stocks, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and options. Among the many platforms available, you can use the online trading platform (Web), the mobile app (iOS and Android) or the advanced trading app to install on your computer (PC and Mac).

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Is Questrade safe and reliable?

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Of course. Questrade is an investment dealer that opened its doors in 1999 and has grown to become Canada’s largest independent investment dealer. It has $30 billion in assets under management and is a 12-time winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies competition. Questrade is a member of IIROC (“Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada”) and CIPF (“Canadian Investor Protection Fund”). Finally, Questrade protects its customers’ accounts with an additional $10 million in private insurance.

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