what is your recommended low fee trading platform for beginner?

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Oct 22, 2016
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what is your recommended low fee trading platform for beginner?

hello. I am looking into trading stocks.

what is your recommended low fee trading platform for beginner?

I am checking out TD Direct Investing since I do most my banking with TD. But I wonder if there are more user friendly and low fee trading platform out there to allow me to trade Canada and USA market? Thank you!
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faken wrote: Wealthsimple
Bad advice here, Only use Wealthsimple Trade for your CDN investments, not US. This is because you will get charged a fee every time you sell or buy because they don't let you hold US currency.
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WealthSimple, Questrade and Interactive Brokers
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I have experience with Questrade and Interactive Brokers.

I recommend QT if you're only planning to trade a few times a month, are not planning to use margin, and are not going to be doing a lot of FX conversions or options trading. Most would agree that QT is easier to use, although their desktop platform is more full featured than the web or phone interface.

I recommend Interactive Brokers for low costs (interest) for margin (borrowing), cheap trades, and FX conversions. Everyone mentions IB as cheap for trades but not everyone mentions that you need to pay for real-time data and monthly fees, which can $200+ per year depending on which package you get.

With QT offering free ETF buys nowadays, IB makes less sense.

I use QT for RRSP and TFSA due to the fact I use uncomplicated investments and I use IB for the non-registered because of the low margin fees and I like their tax reporting better.
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Oct 31, 2009
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OP I am not so sure if you want a low fee platform to start trading or investing? If by all means you said you are a beginner and you want to start trading or investing, Wealthsimple Trade is a No fee platform as long as you only buy Canadian stocks.