Exchange-traded funds

At NBDB, trade any Canadian or US ETF commission-free*

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To be exempt from commission fees:
  • Trades must involve 100 or more units of exchange-traded funds
  • Trades must be carried out through our electronic solutions
  • Clients must also sign up to receive all their documents electronically


    3 reasons to choose NBDB when you invest in an ETF

    Pay no commission on your Canadian
    and US ETF trades*.

    Get a refund on your transfer fees
    when you open an account with us.

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    What is an ETF?

    An ETF consists of a basket of securities that can be traded on stock exchanges. ETFs usually replicate an index, but can also be linked to other types of financial assets like currencies or commodities. Generally, investors use ETFs for two reasons: as a passive way to invest over the long term, or to gain exposure to a short-term trend in a given sector or index.

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    6 advantages of ETFs


    Benefit from their lower management fees and save on commissions with our $0 offer!


    Diversify your portfolio at low cost by investing in baskets of securities.


    Take advantage of their transparency ! ETF issuers are required to disclose their composition on a daily basis.


    Capitalize on their tax efficiency by profiting from the low turnover rate of assets within ETFs.
    Invest worldwide and in a multitude of asset classes through ETFs.
    Enjoy the flexibility of buying or selling ETFs just like a stock throughout the trading day.

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    How to choose an ETF

    ETFs are a great way to optimize your diversification strategy and reduce portfolio risk compared to shares. Like all the components of your portfolio, your ETFs should be carefully selected to match your investor profile and objectives. Take the time to analyze the makeup of the ETFs you are considering, the associated management fees, and their return compared to their risk level.



    It's even easier with NBDB

    NBDB provides a search tool that allows you to filter available products and generate a list of ETFs that match your criteria. You can access this tool from your National Bank Direct Brokerage account under Quotes & Markets > ETF Centre.


    Can I borrow to buy ETFs?

    Yes. This is usually carried out using a margin account.

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    *The "Zero Commission on ETFs" promotion has been in effect since September 1, 2016 for the Canadian market and since August 31, 2017 for the US market. Trades must involve 100 or more units of exchange-traded funds and must be carried out through our electronic solutions. Clients must also sign up to receive all their documents electronically.

    Commission-free ETF trades are not qualifying for the following fee reduction:

    •  Free access to trading platforms.
    •  Active Investor pricing.
    •  Annual administrative fees. 

    Management and other fees may apply to ETF investments. Please read the prospectus before making an investment. ETFs are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.




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