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The ABCs of self-directed investing

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Getting started as a self-directed investor

National Bank Direct Brokerage makes it easy for you to manage your investments directly. We've got the tools, training and support that new self-directed investors need.

Here's what you can do:

  • Take charge of your investments and trade in real time
  • Save on management fees
  • Achieve your financial goals
  • Get support from qualified experts
  • Expand your knowledge by attending our events

Online investing in 3 steps

Number 1

Choose your investment accounts

Looking to take charge of your portfolio, save for a vacation or simply play the markets? We have an account for you. Registered, non-registered or special: choose the best account to help you achieve your goals.

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Number 2

Use a powerful trading platform

Once your account is open, our secure platform makes it easy to trade. You'll get access to decision‑making tools and research to help enhance your investing knowledge. You're never on your own.

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Number 3

Select your products

Transfer your funds and select your investment products. Choose from ETFs, stocks, bonds and more. 

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Stocks and Exchange-Trade Funds (ETFs) 2
$0 commission, no minimum required
Options* $0 commission + $1.25 per contract
Exchange-traded debentures
$0 commission
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The fine print

*Options commission is $0 + $1.25/contract. A minimum fee of $6.25/trade applies. The maximum fee is $19.95 when the transaction value is less than $2,000. An option contract gives the holder the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell a given position in an underlying security at a given exercise price. Contracts are for 100 shares. 

1. Trades must have been made through our electronic solutions. 

2. Please read the prospectus before making an investment. ETFs are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. Regular pricing on equities trade applies if the $0 commission conditions on ETFs are not met.

Commissions are billed in the same currency as the transaction.

Each partial execution of a transaction is subject to the full commission, unless the transaction is executed in its entirety on the same business day. Full commission is charged for each separate transaction performed on the same security. Additional fees may be charged by the local securities exchange commission and/or by the stock market and are billed in the same currency as the transaction.

When a transaction is placed through one of our services (e.g., a representative), and then modified via another service (e.g., the website), the commission will be based on the higher of the two commission schedules. Option exercises are subject to the same commission schedule as share transactions made through a representative. A currency conversion is required for any trade involving a security in a currency other than that of the account in which the trade is settled. When carrying out this conversion, National Bank Direct Brokerage acts as principal and can earn, in addition to the commission applicable to the transaction, revenue based on the spread between the bid and ask rates. Short selling borrowed securities may result in additional fees. These fees vary based on the markets and without prior notice. Contact one of our representatives for more information about these fees.

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