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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. If you need guidance, refer back to your investor profile.

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Did you know?

Many investors use margin to take advantage of the leverage. Learn about our margin accounts to increase your return potential.

InvestCube platform

Short on time? Try InvestCube

InvestCube is an automated investing solution that is ideal for busy investors. You get an ETF portfolio that reflects your optimal asset mix, plus automatic rebalancing for a nominal fee (0.48% to 0.73%).

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A competitive fee structure

All Canadian and


    in commissions*1, 2

Basic pricing


per trade (less than 30 trades per quarte)3

Active investor pricing

$6.95 to $9.95

per trade (30 trades or more per quarter)3

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The fine print

Commissions on exchange-traded funds

1. 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 counted when calculating:

  • 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.

2. Regular pricing applies if the conditions for commission-free ETF trades are not fulfilled.

3. The pricing applies to Canadian and U.S. shares.

General commissions

*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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