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Where can Canadians find a broker


As for brokers for Canadians, the most honest and stable brokers in the world are the Canadian major banks
TD waterhouse  http://www.tdwaterhouse.ca (better platform than the two below)
BMO investorline https://www.bmoinvestorline.com/ (well run good service)
Scotia iTrade  http://scotiaitrade.scotiabank.com/itrade  (cheep – limited abaility)

However that said, Canadian brokers are not great for day trading, they don’t do futures, very limited ability to short stocks or buy US options and no real currency trading.

Some safe US brokers do take Canadian accounts:
If you want to trade Options and Futures with a very small account look into "TD Think or Swim" https://www.thinkorswim.com/tos/client/index.jsp also I love the interface, what great charts and analytics. ToS option decay graphs are the best in the world, they can track Theta burn better than you can on a Bloomberg terminal.
If you have a major account and trade size frequently like I do, you can use Interactive Brokers -- but they don't do accounts under $100,000. http://www.interactivebrokers.ca/en/main.php   or  http://youtu.be/ChKIecFPL8A

Why do I love Interactive Brokers?
-        Lightning fast execution with smart routing, my fills are way faster than any other broker can get me.
-        Crazy cool order types, like MOC, vwap, iceberg and one cancels all.
-        Flexible instruments, stocks, futures options bonds currency all from one account.
-        No front running my market orders. All Canadian banks do this, penny here a penny there.

Why I don’t like IB
-        Support stinks, it is like they really hate their customers
-        No phone orders, if you have no internet you cannot cancel a trade, too bad you just lost your account while you were in a storm.
-        The front end blows. IB graphs look like a high school kid wrote it in his basement. Use Tradestation or Ninjatrader as your front end. 

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