How to dodge hidden fees charged by most online brokers. Plus, tips for effectively using GICs in your portfolio

Expect to pay $150 to break up with your online broker.

Pay it, then ask to be reimbursed by your new brokerage. It’s quite common right now for brokers to welcome new clients with a cover offer of $150 to $200 in transfer fees charged by their old company. Some examples of these offers:

  • CI Direct Trading will reimburse fees up to $150 for transfers valued at $25,000 or more.
  • Direct Investing Qtrade will reimburse transfer fees of up to $150 if you bring $15,000 or more to the business.
  • RBC Direct Investing says it will cover up to $200 in fees when you transfer $15,000 or more to the company.
  • The TD Easy Trade app offers to cover transfer fees up to $150 if you bring in $25,000 or more in assets.
  • Wealthsimple Trade refunds up to $150 for transfers over $5,000.

The website Sparx Trade is useful to find out what transfer fee offers are available. The brokers themselves are a little wary of these offers. If they’re mentioned on their public websites, it’s often in the fine print that you only see if you scroll down the homepage.

Transfer fees are also buried in most brokers’ commission and fee information. Many investors only find out about this fee when they transfer an account to another company and see a $150 debit on their statement.

If you find yourself in trouble for an account transfer, keep the statement showing the fees and send it to your new broker as soon as your new account is created. RBC requires proof of fee payment within six months of transferring your account.

Globe and Mail Digital Brokerage Ranking 2022 brokers reported that they charge $135 or $150 for transfers. The only broker with no transfer fees was Wealthsimple Trade.

Can’t find anything on your broker’s website about transfer fee coverage? It never hurts to ask a customer service representative for a refund, especially if you are bringing an account with serious assets.

— Rob Carrick, personal finance columnist

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Ask Globe Investor

Question: My financial advisor has advised me not to participate in the Imperial Oil (IMO-T) share buyback. IMO paid $77 per share, which is much higher than the current valuation. Interestingly, only 5% of general shareholders participated. Was it a good decision?

Answer: In early May, Imperial announced details of a major tender offer to repurchase up to $2.5 billion in shares at a modified Dutch auction. Interested shareholders were invited to deposit their shares at prices ranging from $62 to $78. On June 15, the company said it assumed and paid for 32,467,532 common shares at a price of $77 per share.

As of this writing, the stock is trading at $64.27, so it looks like those who didn’t participate missed out on a big gain. But wait, there’s a catch – there always is. The company said it estimates a deemed dividend of $75.25 per share was triggered upon the redemption, based on estimated paid-up capital of $1.75 per share as of June 10.

In other words, unless the shares are held in a registered plan, all sellers will be hit with a hefty tax bill. The dividend will be eligible for the dividend tax credit, but it still hurts. This is probably why your adviser suggested that you withdraw.

–Gordon Pope

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