CIBC Investors Edge Review

I’ve been a customer of CIBC for a very long time, probably since I was 5-6 when I opened my first bank account. When I turned 15-16, I opened a CIBC Investors Edge Account (with my parents). Since I have substantial experience with CIBC Investors Edge, I thought I would share some of my thoughts on them.

Trading Platform

Their basic trading platform is a web based one. Their interface is very basic, and can be quite cumbersome. For example, after placing a trade, it brings you to a “confirmation page” which requires you to re-enter your password. It’s an extra bit of security, but slows down the process. Perhaps I’m spoiled with the super quick execution of Interactive Brokers.

Mutual Funds

  • Like other big banks, they have access to an abundance of mutual funds.
  • They have a free mutual fund screener (same as globefund.com).

Fees

  • $100/year for balances under $25,000 for RRSP/RRIF/LIRA/LIF;
  • $0/year for TFSA; and,
  • $100/year for balances under $10,000 for non-registered accounts (exempt if you hold an RRSP with CIBC).

Commissions

  • $6.95/trade for regular investors;
  • $4.95/trade for 150+ trades a quarter;
  • Free dividend reinvestment. However, they cannot purchase partial shares.

Real Time Quotes

  • They offer free real time quotes for both U.S and Canadian stocks. However, they do not offer real time charts (15 min delay).

Forex Exchange Rate

  • Their Forex rate is comparable to other big banks where they charge 0.90% each way. They do not offer wash trades like TD does.

What Needs Improvement

  • Even though they have a great pricing structure for traders, their web interface is really cumbersome and not responsive enough for quick trades. For example, after submitting a trade, they bring you to a confirmation screen that makes you re-type your password.
  • They NEED real time charts. If they want to be taken seriously in the trading world, they need to integrate this ASAP.
  • I would like to see more details on performance. Right now, they only show the “purchase price” in the RRSP accounts. In the regular non-registered account, they don’t show any “performance” metrics at all.

Final Thoughts

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FT is the founder and editor of Million Dollar Journey (est. 2006). Through various financial strategies outlined on this site, he grew his net worth from $200,000 in 2006 to $1,000,000 by 2014. You can read more about him here.
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13 years ago

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Dom
13 years ago

Hi FT,

Could you explain what is “wash trade” as offered by TD? TIA,

Canadian Capitalist
13 years ago

FT: Thanks for pointing Dom to my site.

Dom: Here’s the link.

nobleea
13 years ago

Hi, E*Trade has a similar order confirmation page which does slow down the process. I don’t think it’s caused me to lose out on any fast moving stocks, but it has saved me a couple times from buying a stock at the wrong price!

Nabloid
13 years ago

Investor’s Edge doesn’t currently offer L2 quotes (I know TD does!). I’ve seen one of my friends with the L2 quotes and it shows a bunch of bids and asks that are currently listed for the stock. It is extremely handy. I’ve asked CIBC if they have this option (I phoned them) and the rep said they don’t, but other’s have asked about it in the past.

This is also a big problem. If you want to be a solid brokerage firm, you need to offer solid features, especially L2 quotes!!

hoto
13 years ago

Anyone have any ideas as to the best way of getting money into the investor’s edge account when you don’t use their banking services?

When I called in, they said that you can setup a LOC with a third party bank, which they can debit when you give them the information, and the transaction will be near instantaneous.

But, they said it only works for LOCs..so I am thinking of opening up a TD LOC as a free chequing account.

Any ideas?

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J. G. Read
13 years ago

Where might I find a list of equities that are purchaseable on margin ?

Also how does one calculate what equity is 50 % or 30 % marginable ?

Any assistance would be appreciated.

J.G. Read

SM
12 years ago

Hi all,

I’m currently a TDW customer ( w/t CAN, US and SDRRSP account) and I’m getting tired at paying 29+ / trade.
I’m thinking to switching an another broker (Questrade, TradeFreedom or CIBC) and looking for help.

1- Will I have to pay some fee for transferring my accounts?
2- How long will it take to transfer my accounts from TDW to Ques trade once the account is open?
3- I understand that to transfer fund from my bank to Questrade I can use the pay bill option. What about the other way around? Do I have any other option to transfer fund between accounts.

Thanks,

Investor
11 years ago

It may be true that cibc doesn’t offer LV2 quotes, it does have real time quotes, and 15 minute delayed charts.

Although TDW does offer LV2 quotes, one has to look at the pricing aswell. You have to make 150 trades/q (600 trades per year) to recieve this LV2 quote service for free. @ that volume your commissions are 7$ a trade.

The mid level is if you make between 30-149/q (120 trades per year min.) in that case you will get this service for 99$ a month and a commission of 10$ a trade.

If you make under 30 trades per quarter. Your charged regular commission and as far as I know are only able to access their webtrader. (which doesn’t have Lv2)

They simply just offer a nice little program @ a cost for serious traders, and for free for professional day traders looking to trade alot.

Investor
11 years ago

Oh and, BTW. Their maintence fee’s for non-registered accounts are now $60/year if you hold less then 10,000$. If you hold above that the fee is waived.

Dividend Lover
10 years ago

CIBC is now offering 6.95 Trades for accounts above $100,000 without buying the edge advantage package.

http://dividendlover.blogspot.com/2010/04/cibc-investors-edge-unadvertized-deal.html

you have to call and ask for it. It’s “unadvertized”

smallinvestor
10 years ago

IMHO CIBC Investor’s Edge isn’t suitable for small investors. Their account fee is high, their commission $28 and if they can’t fill your trade, they’ll charge you several times, (I was selling 2000 shares, they’ve sold it in 3 chunks charging 3×28), if it’s a registered account, the partly transfer out is $50, full transfer out $135.

Richard
10 years ago

Hello FT,
I am wondering how you went about opening a CIBC Investors Edge account when you were 16. This question was raised because I am currently 15 and I want to open a CIBC Investors Edge account to invest in mainly growth ETF’s. The reason why I want to do this is because I believe that 20 years from now we will be looking back at now as the buying time of the century.

Richard
10 years ago

Dear FT,
When you say that I can possibly open a trading account would it have to be an informal trust. If it would have to be, I do not believe that my parents would be too thrilled about dividends being taxed to them.

Richard
10 years ago

Dear FT, one last question…If I invest in a company that is known to regularly increase their dividends and has good capital appreciation over time and set up a DRIP would this be a good investment strategy. If so, how would such a strategy be taxed?

Richard
10 years ago

FT, thank you for the advice, I hope my questions were not bothersome to you.

Istvan Balogh
10 years ago

To my astonishment, after transfering my Scotia iTrade RRSP trading account (yes, paying the penalty to iTrade) I just found out that CIBC is not going to continue with the Edge Advantage program of 50 trades for $395 starting January 2011. You might say that my transfer timing was “almost” perfect. You could trade however for as little as $6.95 per trade, provided that you have 100K essets with CIBC. Which I don’t. So it leaves me little option but to transfer (all) my accounts out (yet again) and considering perhaps Quest Trade. Though I can see that other people having glithes there too. So I am a bit lost at the moment.
GolfDude

wx_junkie
9 years ago

This new pricing structure is great ($9.95 for $50k-$100k). The nice thing is, because the $50k threshold includes all of your CIBC business, I can open up a TFSA trading account with $0, and immediately enjoy $9.95 trades in both my TFSA and my non-registered trading account for SM.

Istvan Balogh
9 years ago

Yes, thank you both for the clarification. Unfortunately for me, even the 50 K is
over my head, so now I am in the process of transfering my mortgage over to CIBC in order to qualify for the $6.95 trade. Which is an excellent price, don’t get me wrong, I just wish I wouldn’t have to go through such a serious process for this price. Besides, it kind’a feels that they “force” me into something I woudln’t otherwise do. Oh well. I will survive this too. Thanks again for the input.

wx_junkie
9 years ago

: If you call up today, they’ll give you the new pricing. I did on Monday, and made my first trade on Tuesday under the reduced commissions.

JASON
4 years ago

I have been using cibc for 7 years. They lost me nearly 30% on currency conversion stupidity. I had a separate American dollar and Canadian dollar account set up so i wouldn’t have to deal with the currency conversion. One day without any notification they transferred all my US holdings to my Canadian account. What this did was force me to sell and convert back to Canadian dollars. I put my money into the account when the loonie was near parity. Now 5 years later its at 0.72. I will never do business with them again. I am currently in talks with the IIROC about taking action against them.