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Although the Canadian dollar has been near parity with the greenback recently, there is often a big gap between prices. (ADRIAN WYLD/CP/ADRIAN WYLD/CP)
Although the Canadian dollar has been near parity with the greenback recently, there is often a big gap between prices. (ADRIAN WYLD/CP/ADRIAN WYLD/CP)

Online Brokers 2012: Forex comparison for Canada's online brokerages Add to ...

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As part of this year's online brokerage ranking, firms were asked how much they would have charged a client to buy 100 shares of Microsoft at a price of $30 (U.S.) per share. Here's the price quoted by each broker, including foreign exchange charges, effective on the morning of Oct. 5. Stock-trading commissions are not included here.

Firm Forex Cost ($C)
BMO InvestorLine 2,973
CIBC Investor's Edge 2,979
Credential Direct 2,988
Disnat 3,003
HSBC InvestDirect 2,980
National Bank Direct Brokerage 2,970
Qtrade 2,953
Questrade 2,996
RBC Direct Investing 2,981
Scotia iTrade 2,982
TD Waterhouse 2,967
Virtual Brokers 2,958

Note: Brokers were asked to quote the exchange rate for everyday clients, and not those who qualify for discounts or special treatment because of active trading or large accounts.

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