Questrade discount brokerage has just come out with a great way for retail mutual fund owners to save on high management fees by offering to rebate up to 1% of those fees.
What’s the deal with the Questrade mutual fund rebate?
Questrade will rebate up to 1% of the management fee for any mutual funds held at Questrade. This amount has to exceed $29.95 per month for the investor to get any rebate. This means that you need to have more than $36,000 in mutual funds before the rebate kicks in.
How is this possible?
When an investor buys a mutual fund from an advisor then the advisor is paid a “trailer” each year which is based on the amount of the investment. Typical trailers for equity mutual funds are 1%. Bond and money market funds will be lower. The amount Questrade will rebate will be equal to the trailer paid on the funds you owned.
The problem is for a do-it-yourself investor who wants to buy retail mutual funds is that they can only buy them through an advisor or a discount brokerage and they are charged for the trailer even if they don’t have an advisor. With this new program the investor will be able to save most of the trailer amount.
How much will it cost to transfer my mutual funds to Questrade?
If you transfer before March 2, 2009 from a different financial institution and transfer at least $25,000 then it will be free of charge.
How much are mutual fund trading fees?
Questrade charges $9.95 per mutual fund trade.
I don’t have $36,000 – is it still worthwhile?
Depends on the situation – if you are close enough to $36k (ie $30k or more) and will be buying more mutual funds then it might be worth doing even though you won’t get the rebate for a while. At the very least it won’t cost you anything.
Another situation might be if you have some back-end funds that you don’t want to pay commissions on. If you are planning to just buy low cost ETFs then you might consider moving the mutual funds to the same institution.
Where do I sign up?
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Is it really cheaper to pay $10 per trade rather than get my advisor to do it for me?
Let’s look at an example – say you have $100k in mutual funds with an average mer of 2.5% and the only service you get from your “advisor” is he completes 12 trades per year for you “free of charge”.
With the advisor you will pay a total of $2,500 per year for the fund management, the advisor’s services and the 12 trades.
With Questrade you will get a rebate of $1,000 (approx) and you will pay $120 for the trading fees for a grand total of $1620 for the fund management and the 12 trades.
$2,500 (current fees) – $1620 (Questrade fees) = a savings of $880 per year.
Personally, I’d rather invest in passive index funds and ETFs which are way cheaper (also available at Questrade) but for anyone who wants to own retail mutual funds – this is a great deal.
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