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Ready to invest first time. Please correct my plan/strategy.

I have almost finished reading Millionaire Teacher, and am ready to invest. Will keep funds in for at least 10-15 years. I need to figure out my risk tolerance. I'm approaching age 40, thinking of keeping 35% bonds. At this point, I need to have my account on a brokerage ready ASAP as I learnt that it could take a few days to set up. For now, I am looking to purchase ETFs regularly. I'm looking at putting $100 per month. Hopefully cash flow will be disciplined enough to continue without breaks.
Currently, I have the following:

Please help me understand the following:
  1. How much cheaper is Norbert's Gambit than using a ForEx company to do a conversion from CAD to USD? I've never done either. I have done USD to CAD before, which basically takes 2-3 business days for the draft from the ForEx company to clear.
  2. I am considering either Questrade, TD Direct Investing or Scotia iTrade. Based on the reviews Questrade seems to be the best option. Which one would you recommended for a beginner like me? (Would be great feedback if you have used Questrade and TD/iTrade.)
  3. I mostly bank with Scotia. My investments will be 50K+ to start. Should I be considering iTrade over the other two for convenience? Or will the fees not make sense in my case?
  4. Is Norbert's Gambit possible to do with Scotiabank?
  5. Say I select Questrade, what is the most efficient (time/cost) process to move forward? Is the below correct?
    1. Transfer TFSA from Meridian to TD.
    2. Do Norbert's Gambit to convert to USD
    3. Transfer USD TFSA to Questrade.
    4. Transfer RRSP to TD
    5. Do Norbert's Gambit to covert to USD
    6. Transfer USD RRSP to Questrade.
  6. What steps above will incur least fees? I understand Questrade covers upto $150 transfer fee? But if I transfer my registered accounts to TD for Norbert's Gambit first, those fees won't be covered?
  7. Lastly, I'm not very knowledgable on RESPs. I understand gov't matches some part of the contribution? We have two kids, ages 10 and 8. No RESP yet. Can investments be made in RESPs? Any tips on this would be very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
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Help! Need a good stockbroker in Canada!

Hi,
I will be moving from Australia to Canada. I have a fair amount of stocks across Australia, US, Hongkong etc. I need help choosing a broker as I wish to transfer these stocks to a Canadian Broker.
Below are my 3 requirements and would really appreciate your help :)
  1. BIGGEST ISSUE is finding a broker who trades across different international exchanges like Australian, Chinese, European etc. The one I use here does. Most brokers I found online in Canada trade only Canadian and US stocks like Questrade. I only buy stocks, no options etc.
  2. ANOTHER ISSUE is a broker with low forex fees. I could not find this information on the websites of most brokers.
  3. Bein able to hold different currency accounts, so if I sell a US stock I don't want it to be automatically converted to CAD and pay a forex fee as I may want to use those to buy USD stocks later.
Things that are nice to have but not necessary are:
  1. A bank brokerage - seems safe when you are new to a country
  2. Low brokerage cost- as I only make very few transactions.
  3. Being able to place limit orders
Thank you very much for reading my post and for your suggestions.
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Taking USD Earnings into a CAD account?

Hi All,
Over the past few months of trading options I have accumulated a good chunk of earnings in USD. Me being Canadian when I go to transfer those funds to my bank account am worried I am going to get hit with fees.
Should I put the USD into a forex account and do a currency swap with it? Send it to my bank normally? Or use an exchange broker who trades forex (they have pretty good rates)?
Appreciate all info!
EDIT (additional info):
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Help with Choosing a Broker

Hi,
I will be moving from Australia to Canada. I have a fair amount of stocks across Australia, US, Hongkong etc. I need help choosing a broker as I wish to transfer these stocks to a Canadian Broker.
Below are my 3 requirements and would really appreciate your help :)
  1. BIGGEST ISSUE is finding a broker who trades across different international exchanges like Australian, Chinese, European etc. The one I use here does. Most brokers I found online in Canada trade only Canadian and US stocks like Questrade. I only buy stocks, no options etc.
  2. ANOTHER ISSUE is a broker with low forex fees. I could not find this information on the websites of most brokers.
  3. Bein able to hold different currency accounts, so if I sell a US stock I don't want it to be automatically converted to CAD and pay a forex fee as I may want to use those to buy USD stocks later.
Things that are nice to have but not necessary are:
  1. A bank brokerage - seems safe when you are new to a country
  2. Low brokerage cost- as I only make very few transactions.
  3. Being able to place limit orders
Thank you very much for reading my post and for your suggestions.
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Alberta and Forex

I wanted to ask whether trading Forex in Alberta is permissible under Questrade and its 1:40 leverage. The market here is EXTREMELY regulated to the point where finding a broker is extremely challenging. Any answers or tips are greatly appreciated.
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My experience with Norbit's Gambit [google sheets link included]

Just want to share my experience doing Norbit's Gambit, for anyone that may want to learn on my experience, or tell me all the ways in which I am wrong.
I've posted a question earlier, asking how to make sure the market didn't swing in the wrong direction. And yes, I understand it's called a "gambit" for a reason.
=== TL;DR === - Wanted to save $65 on currency conversion while buying CAD $3,500 worth of US stock - Overestimated forex fee, underestimated NG cost - Murphy happened... - Lost potential gains of CAD $185.80 while waiting - Is the gambit ever worth it?
=== The goal === - On August 25th, use about CAD $3,500 to buy some US Netflix (NFLX) shares
=== The method === - Buy DLR in CAD - Call brokerage to journal over to US side - Sell DLR.U in USD - Buy NFLX with USD
In a lot of my research, I've been told the "fee" when going through the brokerage (Questrade in my case) is 2%. That's not too accurate.
=== The brokerage Forex rate/fee === So I assumed 2% of $3,500 would be $70.
However it's really an addition of 199 basis points to the exchange rate. I believe they use the closing exchange rate on the date of the transaction.
So if the exchange was 1.2500, it's 1.2699, and $CAD 1000 nets $USD 787.46 ($USD 12.54 short of ideal $USD 800). If we convert 12.54 to CAD, it's $CAD 15.68 or 1.568% on the original $CAD 1000.
But if the exchange is 1.2200, it's 1.2399, and $CAD 1000 nets $USD 806.51 ($USD 13.16 short of ideal $USD 819.67). If we convert 13.16 to CAD, it's $CAD 16.06 of 1.606% of the original $CAD 1000
The "conversion fee" is dependent on the exchange rate, but I can't figure out a quick direct way to calculate what the "fee" would be in source currency %. The closest guesstimate is to divide the basis points by the current exchange rate, as below:
On August 25th, the exchange rate was 1.2483. So the above guesstimate for the Forex "fee" would be $55.80. Or more accurately $54.91, close enough. Still, that's 21.5% lower than the broad *$70** estimate earlier.*
=== The NG effective fee === Here once again, the common consensus is that the NG's fee is just a cost of buying and selling an ETF. So, with QT's free ETF purchases, the guesstimate is just about $5 for the selling commission.
When I bought DLR ETF on August 25th, I got it for CAD $12.42 per share (that's not the day's close price, but what I actually paid). the US side of DLR.U is always US $9.93. The gives the DLR Exchange Rate of 1.2508... already different from the ideal 1.2483 (I suppose that's how the ETF makes money)
So, it would appear the cost/fee of NG is just CAD $0.99 + US $5.94 (CAD $8.40)... but not quite. Let's look as the actual US dollar amounts. Since we can only buy whole shares of DLR + ECN fee, from this point I am converting CAD $3,502.44 + $0.99 = $3,503.43
The difference between the ideal US $amount and what I am left with is the "fee" for doing NG. US $12.24, or CAD $15.28. This sets the NG's Effective Exchange Rate as 1.2538 or a "NG's fee" of 0.44%. Please note that this rate/fee is *based on the converted amount*: the more you convert, the less/cheaper it is.
So comparing the actual cost of NG vs QT's auto conversion and the guesstimates is quite different - Actual $15.28 vs $54.91 ($39.63 spread) - Guesstimate $5 vs $70 ($65 spread)
=== The Time factor === Now that I have US $2,794.32, let's buy some NFLX. The date now is Sept 5th (yes, the NG completed earlier, but I am human... also QT didn't call me when the journaling was completed so I got sidetracked).
Before doing the NG, I calculated that NFLX dropped about 2.02% in 10 days. It could also go up by same amount. That 2.02% rise on CAD $3,500 value would be a gain of $70.7... comparable to $65 guesstimate loss of doing currency auto-conversion through QT (QTAC). So in my analysis, at worth case it would be a wash, in best case I save some money on NG. ... We already know now that the actual cost of QTAC is much less ....
This was the end result of my NG: spent CAD $3,503.43 and 11 days later I have a US stock+cash Portfolio of value US $2,789.37
But considering the increase in NFLX stock over those 11 days, what if I would have just went with Questrade's Auto-conversion (QTAC) route?
In 11 days, the value of NFLX is @178.79 - Current value of 16 NFLX shares = US $2,860.64 - Plus cash US $77.57 for a Total Portfolio Value of US $2,938.21
If, on August 25th, I would have auto converted currency with QT and bought NFLX, I would have a portfolio value of US $2,938.21 on September 5th.
Instead, starting the Norbit's Gambit on August 25th, I bought NFLX on Sept 5th and have a portfolio value of US $2,789.37
Instead of saving a guesstimate of CAD $65, I have lost potential gains of US $148.84 or CAD $185.80
=== Murphy... or Loonie... whatever === In all of above, I tried to keep the currency fluctuations isolated. So apart from initial conversion on August 25th, all my future (September 5th) portfolio values were in USD. But as Murphy would have it, the BoC rate announcement made the loonie stronger in between my NG.
Based on above, doing QT auto-conversion - On August 25th, nets US $2,762.52 - On September 5th, nets US $2,817.62 I would have got US $55.10 more just by doing the QTAC later.
If I would have bought NFLX on September 5th after doing QTAC - 15 whole shares @178.79 + $4.95 comm leaves me with US $130.82 in cash - Total NFLX + Cash portfolio value of US $2,812.67
That's still US $23.30 more than doing the NG, although still less than just buying NFLX outright on August 25th and letting it grow.
=== Final conclusion === Smaller amount (CAD $3,500) for NG for a stock purchase that could/did swing 6% was not worth it. Loonie getting stronger also made the whole exercise fruitless, but even eliminating the currency fluctuation, the growth of the stock outperformed the savings of NG.
Playing with my numbers, assuming the currency fluctuation is fixed, for CAD $3,500, doing Norbit's Gambit vs Questrade's Auto-Conversion is breaking even when the stock appreciation is no more than 1.18% during the time it takes to complete NG (11 days in my case). Even if you are more punctual and can complete it in 5 days, you still need to make sure the stock doesn't appreciate more than 1.18% in 5 days.
By comparison, if converting CAD $10,000, it's break even if stock rises 1.27% during that time. When doing CAD $50,000 then 1.31%
Hmm.... so even at high amounts of CAD $50,000 the tolerance to stock fluctuation is pretty low. So is it worth it?
Ultimately I've:
For anyone that cares, here is public Google Sheets docs to verify my math (File -> Make a copy, in order to edit values) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12nH8Q_0cKFtFTW_yomASHtpLXN6oYuTgkXeTNAMkQGY/edit?usp=sharing
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Personal Finance for Newcomers

We, a family of 3 with a small daughter, are landing in Canada as immigrant newcomers next month, bringing about 25K CAD with us. We also have about 60K CAD as assets in homeland that we are not immediately bringing with us. After some research, here is what we planned to do. I need suggestions from the generous redditors of this forum, if our plans are okay and if we are missing something.
Bank accounts
I'm appalled by the low interest rates for savings accounts and the tax on interest income. So we'll right away open two TFSAs along with our checking accounts, for me and my spouse and deposit 5K each. The idea is to invest these in ETFs or Stocks. I've shortlisted to open 1 account each in both Questrade and Virtual Traders.
Question: If we need 1 USD and 1 CAD TFSA, which amongst Questrade and VT would have what? Questrade allows journaling Norberts Gambit, so do we need both CAD and USD in the same broker to do a Norberts? We are planning to invest only in non-dividend paying USD stocks and ETFs in the USD TFSA.
For the regular checking accounts, we'll probably go with TD or Tangerine. TD Newcomer packages provides 6 months of no fee and also a credit card, and a USD account, so looks attractive. After 4-5 months, we can of course open a Tangerine too. BTW, does anyone know which bank offers nice benefits for newcomers? Also, which credit card is good for mainly grocery purchases and eating out? How many days does it take to get a credit card, once I have a SIN? We plan to have one checking account and two credit cards, is it possible?
RESP
It is possible for us to open a RESP immediately right? We'll be in SK, so I guess there is also a SK education grant. The plan is to open a RESP and deposit 2.5K immediately. Question - which SK institution offers online RESP contribution with no fee?
So that leaves us with 12.5K in Cash, of which 6K will go to the TD account towards checking minimum balance (5k) and the rest 6.5k is for taking a rental house and other expenses. I'm also bringing a forex card loaded with 1k which would also be used, but since it won't help us build a credit limit, we don't want to load more into it.
We want to buy a used car, say a month later, costing about 3K. Will I be able to use my credit card for that, considering we just got it a month ago? A secured one will help? If we can't use CC, then I've to bring more cash from home.
USD vs CAD
Do we need to bring a part of this 25K CAD in USD, say 5K USD to go into the USD TFSA? Or can we just bring CAD and avoid fx conversion charges/commissions doing Norberts Gambit after a TFSA CAD is opened in Questrade? We are a bit confused. To make matters worse, CAD is appreciating against greenback and I guess any USD holdings will lose some money in the near future?
Homeland Assets
I read that we've to maintain a record of fair market values of homeland properties and assets on the landing date, and this would be the adjusted cost base to calculates gains, on future sales. So, we will have this record.
Finally, as far personal finances are concerned, are we really missing something in this big move of ours? :-)
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Finally getting it together: 130K to invest in CCP using Questrade, please critique

Hello again PFC, thanks to your sage advice, my spouse and i have been (slowly) getting our finances into decent shape. I wondering if you could weigh in on how she is planning on dealing with her cash?
This money is earmarked specifically for retirement. We have our other shorter-term plans/funds separated from this money. Those plans include a downpayment for a house (her and I), killing my student debt (me, thanks for your help with that PFC) and thinking about kiddos. This 130K is simply "retirement" in the distant future.
She's 29, has a fairly high risk tolerance, and is planning to go the route of the Assertive CCP:
What she has to work with
What we plan to do next
TL;DR 130K sitting in three accounts, spouse wants to move everything over to Questrade, how best to do this after we max out TFSA? Any insight is greatly appreciated! I can provide more information, if needed!
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