Virtual Brokers

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Virtual Brokers
Type Private
Industry Financial Services
Founded 2009
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Key people Bardya Ziaian, Chairman, CEO and Founder
Services Investing online, Online Brokerage Services
Parent

BBS Securities Inc

http://www.bbssecurities.com
Website http://www.virtualbrokers.com/

Virtual Brokers (a division of BBS Securities Inc.) is an online brokerage provider. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and provides trade execution services for stocks, bonds, options, exchange-traded fund (ETF) and mutual funds associated with major banks and online brokers. The company was awarded the "Best Online Investment Broker" in Canada in 2012 by the Canadian Business Journal.[1] The company also won "Best Online Broker" in 2012, and "Best and Cheapest Online Broker" in 2013 as ranked by The Globe and Mail.

History[edit]

Founded in 2009, Virtual Brokers began as a division of BBS Securities Inc. Virtual Brokers is an online trading service enabling trade execution of equities, options, warrants, bonds, debentures, ETFs and mutual funds.

Since its introduction, Virtual Brokers has led change in the online brokerage industry in Canada. They were responsible for revolutionizing commission rates for online brokerages in Canada as they launched equity trades for as low as $0.99 in 2011. The competition followed, which led Virtual Brokers to reduce their commission rates to as low as 1₵ per trade in 2013.

In 2012, Virtual Brokers acquired the Canadian arm of optionsXpress, a retail online brokerage firm headquartered in Chicago. These clients were quickly integrated into the Virtual Brokers base, and the firm continues to grow and service these clients.

In 2013, Virtual Brokers introduced two new services, firsts in Canada, designed to offer clients high levels of flexibility and efficiency in their investment strategies. The Kick Start Investment Program automatically purchases up to 5 securities each month, commission-free. It is ideal for students or recent graduates, as there are no annual account fees for this group. Virtual Brokers also introduced a dividend investment plan unique in Canada. The Self-Directed Dividend Purchase Plan is unlike regular dividend reinvestment plans in that the dividends are not required to be reinvested into the securities from which the dividends were received. Virtual Brokers Self-Direct Dividend Purchase Plan allows clients to use cash from dividends to buy most securities without commission costs.

BBS Securities Inc. / Virtual Brokers is registered in all provinces and territories of Canada, and is a member of Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF)

VB Webtrader[edit]

VB Webtrader V3.7

Virtual Brokers developed the web-based trading platform VB Webtrader. This software (currently V3.8) allows trading of equities, options, bonds, and mutual funds, from a single interface. VB Webtrader is equipped with real-time buying power and account information, real-time streaming quotes, real-time charts, real-time watchlists, news and alerts. Other trading features include Anonymous, Iceberg and Insider markers. It comes integrated with research tools including fundamental and technical analyzers, stock screeners, ETF/ETN screener, bond screener, mutual fund screener, and analyst recommendations.[2]

Awards[edit]

Year Association Award Category Nominee Result Reference
2011 The Globe and Mail 13th Annual Globe and Mail Online Brokers Survey Most Innovative Brokerage Firm Virtual Brokers Won [1]
2011 The Globe and Mail 13th Annual Globe and Mail Online Brokers Survey Lowest Costs Brokerage Firm Virtual Brokers Won [1]
2011 The Globe and Mail 13th Annual Globe and Mail Online Brokers Survey Best Online Broker Virtual Brokers 2nd [3]
2011 The Globe and Mail 13th Annual Globe and Mail Online Brokers Survey Best Interface Virtual Brokers 2nd [3]
2012 The Globe and Mail 14th Annual Globe and Mail Online Brokers Survey Best Online Broker Virtual Brokers Won [4]
2012 The Globe and Mail 14th Annual Globe and Mail Online Brokers Survey Lowest Costs Brokerage Firm Virtual Brokers Won [4]
2012 The Globe and Mail 14th Annual Globe and Mail Online Brokers Survey Most Innovative Brokerage Firm Virtual Brokers Won [4]
2012 The Globe and Mail 14th Annual Globe and Mail Online Brokers Survey Best Trading Brokerage Firm Virtual Brokers Won [4]
2013 The Globe and Mail 15th Annual Globe and Mail Online Brokers Survey The Best Online Broker in Canada Virtual Brokers Won [5]
2013 The Globe and Mail 15th Annual Globe and Mail Online Brokers Survey The Lowest Cost Online Broker in Canada Virtual Brokers Won [5]
2013 The Globe and Mail 15th Annual Globe and Mail Online Brokers Survey Best Trade Experience and Product Range Virtual Brokers Won [5]
2013 The Globe and Mail 15th Annual Globe and Mail Online Brokers Survey The Most Innovative Online Broker in Canada Virtual Brokers Won [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Innovative Online Investment Broker", Canadian Business Journal, December 26, 2011 
  2. ^ [1], VB WebTrader Version 3.8
  3. ^ a b "13th Annual Globe and Mail Online Brokers Survey", Globe and Mail, November 15, 2011 
  4. ^ a b c d "14th Annual Globe and Mail Online Brokers Survey". Globe and Mail. November 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d "15th Annual Globe and Mail Online Brokers Survey", Globe and Mail, November 19, 2013 

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