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Navigators: Watchlist Feature, New Issues Centre update & more

Written by The Inspired Investor team  | Published on November 28, 2023

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As 2023 comes to an end, there’s one thing we can all agree on. A lot happened! From interest rates and high prices to market fluctuations and weather events. It was quite a year.  

But here at RBC Direct Investing, we quietly continued our ongoing efforts to enhance your trading experience with new tools, features and valuable information to empower your investing journey. You let us know what matters most to you – and we listened. Here’s a quick review of the tools, enhancements and updates that have launched in the last year – and a peek at what’s to come. Keep an eye on Navigators throughout the year to stay in the know about all the features.

New! Reorder Your Watchlist on the RBC Mobile App1

Customizing your Watchlists just got easier! You can now change the order of the securities in your Watchlists directly from the app or on the web and your updates will sync across all devices and platforms. It’s a simple drag and drop feature. Be sure to update to app versions 6.36 for iOS and 4.36 for Android.

Learn more about the RBC Direct Investing mobile experience

New! Monitoring Your Investments Doesn’t Have to Be A Chore

You’ll often hear of stocks reaching a 52-week high or hitting a 52-week low. Or maybe you’ve seen news reports announcing a dividend payment or a specific company’s earnings report. Staying on top of these types of events and announcements when it comes to your own holdings is important. But let’s be honest, life gets busy and it can be hard to follow all the news related to your own investments.

With personalized insights about your investments right on your RBC Direct Investing homepage, it’s gotten a little easier to keep track. Thanks to the Recent Events Driving Your Holdings section of your homepage, you can quickly and easily find valuable information about your portfolio holdings.

Learn more in Monitoring Your Investments Doesn’t Have to Be a Chore

Goodbye, New Issues Centre…But Not Forever

The online RBC Direct Investing New Issues Centre (formerly known as the IPO Centre) is undergoing an extensive rebuild to improve your overall experience when exploring offerings and placing expressions of interest. To help facilitate the necessary upgrades, our New Issues Centre has been removed from our online platform and e-mail alerts for new issues are not currently available. We’ll let you know when our renovated New Issues Centre is available. Our apologies for any inconvenience as we work to enhance the service our Centre provides. If you have questions, concerns or wish to place an expression of interest on available new issues, please contact us at 1-800-769-2560.

Plus, in case you missed it…

Pre-Market and After-Hours Trading

Most traders are very aware of typical daytime trading hours – the ones that fall between market open at 9:30 a.m. and market close at 4 p.m. Eastern time on weekdays. But some investors choose to trade outside of regular hours, during what's known as pre-market and after-hours sessions. Here at RBC Direct Investing, clients can now place trades online outside of regular hours – meaning you no longer have to call in.

Note: Trading outside of regular hours does come with greater risk. Check out What to Know About Pre-Market and After-Hours Trading to learn about those risks and how to place pre-market and/or after-hours trades.

For more details on pre-market and after-hours quotes, read What are Pre-Market and After-Hours Quotes?

Tax-Free Account for First-Time Homebuyers Arrives

Housing prices have been a hot topic of conversation for years now – and that doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon. Some talk has shifted recently, though, to a new way to save for a home. That's thanks to the launch of the First Home Savings Account, or FHSA. It's a new registered account aimed at first-time homebuyers and combines some of the best tax advantages of a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) and a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). It's now available at RBC Direct Investing. Find out more about it in 9 Questions Answered About the New First Home Savings Account – or start here if you're ready to open one. (RBC Direct Investing clients can also log in and choose "Open a new account" under your Profile icon.)

How to Project Your Investment Income

While there is certainly no crystal ball for predicting the markets, investor can often reliably predict how much income they can expect their investments to generate. And it doesn’t have to be a complex, colour-coded spreadsheet that makes your head spin. At RBC Direct Investing, you have access to an interactive income projection tool that offers a simulated sneak peek at what your dividend and interest income could look like in the future.

Learn more about How and Why Investors Project Investment Income, including how to find and use the tool in your RBC Direct Investing Account.

Switching Your Language Preference Is Easy

When you first opened your account with RBC Direct Investing, you selected a language preference (French or English). If you want to change that language preference, you can do it anytime in a couple of ways: Send us a secure message or call us at 1-800-769-2560.

For details on both options, read more.

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