Investment TypesCompare your investment options.
Scotia iTRADE® clients can choose from a wide range of investment types.
Use this helpful investment table to compare the different investment choices available to you. From equities/stocks, bonds, ETFs, or mutual funds, the choices available to you are vast. This comparison can help you determine what your best investment option is based on your needs, time horizon to invest, and risk tolerance.
Debt instruments usually issued by a Government or a Corporation. Bonds are typically secured by specific assets, while debentures are secured only by the issuer's promise to repay. The buyer is paid interest, usually semi-annually – this is the buyer's return or yield on the debt instrument. Upon maturity, the buyer is repaid their original investment at face value.
An IPO, or Initial Public Offering, is the issuance of securities by a company for sale to the public for the first time. A company that has already gone public can also offer a New Issue of additional securities. Typically, companies use IPOs & New Issues to raise capital for future business opportunities, pay down debt or to finance corporate activity.
A safe and secure investment which offer a guaranteed rate of return over a fixed period of time. They are issued by chartered banks or specific financial institutions (mortgage, loan and trust companies) and typically range in maturities from one to five years, though shorter maturities can also be found.
Options involve risk, are not suitable for all investors and are intended for sophisticated investors. Before trading options, please carefully review the Options Account Agreement contained in the Customer Agreements and Disclosure Documents brochure.
Expressions of interest for new issues must be placed before the applicable closing date.