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Motif is a northern California-based platform that simultaneously serves as an online brokerage and an automated financial advisor. Find out if Motif is available in Canada below.

What is Motif and is it available in Canada?

Motif offers investors a series of investment portfolios to choose from and then helps them manage it, robo-advisor-style. But instead of just organizing those portfolios based on customers’ risk levels or long-term financial goals, Motif offers portfolios structured around certain themes or trends.

Some offerings include cyber security, social media networks, environmentally-friendly energy, and one called “Millennials #IRL.” Users are also able to build and trade their own “motifs,” essentially building their own portfolios of stocks and ETFs around a certain theme or idea.

Motif was founded in 2010 in California, and has since added real-time fractional trading, IPO access to individual investors, and a wider array of portfolios including so-called “impact portfolios,” which is an automated investing service for socially or environmentally conscious companies or industries. Since it also functions as an online broker, the company lets investors make same-day trades of stocks and ETFs for $4.95. Traders who want more flexibility can also sign up for Motif’s membership program, Motif Blue, which costs $19.95 a month and gives investors three monthly commission-free real-time trades and real-time quotes.

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Investors who want to trade and build “themed” portfolios themselves can choose up to 30 stocks or ETFs for $9.95 at the next market open or $19.95 in real time. Motif doesn’t require an account minimum, but because it is a platform aimed at investors with a bit more experience, it doesn’t offer as many investing tools as many of its competitors.

Unfortunately, Motif currently only accepts customers based in the United States who have a permanent U.S. address and a valid tax ID.

An alternative investment manager in Canada

Motif isn’t currently available in Canada, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t similar investment services Canadians can choose. There are many automated investing services available in Canada, some may even have more features than Motif.

Wealthsimple is an investment management service that combines smart technology with expert financial advice. We allow you to put your money in a managed portfolio (Wealthsimple Invest), do self-directed trading (Wealthsimple Trade) or put your money in a high-interest savings product (Wealthsimple Save).

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Last Updated November 11, 2019

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