Investment & account types


We want you to be a successful investor. It's our goal to provide you with the options and advice you need to make the best decisions for your portfolio and your future.

Choose from our wide range of investments available for online investing.




If you're looking to realize your investment goals, broaden your trading opportunities and gain greater control over the performance of your portfolio, consider options.


It's fast and easy to buy and sell U.S. and Canadian options with BMO InvestorLine. You'll get:


  • real-time stock news and ratings
  • option chain
  • fast and efficient trade execution
  • enhanced Order Entry screen for a better trading experience with superior layout and simplified navigation
  • powerful Stock Screeners to help you narrow down the comprehensive listing of Canadian and U.S. stocks


We've introduced option chains for the investor who wants to see all available options on a stock, made our order entry screens easy to use and enriched the online educational content for those wanting to learn more about options.


Note: Both Canadian and U.S. Equity Options automatic exercise threshold price for in-the-money options has changed from $0.05 to $0.01.


Margin rates


Debt instruments


Debt instruments Margin required2
Canadian Treasury Bills 5%
Federal bonds (direct or guaranteed) 10%
Provincial, state, and municipal bonds (direct or guaranteed) 15%
Bonds, commercial / corporate 20%
Convertible bonds / debentures 25%



Stocks and warrants Margin required2
Value of $5.00 or more and eligible for reduced margin3 30%
Value of $2.00 or more 50%
Leverage and inverse ETFs not eligible for margin



Short selling margin requirements4


Listed Stocks Margin required2
Value of $5.00 or more and eligible for reduced margin3 130% of market
Value of $2.00 or more 150%
Value of under $2.00 Not available to short

Mutual Funds


Mutual Funds Margin required2
Value of $2.00 or more 50%
Value under $2.00 not eligible for margin


1 BMO InvestorLine maintains the right to change margin requirements at anytime without notice.
2 The amount of funds the client must provide.
3 Securities eligible for reduced margin must be included in the S&P/TSX 60 or S&P 500.
4 Margin requirements fluctuate with the market value of the shorted stock

Exchange Traded Funds

Exchange Traded Funds


The increasing popularity of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) is due in part to their simplicity. An ETF tracks as closely as possible the performance of its benchmark by purchasing all or a representative sample of the securities that make up the index. When investors purchase a unit of an ETF, they participate in the performance of the index. ETFs are listed on stock exchanges and are treated like a publicly-traded security – that is, you can buy or sell them throughout the trading day.


Advantages of ETFs:


Lower cost


ETFs tend to charge lower expenses than many other diversified investment options. Lower costs mean that more of your money is working over the long term.


Portfolio transparency


An ETF investor can view the current trading price of an ETF at any time during the course of a regular trading day.




By aiming to replicate a specific index, an ETF essentially incorporates all or a representative sample of the securities that make up that index. This offers investors lower portfolio variability and can reduce the impact that volatile markets can have in terms of rising and falling prices, especially when compared to holding the individual securities within an index.


Tax advantage


ETFs do not have to carry cash in anticipation of redemptions. This saves the fund trading costs and ensures it is fully invested at all times. It also helps minimize the ETF's tracking error against the underlying benchmark.

Types of ETFs to choose from




BMO ETFs help you broaden your investment exposure and diversify your risk.


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Horizon BetaPro


BetaPro provides 76 exchange-traded funds.


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iShares ETFs


iShares™ funds offer over 125 equity and fixed income funds worldwide.


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Learn more about how to evaluate ETFs

Important Legal Notice: Commissions, trailing commissions management fees and expenses all may be associated with exchange traded funds/mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. Exchange Traded Funds/Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

Mutual Funds

Mutual Funds


Mutual funds are one of the most popular investment products in Canada. They are versatile, accessible and easy to use. They complement most investment strategies, providing you with the benefits of diversification, which helps manage risk over the long-term.


BMO InvestorLine offers over 9,000 mutual funds, covering a variety of asset classes, geographical locations and investment styles. To help you make informed decisions we offer access to research from so you can benefit from insightful analysis, fund rankings and up-to-the-minute news. You can also access monthly podcasts and quarterly commentaries from industry expert Lipper.

Explore your mutual fund options

BMO Mutual Funds - Series D


Created specifically for self-directed investors, this suite of low-fee mutual funds gives you:


  • low management fees and investment minimums of only $500
  • professional fund management
  • no commission charges to buy or sell
  • a way to diversify your portfolio with a comprehensive selection of mutual funds that cover a variety of asset classes and fund categories


BMO Mutual Funds - Series D is available exclusively to BMO InvestorLine clients.



BMO & BMO Guardian Funds


BMO & BMO Guardian Mutual Funds are a comprehensive suite of wealth management solutions designed to address the evolving needs of Canadian investors.


We offer two professionally managed portfolio programs:



Consider either of these portfolio programs if you're looking for:


  • tax-deferred growth potential
  • tax-efficient monthly cash flow from Series T6
  • tax-free switching between other SelectClass Portfolios and classes of BMO Global Tax Advantage Fund Inc.
  • automatic portfolio rebalancing
  • professional money management


Each BMO SelectClass Portfolio is a class of BMO Global Tax Advantage Funds Inc. BMO Global Tax Advantage Funds Inc. is a separate entity managed by BMO Investments Inc. a financial services firm and separate entity from Bank of Montreal.


Learn more about mutual funds available through BMO InvestorLine


Mackenzie Financial


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CI Investments


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Fidelity Investments


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AGF Investments


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Fixed Income

Fixed Income


Search, buy and sell a wide range of Canadian or U.S. fixed income products such as bonds, debentures and money market instruments online.



Quick Picks


Quick Picks helps you cut through the clutter and provides you with a representative sample of the most popular fixed income products.


Inventory search


Use our Inventory Search tool to look through our entire fixed income inventory to select the specific Canadian or U.S. fixed income product that is right for you.


Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) purchases


Purchase a GIC from either BMO Financial Group or from a list of the best 1 to 5 year rates currently available from other issuers.


GIC redemptions


Cashable GICs may be fully redeemed online within the cashable period up to 30 calendar days prior to maturity.

Learn more about fixed income products


We offer a broad range of fixed income products that allow you to customize your portfolio.


  • Money Market Products
  • Bankers Acceptances (BAs)
  • Commercial Paper (CP)
  • Government of Canada Treasury Bills (GOC T-Bills)
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs)
  • Bonds and Debentures
  • Federal and Provincial Government Bonds
  • Strip Coupons and Residual Bonds
  • Corporate Bonds
Tax-Free Savings Accounts

Tax-Free Savings Accounts


Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) provide a tremendous opportunity to save for your financial goals.


As a registered plan created to help Canadians save tax-free in addition to RSPs, TFSAs have a broad appeal to many. Their role in your financial plan will depend on your age, taxable income and financial objectives.


More about TFSAs:


  • As of January 1, 2013, the annual TFSA contribution limit is $5,500, an increase of $500 from previous years.
  • Any unused contribution room can be carried forward for use in future years.
  • If you do not already have a TFSA, you may be eligible to contribute up to $36,500 ($5,000 per year from 2009 to 2014 plus $5,500 for 2015)
  • Contributions are not tax-deductible for income tax purposes; however your investments grow tax-free inside your account.
  • Withdrawals from your TFSA can be made tax-free for any purpose at any time, depending on the investments held within your account.

Individual Accounts

Cash or margin


For individual or joint accounts

Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)


For individual or family accounts


RESP Calculator

Tax-Free Savings Account


For individual Tax-Free Savings Accounts

Non-Personal Accounts

Non-Personal Accounts


For corporations, sole proprietorships, partnerships, investment clubs, societies or churches, trusts or estates.

Retirement Savings Accounts

Retirement Savings Accounts


Provide for your retirement savings in a tax-sheltered accounts, including:

Self-directed Registered Retirement Savings Plans:


  • Retirement Savings Plans (RSP)
  • Spouse/Common-law partner RSPs

Locked-in Retirement Plans:


  • Locked-in Retirement Accounts (LIRA)
  • Locked-in Retirement Savings Plans (LRSP)
  • Restricted Locked-in Retirement Savings Plans (RLSP)

LRSPs are used for funds legislated in:


  • British Columbia
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Yukon
  • Northwest Territories
  • Federally (regardless of province)

LIRAs are used for funds legislated in:


  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland
Retirement Income Accounts

Retirement Income Accounts


Retirement income accounts provide you with income from a tax-sheltered account during your retirement years. Your retirement savings accounts can be converted to one of the appropriate options below.

Self-direct Registered Retirement Income Funds:


  • Retirement Income Funds (RIF)
  • Spouse/Common-law partner RIFs
  • Life Income Funds (LIF)
  • Prescribed Retirement Income Funds (PRIF) [Saskatchewan and Manitoba regulated]

Locked-in Income Plans:


  • Locked-in Retirement Income Funds (LRIF)
  • Restricted Locked-in Retirement Income Funds (RLIF) [Federally regulated]



It's easier to invest when you have access to your funds. With AccountLink your trading account can be accessed as a chequing account with full banking privileges, so your money is always readily available. And by combining all of your investing and banking needs into a single account, you'll only get one statement detailing your transactions every month.


With AccountLink, your trading account lets you do everything a regular bank account does:


  • write cheques
  • deposit or withdraw money by ABM
  • bank by telephone, online or in branch
  • make debit card purchases
  • pay bills or set up automatic withdrawals and deposits


If you already have a BMO Bank of Montreal Everyday Banking Plan, you'll enjoy free banking transactions by having your AccountLink service added to your existing bank plan.

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