One of the biggest hurdles many self-directed investors face is knowing where to begin.
With the RBC Direct Investing Community(1) you are not alone. The Community lets you connect with other investors to exchange potential investing ideas and opinions in a secure online environment. It also gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge with others and the ability to compare your investments to those of other investors on a risk/return grid.
RBC Direct Investing clients and RBC Royal Bank® Online Banking clients with a Practice Account can become members of the Community for free.
You are on: Dashboard
The Dashboard is your personalized landing page for the Community and it's only visible to you. It provides a bird's eye view of the key sections of the Community, which you can access by simply clicking on the relevant tile.
For a closer look at the Dashboard, click the image below:
You are on: Investing
Sometimes the size or timeframe of an investing goal can make it difficult to track your progress. In the Investing section, which is only visible to you, you can view the goals that you have enrolled into the Community broken down into annual targets for each goal. This makes it easier for you to see the progress you’re making.
For a closer look at the Investing section, click the image below:
You are on: Universe
In the Universe section, you can see how your investments are performing compared to other investors' portfolios on a risk/return grid. You can easily zoom in to view other members "public" profiles including the percentage weights of their holdings for the goals registered in the Community, and other information like the level of investing experience and their investing interests.
Your real identity and the dollar amount/quantity of units held in your portfolio (and other members' portfolios) are never disclosed. Only percentage holdings of securities are visible to other members of the Community.
For a closer look at the Universe, click the image below:
You are on: Learning
In the Learning section you can find useful information about investing in easily digestible snippets, including tips of the week, terms of the day, case studies and more.
Each week you'll find a new poll that you can participate in. You can also share your thoughts on that poll and see what others have to say.
For a closer look at the Learning section, click the image below:
You are on: Forums
Have a question about a specific investing strategy? Want to discuss where other members of the Community think the markets are headed? Simply post a question or comment to the Community in the Forums and see what your fellow investors think.
For a closer look at the Forums section, click the image below:
You are on: Challenges
Join an investment challenge!
You can participate in three different types of challenges: winner-take-all, eliminator style or a group challenge.
Not all challenges are competitions; sometimes working in a group setting towards a common objective can be fun. In a group challenge all participants win by reaching the stated objective of the challenge.
You can participate in RBC challenges or create your own private or public challenges and invite other members. Only those members you invite will be able to participate in your private challenge.
For a closer look at the Challenges section, click the image below:
You are on: Reputation
Want to know whose opinion is valued by the Community? Come here to find the Community’s most reputable members.
Reputation points help to identify members whose posts are considered valuable by the Community. When browsing discussions, you can vote posts up or down and let others know whether you find the post valuable or not.
For a closer look at the Reputation section, click the image below:
You are on: Connections
In the Connections section, you can search for people who share your investing interests. Click on the member's username to visit his or her public profile, where you can view that member's goals and percentage holdings. You can also "follow" investors whose public profiles you like.
For a closer look at the Connections section, click the image below: