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Here’s what you need to know about investing in Payoneer from Canada.
Note: all dollar amounts on this page are in US dollars unless otherwise stated.
What we know about the Payoneer IPO
Digital payments platform Payoneer has confirmed in a press release that it’s going public via a merger with FTAC Olympus Acquisition Corporation, a SPAC that went public in August 2020. After the merger, Payoneer Global Inc will have an estimated value of about $3.3 billion.
FTAC Olympus Acquisition Corporation is led by entrepreneur Betsy Cohen. It currently trades on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “FTOCU.”
Will I be able to buy Payoneer stocks from Canada?
You won’t be able to buy Payoneer stocks on a Canadian stock exchange like the TSX or CSE. Given that Payoneer is launching on a US stock exchange, you’ll likely need a company that provides access to US exchanges like the NASDAQ and NYSE.
The process of buying stocks in a US company while living in Canada is the same as buying stocks in a Canadian company. You buy and sell using your online trading account or through an investment broker who handles US stocks.
How to buy shares in Payoneer when it goes public
Once Payoneer goes public, you’ll need a brokerage account to invest. Consider opening a brokerage account today so you’re ready as soon as the stock hits the market.
- Compare stock trading platforms. If you’re a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for Payoneer. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol. Research its history to confirm it’s a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy immediately with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Payoneer reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market’s ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Payoneer, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and the business as a whole — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management decisions that affect your stocks.
Tax implications of buying US stocks in Canada
Agreements between Canada and the US require Canadians holding US stock investments to pay the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) a 15% withholding tax on any dividends earned on their US stocks. Interest earned from bonds or other interest-yielding US investments are similarly taxed at a rate of 10%.
An exception is made for stock investments held in trust exclusively designed to provide retirement income. Such trusts include RRIFs, LIRAs, LIFs, LRIFs and Prescribed RRIFs. RRSPs are also exempt from US withholding tax if you own US investments in the form of US stocks, bonds or ETFs.
All income from investments, including foreign investments, must be declared as part of your income on your Canadian tax return. Unless your US earnings are exempt from withholding tax, this means you’ll be double taxed on those earnings — first by the IRS, then by the CRA. However, the CRA may allow you to claim foreign tax credits for any taxes you’ve already paid to the IRS.
Speak with a tax professional to find out what rules and exceptions apply to your circumstances.
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Note: The dollar amounts in the table below are in Canadian dollars.
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