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Will I be able to buy Triller shares from Canada?
You won’t be able to buy Triller shares on a Canadian stock exchange like the TSX or CSE, but you can from a Canadian-based brokerage that offers international access to companies listed on stock exchanges outside of Canada. Given that Triller is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, you’ll need a brokerage that provides access to US exchanges such as the NASDAQ and NYSE (although it’s unclear where, exactly, Triller shares will become available).
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.
What we know about Triller’s IPO
There’s speculation that Triller is planning an IPO. We’re unable to confirm that news, and Triller has not yet filed a viewable Form S-1 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. As of December 2020, Triller is pursuing multiple SPAC offers, which could streamline it to the public market. SPACs, or special purpose acquisition companies, are shell firms that raise money to acquire or merge with a private company. Following this transaction, the target company can be publicly traded.
We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.
What is Triller?
So what exactly is Triller? Triller is a music video app that allows users to take an entire song and shoot an editable, high-quality music video to it. With music as its focus, Triller has recieved investments from major recording artists such as Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and The Weeknd. Big names like Cardi B and Alicia Keys have also used the app to shoot their own music videos. Triller even allowed fans to stream the hotly anticipated boxing match between former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.
Triller is co-owned by movie producer Ryan Kavanagh. It’s currently valued at about $1.5 billion, or 10 times more than it was worth in 2019. The app has been downloaded more than 250 million times worldwide as of August 2020. Kavanagh notes that Triller has about 65 million active users. However, Business Insider spoke with former employees who claim the numbers were inflated, something Kavanagh denies. Nonetheless, Triller still falls behind its rival TikTok. That video app giant has been downloaded more than 2 billion times despite being younger than Triller. TikTok has had issues with President Donald Trump, who threatened to ban the app in the United States. Controversy over the 2020 presidential election results have made the company’s fate in the US uncertain. But Triller would stand to gain if the president delivers a blow to the American business operations of its biggest rival.
In December, Triller’s parent company Proxima Media Group announced it hired music executive Tuhin Roy. He played a role in helping companies like Pandora raise money ahead of an initial public offering. There’s no news yet about how much the stock will cost when it goes public. No date has been set for when the stock will be publicly available.
On March 9, Billboard reported that Triller Network had acquired Verzuz, the livestream music platform created by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland. The deal brought a long list of artists into the network as equity holders.
How to buy shares in Triller when it goes public
Once Triller 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 share 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 Triller. 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 Triller 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 Triller, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and the business as a whole — performs in the long run. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on management decisions that affect the the company and the subsequent value of your stock.
What is Triller?
Created in 2015, Triller is a music video app that allows users to shoot editable, high-quality music videos over popular songs. Triller has recieved investments from major recording artists such as Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and The Weeknd. Big names like Cardi B and Alicia Keys have also used the app to shoot their own music videos. Triller even allowed fans to stream the hotly anticipated boxing match between former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.
Triller is owned by Proxima Media, which was founded by Hollywood producer Ryan Kavanagh. The company is valued at $1.25 billion — 10X more than its estimated worth back in 2019. The app has more than 250 million downloads worldwide and has about 65 million active users. However, some former Triller employees claim that these numbers are inflated, which the company has denied.
Triller is a direct competitor of video app giant, TikTok, which has been downloaded more than 2 billion times despite being a year younger than Triller.
How are similar companies performing?
It’s impossible to predict exactly how any stock will perform — and IPOs can be particularly volatile. But evaluating the performance of companies similar to Triller may indicate how the market is performing and whether now is a good time to invest in this industry.
Compare trading platforms that provide access to Canadian and US stocks
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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.
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