In the time it takes you to read this headline, you can check to see if the person who is selling you stocks, bonds, mutual funds or other securities is registered. March 18, 2015 is Check Registration Day, and the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) are encouraging investors nationwide to help protect themselves from investment fraud by first checking to see whether the individual or firm offering them an investment or advice is registered to do so.

Why is registration important? Canadian securities regulators will only register firms and individuals that meet specific qualifications and standards. Checking registration helps to protect investors because it confirms whether the person or firm you are trusting with your money is authorized to sell investments or offer investment advice.

The CSA encourages investors to participate in Check Registration Day on March 18. To assist investors, the CSA offers investors the National Registration Seach tool – an online search that allows investors to easily check whether a firm or individual is registered to sell securities or offer investment advice in their province or territory.

Here’s how investors can get involved:

  • Use the National Registration Search at aretheyregistered.ca to see whether their financial adviser or investment firm is registered in their jurisdiction (and to be sure to answer the quick survey to help inform future improvements)
  • Contact their local securities regulatory authority to verify registration
  • Watch BCSC InvestRight’s video Informed Investing: Using a Registered Financial Advisor
If you have any concerns about a person or company offering an investment opportunity, please contact BCSC Inquiries at 604-899-6854 or 1-800-373-6393 or through e-mail at [email protected].

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