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
In a previous blog post, we talked about our “Be Fraud Aware” website and the campaign website we’ve launched to help people in BC’s Punjabi and Chinese communities protect themselves against scams. As part of the campaign, we’ve also updated our social media channels, adding new backgrounds to YouTube and Twitter, and a welcome page […]
In November 2013, the BC Securities Commission issued two notices of hearing. The Commission also updated its investor communication pages and issued an Investor Alert on Mission Mining Company. The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) released two accepted settlements in November 2013 relating to BC resident firms. The Mutual Fund Dealers Association (MFDA) […]