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2022 Highlight Reel: BCSC InvestRight’s Year in Review

BCSC InvestRight Year in review 2022
It’s been a jam-packed year of investor education at the BCSC. From new resources to hosting a crypto Q&A to covering timely topics – we’re here to help British Columbians navigate the ups, downs, and in-betweens of investing.

What, it’s the end of the year already?!

It’s been a jam-packed year of investor education at the BC Securities Commission (BCSC). From new guides and resources to hosting a crypto Q&A to covering timely topics – we’re here to help British Columbians navigate the ups, downs, and in-betweens of investing.

Let’s take a look back at 2022 before we usher in the new year.

 

Investor Guide: Managing Your Investments

You have options to manage your investments. Whether you’re considering investing or are already an investor, it’s important to weigh your options and determine what’s right for you.

We kicked off 2022 by publishing an Investor Guide that covers the essentials of three common money management strategies: working with a registered investment advisor, using a robo-advisor, and using self-directed investing accounts.

The Guide also highlights new investor protection rules known as Client Focused Reforms, what it means to be a vulnerable investor, and how to establish a Trusted Contact Person.

Slow Down. Think Before You Invest

During Fraud Prevention Month in March 2022, we highlighted a fraud warning sign – emphasizing how FOMO (fear of missing out) is used by fraudsters to create emotional traps that can harm investors.

We amplified our message through social media, television, radio, podcasts, transit shelters, and billboards. We used emojis and lingo commonly found in online investing conversations to help draw attention to misleading or fraudulent investment opportunities.

Slow down. Think before you invest. Don't let FOMO lead to investment fraud.

 

Your Crypto Questions Answered

Confused by crypto? You’re not alone – questions and concerns about crypto assets were plentiful in 2022, especially about crypto asset-related scams.

Our Twitter Q&A answered your questions related to crypto fraud. We encourage British Columbians to contact us with questions or concerns.

What patterns are you seeing with crypto scams?

Scammers are using social media and online dating sites to lure people into crypto scams.

Looking for more resources? Take our quiz to test your crypto knowledge, and check out our article on the crypto basics.

Starting a Conversation About Elder Financial Abuse

We continued to shed light on elder financial abuse by joining organizations across Canada in the lead-up to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15.

This year, we partnered with CanAge to have an open conversation about elder financial abuse in order to help British Columbians learn what financial abuse can look like, and how to protect their older loved ones from being victimized.

Relay the facts. Listen. Take action together.

Learn more by visiting our Elder Financial Abuse page.

Supporting Investors Through Moments in Time

2022 has been peppered with intense financial headlines. High inflation, increased costs of living, global supply chain issues, and rising interest rates were the topics that dominated investors’ sentiment trying to navigate volatile investment markets.

It can feel overwhelming to sift through, especially if you’re new to investing or want to understand how fluctuations and new technologies impact your personal finances.

We’re here to help with the following pages:

Re-introducing InvestRight.org

We’re closing out the year with a new look!

InvestRight.org has been revamped to be more responsive, informative, and easier to navigate.

Highlights include:

  • Improved search – helping British Columbians find the content they need, even if they aren’t sure what to look for
  • Updated Calculators and Quizzes
  • A streamlined look and feel – making it simpler to explore on any device
  • Mega menus – helping visitors find their topic fast by hovering over Understand Investing, Manage Investments, Avoid Fraud, Tools & Resources, or News & Insights
  • Report a concern – contact us quickly with the Report Fraud or Misconduct button

From beginners to experts, we’re here to empower B.C. investors. We’ll see you in the new year with more resources and tools to help you work toward a positive financial future.

Report a Concern

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]. You can also file a complaint or submit a tip anonymously using the BCSC’s online complaint form.

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