Investor Office
August 18, 2016

It's the dog days of summer, and what better time is there to get caught up on things you might have missed the first time they ran in Investor News. This edition features some of our most popular – and most clicked – articles, tools and information we've published since we launched the new Investor Office last October.



In January we introduced our new TFSA Calculator. Our award-winning website has many other popular tools and calculators, such as our Compound Interest Calculator, RRSP Saving CalculatorMutual Fund Fee Calculator and the RESP Savings Calculator.


Check Before You Invest

Check Before You Invest

The OSC and the Investor Office launched a media campaign reminding people to always check the registration of any person or business trying to sell you an investment or give you investment advice.

Visit to learn more about checking registration and disciplinary histories, spotting the warning signs of fraud and receiving investor alerts and warnings from the OSC.



Seniors Resources

Seniors are an extremely important and growing segment of investors whose needs and issues demand attention.

We've announced the creation of the Seniors Expert Advisory Committee, published a variety of resources for seniors including guides and Fact Cards, established and strengthened various stakeholder partnerships including with the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE), Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) and the Ontario Seniors Secretariat.




Get Smarter About Money

Our investor education website has hundreds of articles and tools for investors. Some of our most popular resources published in Investor News include a introduction to mutual fund series, making withdrawals from RRSPs before you retiremaking withdrawals from your RRIF and TFSA basics.



We also introduced new resources such as our question and answer website Re: Investing, our embeddable Fact Cards, our interactive crowdfunding guide, and our inaugural report The Investor Perspective (OSC Staff Notice 11-773).



Binary Options

Be Careful About Binary Options

Binary options are being increasingly marketed to Canadian investors as a way to get rich quick. But as the saying goes, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

We want to make it clear: no business is currently registered or authorized to market or sell binary options in Canada. Make sure that you understand what binary options are and the reasons that you should avoid them with our guide to the risks of binary options.




We All Want What's Best for the People We Love

The Investor Office sets the strategic direction and leads the OSC’s efforts in investor engagement, education, outreach and research. The Office also brings the investor perspective to policy-making and operations.

When we launched the Investor Office in October 2015, we released the first video in our introductory series. The trilogy's videos have been viewed almost 325,000 times.

Each video is approximately 90 seconds. Watch the trilogy again now.






Investor research is key to improving knowledge and understanding of important investor needs and issues. Research published over the past year include the OSC's Financial Life Stages of Older Canadians, the CSA's Investor Education Study 2016 and the IAP's Current Practices for Risk Profiling in Canada and Review of Global Best Practices

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