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March 23, 2021
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The arrival of warmer spring weather can be a reminder to clean, tidy and keep your home healthy. It’s also the perfect opportunity to include your investment portfolio as part of your spring-cleaning activities. Your portfolio needs regular maintenance, just like your home, to ensure its contents are optimally organized and meet your needs. Learn more 

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Your Investing Personality

Do you know what kind of investor you are? Your investing personality includes your risk tolerance as well as your financial goals and situation. Everyone has unique financial needs, so it's important that your investment portfolio reflects your investing personality. Take the Investing Personality Quiz

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Pump and Dump Stock Scams

In a typical pump-and-dump stock scam, fraudsters will try to encourage investors to buy a specific stock, usually through mass emails, online ads or social media posts. The fraudsters already own the stock and when the price increases, they immediately sell before the price falls back down and investors lose their money. Learn more

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Avoiding Investment Scams

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Remember to take the time you need to make an informed investment decision. Ask as many questions as you need to. You can also get a second opinion from someone you trust. Learn more

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Inflation and Your Investments

Inflation is the rise in the cost of goods and services over a set period of time. If the value of your investment fails to keep up with inflation, your purchasing power will be reduced.

Inflation risk is particularly relevant if you own cash or debt investments like bonds. Stocks offer some protection against inflation because most companies can increase the prices that they charge to their customers. Learn more

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Compound Interest Calculator

How much will your savings benefit from compound growth? Use our Compound Interest Calculator to find out how much your savings could grow if you reinvest interest earned.

Visit for more tools and calculators to help you with your finances.

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Do you know how Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies work? They are digital mediums of exchange, but they are not issued or backed by a Canadian central bank or monetary authority. They are also prone to large swings in market value, gaining or losing hundreds or even thousands of dollars over the course of a day. Learn more

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Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions

Securities regulatory authorities in Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Québec and Saskatchewan recently published results from the sixth year review of women on boards and in executive officer positions. 

The total number of board seats occupied by women increased to 20% in 2020, compared to 11% in 2015, and 79% of issuers had at least one woman on their board, an increase from 49% in 2015. Learn more

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Ask Us An Investing Question

Investing and the investment world can be complex. Get clear, unbiased answers to your questions about investing, from a trusted source, at

You can also browse the hundreds of questions we've already answered.

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"What is a stock split and a reverse stock split?"
"If I change my mind after purchasing a fund, what can I do?"




Proposal to modernize registration information framework

Comments due: May 5, 2021

The CSA is proposing targeted changes to provide registered firms and individuals with greater clarity on what information is required as part of the registration process, while also improving the quality of information received by regulators. Learn more




Always know the 10 most recent OSC investor warnings and alerts by bookmarking this Fact Card or embedding it on your website or blog.

The OSC's Investor Warnings and Alerts page has moved to the new Find the latest information here.


Kirther Investment & Trading Inc.

Kirther Investment & Trading Inc., found at www[dot]kirtherinvestment[dot]com, is not registered in Ontario to engage in the business of trading in securities. Learn more



Fortraders, found at www[dot]fortraders[dot]io, is not registered in Ontario to engage in the business of trading in securities. Learn more


COVID-19 Fraud Alerts

Watch our COVID-19 fraud alert video series. Fraudsters are exploiting the fear surrounding economic conditions and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fake government messages. Be careful of fraudsters posing as government agencies or departments by text or email.

Financial representative impostors. Be on alert for fraudsters posing as your bank or investment firm advisor.

Quick High-Return Schemes. Fraudsters are targeting people experiencing financial hardship from COVID-19 with quick high-return schemes based outside of Canada.

Pump-and-dump scams. This is a type of investment fraud where fraudsters artificially increase the price of a stock that they own by encouraging other investors to buy it. 

Work from home scams. Be on alert for fraudsters offering fake job opportunities.


IOSCO Investor Alerts

Stay informed about the latest international investor warnings and alerts by visiting the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Investor Alerts Portal.




OSC in the Community

OSC in the Community is an outreach program that takes the OSC's regulatory mandate from Bay Street to Main Street. OSC staff travel to communities across Ontario to talk to people about making informed financial decisions and avoiding investment fraud.

To protect the health and safety of the public and staff, all OSC in the Community events will be delivered online or by phone until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow guidance from public health authorities.

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  • March 24, 2021 - Webinar
  • March 25, 2021 - Webinar
  • March 26, 2021 - Webinar
  • March 31, 2021 - Webinar

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