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Investor News
November 15, 2018
Financial Well-Being.

Financial Literacy Month is in full swing! In this issue of Investor News, we're once again focusing on highlighting tools and resources to help you make smarter decisions with your money. Learn more about all of the Ontario Securities Commission's (OSC's) activities for Financial Literacy Month 2018.


A budget can help you keep track of your spending, prepare for unexpected expenses and find ways to save money.

Visit our Budgeting hub for tips on creating a budget, planning for occasional expenses, getting rid of debt, and finding ways to make it easier to save.


Net Worth Calculator

Do you wonder what your net worth is? You can use our Net Worth Calculator to help you understand the difference between what you own and what you owe, and compare your results to other Canadian households.

Visit for more popular and free articles, tools and calculators to help you with your finances.​

In the last issue of Investor News, we launched two new cryptoasset educational resources. Check out these new websites today if you haven't already. provides investors with an overview of cryptoasset products and services, the OSC’s role in regulating them, and tips for exercising due diligence before considering this type of investment. Learn more is the second new educational resource published, and mimics what a typical fraudulent initial coin offering website may look like to help those interested in this type of capital raising tool identify potential red flags. Explore and learn about the red flags of fraud.


Get Your Savings Back on Track

Whether it’s a job loss, a significant decline in your investments, or a large, unexpected expense, financial setbacks can happen. If it happens to you, saving money may be the last thing on your mind. But following these 4 steps can help get you back on track — and back to saving money — more quickly.


Retirement Ready Quiz

Are you retirement ready? Take our Retirement Ready Quiz to find out how prepared you are and get tips to put yourself on the right track.

Visit for more popular and free articles, tools and calculators to help you with your finances.​


Alternative Mutual Funds

Alternative mutual funds are a type of mutual fund. Like a conventional mutual fund, an alternative mutual fund is a collection of investments owned by a group of investors and managed by a professional money manager. However, alternative mutual funds can invest in non-traditional investment assets or use complex investment strategies in ways that conventional mutual funds cannot.

Read our new article on alternative mutual funds to learn some things you should know about these investment products.  


ETF Facts

The Canadian Securities Administrators, which includes the OSC, recently launched an awareness campaign to encourage investors to read the Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF) Facts document.

Beginning December 10, 2018 every time you purchase an ETF, you'll receive a copy of ETF Facts within two business days of the purchase. This document summarizes key information about the ETF you've bought, including what the ETF is invested in, how they trade, their risk and fees.

Use our interactive ETF Facts tool to find out what each section of the document means.

Re: Investing

Ask Us An Investing Question

Investing and the investment world can be complex. Our Re: Investing website offers clear, unbiased answers to your questions about investing, from a trusted source. Here are some recent questions and our responses:

“Is investing in a cannabis company risky?”
“How much income can I expect from my RRSP?”
“Can I transfer my mutual funds from one bank to another?”


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It was just two months ago that we passed the 10,000 subscriber mark. Now, almost 11,000 people have signed up to stay informed about the latest investor and regulatory initiatives, educational resources, topical issues, key dates and investor warnings and alerts.

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Proposed rule regarding non-GAAP and other financial measures

Comments due: December 5, 2018

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment Proposed National Instrument 52-112 Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Disclosure, which establishes disclosure requirements for issuers that disclose non-GAAP and other financial measures.

Learn more


Proposed rules to prohibit certain embedded commissions

Comments due: December 13, 2018

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment a notice outlining proposed amendments that would prohibit investment fund managers from paying upfront sales commissions to dealers, and trailing commissions to dealers who do not make a suitability determination, such as order-execution-only dealers.

Learn more


Proposed amendments to certain custody-related provisions

Comments due: December 24, 2018

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment certain custody-related provisions of National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations (NI 31-103) as a consequence of recent custody-related amendments to National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds (NI 81-102) which were made as part of the "Modernization of Investment Fund Product Regulation -- Alternative Funds" project.

Learn more


Proposed changes to clearing agency requirements

Comments due: January 19, 2019

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 24-102 Clearing Agency Requirements and proposed changes to Companion Policy 24-102 Clearing Agency Requirements.

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


Payback Limited and Trans Atlantic Direct

The OSC is warning investors that Payback Limited appears to be involved in a scheme that targets former investors of Trans Atlantic Direct. Learn More



The OSC is warning investors that HQBroker is not registered to sell securities in Ontario. Learn More


Bristol Consulting FX

Bristol Consulting FX, also doing business as bristolconsultingfx[DOT]com is not registered in Ontario to engage in the business of trading in securities. Learn more


Caution urged for Canadians investing with crypto-asset trading platforms

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) is urging Canadians to be cautious when considering buying crypto assets through trading platforms. Learn more




OSC in the Community

OSC staff are taking the Commission's regulatory mandate from Bay Street to Main Street with seminars on preventing fraud and making informed investment decisions.

  • November 19, 2018 - Brampton
  • November 21, 2018 - Markham
  • November 22, 2018 - Fonthill
  • November 28, 2018 - Toronto (Scarborough)
  • January 8, 2019 - Brampton
  • January 14, 2019 - Toronto (North York)
  • January 17, 2019 - Mississauga

Learn More




The Investor Office is currently seeking to fill two roles on our high-performing team. We offer a diverse, fair and flexible work environment and take pride in our challenging and rewarding work. Grow your career and make a difference working at the OSC!


Manager, Policy

The Manager, Policy plays a key role in developing and implementing the Investor Office’s policy initiatives and strategies for ensuring that the investor perspective is brought to the OSC's policy-making and operations, and for demonstrating leadership not only within the OSC but among the broader stakeholder community. The Manager is a member of the OSC's Senior Management Team. Learn more


Senior Advisor, Behavioural Insights

The Senior Advisor, Behavioural Insights plays a key role in designing and executing behavioural insights research and testing at the OSC. The Senior Advisor also provides thought leadership, both within the OSC and externally, on how behavioural insights can be used to make regulation smarter and help investors achieve their goals. Learn more

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