Investor Office
February 2, 2017
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Do you know how your investments are doing? How much you're paying in fees? Answering these questions hasn't always been easy. That's changing with two new annual reports that you'll get in the mail that should help you make sense of what you make and what you pay (a regulatory initiative called "CRM2"). This issue of Investor News contains several resources for these new cost and performance reports.

The Investor Office has launched a new website to help investors navigate their new annual reports on investment performance and the cost of advice. Investors are beginning to receive this information for the first time – make sure you understand what they're telling you about your account.


Interviews with Rob Carrick

Denise Morris, Manager of Policy at the Investor Office, spoke with Rob Carrick, personal finance columnist for The Globe and Mail, about what investors can expect from the new cost disclosure and performance reporting rules.


Other CRM2 Resources

Several other organizations are helping investors make sense of the new cost and performance reports, including the Canadian Securities Administrators, the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada and FAIR Canada.

Jeff Kehoe is the Director of Enforcement at the Ontario Securities Commission. The Investor Office recently sat down with Jeff to discuss his background, the role of the Enforcement Branch and his current priorities.
"How do you calculate rate of return?"

"When a bank charges a fee for an in-kind transfer between RRSP accounts, can they actually take the money from the registered account?"

The investment world can be complex. Re: Investing offers clear, unbiased answers to your questions about investing, from a trusted source.


The Investor Advisory Panel (IAP) recently released the facilitator's report from the risk profiling roundtable that it jointly organized with the Investor Office in September 2016. The roundtable was held to explore the findings of the research study, commissioned by the IAP, on the risk profiling used in the retail investment advice process.


OSC LaunchPad is the first dedicated team by a securities regulator in Canada to help fintech businesses navigate securities law requirements and accelerate time-to-market. It was created to provide direct support to eligible new and early-stage fintech businesses that provide innovative services, products and applications of benefit to investors.




Canadian Securities Regulators Seek Input on Potential Impacts of Discontinuing Embedded Commissions

Comments due: June 9, 2017

The Canadian Securities Administrators – the umbrella organization of Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators that includes the Ontario Securities Commission  are seeking input on the option of discontinuing embedded commissions and the potential impacts of such a change on Canadian investors and market participants. Learn more



Admiral Global Private Equity Group

The OSC added Admiral Global Private Equity Group, doing business as admiralglobal[dot]com, to its Investor Warning List on January 17, 2017. Investors are warned that Admiral Global Private Equity Group is not registered in Ontario to trade securities or to advise anyone regarding investing in, buying or selling securities. Learn more


Kevin O’Leary falsely linked to binary options trading platforms and software

The OSC is warning investors about advertisements using the image or likeness of Kevin O’Leary to promote “get rich” schemes using certain binary options trading software and platforms.

OSC staff have communicated with representatives of Kevin O'Leary and confirmed that he has not approved the use of his image in any advertisements or news articles involving binary options, and that he is not promoting or otherwise associated with any binary options trading software or platforms, including The Millionaire(s) Blueprint, Play It On Point, Eurostreet Money or Boss Capital.

We also want to make it clear that no business is currently registered or authorized to sell binary options in Canada. Learn more


Key Dates


Investor Office Teletownhall

March 2, 2017

Teletownhalls are a way for the Investor Office to connect with thousands of Ontarians at a time. Teletownhalls work much like a call-in radio show where OSC staff provide information, answer questions and conduct live polls over the course of one hour.

Our upcoming teletownhall in March is being held as part of Fraud Prevention Month and will focus on recognizing and preventing different types of investment fraud. Call in to learn more about spotting some common scams and ask OSC experts your fraud-related questions.
Register now

OSC in the Community: Protect Your Money

  • Hamilton - February 15, 2017
  • Chatham - February 17, 2017
  • Courtice - February 21, 2017
  • Belleville - February 23, 2017

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. Learn more

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