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Investor News
September 5, 2018
Back to School for Investors

As classes resume this week, investors can also take a moment to hit the books and brush up on their own investor education. This "back to school" issue of Investor News contains many resources for investors on a variety of topics, including saving for an education, to help you better mange your money.


On Tuesday, the Investor Office once again opened the Toronto Stock Exchange to mark "back-to-school season" for investors. Learn more about how stock markets work with our investor guide at

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Back to School

Back to School

We've put together a few ideas for investors on going "back to school" this September. 

Our Investing basics hub on also has many guides including on making a plan, understanding riskworking with an advisor and much more.  

If your child is beginning or continuing post-secondary education this year, they can take payments from their RESP if one was created for them. These payments, known as educational assistance payments, are made up of the investment earnings and government grant money in the RESP. There are important rules to follow in order to qualifying for these payments. Learn more


Our research has found that many Ontario millennials are feeling overwhelmed by investing and don’t know where to start. Tyler Fleming, Director of the Investor Office, was recently on the SiriusXM show Moolala: Money Made Simple with personal finance expert Bruce Sellery to talk about the OSC research study Getting Started: Human-Centred Solutions to Engage Ontario Millennials in Investing (OSC Staff Notice 11-782). The study identified barriers millennials face when attempting to learn more about or start investing and the tactics to address them. Listen now

RESP Savings Calculator

RESP Savings Calculator

Saving for your child's education takes time and planning. If your child hasn't started post-secondary education yet, you might be wondering if your savings will be enough to help pay for tuition and other costs when the time comes. Use our RESP Savings Calculator to estimate how much your current savings and future contributions could grow to compared to future education costs. has many tools, calculators and worksheets to help you with your finances. 

Common Mistakes for First-Time Investors

Common Mistakes of First-Time Investors

Many experienced investors will admit that they've made mistakes when they first started investing. Emotional reactions and inexperience can lead to the wrong decisions. Don’t be discouraged as even the most sophisticated investors are known to make the occasional mistake. We’ve put together a list of 10 common mistakes that first-time investors make, to help you avoid early pitfalls. Learn more

Scam Spotter Tool

Scam Spotter Tool

Are you considering a new investment? Our new Scam Spotter Tool can help you learn how to spot the warning signs of investment fraud. has many resources on fraud prevention and recognizing the signs of investment fraud

Investor Advisory Panel

The OSC recently announced that Neil Gross was appointed Chair of the Investor Advisory Panel (IAP), effective August 1, 2018. Mr. Gross has served on the IAP since November 2017. 

The IAP advises and comments on proposed rules, policies and investor protection initiatives, while considering the views of a broad range of investors through consultation with investors and organizations representing investors. Learn more


Money Tips for Life in Retirement

Adjusting to life in retirement can sometimes mean spending more than you bring in. You could be faced with higher than expected monthly expenses, lower than expected income, or financial emergencies. Here are some ideas to help you save money in retirement. Learn more


Home ownership vs other investments

Buying a home may be one of the biggest investments you ever make. But it differs from other types of investments in a number of important ways. Before you buy, make sure home ownership is the right choice for you. Learn more




Proposed Changes to Derivatives Registration Rule

Comments due: September 17, 2018

The CSA published for comment Proposed National Instrument 93-102 Derivatives: Registration and Proposed Companion Policy 93-102 Derivatives: Registration. The Proposed Instrument establishes a new regime for the registration of dealers and advisers transacting in the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets in Canada.

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Proposed Changes to Business Conduct rules for Derivatives Dealers and Advisers

Comments due: September 17, 2018

The CSA published a notice and second request for comment on Proposed National Instrument 93-101 Derivatives: Business Conduct and Proposed Companion Policy 93-101 CP Derivatives: Business Conduct. The Proposed Instrument establishes a business conduct regime for regulating dealers and advisers in over-the-counter derivatives in Canada.  

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Proposed Client-Focused Reforms

Comments due: October 19, 2018

The CSA published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations and Companion Policy 31-103CP Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations (Client-Focused Reforms).

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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.

  • Toronto (North York) - September 8, 2018
  • Markham - September 17, 2018
  • Scarborough - September 19, 2018
  • Markham - September 20, 2018
  • Toronto (Downtown) - October 1, 2018
  • Bowmanville - October 2, 2018
  • Milton - October 3, 2018
  • Toronto (Scarborough) - October 5, 2018

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