For Immediate ReleaseMarch16, 2016
Halifax – The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA)are encouraging all investors to participate in Check Registration Day on March 16, 2016 by visiting aretheyregistered.ca to see whether the individual or firm offering them an investment or advice is registered to do so.
Canadian securities regulators will only register firms and individuals that meet specific qualifications and standards. Checking the registration of the person or firm selling you stocks, bonds, mutual funds or other securities helps to protect investors and build confidence in our capital markets.
“We’re particularly concerned about unregistered activity around binary options,” said Louis Morisset, Chair of the CSA and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. “Many binary options trading platforms are based overseas and, despite listing Canadian contact information, none of the companies managing these platforms are registered to conduct business in Canada.”
Binary options are essentially “bets” on how a particular underlying asset will perform in a limited amount of time. The CSA is aware of a number ofbinary options trading platforms, many purportedly based overseas in countries like Cyprus, Belize and the Seychelles, that are soliciting Canadians by making untrue and/or misleading statements about Canadian securities regulators’ oversight of binary options. This has resulted in the CSA issuing an alert in 2015urging investors to use extreme caution when considering an investment in binary options.
Offering investment services or products in Canada, whether online or in person, is a regulated activity. The CSA are encouraging investors to take time on March 16, 2016 to check before they invest during its annual Check Registration Day. Here’s how:
Investors should immediately contact their local securities regulator if they discover that the person or company offering them an investment opportunity is not registered.
March is Fraud Prevention Month. Throughout the month, investors can follow tweets from@CSA_News and the hashtag #FPM2016 for tips on being a smart investor and preventing investment fraud. Investors can also visit the Investor Tools section of the CSA website to learn more about making informed investing decisions.
The CSA, the council of securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, coordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets. Their mandate is to protect investors from unfair or fraudulent practices through regulation of the securities industry. Part of this protection is educating investors about the risk, responsibilities and rewards of investing.
Kristen Rose Ontario Securities Commission 416-593-2336
Mark Dickey Alberta Securities Commission 403-297-4481
Richard Gilhooley British Columbia Securities Commission 604-899-6713
Sylvain Théberge Autorité des marchés financiers 514-940-2176
Ainsley Cunningham Manitoba Securities Commission 204-945-4733
Andrew Nicholson Financial and Consumer Services Commission, New Brunswick 506-658-3021
Tanya Wiltshire Nova Scotia Securities Commission 902-424-8586
Janice Callbeck Office of the Superintendent of Securities, P.E.I. 902-368-6288
Carl Allwood Office of the Superintendent of Securities Newfoundland and Labrador Securities 709-729-2596
Rhonda Horte Office of the Yukon Superintendent of Securities 867-667-5466
Shamus Armstrong Nunavut Securities Office 867-975-6587
Tom Hall Northwest Territories Securities Office 867-873-7490
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