| Dec. 18 || MFDA || |
Seniors and DSC funds
The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada issued a bulletin that details the results of a compliance sweep earlier this year; it includes best practices guidance on DSC funds for seniors, among other matters.
| Dec. 17 || NASAA || |
New seniors-focused website
The North American Securities Administrators Association launched a new website that aims to help the fight against the financial exploitation of seniors. ServeOurSeniors.org.
| Dec. 17 || IOSCO || |
Possible new guidance on fund liquidity
Investment fund managers may face additional guidance on properly managing liquidity, including stress testing these abilities, the International Organization of Securities Commissions said.
| Dec. 17 || IIROC || |
Revised CRM FAQ document addresses suitability
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada issued a revised version of its frequently asked questions document that clarifies firms' obligations under the first phase of the Client Relationship Model rules, particularly in relation to suitability.
| Dec. 17 || ESMA || |
Market risks remain elevated, European regulators say
Financial markets continue to face elevated risks heading into 2016, according to an evaluation by the European Securities and Markets Authority.
| Dec. 16 || IOSCO || |
Harmful conduct is top risk for retail investors
A report by the research department of the International Organization of Securities Commissions indicates "harmful conduct" is the top investor-protection risk. That risk, it says, damages the markets and undermines investor confidence.
| Dec. 9 || IIROC || |
HFT impacts mostly positive
A study into high frequency trading in Canada by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada has not uncovered any issues that justify regulatory intervention.
| Dec. 8 || FSB || |
Stability risks at global asset managers studied
A project of the Financial Stability Board is studying how to uncover inherent vulnerabilities in the asset management industry that could represent global financial stability concerns.
| Dec. 8 || CCMR || |
Transition framework spelled out
The policy-makers working on the Co-operative Capital Markets Regulator published a paper with their planned approach to the new regulatory framework for firms in participating jurisdictions, including British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and the Yukon territory.
| Dec. 7 || FSB || |
Bloomberg to head task force on climate risks
The Financial Stability Board will create a task force to develop disclosure standards for companies' climate-related financial risks. Chaired by Michael Bloomberg, the task force will develop voluntary, climate-related financial risk disclosure standards. FSB chairman Mark Carney announced the task force.
| Dec. 1 || CSA/OBSI || |
Update for revised memorandum of understanding for OBSI
Canadian securities regulators are updating the agreement that sets out oversight arrangements for the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments.
| Nov. 27 || CCIR || |
Insurance regulators to increase collaboration
A paper published by the Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators spells out how the various provincial insurance regulators are increasing information sharing and supervisory co-operation.
| Nov. 25 || U.S. Fed || |
Final rule changes for stress testing
The U.S. Federal Reserve Board announced that it has approved a final rule to modify its requirements for the 2016 capital plan and stress testing cycle.
| Nov. 24 || CFTC || |
New U.S. risk controls for automated trading
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission proposed new rules, known as Regulation Automated Trading (Reg AT), intended to reduce potential risks arising from algorithmic trading activity. There is a 90-day comment period.
| Nov. 23 || FCA || |
Consultation sought on "RegTech"
The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority issued a consultation paper seeking feedback on how the regulator can support the development of new technology to help financial firms meet their regulatory obligations — an emerging sector that the FCA refers to as "RegTech".
| Nov. 20 || NSSC || |
Amendments harmonize N.S. securities legislation to national standard
The Nova Scotia government has introduced amendments to the Securities Act, which aim to improve investor protection.
| Nov. 19 || |
IIROC, CSF collaborate to strengthen investor protection
A new agreement between the investment industry's self-regulatory organizations for Quebec and the rest of Canada means discipline imposed by one regulator will automatically generate a review, and possible enforcement action, by the other.
| Nov. 18 || Basel III || |
Higher capital requirements for banks
Global banks will likely face higher capital requirements under proposed revisions to regulators' approach to trading risk. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision is aiming to finalize its approach by the end of the year.
| Nov. 18 || FCA || |
Asset management industry study
The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority announced the terms of reference for its planned asset management industry study, which aims to examine the impact of competition in the sector.
| Nov. 12 || IAP, OSC || |
Risk assessment tools not adequate
The Ontario Securities Commission's Investor Advisory Panel released a study examining investor risk assessment. The report finds that questionnaires used for this purpose are often flawed.
| Nov. 10 || FCA || |
U.K. to create "regulatory sandbox"
The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority plans to establish a "regulatory sandbox" that would allow financial firms to test new products and services in the marketplace without going through the full regulatory approval process. It's anticipated that the sandbox will be open for testing in the spring of 2016.
| Nov. 10 || IOSCO || |
Custody standards for investment funds
The International Organization of Securities Commissions issued guidance on measures to ensure assets held in collective investment schemes, such as investment funds, are kept safe for clients.
| Nov. 9 || NASAA || |
Investor advisory on "next big thing"
The North American Securities Administrators Association warned investors to be cautious when considering products that have recently been making news, such as marijuana-related investments, binary options and digital currency.
| Nov. 9 || FSB || |
Disclosure of climate-related risks
The Basel-based Financial Stability Board submitted a proposal to the G20 that calls for the creation of an industry-led disclosure task force on climate-related risks, the FSB announced on Monday.
| Nov. 9 || FSB || |
Final standards for Total Loss-Absorbing Capacity issued
The Financial Stability Board issued its final standard that sets Total Loss-Absorbing Capacity requirements for global banks. The measure aims to further guard against taxpayer bailouts, in the wake of the financial crisis.
| Nov. 4 || FFIEC || |
Cyber attack extortion attempts
The U.S. Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, which sets standards for the federal examination of financial institutions, issued a statement alerting financial institutions to "the increasing frequency and severity" of cyber attacks involving extortion.
| Nov. 2 || FSB || |
Too big to fail
The Basel-based Financial Stability Board announced the latest list of global systemically important banks (G-SIBs), which includes 30 of the world's biggest banks.
| Oct. 30 || SEC || |
New form of crowdfunding approved in U.S.
A new form of crowdfunding has been approved in the U.S. that will allow startups to raise money by selling stock to Main Street investors.
| Oct. 30 || OSC || |
New investor office announced
The Ontario Securities Commission announced its rebranded Investor Office, which will spearhead the commission's efforts at retail investor protection, education, and outreach.
| Oct. 23 || CSA || |
Fund commissions seem to influence sales
A new report from the Canadian Securities Administrators appears to confirm the theory that mutual fund commissions influence mutual fund sales and impact investors' returns.
| Oct. 20 || CSA || |
Warnings on using apps for pump and dump
Fraudulent stock promotions are using popular messaging apps, such as WhasApp, to carry out pump-and-dump schemes, nine Canadian securities regulators warn. The warnings follow similar U.S. action.
| Oct. 16 || SEC || |
Aggregate numbers for hedge funds published for first time
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission provided aggregate statistics and trends on the private fund industry, including hedge funds. Most of the data is being made public for the first time.
| Oct. 16 || OSC || |
Regular reporting of exempt market deals starts
The Ontario Securities Commission announced that, beginning in October, it will start regular reporting of deals that raise capital in the exempt market.
| Oct. 15 || UK || |
Extension of personal responsibility in financial industry
The U.K. Treasury has introduced legislation to extend the principle of regulators' personal responsibility throughout the financial industry, along with other reforms.
| Oct. 14 || BCSC || |
Impact of HFT on venture markets
The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) reported that concerns about the impact of high-frequency trading (HFT) on the venture market are not supported by data.
| Oct. 8 || FINRA || |
All OTC equity volume to be published
The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority will publish data on all equity volume executed over-the-counter by FINRA members, in addition to the alternative trading system volume it already publishes.
| Oct. 8 || IOSCO || |
Guidance on crowdfunding coming
The International Organization of Securities Commissions intends to develop guidance on crowdfunding, and to continue examining the financial stability risks posed by the asset management industry.
| Oct. 1 || FSB || |
Room for improvement in FX markets
The global financial industry has made strides in enhancing the integrity of the foreign exchange market, but there is still room for improvement, particularly among the market's smaller players, says the Financial Stability Board in a new report.
| Sept. 29 || NASAA || |
New proposals for dealing with seniors out for comment
The North American Securities Administrators Association proposes a model act to address issues faced by broker-dealers and investment advisors when they suspect financial exploitation of seniors and other vulnerable adults. There is a 30 day comment period.
| Sept. 17 || FINRA || |
The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority approved a rulemaking proposal allowing a brokerage firm to place a temporary hold on a disbursement of funds or securities in cases where the firm reasonably believes that financial exploitation, particularly of seniors, may be occurring. FINRA will issue a notice seeking comment within the next few weeks.
| Sept. 17 || IIROC/ |
Mystery shop results find deficiencies
Canadian securities regulators released the results of their "mystery shop" exercise. Deficiencies were found in several areas: regulators asked industry members to review the results and whether their firms could benefit from changes to their own practices.
| Sept. 15 || IOSCO || |
Educating investors about risk
The International Organization of Securities Commissions published a report setting out best practices for investor education. The report focuses on the challenge of educating investors aboutinvestment risk. Howard Weston, vice-chair of the IOSCO board and chairman of the OSC, cited the report.
| Sept. 15 || FCA || |
U.K. should rate financial firms' behaviour
The U.K. Financial Services Consumer Panel, a consumer advocacy group, called for a simple rating system by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority to help consumers decide which financial services firms would be likely to treat them well.
| Sept. 10 || IIROC || |
Call for stronger enforcement of fines
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada called on governments to give IIROC greater powers to collect fines from securities violators who leave the industry.
| Sept. 3 || IOSCO || Securitization risks and investors |
A new report from the International Organization of Securities Commissions calls for better alignment of incentives between issuers in the securitization market and investors' interests. The problem of issuers not having skin in the game arose after the 2008 financial crisis.
| Sept. 2 || MFDA || Guidance on CRM2 |
The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada published a revised frequently asked questions document providing guidance to fund dealers on CRM2 requirements for reporting compensation to clients.
| Aug. 27 || CFTC || |
Canadian exchanges allowed access in the U.S.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission ruled that ICE Futures Canada, Inc. and Montreal Exchange Inc. can provide U.S.-based firms with direct access to their trading systems.
| Aug. 26 || FINRA || |
U.S. issues market alert on risks
The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority re-issued an investor that explains market risk to nervous investors.
| Aug. 25 || IIROC || |
Final guidance on price thresholds
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada published final guidance requiring trading venues, including dark pools, to adopt price thresholds to prevent excessively violent trading events. The guidance took effect Aug. 25.
| Aug. 13 || FCA || |
U.K. standards to apply to foreign banks
British regulators published rules to raise the standards of behaviour of foreign banks that operate in the U.K. Among other changes, senior managers will be held accountable. Final rules will be published later this year.
| Aug. 12 || OSFI || |
Capital planning at banks needs to improve
Banks' internal capital planning efforts are getting better, but need to keep improving, says The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) in a letter.
| Aug. 4 || FCA || Financial advice review by U.K. |
The U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority and the British Treasury have launched the Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR), which may result in a radical reshaping of the market for advice in that country. Among other issues, the FCA will examine the "advice gap."
| July 29 || FSCO || |
Fraud checklist for mortgage brokers
The Financial Services Commission of Ontario released the Checklist on Detecting and Preventing Fraud to licensed mortgage brokerages, administrators, brokers and agents in July. The new checklist is aimed at detecting and preventing fraud.
| July 27 || FCA || |
New guidance on selling strategies
New guidance from British regulators aims to help firms ensure that a subtle focus on sales does not create excess pressure on frontline staff that leads to consumer harm.
| July 17 || IFIC || |
Fund volatility risk guidelines
The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) on Friday released the latest update to its voluntary guidelines for fund managers that aim to improve their assessment and disclosure of the historic volatility risk of their funds to clients on a consistent basis.
| July 16 || CSA || |
Disclosure failings report
More than one-fifth of continuous disclosure (CD) reviews that Canadian regulators carried out last year resulted in issuers re-filing their disclosure, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced on Thursday.
| July 14 || OSC || |
Final OM exemption and crowdfunding due in the fall
The Ontario Securities Commission intends to publish the OM exemption and crowdfunding regime in final form and deliver the rules to the Minister of Finance this fall.
| July 9 || OSC || |
Index funds must meet certain criteria
Investment funds whose sponsors want to call them index funds must meet two conditions, the Ontario Securities Commission says: an absence of discretion; and transparency of the index. Removal of the term may be required.
| July 8 || BCBS || |
New corporate governance principles
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued revised principles for the safe functioning of banks, especially risk management, strong boards and board committees.
| July 6 || IIROC || |
SRO to review its direction
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada is reviewing its strategic direction. It is seeking public feedback.
| June 30 || Privacy || |
Transparency reporting guidelines released
Industry Canada released new guidelines to help firms when they report to clients that their personal information has been shared with a government agency.
| June 29 || OSC || |
Compliance reviews for OTC derivatives rules
Investment dealers will be reviewed for compliance with the new rules designed to improve transparency in the over-the-counter derivatives market.
| June 25 || CSA || |
Failings found at exempt market issuers
The Canadian Securities Administrators say some exempt-market issuers are not properly disclosing the fees and commissions on their offerings, and are relying on exemptions that are not available in all provinces, among other failings.
| June 25 || OSC || |
Stress testing and illiquid securities
Fund managers who deal in illiquid securities need to stress-test their portfolios for liquidity concerns, fair value securities that are rarely traded and disclose all of this to investors, the Ontario Securities Commission says.
| June 24 || IIROC || |
More leeway for insider order marking
Securities firms are allowed greater flexibility in flagging orders from insiders, under new guidance issued by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.
| June 10, 18 || OPC || Digital Privacy Act in Force; Guidance Bulletin |
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada published long-awaited amendments to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act; the changes are known as the Digital Privacy Act. The OPC also issued "Interpretation Bulletin – Safeguards" to provide guidance on complying with statutory obligations to protect personal information.
| June 19 || OSC || |
Peer to peer lending sites
Canadian businesses planning to operate a peer-to-peer lending website would do well to speak with the Ontario Securities Commission first before opening up shop.
| June 18 || OSC || |
National regulator a key priority for OSC
The Ontario Securities Commission set out its priorities for the next two years; these include consideration of a best interests duty and formation of a national regulator.
| June 16 || ESMA || |
Regulatory emphasis shifts to enforcement
The European Securities and Markets Authority published its strategy for 2016-20. It sets out its planned evolution into a new phase of operations for the regulator.
| June 11 || CSA || |
CSA report calls for action on commissions
Commissions-based compensation creates enough of a policy problem to justify regulatory action, says new research from the Canadian Securities Administrators.
| June 3 || SIFMA || |
Best interests standard proposed
The U.S. securities industry proposed a best interests standard for U.S. broker-dealers as an alternative to the fiduciary standard that was put forward by the U.S. Department of Laborearlier this year.
| May 29 || BCSC || BCSC flags improper use of personal corporations |
The BSC 2015 Compliance Report Card lists top five deficiencies found at B.C.-based portfolio managers, investment fund managers, and exempt market dealers this past year.
| May 28 || OSC/OSFI || Joint arrangement announced |
The Ontario Securities Commission established an arrangement with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions for the big six banks to report certain information about their derivatives activity to OSFI, which will, in turn, pass it along to the OSC.
| May 28 || FCA || |
Capital requirements for advisory firms in U.K.
British regulators are looking to follow through on new capital requirements for advisory firms that were put on hold amid changes to compensation structures and advisor proficiency requirements.
| May 27 || FINRA || Head of FINRA favours best interest standard |
Imposing a best interest standard on U.S. brokers is the way to go, but proposals put forth earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Labor are not the way to do it, says Richard Ketchum, chairman and CEO of U.S. self-regulatory organization (SRO), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
| May 26 || FSCO || Onsite reviews of insurance agents begin in June |
The Financial Services Commission of Ontario is embarking on in-depth, on-site reviews of life insurance agents to gauge their compliance with industry regulations and best practices. The reviews will begin in June and will be both random and targeted.
| May 20 || SEC || |
New rules for mutual fund reporting
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed new rules to modernize the reporting and disclosure of information by mutual funds, exchange-traded funds and other registered investment funds. On publication the proposals will be out for a 60 day comment period.
| May 13 || Moody's || |
Moody's offers new private ratings
Moody's Investors Service hasbegun offering private ratings of infrastructure and project finance debt for investors.
| May 12 || BIS/ECB/ |
New guide for collecting securities statistics
The Bank for International Settlements, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund released a handbook on securities stats to improve the collection of data on securities designed to harmonize the presentation of these statistics.
| May 12 || IIAC || |
Help with cyber security for small firms
The Investment Industry Association of Canada is planning to provide small Canadian brokerage firms with free access to real-time information on cyber attacks as a way of increasing industry preparedness.
| May 11 || AFM || |
Quebec joins global insurance agreement
Quebec's Autorité des marches financiers (AMF) has signed onto the information sharing agreement among global insurance regulators, which aims to improve supervision and enhance consumer protection.
| May 7 || IIROC || |
New president's first speech
New president and CEO of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, Andrew Kriegler saidIIROC got it right on amendments to curb dark trading. He also flagged other areas for discussion.
| May 7 || AMF || Quebec issues warning on binary options |
The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) urged Quebec investors to exercise caution given the recent rise in suspicious schemes by unregistered foreign companies encouraging them to invest in binary options via on-line trading platforms.
| May 7 || SEC || |
Approval given for tick size pilot
The Securities and Exchange Commission says U.S. markets will experiment with a plan to enhance trading in smaller companies by widening their trading spreads, starting in spring 2016.
| May 1 || MFDA || |
MFDA release 2014 enforcement report
The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada is focusing its efforts on cases involving vulnerable clients.
| April 30 || SSG || |
Risks of algorithmic trading flagged
The Senior Supervisors Group — regulators from Canada, the U.S., Japan, the U.K. and Europe —reported on the risks of algorithmic trading, including high-frequency trading (HFT). A primary concern is whether risks have outpaced controls.
| April 30 || CSA || |
Guidance on proxy advisory firms
The Canadian Securities Administrators published new guidance that sets best practices for the firms that provide voting recommendations to institutional investors on a range of issues that appear on corporate proxies.
| April 28 || IIROC || |
Priorities for the year announced
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada priorities for the year ahead include: brokerage firms can expect a review of their approach to conflicts of interest; an examination of their use of social media; and the results of a recent mystery shopping exercise.
| April 23 || OSC || |
Fairness in debt markets
The Ontario Securities Commission issued a report, The Canadian Fixed Income Market Report, concluding that publicly available market data is limited and direct retail participation in the market is low.
| April 22 || NASAA || |
Advisory on broker-dealer fees
A new advisory from the North American Securities Administrators Association aims to help raise investor awareness about fees charged by broker-dealer firms for account services and maintenance.
| April 16 || MFDA || |
FAQ about CRM2
To help firms gear up for thefinal implementation of various new disclosure requirements as part of the Client Relationship Model reforms, the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada issued a notice detailing its responses to frequently asked implementation questions.
| April 16 || TSXV || |
Blanket order for junior issuers on TSX Venture and Santiago
Several provincial securitiesregulators have granted relief to allow junior issuers to be listed on both the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) and the new Santiago Venture Market. Order takes effect.
| Apr. 7 || MFDA || Seniors group to be created |
The Mutual Fund Dealers Association is looking for representatives from fund dealer firms to participate in a ‘seniors consultation group', being formed to provide MFDA staff with input from the industry.
| Apr. 2 || OSC || |
April Investment Funds Practitioner released
Fund managers must ensure that assets posted as collateral in derivatives transactions are only held as collateral, and are not sold. The direction is included with other issues in the most recent edition of the newsletter from the Investment Funds and Structured Products branch of the Ontario Securities Commission.
| Apr. 1 || IFIC || |
Dealer checklist for CRM2
The Investment Funds Institute of Canada produced a new checklist to help dealers prepare for Client Relationship Model Phase 2 (CRM2) disclosure rules coming into effect at the end of 2015.
| Mar. 31 || FPSC/IQPF || |
Standards agreed on for financial planners
The Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC), which administers the CFP designation, and the Institut québécois de planification financière (IQPF), which administers the F.Pl. designation in Quebec, have agreed on common ethical and practice standards for planners.
| Mar. 26 || CSA || |
U.S. brokers in Canada need not register
The Canadian Securities Administrators will exempt U.S. broker-dealers and U.S. advisers from Canadian registration requirements as long as they are only servicing U.S. clients, and are subject to the oversight of U.S. regulators.
| Mar. 25 || IOSCO || |
Updating code of conduct for credit rating agencies
The International Organization of Securities Commissions is revising its code for credit rating agencies to strengthen the code in areas such as managing conflicts of interest, transparency, and safeguarding non-public information.
| Mar. 19 || JRC/OBSI || |
Joint regulators committee calls for good faith with OBSI
National securities regulators are monitoring the trend of firms refusing compensation recommendations from the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments. It will be monitoring these refusals.
| Mar. 17 || OSFI || |
Bank stress testing, loss-absorbency, capital standards for insurers
Recent speech by Superintendent Jeremy Rudin includes observations on stress testing for Canadian banks, an initiative on loss-absorbency requirements and minimum capital standards for insurers.
| Mar. 13 || FCA || |
UK guidance on use of social media released
The UK Financial Conduct Authority issued guidance on financial promotions over social media, such as Twitter and Facebook. It stresses all communications (including financial promotions) must be fair, clear and not misleading.
| Mar. 11 || IOSCO || |
Review of stress testing of counterparties
Global regulators launched a review of stress testing by central counterparties (CCPs). The International Organization of Securities Commissions and the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures are reviewing stress testing by CCPs, which are must show they can manage credit and liquidity risks in a wide range of hypothetical scenarios.
| Mar. 10 || OSC || |
Investor advisory report released
Fundamental flaws in Canada'sinvestor protection regime continue to unaddressed by regulators, according to an Ontario Securities Commission advisory panel.
| Mar. 9 || CSA || |
Warnings on binary options
The Canadian Securities Administrators warned investors to exercise caution when considering an investment in binary options, which are essentially "bets" on how a particular underlying asset will perform in a limited amount of time. Many are based overseas and not registered to conduct business in Canada.
| Mar. 6 || FCA || |
Explaining structured products
New research from the UK Financial Conduct Authority suggests more needs to be done to ensure consumers aren't exploited by structured products. The report says consumers overestimated the expected returns on structured products, such as index-linked deposits, on average, by almost 10% over five years.
| Mar. 6 || FSB/ |
Methodology for identifying key brokers released
The Financial Stability Board and the International Organization of Securities Commissions proposed methodologies for identifying the financial services firms — other than banks and insurers — considered systemically important financial services institutions. FSB chairman Mark Carney said the proposals are an important step in addressing the ‘too big to fail' issues raised by the financial crisis.
| Feb. 26 || CSA || |
Fund Facts for ETFs
The Canadian Securities Administrators will publish proposals later this spring, or early summer, mandating a new disclosure document for ETFs, modelled on the Fund Facts documents in use by mutual funds.
| Feb. 26 || N.Y. state || |
Rewards for whistleblowers
New York state proposes the Financial Frauds Whistleblower Act to reward employees who report on illegal activity in the banking, insurance, securities, and financial services industries.
| Feb. 26 || IOSCO/ |
Global regulators propose more disclosure for counterparties
The International Organization of Securities Commissions and the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures published more quantitative disclosure standards for central counterparties.
| Feb. 26 || |
Insurance advisors to be screened
The insurance industry is developing a new database to aggregate information that insurers and MGAs need for advisor screening and compliance monitoring responsibilities, including licensing and errors and omissions (E&O) insurance details.
| Feb. 24 || OBSI || |
Annual report includes concern over low-ball settlements
In its latest annual report, the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments says it is still concerned about firms refusing its recommendations and that client acceptance of ‘low-ball' settlements is an emerging.
| Feb. 20 || MFDA || |
2015 compliance priorities
Key priorities include new proficiency standards for fund dealers who are able to trade exchange traded funds, seniors, fee arrangements and pre-trade disclosure.
| Feb. 12 || CSA || |
New regime for alternative investment funds
An update on plans for a new regime for alternative investments was released by the Canadian Securities Administrators. Regulators anticipate releasing proposals for a new regime for these funds by the end of 2015.
| Feb. 5 || IIROC || |
Financial educational content improved
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada has added content to existing courses for institutional advisors instead of creating new courses.
| Feb. 4 || FIA || |
Better OTC infrastructure
The Futures Infrastructure Association published recommendations for improving the efficiency of the new clearing infrastructure that has emerged for the OTC derivatives market.
| Jan. 29 || CSA/Fund Facts || |
New risk rating for mutual funds
The Canadian Securities Administrators will establish a new, uniform method for reporting mutual fund risks for use in Fund Facts documents. This will replace the discretion currently given to fund managers. The new method is expected later this year.
| Jan. 29 || OSC || |
Related party transactions
The OSC published a staff notice on disclosure of related party transactions, following random reviews of 100 companies. The notice says half of companies should make changes to their disclosure practices. Many disclosures were described as too generic.
| Jan. 29 || CSA || |
Proxy voting reforms
The Canadian Securities Administrators reported on its review of the proxy voting process and plans for reform, to improve vote counting. It includes five required improvements, to be implemented in 2016 proxy voting season.
| Jan. 28 || NASAA || |
Cybersecurity risks and investors
The North American SecuritiesAdministrators Association, which includes Canadian securities commissions,called on investors to press firms for more information about protection of client information.
| Jan. 28 || BCBS || |
Disclosure of risk-weighted assets
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued the final version of revised disclosure standards under the new Basel III capital adequacy regime. The higher standards aim to allow the market to more easily compare banks' disclosures of their risk-weighted assets.
| Jan. 28 || IOSCO || |
Standards for OTC derivatives
The International Organization of Securities Commissions published a final report that sets out nine standards aimed at mitigating the risks in the non-centrally cleared OTC derivatives markets.
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Top priorities for U.S. securities regulators
Sales practices, suitability, and fee structures relating to retail investors will be top priorities for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2015.
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Ontario probate rules tightened
Estate trustees in Ontario will be required to report much more detailed information about the value of assets in an estate. The new legislation came into force at the beginning of the year.
| || FINRA || |
Priorities for 2015 published by U.S. regulators
Brokerage firms need to do a better job of putting clients' interests first, U.S. regulators say. The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority published its priorities for the coming exam cycle, saying it will focus on sales practices and market conduct issues that are serious risks to both investors and market integrity.
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Comments on new national regulator released
The comments submitted on the proposed legislation to create a cooperative capital markets regulator between five provinces and the federal government are available.
| || IIROC || |
Guidance on underwriting due diligence
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada published revised guidance for dealers on the elements of due diligence.
| || IIROC || |
Impact of HFT
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada published three of the papers it has commissioned on high frequency trading. IIROC has invited comment on the papers.
| || OSC || |
No trailer fees in fee-based accounts
The Ontario Securities Commission says investment funds meant for fee-based accounts should not carry trailerfees. Trailers in fee-based accounts are dual compensation and can mislead clients, it says.
| || OSC/CB || |
Financial regulators sign MOU
To fight fraud and increase investor confidence, the Ontario Securities Commission signed a deal with the Competition Bureau to facilitate cooperation between the agencies.
| || NASAA || |
Investors warned about high yield investment programs
The North American SecuritiesAdministrators Association published an investor alert about high-yield investment programs (HYIPs), which it calls "Ponzi schemes sold by unlicensed individuals."
| || NASAA || |
NASAA issues list of 2015 investor threats
Many of the top threats facing investors involve new products in classic schemes.
| || FSCO || |
FSCO monitoring other regulators' disciplinary actions
Misconduct by a dually licensed agent may result in having the agent's insurance license revoked or suspended
| || MFDA || |
MFDA releases payment of fines status report
The report aims to increase transparency relating to the MFDA's fine collection rate. It will be updated quarterly.
| || OSC || |
OSC introduces ‘Topical Guide for Registrants'
The goal is to provide tools to assist registrants with maintaining effective compliance.
| || MFDA || |
MFDA boosts investor education
The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada launched an investor education section on its website.
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New private mortage industry association launched
The goals of the Association of Mortgage Investment Professionals are to better protect investors, set higher industry standards, and provide mortgage practitioners with greater education and certifications.
| || IIROC || |
Disclosure to clients by firms not uniform
Securities regulators caution that they are finding notable differences in the disclosure that firms are providing to clients about their processes for assessing suitability and for managing conflicts of interest.
| || CCIR || |
CCIR outlines top priorities
The Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators published its new strategic plan for 2014 through 2017. It highlights an increased focus on consumer protection, including the potential for regulatory arbitrage.
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New U.S. system to keep track of 100 million accounts
The U.S. self-regulatory organizations and exchanges have filed a plan for the creation of a new consolidated audit trail (CAT) system. National U.S. exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) filed a plan for creation, maintenance and implementation of the CAT system and central repository with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
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OSC releases registration compliance report
The OSC released a comprehensive report on a wide range of emerging issues, including enhancing the initial registration process and tying it to compliance, its stance on "robo advice" models, the CSA's consideration of a best interest statutory test for advisors.
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OSFI issues revised capital test guideline for P&C insurers
OSFI released a revised minimum capital test guideline for P&C insurers, which updates the capital regime for the sector. The guideline, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2015, updates the risk factors and margins that go into firms' capital calculations, and revises the definition of available capital. The new rules are to be phased in over three years.
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Self-assessment survey results find gaps
The Joint Forum — the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the International Organization of Securities Commissions and the International Association of Insurance Supervisors — issued a report detailing a survey of regulators from various countries (including Canada). The survey found both progress since 2011 and gaps in regulatory supervision. It plans to revisit the issues and gaps in a year's time.
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New rules for asset backed securities, credit rating agencies
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will adopt several new requirements. They deal with internal controls, conflicts of interest, the disclosure of credit rating performance statistics, procedures to protect the integrity and transparency of rating methodologies, the transparency of credit ratings, and proficiency standards for credit analysts. Some of the amendments will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, others take effect after nine months, and certain requirements will be implemented in 2015.
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| NASAA creates new committee to focus on seniors' issues |
The board level committee includes Deborah Gillis, counsel at the N.B. Financial and Consumer Services Commission, securities division. The issue will be discussed at NASAA's conference in September in Indianapolis.
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| Leave granted to hear securities class action cases |
The Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in three securities class action cases dealing with the three-year limitation period for launching statutory secondary market securities class action claims in Ontario.
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Pensions and benefits
New obligation for Ontario employers and long term disability benefits
The Ontario government will require employers to insure the LTD benefits of its employees, to ensure protection of these benefits. The measures are contained in the Ontario budget and will come into force on a future date.
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Key tax changes in Ontario
Three new tax measures of note in the JUly 24 budget deal with a new personal tax on highincome taxpayers, changes to the small business deduction and a new anti-avoidance rule under the Land Transfer Tax Act.
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Draft guidelines for banks on leverage ratios published on June 30
Obligations on Canadian banks to disclose, based on Basel III capital regime, begins Jan. 1, 2015.
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Capital rules for mortgage insurers
Mortgage insurers to follow the latest capital rules for property and casualty (P&C) insurers while specific rules for mortgage insurers are being developed. Requirements take effect in first reporting period in 2015.
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Longevity insurance and longevity swaps
Policy advisory for federally regulated defined benefit pension plans considering longevity insurance or longevity swap contracts to hedge longevity risk.
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Code of conduct for CDOR submission panel
On June 2, the regulator announced the final code of conduct for banks on the submission panel for the interest rate benchmark known as the Canadian Dollar Offered Rate (CDOR). The voluntary code was developed by the submitting banks, along with IIROC and the Bank of Canada.
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OSFI to review senior hires at banks, insurers
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions issued the final version of an advisory, outlining proposed requirements to notify OSFI about changes in the boardroom and executive suite at the major banks, life insurers, and other federally regulated firms.
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ACPM proposes new model to address DB pension challenges
The Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM) has released a discussion paper, which argues for a new funding regime to preserve Defined Benefit (DB) pension plans. The ACPM paper explains why funding requirements for private sector single employer DB pension plans should be changed, why solvency funding no longer works and why a new funding model is needed.
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OSC review concludes fund managers could be doing a better job of disclosing fees and expenses
The survey of 18 fund firms, including exchange traded funds and closed end funds, was conducted last year.
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