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The coming battleground for retail distribution

The recent uptick in small advisory firms reflects several factors affecting the Canadian wealth business

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More effort needed to achieve task force policy objectives

Overlapping regulatory agendas will require constructive coordination

  • By: Ian Russell
  • September 23, 2020 September 23, 2020
  • 16:39
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Closing the circle to benefit investors

SRO reform can lead to a better outcome for dealers and their clients

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Culture can’t be lost in shift to remote work

Executives have realized that remote-based operations can continue in a post-pandemic world

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Ontario securities task force has opportunity to do more

The task force’s approach should extend beyond updating the Ontario Securities Act


Expect structural change in the investment industry as competitive conditions intensify

Scale is vital to the success of smaller investment dealers

  • By: Ian Russell
  • February 12, 2020 March 13, 2020
  • 15:47
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Industry engagement key to burden reduction measures

Engaging with regulators is an important part of ensuring new rules are implemented effectively

  • By: Ian Russell
  • December 18, 2019 December 18, 2019
  • 16:13
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Changing the game on cross-border data processing

Why strengthening personal data protections poses a looming challenge for the Canadian investment industry

  • By: Ian Russell
  • October 16, 2019 November 10, 2019
  • 16:41
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Lessons from the recent GMP Capital transaction

Why well-managed small and mid-size independent dealers are competing effectively

  • By: Ian Russell
  • August 15, 2019 November 10, 2019
  • 12:33
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Streamlining eDelivery for prospectuses

How the “notice and access” mechanism for proxy voting could be extended to other documents

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The OSC Burden Reduction Task Force can make a difference to clients

Lower compliance costs will allow advisors to better serve smaller investors

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Investors can benefit from regulatory streamlining

Clients have demanded an integrated platform of products and services driven by their desire for convenient, one-stop shopping

  • By: Ian Russell
  • February 14, 2019 November 10, 2019
  • 06:00
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FSRA will have many benefits

Ontario’s new insurance regulator will raise the standards of transparency and conduct not only in the province, but nationally

  • By: Ian Russell
  • December 14, 2018 November 10, 2019
  • 06:30

Co-operators outlines climate commitment

UN summit on sustainable finance taking place in Paris this week

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Now is the time to focus on advisor productivity

Taking this approach can help arrest erosion in operating margins in the wealth-management business and be of benefit to clients

  • By: Ian Russell
  • October 18, 2018 November 10, 2019
  • 06:00
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Dealers may narrow offerings in response to regulatory proposals

Many independent firms may restructure or retool their wealth-management operations to mitigate the negative impacts of the client-focused reforms

  • By: Ian Russell
  • August 16, 2018 November 10, 2019
  • 06:00
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Robust internal growth offers alternative to acquisitions

Adopting a strategy focused on technology would give a firm’s advisors greater potential to grow their businesses

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Investors have greater need for financial advice

Recent developments reveal that having a trusted financial advisor is critically important for those seeking wealth-management providers

  • By: Ian Russell
  • April 19, 2018 November 10, 2019
  • 06:00
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Technology offers significant opportunities

Electronic wealth-management platforms could improve the prospects of small and mid-sized investment dealers

  • By: Ian Russell
  • February 14, 2018 November 10, 2019
  • 13:55
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Renovating the rulebook must be a top priority for regulators

More attention needs to be paid to enhancing market efficiency by lowering costs and lightening the regulatory burden for registrants

  • By: Ian Russell
  • December 14, 2017 November 10, 2019
  • 06:00

Regulators must avoid unintended consequences

As a new survey reveals that investors have trust their advisors, proper steps need to be taken to ensure advisors are allowed to thrive

  • By: Ian Russell
  • October 19, 2017 November 10, 2019
  • 06:00

MiFID II represents a challenge for Canadian dealers

Whether Canadian securities dealers can establish a global model of payment for research will depend on U.S. regulatory accommodation to MiFID II

  • By: Ian Russell
  • August 16, 2017 November 10, 2019
  • 17:00