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Ermanno Pascutto

Ermanno Pascutto, founder, former executive director and member of the board of directors of the Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Investor Rights (a.k.a. FAIR Canada), has had a career spanning more than 30 years as a senior securities regulator and legal practitioner in the financial markets in Canada and Hong Kong.

Two key issues — the best-interests standard and reform of mutual fund fees — require timely and effective action

  • March 2, 2014 November 10, 2019
  • 16:31

FAIR Canada supports exemptions that have the key features of rights offerings or private placements in compliance with the TSXV’s private placement rules

  • February 3, 2014 November 10, 2019
  • 06:15

Current regulations assume that an investor’s wealth is a proxy for sophistication. This has to change

  • January 6, 2014 November 10, 2019
  • 06:30

Paying fees for financial advice separately from those of financial products would result in price competition and better advice

  • November 25, 2013 November 10, 2019
  • 06:00

Ontario intends to harmonize its rules regarding the offering memorandum with other provinces; the question is, why would it want to given the experiences seen to date?

  • October 28, 2013 November 10, 2019
  • 08:45

The deregulation of securities laws to allow anyone to invest via equity crowdfunding is like the Titanic heading into iceberg alley

  • September 30, 2013 November 10, 2019
  • 05:00

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The answer depends on your role

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Consider the strategy now before the rate rises on July 1

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Help clients prep for tax filing

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Technology

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The role of tech in post-pandemic wealth

Leverage digital momentum to capitalize on trends

  • June 13, 2022 June 13, 2022
  • 15:00

Leveraging compliance to grow your assets

Tech frees advisors to focus on building successful practices

  • April 22, 2022 April 22, 2022
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How leveraging tech supports advisors’ books

Client attrition trends and regulatory reform demand digital adoption

  • February 28, 2022 February 23, 2022
  • 15:00

Advisors require tech as pre-trade obligations grow

Firms that deliver on digital documentation and disclosure will reduce audit risk

  • November 19, 2021 November 19, 2021
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Industry Perspectives

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Finding the right policy to expand small business investment

Taxpayer incentives, pension fund mandates are options worth exploring

  • June 8, 2022 June 8, 2022
  • 15:00

Renovating private equity markets in Canada

Action is critical given the importance of small business to the economy

  • April 5, 2022 April 5, 2022
  • 15:00

Expect turbulence ahead in wealth markets

Positioning, sound policy will help firms weather the inflationary storm

  • February 18, 2022 February 18, 2022
  • 12:43

The challenge to differentiate wealth services

Advisors can offer a personalized experience through deeper client engagement

  • September 15, 2021 September 13, 2021
  • 15:00

Thematic investing can work for patient investors

Long-term conviction is often required if these strategies are to pay off over time

  • June 7, 2022 June 6, 2022
  • 14:00

ETFs can help RESPs to grow

The funds are versatile enough to bolster both education accounts and post-graduation accounts

  • March 8, 2022 March 8, 2022
  • 13:00

ETFs can help you slow down and simplify

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  • December 7, 2021 December 3, 2021
  • 14:00

A matter of conviction

A portfolio manager must have the discipline to stick to a process over time, especially during a crisis or a bear market

  • October 12, 2021 October 18, 2021
  • 00:17
Advisor at Risk

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Big fat questions to get clients talking

Fulfil your KYC obligations without infringing on client privacy

  • June 6, 2022 June 6, 2022
  • 15:00

Getting out of Dodge is not the answer

Advisors who leave the industry to avoid investigations and hearings suffer more severe penalties

  • April 21, 2022 April 21, 2022
  • 15:00

Serving fewer clients can lead to a big payoff

Focus on a target market and meet your regulatory obligations

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  • 15:00

Grow your business using the CFRs

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  • 15:00
Compliance CX

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Use these tips to meet their expectations

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  • 15:00

How advisors can support women’s growing share of wealth

Use these strategies to strengthen client relationships

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  • 15:00

Demonstrate commitment to client outcomes with the CFRs

By leveraging the regulations, you can build deeper relationships and reinforce the value of your advice

  • February 2, 2022 February 2, 2022
  • 15:00

New KYC requirement protects vulnerable clients

Help clients name a trusted contact person

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Investment Funds

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The importance of harmonizing title regulation

Consistency would provide clarity to investors

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  • 11:00

Responsible investment: Developments in disclosure and standards

Industry action will help provide clarity to investors

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The regulatory treadmill: An industry perspective

A collaborative approach with realistic timelines would help reduce strain on firms

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ETFs in the Covid-19 financial crisis

The funds proved their resilience during the global pandemic

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Focus on Financial Planning

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With minimum standards in place for use of “financial planner” in Ontario, it’s time for other provinces to act

  • May 16, 2022 May 16, 2022
  • 15:00

The key role of planners during challenging times

Inflation, rising interest rates and market volatility have significant impacts for Canadians

  • March 21, 2022 March 21, 2022
  • 15:00

Breaking down the barriers to seeking financial advice

Consumer confidence is key to drive behaviour

  • December 15, 2021 December 15, 2021
  • 15:00

Tech is a force for transformation, inclusion

Financial planning is changing amid digitization

  • September 28, 2021 September 28, 2021
  • 15:00
Responsible Investing

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Does nuclear power belong in ESG funds?

Although highly divisive among investors, nuclear represents an important transition fuel

  • April 26, 2022 April 26, 2022
  • 16:02

Successes, challenges and next steps in responsible investing

RIA CEO reflects on developments and urges advisors to start conversations

  • November 9, 2021 November 10, 2021
  • 16:40

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  • August 10, 2021 August 10, 2021
  • 16:00

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  • May 11, 2021 May 11, 2021
  • 14:45

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  • 13:00

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  • 13:00

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  • 12:05

Are ETFs riskier than mutual funds?

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  • 16:00

Fund administrator: Understanding this essential support role

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  • 15:00

Hedging against climate risks using weather derivatives

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  • 16:27

The future of ETFs

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  • 15:30

Integrating ESG factors into portfolio management

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  • 13:52
ESG and DEI

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Social purpose: A business imperative

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  • 15:00

ESG reporting: A means to progress…or a means to an end?

The increase in ESG reporting hasn’t been accompanied by improvements to society and the environment

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  • 16:00

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  • 14:09

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  • 15:26
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Toward a grand renewal

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A new regulatory framework, years in the making, is an opportunity for Ontario to be a model for other provinces

  • October 2, 2020 October 2, 2020
  • 17:57
Focus on Financial Planning

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Financial planners and financial advisors need to understand millennials’ preferences to gain their trust and business

  • November 15, 2019 November 16, 2019
  • 15:31

Listening is key to conversation

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  • September 20, 2019 November 16, 2019
  • 10:50

Vulnerable clients need special care and due diligence

Financial advisors should be aware of how to identify and engage effectively with vulnerable clients

  • August 7, 2019 November 16, 2019
  • 17:02

Deciphering Ontario’s Financial Professionals Title Protection Act

Financial planners and advisors should be aware that the act may go beyond title protection

  • May 31, 2019 November 16, 2019
  • 15:54

Technology will drive harmonization, regulators say

The insurance industry is taking a page from the mutual fund industry, leveraging technology to address mounting disclosure regulations

  • January 2, 2018 November 14, 2019
  • 10:30

AI is not just another fad

AI is slowly making its way into the wealth-management industry and will ultimately transform financial advisors’ role

  • October 29, 2017 November 14, 2019
  • 13:00

Is financial services the next music industry?

Blockchain technology may transform financial services just as peer-to-peer file-sharing technology changed the music industry almost 20 years ago

  • September 4, 2017 November 14, 2019
  • 17:00

Clients want humans, not robots

Far from replacing interaction with real people, technology strengthens the financial advisor’s client service

  • July 10, 2017 November 14, 2019
  • 05:00
Cybersecurity

Yan Huard

Managing the risks related to social media

Read and follow your firm’s guidelines on social media use and take the necessary steps to protect yourself

  • September 20, 2017 November 17, 2019
  • 16:20

Why security professionals fell short on ransomware attacks

Although it’s costly to upgrade key IT systems, the costs of not doing so could be much greater

  • July 27, 2017 November 17, 2019
  • 05:00

Cyberthreats extend beyond money

Hacktivism, ideological insiders and intelligence gathering are key sources of cyberattacks threating financial services firms

  • May 25, 2017 November 17, 2019
  • 09:30

Cloud computing: Bringing light to security issues

Now is the time to adopt a concerted cloud migration strategy because the security challenges associated with this technology will be on our radar screens…

  • March 23, 2017 November 17, 2019
  • 06:00
Responsible Investing

Deb Abbey

The need for sustainable business supply chains is growing

Advisors and their clients stand to benefit when corporate leaders focus on building socially and environmentally responsible enterprises

  • February 21, 2017 November 17, 2019
  • 06:00

Opportunity knocks for investors who want to make an impact

A growing base of investors are looking for investments that contribute measurably to environmental and social sustainability

  • October 20, 2016 November 17, 2019
  • 05:00

Diversity makes dollars and sense

Corporate boards and executive teams that lack gender and cultural diversity risk missing out on opportunities to generate long-term value

  • August 18, 2016 November 17, 2019
  • 05:00

Good corporate governance matters

You can play an active role in ensuring company executives and directors are working in the best interests of their shareholders

  • June 16, 2016 November 17, 2019
  • 05:00
Protecting Investors

Neil Gross

Be bold, regulators

Those still timorous and uncertain about introducing a best interest duty have a duty, themselves, to become decisive

  • October 31, 2016 November 10, 2019
  • 05:00

Non-GAAP metrics: investors’ little helpers or harmful nonsense?

Every company can calculate non-GAAP metrics however they want, so there’s real risk of investors and markets being misled

  • October 3, 2016 November 10, 2019
  • 05:00

Class dismissed

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  • September 6, 2016 November 10, 2019
  • 09:00

Why is deficient issuer disclosure allowed to persist?

Data show that investors routinely receive, or are at risk of receiving, seriously bad disclosure from reporting issuers more than a quarter of the time

  • August 8, 2016 November 10, 2019
  • 06:30
Protecting Investors

Ermanno Pascutto

The CSA must act on critical reforms

Two key issues — the best-interests standard and reform of mutual fund fees — require timely and effective action

  • March 2, 2014 November 10, 2019
  • 16:31

Treat shareholders fairly when venture issuers raise capital

FAIR Canada supports exemptions that have the key features of rights offerings or private placements in compliance with the TSXV’s private placement rules

  • February 3, 2014 November 10, 2019
  • 06:15

Reform of accredited investor exemption is needed

Current regulations assume that an investor’s wealth is a proxy for sophistication. This has to change

  • January 6, 2014 November 10, 2019
  • 06:30

Canadians deserve real price competition in mutual funds

Paying fees for financial advice separately from those of financial products would result in price competition and better advice

  • November 25, 2013 November 10, 2019
  • 06:00