ETFs

Pat Dunwoody

Pat is the executive director of the Canadian ETF Association (CETFA), the first ETF association in the world. She has spent more than 35 years in the financial services industry as a client- and relationship-focused executive with an in-depth background in all aspects of the industry.

The advent of the ETF option offers investors a liquid and safer way to get exposure

  • September 7, 2021 September 7, 2021
  • 12:05

It’s the underlying holdings that are important — not the structure of the investment

  • February 4, 2020 February 3, 2020
  • 16:00

Make sure you’re getting the most out of your trades

  • January 7, 2020 January 3, 2020
  • 16:00

Dispelling a misconception that has developed over time

  • December 3, 2019 January 8, 2020
  • 16:00

Debunking the myth that ETFs cause market instability

  • September 3, 2019 November 17, 2019
  • 15:00

There’s more to determining an ETF’s liquidity than just looking at its trading volume

  • July 2, 2019 November 17, 2019
  • 16:00

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Why care about changes to regulations?

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You can’t be a walking rulebook

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Industry Perspectives

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Extensive oversight is needed for integrated EMD and IC/PM business models

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Compliance CX

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Transparency helps clients better understand the advisory relationship

  • September 8, 2021 September 9, 2021
  • 16:10

Suitability takes on new meaning with client-focused reforms

Advisors must “put the client’s interest first” when making a recommendation

  • July 14, 2021 July 14, 2021
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New KYP requirements put the spotlight on firm and advisor product knowledge

  • May 19, 2021 May 19, 2021
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How enhanced KYC requirements are changing client conversations

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A candid look at an advisor’s ETF portfolio

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  • 13:00

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  • June 8, 2021 June 8, 2021
  • 14:00

Too old for ETFs?

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  • March 9, 2021 March 9, 2021
  • 16:00

The time is right for ESG ETFs

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  • December 1, 2020 November 30, 2020
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Are ETFs riskier than mutual funds?

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Three key ESG trends advisors need to be aware of

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  • May 11, 2021 May 11, 2021
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Six sustainable finance trends to watch in 2021

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  • January 8, 2021 January 8, 2021
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Why diversity and inclusion are important for investment analysis

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Focus on Financial Planning

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Investment Funds

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The case for keeping our current national regulatory system

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ESG and DEI

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Technology

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  • 15:30

Get ready to show your work under the client-focused reforms

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  • 15:04

Full disclosure: How to turn compliance into a competitive advantage

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Focus on Financial Planning

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Vulnerable clients need special care and due diligence

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Clients want humans, not robots

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Cybersecurity

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  • 16:20

Why security professionals fell short on ransomware attacks

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Cloud computing: Bringing light to security issues

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Responsible Investing

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Diversity makes dollars and sense

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  • 05:00

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  • June 16, 2016 November 17, 2019
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Protecting Investors

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Be bold, regulators

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Class dismissed

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Protecting Investors

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Treat shareholders fairly when venture issuers raise capital

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Reform of accredited investor exemption is needed

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Canadians deserve real price competition in mutual funds

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