Cybersecurity

Yan Huard

Yan Huard is director of risk, performance and technology at Richter in Montreal. At the time of writing, he was formerly chief of information security at Croesus, a Montreal-based information technology (IT) firm that offers sophisticated wealth-management solutions to financial services institutions across North America.

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

  • September 20, 2017 March 19, 2019
  • 16:20

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

  • July 27, 2017 March 19, 2019
  • 05:00

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

  • May 25, 2017 March 19, 2019
  • 09:30

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 for a long time

  • March 23, 2017 March 19, 2019
  • 06:00

Ransomware remains one of the biggest cybersecurity threats for financial advisors, their firms and clients

  • January 26, 2017 March 19, 2019
  • 06:00

As advisors are being asked about bitcoin increasingly, caution needs to be the watchword

  • November 27, 2016 March 19, 2019
  • 19:00

With firms and advisors susceptible to cyberattacks, they need to work together to address these increasing threats

  • September 22, 2016 March 19, 2019
  • 05:30

Financial advisors need to balance the way they transmit information with the importance of the data they are sending

  • July 28, 2016 March 19, 2019
  • 05:00

Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices’ capabilities have exploded in recent years, but security vulnerabilities are attracting unwanted attention from hackers

  • June 2, 2016 March 19, 2019
  • 05:00

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Investment Funds

Paul Bourque

Applying a behavioural lens to improve financial disclosure

Research shows that behavioural insights can improve the way information is shared with investors

  • March 13, 2019 March 14, 2019
  • 16:40

Controlling the cost of regulation is a must

Regulators need to introduce systemic changes that will control the growth of regulation, improve regulatory efficiency and reduce the regulatory burden

  • January 17, 2019 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

Leveraging behavioural economics research to enhance disclosure

Existing research shows that providing investors with clear and timely information, in a format that’s proven to be effective, can only lead to better outcomes

  • November 15, 2018 March 14, 2019
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Both mutual funds and ETFs can help achieve clients’ goals

Having both products as investment options enhances the ability of advisors to create portfolios that best meet their clients’ needs

  • September 13, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00
Focus on Financial Planning

Cary List

Now is the time to regulate financial services titles

Consumers expect professionalism and true value from financial advisors

  • March 8, 2019 March 14, 2019
  • 17:00

Turbulent markets require a professional touch

Professional financial planners are uniquely positioned to help clients stay on track during periods of market volatility

  • January 14, 2019 March 14, 2019
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All Canadians must have access to a financial planner

The financial services sector needs to take steps to ensure the financial planning needs of the mass market consumer are served

  • November 12, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 07:00

Strengthening financial planning standards

Trust between financial planners and their clients is essential — and professional standards provide the foundation for that trust

  • September 17, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00
Responsible Investing

Dustyn Lanz

Impact investing goes public

Growing awareness of social and environmental problems has laid the foundation for impact investing

  • March 1, 2019 March 16, 2019
  • 16:00

Retail investors join institutions on climate concerns

Ignoring the financial risks related to climate change no longer is a viable option for investment professionals

  • January 7, 2019 March 16, 2019
  • 06:00

A tipping point for responsible investing

Responsible investing now accounts for a majority of assets under management in Canada

  • November 5, 2018 March 16, 2019
  • 09:00

Busting the RI performance myth

A growing body of evidence shows that responsible investments perform just as well, if not better than traditional investments

  • September 10, 2018 March 16, 2019
  • 06:00
Advisor at Risk

Ellen Bessner

Three key principles for power of attorney

As the Canadian population ages, many advisors face difficult situations regarding POA

  • February 22, 2019 March 14, 2019
  • 16:30

A missed opportunity for advisors

Updating your clients’ KYC form is both a chance to show clients that you have a sincere interest in helping them meet their goals and…

  • January 28, 2019 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

Surviving the robo-advisor threat

A connection between advisors and their clients through clear communication will ensure advisors survive and succeed

  • January 2, 2019 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

Advisors need to manage clients’ expectations

Advisors should ensure they communicate consistently with their clients while clients need to keep their expectations in check

  • November 26, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:30
Tax Matters

Jamie Golombek

Jamie’s top RRSP tips for clients

As the annual contribution deadline approaches, here are three ways to help your clients get the most from their RRSPs

  • February 19, 2019 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

Start 2019 off on the right tax foot

Your employee and retiree clients could take advantage of these astute tax-planning strategies for the current taxation year

  • January 21, 2019 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

Taking advantage of TFSAs

With the annual dollar limit increasing in January, there’s no reason why your clients shouldn’t take advantage of this tax-free savings and investment vehicle

  • December 17, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

Top yearend tax tips

Make sure to discuss tax-loss selling, tax-gain donating and RRSP strategies with clients to whom these strategies apply

  • November 19, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00
Industry Perspectives

Ian Russell

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

  • February 14, 2019 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

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

  • December 14, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:30

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

  • October 18, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

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

  • August 16, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00
Focus on Financial Planning

Keith Costello

Harmonization is the key to reducing regulatory load

Multiple rules and regimes mean increased costs for advisors, planners and clients

  • February 11, 2019 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

Traditional retirement planning may not meet Canadians’ needs

Financial planners and financial advisors need to re-evaluate retirement planning processes to ensure they resonate with their clients

  • December 3, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 05:30

Entrepreneurs need help with their retirement planning

Financial planners and financial advisors need to understand these individuals’ retirement challenges to gain them as clients

  • October 9, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

A winning strategy for clients’ retirement plans

Investing in elite businesses that pay steady and rising dividends has proven to be a strategy that works

  • August 13, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00
Technology

David Reeve

Technology can ease the regulatory burden

Advisors and dealers are looking for strategies to remain compliant while managing costs and improving client satisfaction

  • February 7, 2019 March 14, 2019
  • 07:00

Get ahead on the client-focused reforms

Advisors could begin to use technology now to stay onside of the CSA’s proposed client-focused reforms when they take effect

  • December 10, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

Gain an edge by embracing technology

Not only does adopting digital tools lead to happier clients, it also results in greater profitability and success for advisors

  • October 15, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

Turning compliance disclosure into a win/win

Compliance disclosure can be confusing to all parties, but there is an opportunity for advisors to provide “pain relief” and stand above their peers

  • August 20, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:20

Constructing ETF portfolios

The amount of time and effort put into deciding the benchmark for each portfolio you build is critical

  • February 4, 2019 March 19, 2019
  • 06:00

Making the paradigm shift to ETFs

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  • November 8, 2018 March 19, 2019
  • 06:15
Compliance CX

Susan Silma

Improve client engagement with technology

Advisors could use technology to make necessary processes less cumbersome and more understandable for clients

  • January 24, 2019 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

Do the right thing for your clients

Advisors should use the proposed client-focused reforms as an opportunity to strengthen relationships with clients

  • November 22, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

Help your clients make better decisions

Behavioural economics provides a framework for advisors to help direct clients to make decisions consistent with their long-term goals

  • September 27, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

CSA’s proposed reforms could have major implications

There are key steps advisors can take now to be ahead of the game and deliver better outcomes for clients

  • July 26, 2018 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00

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 March 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 March 14, 2019
  • 13:00

Is financial services the next music industry?

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  • September 4, 2017 March 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 March 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 March 19, 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 March 19, 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 March 19, 2019
  • 09:30

Cloud computing: Bringing light to security issues

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  • March 23, 2017 March 19, 2019
  • 06:00
Responsible Investing

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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 March 14, 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 March 14, 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 March 14, 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 March 14, 2019
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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 March 14, 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 March 14, 2019
  • 05:00

Class dismissed

Overcautious courts are erecting barriers to securities class actions, even though these lawsuits are essential for maintaining the integrity and fairness of our capital markets

  • September 6, 2016 March 14, 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 March 14, 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 March 14, 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 March 14, 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 March 14, 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 March 14, 2019
  • 06:00