Independent Financial Brokers of Canada (IFB) is pleased to announce the forging of a new partnership with the Conseil des professionnels en services financiers (the Conseil) that will initiate a coordinated effort to provide training for financial services professionals. The new alliance will give IFB a chance to expand its reach as a professional association to more advisors in the province of Quebec. IFB’s existing, cross-Canada membership base and experience offering continuing education to advisors will bolster the Conseil’s ability to offer high quality training services to Quebec’s English-speaking markets. “Our organization has been fighting for thirty years for the rights of independent financial professionals in Canada, but we have not yet achieved the same stature in Quebec that we […]
The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada recently issued a bulletin concerning all Approved Persons about the use of documents that have been pre-signed by clients, and the falsifying of other client signatures. MFDA Regional Council Hearing Panels have consistently ruled that it is not permissible for Approved Persons to falsify client signatures, and that MFDA Members and Approved Persons may only use forms that have been executed properly by clients after information on the form has been completed properly. To read the full bulletin from the MFDA, and see examples of examples of falsification, click here.
The results of a “mystery shop” exercise for investment advice were made public yesterday. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), and Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) released a joint report on the exercise, which was carried out by a market research firm. Researchers posed as prospective clients and recorded their experiences when conversing with financial advisors. The interactions took place in a number of advisory firms across Ontario between July and November 2014. The research is the first of its kind undertaken by Canadian securities regulators. Among the key findings, the report shows that it is often difficult for investors to decide whether or not they have received appropriate guidance, and that […]
BC requires a statutory review of the Financial Institutions Act (FIA) & Credit Union Incorporation Act (CUIA) every 10 years. To prepare for this review, the government issued an initial consultation paper to gather input from stakeholders on whether certain proposed changes would improve the regulatory framework. IFB submitted our comments, concentrating on the sections that may affect our members in BC. In summary, we supported a national database to share regulatory information, a mandatory licensing structure for anyone selling insurance products to consumers – including insurance sold incidental to the purchase of another product, removal of the current 25% cap on rebating, and the need for insurance transacted by consumers online to have access to a licensed advisor at […]
The federal Department of Finance issued an initial consultation paper to gather input on whether Canadians should be able to supplement their savings, by making additional voluntary contributions to the CPP. The consultation paper had few details of how such a system would work. IFB responded to the consultation, expressing our view that while such a plan may be attractive to some individuals, it may be expensive to operate and administer, as these additional contributions would have to be tracked separately from required employment-related CPP contributions. To address the government’s concern about under-saving by some individuals, a better solution would be to improve some of the tax-assisted retirement savings programs already in place. To read our entire response click here
In a news conference held today, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne unveiled more details on the Ontario Registered Pension Plan (ORPP), and which pension plans will be considered “comparable”, making them exempt from participation. The ORPP will be phased in over six years to allow businesses to adapt or bring their current pension arrangements in line with the ORPP. Employers without a registered pension plan will be phased in beginning in 2017. Large employers with over 500 employees will be first, employers with 50-500 employees will begin participating in 2018, and in 2019, small employers with less than 50 employees will be required to participate. Self employed people (subject to changes being made to the federal Income Tax Act) would begin […]
Insurance regulators are taking a closer look at the sales of mortgage insurance, creditor’s insurance and other “incidental” insurance products. The new examination efforts come amid concerns that the individuals selling these policies aren’t qualified, and in many cases, aren’t licensed to sell insurance at all. Insurance agents have welcomed the regulatory changes, as they will offer better protection for consumers while also leveling the playing field in the distribution of insurance products. IFB also welcomes the decision of regulators to address this issue. We feel it’s unfair that individuals who are not subject to the same requirements and oversight of licensed representatives can sell insurance products. Read more about the issue and our stance in this article from Investment […]
Canada’s largest provincial regulator has a number of priorities to address after various investment industry and investor advocates submitted comments to the OSC. High profile policy issues, such as a possible ban on trailer fees and the potential creation of a fiduciary duty for financial advisors, remain top regulatory priorities. In addition, several other issues have been raised, with concerns ranging from the deterioration of investor restitution to addressing climate change. In its comments to the OSC, Independent Financial Brokers advocated for coordination among regulators in the securities and insurance sectors. IFB commented that regulators establish a database that would allow consumers to view registration and disciplinary information for insurance advisors as well as securities-licensed advisors. Details about the various […]