NSSC Blog: Before You Invest

Question of the week: What is investing, and how is it regulated?

The dictionary definition of investing is… “expend money with the expectation of achieving a profit or material result by putting it into financial schemes, shares, or property, or by using it to develop a commercial venture.” That’s quite a mouthful. No one talks like that though, so let’s make things a little simpler.

Question of the week: What does the enforcement office do?

As their name suggests the Enforcement office’s mandate is to enforce securities laws. Any complaint the commission receives from the public is handled by Enforcement. They investigate these complaints and allegations of misconduct in the capital markets. If the allegations are found to be true they can initiate proceedings against the accused. These allegations could include unlicensed trading or advising in securities, non-disclosure, or targeting investors with scams or fraud.

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017!

As we start off a new year, the Before You Invest blog is getting a new start as well. We’ll still be doing periodic posts on new legislation, scams and investment news that Nova Scotians need to know about. We’ll also be getting back to the basics for those new to investing and securities with our new Question of the Week. Every Wednesday we’ll post a new question with the answer from our experts at NSSC. We’ve got the first few questions ready to roll out this month, but we also want to hear from you. What do you want to know more about?

Fraud Prevention

To help prevent fraud, we are encouraging the public to research investments when making any investing decisions. We recommend that investors follow these three easy steps:

Looking back to the future in 2015

For all those Back to the Future fans out there you may be surprised to know that in the second movie Marty McFly travels from 1985 to the year 2015.

This fun fact makes all fans stop and compared the fictional 2015 with the present one. Where are those cool hoverboards, self tying Nike’s or flying cars? Maybe in another 30 years.