Equities go by many names, including shares and stocks. When you purchase equities, you are purchasing an ownership stake in a public company. This may entitle you to voting rights at shareholder meetings and profits that are allocated to shareholders. These profits are known as dividends and only have to be given to shareholders at the company’s discretion.
NSSC Blog: Before You Invest
An ETF is an investment fund that is traded on a stock exchange. An ETF holds a mix of assets that can include stocks, bonds, commodities which track a specific index, or, it may specialize in a specific industrial sector.
A mutual fund is an investment fund made up of a collection of investments. This collection can be similar, all stocks or bonds for example, or a diverse mix depending on the fund’s makeup. A mutual fund can also mimic a specific index such as the S&P/TSX Composite or DowJones.
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission regulates all securities and derivatives in Nova Scotia. Securities can include investments like bonds, stocks and mutual funds, while derivatives are more complex investments such as forward and future contracts.
The Commission is divided into four main branches:
Policy and Market Regulation
No matter where you go you’re probably being bombarded with ads and content telling you to invest. TV commercials, junk mail, online ads, email spam and more. But why? Why should you invest? What’s in it for you?
The simple way to describe investing is, making your money work for you to grow and help you reach your financial goals. Those goals could include buying a home, retirement, or sending your children to university.
October is Investor Education month and we’re getting Back to Basics. We know investing can be challenging for everyone, no matter their financial background or experience. That’s why were starting from the beginning and going over the basics. Throughout October, three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we’ll be posting a blog post and an animated short on a basic investing topic. That means the question of the week will be taking a short break, but don’t stop sending in your questions, because it will be back.
If your financial adviser decides to move to a different firm, the next move is yours. You have three choices on what you can do.
1. Stay with your current firm