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 branch do?

As their name suggests the Enforcement Branch's mandate is to enforce securities laws. Any complaint the commission receives from the public is handled by Enforcement. We investigate these complaints and allegations of misconduct in the capital markets. If the allegations are found to be true we 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: