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NSSC Blog: Before You Invest
This is a difficult question to answer because most of the time the answer is yes. But, not always. Are we confusing you yet?
Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) seem to be everywhere right now. You hear about them in the news, on social media, and it seems like a new cryptocurrency or ICO appears daily.
Cryptocurrency exchanges are also known as Cryptocurrency trading platforms. They are becoming increasingly popular and the number of online platforms have exploded over the last year. You may have seen commercials, online ads or print ads for exchanges like Coinsquare, Coinbase and Coinmama.
Many recent articles and opinion pieces looking at cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings mention the need to pass the Howey Test to fall into the realm of securities. That’s fine as long as you know what the Howey Test is. One of our readers asked us to explain it.
Following last week’s rundown on how to check registration, we received similar requests to show how to check the CSA’s Disciplined Person’s list.
To start you first need to go to the CSA website, which can be found at www.securities-administrators.ca. At the top of the page you’ll see six tabs. Hover over the “Enforcement” tab and click on “Disciplined List.” That will take you here:
At the Nova Scotia Securities Commission we talk about checking registration a lot. We write about it. We Tweet about it. We talk about in presentations over and over. Checking registration is one of the safe guards we promote to anyone looking for, or currently working with an adviser. Even though we repeatedly mention it in our content, one reader wanted to know exactly how to do it and how to read the results of a check registration search.
Earlier this week we received a call from a concerned investor who did not find her adviser when she went to check his registration. Was her adviser selling or advising on securities without being registered? The answer actually was no. The reason – he was selling segregated funds.
When you’re choosing your investment adviser it should not be as simple as picking the first name that comes up in a Google search. You shouldn’t necessarily go with the first adviser you meet with either. We’re not saying that first adviser won’t be the right one, but don’t automatically go with the first one without doing your due diligence.