When the media are reporting on the markets you’ll often hear them use the terms Bear Market or Bull Market. If you don’t know what either of those terms means in reference to what the market is doing, it won’t help you as an investor. Let’s clear the air by defining both.
NSSC Blog: Before You Invest
If you think the only stock exchange in Canada is the Toronto Stock Exchange you’re missing more than a few. Currently there are six stock exchanges registered in Canada and each is just a little different.
A cease trade order, or CTO as is commonly referred to, is a sanction available to the Nova Scotia Securities Commission when companies or individuals violate securities laws.
Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) using cryptocurrencies are a new way for businesses to raise capital.
Cryptocurrencies are online currencies that have their own monetary value but are not tied to a country or bank. They run on a distributed public ledger also called a blockchain which is a decentralized record of all transactions by currency holders. The most popular and known cryptocurrency is BitCoin, but there many others including Ethereum and Ripple.
In this instance we’re referring to a prospectus that must be filed when a company wants to sell shares to the public. This formal document must be filed with the securities commission and provide specific details on the investment offering.
Once a company in Nova Scotia becomes a reporting issuer and sells shares to the public, it must comply with a number of regulations under the Nova Scotia Securities Act.
Last week we talked about Indexes and what it means when you hear on the news that the market is up, or the market is down. In Canada when they’re talking about the market, they’re usually talking about the S&P/TSX Composite. If this isn’t making sense to you, be sure to review our post on What is an Index? before proceeding.
Every night on the evening news you hear that the market is up or down and rather large numbers and a up or down arrow are slotted in besides the words S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P/TSX Composite. These are indexes.
Whenever you hear someone talking about the Dow Jones, or S&P/TSX Composite they are talking about an index. The definition of an index in finance is …
We’ve had the “adviser” vs. “advisor” question come up more than a few times recently. It has likely arisen from recent reporting that one has a fiduciary duty to their clients and the other does not. To correct this misunderstanding, it is important to note that the Nova Scotia Securities Commission regulates conduct and activities of persons or firms in the business of trading or advising on securities no matter how they spell their title.