Investing Information for Young Investors

The majority of young people in Nova Scotia aren’t investing and have little knowledge about investing. In the latest Investor Index study conducted in 2017, it was found that only 36 per cent of those polled between the age of 18 and 24 had some form of investments. Even more troubling, the Index also found that 67 percent of those polled between 18 and 24 had a low knowledge of investments. Additonally, only six per cent had a high knowledge.

Having a low knowledge of investments and finances in general can be the beginning of a difficult financial path that could include poor money management, poorly managed investing or even falling victim tp investment fraud. Luckily, we’re here to help. 

This page includes information on investing that young investors can use to gain a basic knowledge of investments to help assist is making informed investment decisions now and in the future. This includes information on what investing is and why it is important. The different types of basic investments and a primer on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings. We also delve into saving for post-secondary education, long-term and short-term investment savings, and advisers and robo-advisers.

Part One: What is investing?

Part Two: Why should I invest?

Part Three: All about RESPs

Why should I invest? What is investing anyway? If you’re looking for the basics on investing and why it is important for your future and financial goals you’ll find it here.

Now that you know what investing is and why it is important, where can you invest? This section plainly details some of the investments that are available to you.

Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings are hot topics these days. Some people see them as the next big investment, while other sees them as risky speculation. From a regulation standpoint are they securities? Are they regulated and what are the risks? Learn more about crypto and ICOs and why you should be extremely cautious when considering them.

Are you saving for university or college? Maybe you’re a parent of a newborn child or an older child wondering what your investment options are for their post-secondary education future.

If you’re new to investing how are you going to manage your investments? Maybe you’ll find an investment adviser. Maybe you’ll go a different route and choose a robo-adviser to manage your funds. Learn what a registered adviser is, and why registration is important in the links below. You should also learn what a robo-adviser is to know what the best option is for you and your money.

What are you investing for? School? A car or some other large purchase in the future? Maybe you’ve already started to save for retirement. Knowing the difference between RRSP and TFSA accounts can help you direct your money and your savings correctly so it will be there and available when you need it.

The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has a problem connecting with young investors. The 2016 CSA Investor Education Study found that only 36 per cent of respondents knew there was a provincial regulator that regulated securities. From those surveyed between the ages of 18 and 24 that number was even lower at only 29 per cent.

Students exiting post-secondary education are entering a new phase in their life with careers, money and a future ahead of them. This future could include a family, a first home, cars, and saving for a child’s education and even retirement. As life becomes real, the need to invest also becomes real. But why do they need to wait to learn about investing? Why can’t a basis of basic investment knowledge be gained before it is time to use it instead of catching up later in life?

The Nova Scotia Securities Commission aims to deliver this basic investing knowledge by connecting our Investor Education office with Nova Scotia’s many post-secondary institutions and high schools.

We are looking to make contacts within Nova Scotia’s post-secondary institutions and Nova Scotia high schools to help us make connections with students. Part of the Commission’s mandate is to deliver Investor Education to help Nova Scotians make informed investment choices and to protect them from the harm that unwise or uninformed investing can lead to.

Through our Student Connections program, delivered through our Investor Education office, we will make ourselves available to any students or faculty at a Nova Scotia high school or post-secondary institution that wants to learn more about securities and investing in Nova Scotia. This information can be delivered to groups through presentations on a number of different topics, including but not limited to, An Introduction to the Nova Scotia Securities Commission, Informed Investing, and Securities Regulation. We are also able to present on more concise topics such as CEDIFs, Crowdfunding and Investment Fraud and Scams.

If you are interested in one of these presentations, or would like more information on what the Nova Scotia Securities Commission Investor Education program can offer you, your class, group or organization, please contact us.

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