Videos featuring young New Brunswickers answering questions about investing are one of the new online tools and resources the Financial and Consumer Services Commission (FCNB) will be sharing during Investor Education Month in October.
The videos also feature FCNB's employees providing information in plain language on what it means to be an investor, who can help you build a financial plan, steps you can take to protect your investments and more.
“Learning about investing is one of the best investments you can make in yourself,” said Erin King, Senior Education Officer for FCNB. “Particularly in these challenging times, we need to focus on building and protecting a healthy financial future for ourselves and our children. Spending just an hour or two each month to invest in yourself and your financial education can be a starting point to building wealth.”
By engaging young people with the videos, FCNB hopes to spark conversations about money between parents and their children.
“Talking about money is the first step in helping young people develop confidence and competence when it comes to making financial decisions,” King said. “Our attitudes about money and how we prepare for our financial future often come from what we were taught at an early age.”
During Investor Education Month, FCNB is also providing services to the investment industry. Webinars will be hosted on Oct. 27 in French and on Oct. 28 in English to help investment professionals understand their regulatory requirements.
Jason Alcorn, Senior Legal Counsel and Special Advisor in FCNB's Securities Division, will host the webinars and will focus upon hot topics in securities regulation including:
- reforms by the Canadian Securities Administrators to enhance the client-registrant relationship (client focused reforms);
- the prohibition of deferred sales charges for investment funds and the prohibition of mutual fund trailing commissions where no suitability determination is required; and
- the recent Consultation Paper on the Self-Regulatory Organization Framework by the Canadian Securities Administrators.
More information and registration details are available online.
FCNB will also be posting new content on its website to help current and would-be investors learn more about the various investment products in language that is easy to understand.
“Learning more about investing may help you get closer to your financial goals, whether they include saving for your child’s education, a down payment on a house or your retirement,” King said.
The Financial and Consumer Services Commission has the mandate to protect consumers and enhance public confidence in the financial and consumer marketplace through the provision of regulatory and educational services. It is responsible for the administration and enforcement of provincial legislation regulating mortgage brokers, payday lenders, real estate, securities, insurance, pensions, credit unions, trust and loan companies, co-operatives, and a wide range of other consumer legislation. It is an independent Crown corporation funded by the regulatory fees and assessments paid by the regulated sectors. Educational tools and resources are available online.