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The aftermath of the 2007-2008 global financial crisis was an intensive period of financial regulatory reform across the developed world. The urgency and extent of reform, particularly in the early years, laid the ground for excessive and unintended consequences.
There is a growing consensus that the pendulum has swung too far. Regulators in many jurisdictions are taking stock of the impact of reform on markets and on the economy.
We expect that an ongoing review of the reform impact and rising compliance costs for the financial sector will slow the rulemaking process, roll back certain rules, … Continue reading →
My latest Letter from the President describes the opportunities and challenges for the retail investment industry. While we estimate about 30 retail boutiques lost money, on a net basis, in each of the last four years, it is important to stress that many small and mid-sized firms have been profitable.
Firms have made herculean efforts to control cost increases through staffing reductions, increased reliance on technology and out-sourcing, and adjustments to advisor compensation grids.
Firms have also focused efforts on improving advisor productivity through training and continuing education programs. They have boosted their competiveness by providing … Continue reading →
They are our fathers, brothers, mothers and sisters, neighbours … heroes.
Canada’s Veterans. Their courage, service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
On November 11, let’s remember them.