Monthly Archives: February 2016

IIAC’s Ian Russell Discusses State of Independent Dealers on BNN (IIAC Blog)

IIAC’s Ian Russell Discusses State of Independent Dealers on BNN (IIAC Blog)

Ian Russell, IIAC President and CEO, appeared on BNN to discuss the state of independent firms. He described the “perfect storm” of factors contributing to current conditions and outlined the inherent competitive advantages boutique firms offer, before underscoring their critical contribution to Canada’s capital markets.

Russell also noted that the regulatory burden imposed on firms has contributed to the plight of the industry, and reiterated the IIAC’s responsibility and commitment to pushing back and encouraging regulators to exercise caution and perform a cost-benefit analysis before adding to the burden.

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China’s Economic Turmoil Sends Ripples to Global Markets (IIAC Blog)

China’s Economic Turmoil Sends Ripples to Global Markets (IIAC Blog)

At the invitation of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), I led the Canadian delegation of 80 professionals to the 2016 Asian Financial Forum (AFF) in Hong Kong in January. The Forum attracted more than 2,600 participants from 39 countries and regions.

Not surprising, much of the conversation centred on China. The country’s challenges have been debated for years, but in recent months have been thrust into the international spotlight. There are increasing worries that Chinese authorities, in their attempt to implement difficult reforms while preserving demand and financial stability, may set off a chain … Continue reading

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