IIAC Blog

February 2, 2017 by Ian Russell

IIAC seeks nominations for the 2017 class of IIAC Investment Industry Hall of Fame Inductees (IIAC Blog)

Ian Russell

Ian Russell

From the President

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, May 5, 2017 (5:00 p.m. ET).

The IIAC Investment Industry Hall of Fame honours excellence, integrity and leadership in Canada’s investment industry. We are reaching out to executives in the financial sector to put forth names of outstanding individuals who have demonstrated vision and leadership in building successful careers, contributed to the vitality of Canada’s investment industry and capital markets, and given back to their communities.

A maximum of four living and four posthumous candidates are inducted into the Hall of Fame annually. The Inductees are chosen by members of the IIAC Hall of Fame Selection Committee—an independent Committee—comprised of distinguished Canadians who work, or have worked, in the investment industry, business, politics, law or academia.

The 2017 Inductees will be recognized and celebrated at a Gala Dinner on Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Toronto.  

Additional information on the eligibility and selection criteria, as well as the nomination process, is available here.

January 16, 2017 by Ian Russell

Advocacy Wins on Behalf of our Members (IIAC Blog)

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Ian Russell

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The Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) is committed to constructive engagement with securities regulators and governments to fight for cost-effective rules, fight against rules that interfere with business activity and market efficiency, and to promote incentives for capital formation and growth. Our efforts are paying off. Here are some of our 2016 victories on your behalf.

 

 

 

 

 

January 5, 2017 by Ian Russell

2017 Investment Industry Trends (IIAC Blog)

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December 20, 2016 by Ian Russell

IIAC Develops CRM2 Webinar for Member Firms (IIAC Blog)

Ian Russell

Ian Russell

From the President

As some clients are set to receive their first CRM2 fee and performance reports from IIAC member firms in January 2017, the IIAC has developed a webinar for advisors titled “Meet the Challenge. Capture the Opportunity”. This webinar provides practical tips to assist advisors in explaining the details and complexities of CRM2 to their clients. A vigorous response to client queries will allay concerns and boost confidence.

This webinar features a CRM2 expert and includes topics such as: helping clients understand their new reports; anticipating and addressing client questions on fees and performance; and tips on articulating value.

We encourage you to distribute the webinar to your firm’s advisors. The webinar is eligible for 1hr of CE credits (pending IIROC approval). It can be viewed in its entirety or in individual modules and can be linked to here.

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December 6, 2016 by Ian Russell

Have We Reached the High Water Mark for Global Regulatory Reform? (IIAC Blog)

Ian Russell

Ian Russell

President's Letter

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, and increase reliance on industry best standards and tougher enforcement.

Click here to read the Letter from the President.

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November 17, 2016 by Ian Russell

Attracting Capital to the Wealth Management Business (IIAC Blog)

Ian Russell

Ian Russell

President's Letter

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 real-time access to advisors and accounts; a full complement of products and advisory services; a balanced approach between fee-based or discretionary management and value-added financial planning and tax expertise; effective recruitment of advisors; and a smooth transition from older to younger advisors. Some firms have segmented advisory services across different client categories and established pricing schedules for individual services.

These measures will improve the bottom line and return on equity, drawing capital to smaller firms.

While there may be further attrition among small and mid-sized firms in the investment dealer retail business in coming years, we are optimistic the many firms that survive will be effective and profitable purveyors of wealth management advisory services, with their clients the big winners.

Click here to read the Letter from the President.

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November 10, 2016 by Ian Russell

Let’s Remember Them

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.

October 19, 2016 by Ian Russell

The Cost-Benefit Thinking of Securities Regulators Needs to be More Transparent (IIAC Blog)

Ian Russell

Ian Russell

President's Letter

Cost–benefit analysis is a valuable tool for assessing major public policy decisions, projects and regulations—for example, evaluating prospective regulations in a number of fields, including health, safety and the environment. The nature of securities regulation, however, makes costs-benefit analysis more difficult. Rather than focusing on a particular action, like releasing a pollutant, financial regulation cost-benefit analysis focuses on behavioural and market reactions.

Canadian securities regulators have refrained from conducting formal (quantitative) cost-benefit analysis because it is so complex. However, this not an excuse to avoid it. A more disciplined and rigorous approach to the rule-making process—one that quantifies the costs and the benefits in commensurable terms—is needed.

Regulators do engage in extensive, informal discussions (qualitative analysis) with market participants at the formulation stage of the rule-making. A detailed “walk-through” of regulators’ thinking would greatly enhance the process. Regulators should be able to answer questions like:

  • What gap is the proposed rule intended to fill?
  • Have alternatives to the rule been considered and, if so, why has the particular rule be chosen over alternatives?
  • What are the perceived shortcomings/unintended consequences of the rule?

The obligation to disclose the detailed background thinking on rule formulation and its impact on investors and the marketplace would foster a more disciplined approach to the rule-making process itself. It would encourage deeper and more systematic thinking on the market impact of proposed rules, and lead over time to more quantitative analysis. You can read more on this subject in my latest Letter from the President.

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October 4, 2016 by Ian Russell

FS-ISAC Collaborates with IIAC and SIFMA on First Monthly Update on Cybersecurity (IIAC Blog)

Ian Russell

Ian Russell

From the President

The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) and the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) are working together to provide to you a monthly newsletter that highlights cybersecurity topics and emerging threats to the securities industry within North America.

The information provided in the monthly newsletter is intended to increase the cybersecurity awareness of an organization’s end users and to help them behave in a more secure manner.

The October issue is available here.

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September 30, 2016 by Ian Russell

CSA Proposals to Enhance Firms’ and Advisors’ Obligations Towards Clients (IIAC Blog)

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Ian Russell

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The IIAC filed a submission with the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) in response to its Consultation Paper 33-404: Proposals to Enhance the Obligations of Advisers, Dealers, and Representatives Toward Their Clients.

The IIAC has carefully examined the Consultation Paper, identifying some areas of constructive reform, while questioning the merit of some proposals.

Please click here to view our news release. You can access our full submission here.

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