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The national registration search contains the names of all individuals and firms who are registered to sell securities in Canada.

Glossary

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How do I find more information on letters and designations you might see listed after a financial professional's name.

See Our Guide to Designations

back end load
A sales charge or commission investors pay when an investment is sold.
balance sheet or statement of financial position
A financial statement that shows a company's financial condition at a specific point in time. It summarizes a company's assets, liabilities, and shareholders' equity.
balanced portfolio
An investment portfolio that holds an appropriate mix of different types of investments, such as bonds and shares.
benchmark
A market or sector index against which you can measure the performance of an investment (such as a mutual fund).
Better Business Bureau (BBB)
An organization dedicated to fostering fair and honest relationships between businesses and consumers, instilling consumer confidence and contributing to an ethical business environment. Visit the BBB website.
bid price
The highest price a buyer is willing to pay for a security.
bond
An investment in which a government or company promises to repay money borrowed from investors at a specified time and to pay interest at a specified rate.
budget
An estimate of the income and expenses of a person, a family or an organization, over a certain period of time.
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