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The national registration search contains the names of all individuals and firms who are registered to sell securities in Canada, with the exception of those registered solely with the Ontario Securities Commision (OSC).

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income statement or statement of comprehensive income
A financial statement that measures a company's financial performance by summarizing revenues and expenses for a specific period of time.
incorporated
A firm or company that has formed a legal corporation by completing the required procedures.
index
A statistical composite of securities that measures financial and economic performance. It is used as a performance benchmark.
initial public offering (IPO)
A company’s first sale of stock to the public.
insider disclosure
The legally required public disclosure by insiders of their securities holdings and transactions.
international financial reporting standards (IFRS)
Global accounting standards that provide transparent and comparable information in financial statements. IFRS will apply to most Canadian publicly accountable enterprises​ for financial years beginning on or after January 1, 2011.
inverse ETF (leveraged ETF)
An exchange traded fund that uses derivatives to profit from a decline in the value of an underlying benchmark.
investment
A way to put your money to work in the expectation that it will provide income, increase in value or both.
investment account statement
A record of transactions and balances in an account at an investment form, usually issued monthly.
investment policy statement
Sets out you investment objectives and describes the investment strategies that the portfolio manager should utilize to reach those objectives. Specific information on issues such as asset allocation, risk tolerance, and liquidity requirements (i.e., the need to access the funds on short notice) are often included. This document can outline risk tolerance, investment objectives and so on.
investment firm
A company that buys and sells investments for its clients.
Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC)
IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and trading activity on debt and equity marketplaces in Canada. Created in 2008 through the consolidation of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and Market Regulation Services Inc., IIROC sets high quality regulatory and investment industry standards, protects investors and strengthens market integrity while maintaining efficient and competitive capital markets.
investor
Someone who makes an investment.
issuer
A company or other entity that has issued or is proposing to issue securities.