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November 01
November is Financial Literacy Month. Make sure you’re an informed investor.

With fall being busy with school activities, Halloween and Christmas plans, RRSP season seems but a distant dream at the moment. But the new year will be here before you know it. Why not beat the rush?

November is Financial Literacy Month and there’s no better time to become familiar with the free online investor education tools that can help you become a more informed investor. One of the ways that many people end up in investments that they aren’t comfortable with is because they rush through the selection and decision-making process.

Not sure how to get started? Here are five easy steps to improving your financial literacy:

  1. Read up on what you should know when choosing and working with a financial adviser. You can also use this handy workbook to keep track of your research.
  2. Check to see if the individual or company offering an investment opportunity is registered. Use the Canadian Securities Administrators National Registration Search tool. If you’re unsure why it’s important that your adviser be registered, or what it really means, check out the Understanding Registration resource.
  3. Check disciplinary history to see if any enforcement decisions or cease trade orders have been issued against individuals or firms. It can also be helpful to do a general online search and look through ASC news releases for information. You may hear about unhappy victims or court cases that you may want to further investigate.
  4. Know what you’re investing in. Familiarize yourself with some of the common types of investments by browsing through our free investor brochures. You may also want to look up any terms you don’t know in our glossary.
  5. If you don’t understand what an investment opportunity is all about, stop and take time to learn more – you don’t have to sign on the spot. Consult with an independent third party that is not involved in the deal and who has some business knowledge, such as an accountant or lawyer.

You owe it to yourself and your family to be informed when investing your money. Take the opportunity during Financial Literacy Month to do some research. A little bit of extra time now could potentially save you from a lot of hassle in the future.

 

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Hi, I’m Lorinda Brinton, Senior Advisor for ASC Investor Education. During the last eight years I’ve been working to get you the information you need when making your investing decisions. We have many resources throughout the site to help you be more informed and better protect your money. We’ve recently refreshed the site, so be sure to take a look around and see what you find – I’m sure you’ll discover some tools or information that will be helpful.