Throughout the year, there are a number of factors that
decide which topics we blog about: what’s in the news, what we think investors
will find helpful, and what questions we receive via social media and through
our public inquiries office, to name a few. While we obviously think they’re
all important, it’s always interesting to see which topics resonated the most
with our readers. To that end, a countdown of our five most popular blog posts
The fifth most
popular blog post this year: Perplexed
about peer-to-peer lending?
Financial technology (or fintech as it’s known online) was
one of the hottest topics in the media this year, combining two very popular
subjects. In March, we explained the basics of one of the newer concepts in
fintech, peer-to-peer lending.
The fourth: Don’t
get fooled again – avoid falling victim to investment fraud more than once
In this, the first of a two-part series, we explored
“sucker lists” – one of two ways fraudsters re-victimize individuals. While
you’re at it, check out the second
post in that series, even though it didn’t make our “Top 5” list.
The third: Explaining
crowdfunding in Alberta
It’s no surprise that another of our most popular posts
this year explains an aspect of fintech. We’ve covered crowdfunding in previous
years, but this post (and a second
post, in the same series) explains new regulatory developments in Alberta.
The second: What’s
in a name? Does the title of your
investment professional matter?
Yet another timely post from 2016, this entry explained the
intricacies of titling in financial professions. It’s particularly topical, as
the ASC (as part of the Canadian Securities Administrators) has been taking
part in public consultation sessions and focus groups on how to enhance the
client-registrant relationship within the past few months.
please!)….the most popular YouASC’d blog post of the year is: Binary options: Strong caution for investors in Alberta
While we obviously think all the topics we post on are
relevant and important for investors to be informed about, we’re happy to see
this as our most popular post. The number of binary options scams being
promoted worldwide grew during 2016, and
we want as many Alberta investors as possible to know not to get involved with
them. While progress has been made on the global stage at cracking down on
these schemes, there are still many targeting Alberta investors and
successfully taking their hard-earned money. We want as many of you as possible to know how to
recognize and avoid this scam.
There you have it – our top five most popular blog posts of
2016! While it’s interesting to know what readers found most interesting and
helpful, go ahead and check out the others in the archive when you’ve got a
chance – it’s a great way to start the New Year on your best-informed financial
Happy holidays and all the best in 2017!