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December 28
Top five You ASC’d blog posts of 2016

top 5.jpgThroughout 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 of 2016:

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 (part one)

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.

And (drumroll 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 foot.

Happy holidays and all the best in 2017!

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