In the Fall 2010 Issue ...


Chairman's Message

As we head into the last quarter of 2010, it is easy to see that this has been an incredible last 12 months for IFIE and Investor Education.

We ended 2009 with two extremely successful investor education seminars that were jointly sponsored by IFIE with the JSDA in Tokyo and Osaka that were packed with Japanese and the international community investor education professionals. IFIE also completed our first survey of global of investor education programmes indicating increased spending on investor education around the world, among other important trends.

During the first half of 2010, we had two watershed events in the development of IFIE.

First, the Asian investor education community gathered in Seoul for a major investor education event, the creation of the Asian Forum for Investor Education (AFIE) organized by KOFIA and jointly sponsored by the South Korean KOFIA and IFIE. Second, the Middle East North Africa investor education community gathered in Cairo at a spectacular seminar to launch the Middle East North Africa International Investor Education Forum (MENA IFIE) organized by the Egyptian EFSA and IFIE. Both of these organizations will operate as Regional Subcommittees of IFIE to build local and regional solutions to investor education needs while leveraging the global strengths and experiences of IFIE.

We know that the remainder of 2010 promises to be equally exciting as highlighted by two critical activities:

IFIE is once again partnering with the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) to hold the third joint investor education conference, which will take place 8-9 November 2010 in Cairo, Egypt. The Egyptian Financial Services Authority (EFSA) is serving as the host for the event. If you have not already registered to be a part of this event, which will feature experts from the world's leading regulatory organizations, stock exchanges, and financial firms, please visit to do so.
We are now conducting the second annual global "State of Investor Education Survey" and we'd like your help. This second year of the survey will include streamlined questions and answers, will collect data to build on the benchmark questions asked last year and will include additional questions. We believe that the survey will provide the foundation to help many organizations create new and innovative programmes and will form the basis for continuing benchmarks of excellence for investor education programmes. We plan to continue to conduct this survey on an annual basis. As regulators, financial institutions, associations, and educators look for ways to restore investor confidence, we hope our survey will provide a clearer picture of efforts around the world today‚€¶ and where programmes plan to go in the coming years. Please take part in the survey!

I hope to see you in Cairo during November. It will be a great opportunity to network with other investor education professionals, to learn about programmes conducted around the world and to share your experiences with others. I know that we have a spectacular agenda highlighted by a terrific event on Monday night at the pyramids. We expect that the conference to be well attended so please register and make your plans early.


Steve Joachim
International Forum for Investor Education

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Focus on: Registering for IFIE/IOSCO 2010 Conference

Are you planning to join us in Cairo?

If so, remember that 29 September 2010 is the early-bird registration deadline for the third joint investor education conference of the International Forum for Investor Education (IFIE) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) will be held 8-9 November 2010 in Cairo, Egypt. The event will be sponsored by the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority.

This will be an unique opportunity to learn from and network with the world's leading experts on investor education.

Conference attendees will be limited and advance registration is strongly recommended. Registration is open and early-bird conference rates and other details are posted at

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Investor Education Around the Globe

Bursa Malaysia is an exchange holding company approved under Section 15 of the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007. It operates a fully-integrated exchange, offering the complete range of exchange-related services including trading, clearing, settlement and depository services. The wholly-owned subsidiaries of Bursa Malaysia own and operate the various businesses. Bursa Malaysia today is one of the largest bourses in Asia with just under 1,000 listed companies offering a wide range of investment choices to the world. Companies are either listed on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad Main Market or ACE Market. In assisting the development of the Malaysian capital market and enhancing global competitiveness, Bursa Malaysia is committed to maintaining an efficient, secure and active trading market for local and global investors. Bursa Malaysia offers investor education materials through its Web site at

The Muscat Securities Market (MSM) was established by the Royal Decree (53/88) issued on 21 June 1988 to regulate and control the Omani securities market and to participate, effectively, with other organizations for setting up the infrastructure of the Sultanate's financial sector. After ten years of continuous growth there was a need for a better functioning of the Market. The MSM was restructured in November 1998 with the establishment of two separate entities, an exchange, Muscat Securities Market (MSM) where all listed securities shall be traded and the Capital Market Authority (CMA) - the regulatory. The Exchange is a governmental entity, financially and administratively independent from the regulatory but subject to its supervision. Thus the securities industry in Oman was well established to enhance investors' confidence by developing and improving all the processes appertaining to the stock market. As a continuing process in the development of the securities market, the MSM has developed its regulations to provide information and financial data relating to the performance of the Market and all listed companies directly to investors through a highly advanced electronic trading system. This will not only ensure transparency of activities which is considered to be one of the main principles of a well organized market, but will support the market by encouraging investors to make the right investment decision at the right time. The Market has developed its existing mechanism of clearance and settlement by introducing a new mechanism for the sake of encouraging stable dealing in securities as well as providing a better environment that might help the flow of foreign investment to the Sultanate. The MSM offers information about investing through a FAQ on its Web site.

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IFIE Member Profile

The ANBIMA - Brazilian Association of Financial Markets and Capital was established in October 2009 as a result of the union of ANBID - National Association of Investment Banks with ANDIMA - National Association of Financial Market Institutions. The new entity represents 325 members, including commercial banks, and multiple investment asset managers, brokers, securities dealers and investment advisors. ANBIMA offer both classroom courses and online courses to provide professionals dealing with fixed income products, variable, credit and currency with ongoing education. Information on the courses they offer can be found on its Web site. For all investors, ANBIMA offers a wealth of information through its "Como Investor" Web site.

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