In the Winter 2009-2010 Issue ...

CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
FOCUS ON: IFIE WEBINARS/WEBCASTS
INVESTOR EDUCATION AROUND THE GLOBE
IFIE MEMBER PROFILE

President's Message

As we emerge from the financial crisis, investor education has never been more important. We see signs of this across the globe. For example, the Corporate Affairs Minister of India has recommended declaring 2010 "The Year of Investor Education." Other nations have begun increasing their focus on investor education and financial literacy as a part of rebuilding trust in our global financial system and protecting investors.

As a result, the IFIE mission has never been more important.

2009 has been an exciting year for IFIE. Our major achievements include:

  • IFIE membership grew to 22 organizations.
  • The IFIE/IOSCO global investor education conference was held in Washington, DC. attracting 113 attendees from every part of the world.
  • The Egyptian CMA worked with the IFIE Advisory Committee to form the Middle East North Africa (MENA) IFIE Regional Subcommittee. It will work to discuss common issues among the countries of the MENA region.
  • A Webinar exploring methods for "Starting Effective Investor Education Programmes," for which more than 20 organizations registered.
  • IFIE co-sponsored with JSDA two day-long seminars attended by more than 200 people from around the world and Japan addressing investor education issues in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.
  • The IFIE Web site and Clearinghouse were expanded and enhances.
  • The first global "State of Investor Education Survey," was administered with almost 40 organizations participating. The findings will be available shortly.

Additionally, we have ambitious plans for 2010:

  • Expand IFIE membership. We have excellent momentum as we go into the new year with five new organizations already having indicated their intent to join.
  • Create a new Asia Regional Subcommittee that will focus on unique issues common to Asian investor education programmes.
  • Hold the fourth IFIE global investor education conference.
  • Conduct two Webinars on relevant topics to IFIE members.
  • Add a bulletin board function to the IFIE Web site to increase ways to facilitate member communication and idea sharing.
  • Administer a second global "State of Investor Education Survey."

IFIE and its members are well positioned to aid in the recovery and assist organizations around the world to raise the level of investor literacy. Working together, we can lay a solid foundation for a new era of successful investing. We look forward to working with you to expand the depth and breadth of investor education during 2010!

Yours,

Steve Joachim
Chairman
International Forum for Investor Education


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The IFIE Clearinghouse was created to provide information about investor education programmes around the globe to anyone looking to create or improve their own investor education programme. The Clearinghouse includes programmes by governments, nonprofits and associations for investors of all ages and spans eleven countries. Visitors to the Clearinghouse can learn more about approaches, strategies and research to financial and investor education. If you are looking to serve specific audiences or needs, there are examples of programmes that can act as a guide. The examples provided may get you to think about different ways to set up, deliver and market your financial and investor education programmes.

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Investor education around the globe

Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) was set up in pursuance of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Act, 1997. This Act institutionalized certain policy decisions relating to the constitution and structure, powers, and functions of the SECP, thereby giving it administrative authority and financial independence in carrying out its regulatory and statutory responsibilities. The SECP became operational in January 1999 and has come a long way since then. It was initially concerned with the regulation of corporate sector and capital market. Over time, its mandate has expanded to include supervision and regulation of insurance companies, non-banking finance companies and private pensions. The SECP has also been entrusted with oversight of various external service providers to the corporate and financial sectors, including chartered accountants, credit rating agencies, corporate secretaries, brokers, surveyors etc. The challenge for the SECP has amplified manifold with its increased mandate. As part of their guide series, the SECP offers two guides for investors on what they need to know before investing and a guide for how investors can lodge complaints with the SECP.

The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) was established on 15 November 2000 by Local Law No. (3) of 2000, the provisions of which vest the Market with a legal entity of autonomous status, independent finance and management, and give ADX the necessary supervisory and executive powers to exercise its functions. These functions are: provide opportunities to invest savings and funds in securities in order to benefit national economy; ensure the soundness and accuracy of transactions and to ensure the interaction between demand and supply in order to determine prices; protect investors through establishing fair and proper dealing principles between various investors; impose stringent controls over securities transactions to ensure sound and conduct procedure; develop investment awareness by conduction studies and issuing recommendations in order to ensure that savings are invested in productive sectors; and ensure financial and economic stability and develop trading methods in order to ensure liquidity and stability of prices of Securities listed on the market. For investors looking to learn more about the terminology of the market, ADX provides a glossary of terms relating to the stock market and investing.

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IFIE member profile

CSI sets the standard for financial services education in Canada as the most experienced and trusted educator endorsed by regulatory authorities across Canada. Since it was established in 1970 as the Canadian Securities Institute, nearly three-quarters of a million financial professionals have chosen CSI for their career training and development. In 2007 CSI expanded its educational services with the acquisition of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (ICB). Today, CSI offers one of the most comprehensive suites of courses and programs available to financial services professionals in Canada and around the world. CSI has earned its reputation through relevant, real-world training courses and assessments, innovative educational offerings and expertise ranging from securities to mutual funds, from banking and trust to insurance, from portfolio management to financial planning and wealth management. CSI offers more than 120 courses ranging from the well-known Canadian Securities Course (CSC)® to sophisticated accreditation programs such as the Chartered Professional (Ch.P.) Strategic Wealth® designation. Valued for its leadership in Canada, CSI also partners with organizations world-wide to provide financial services proficiency training in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Central America and the Caribbean.

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