NEMA MEMBER ROBERT JANSON FILLS IN THE BLANKS
1. The Exempt Market is the new kid on the block. Intriguing, sophisticated and unknown, and yet everyone clearly wants to learn more.
2. The Exempt Market is not diminishing. It will continue to grow in scale at a pace far beyond any other financial marketplace in Canada.
3. The thing I like the most about the Exempt Market is that it is a fantastic way for capital to meet great ideas.
4. One rule I would change in the Exempt Market is how risk is addressed and assessed. The Exempt Market does NOT mean high-risk.
5. The Stock Market is like your tired uncle. By default you’re obligated to invite him to the party but he’s not as great as his stories would lead you to believe.
6. In regards to the Exempt Market, regulators are working hard but also need to recognize that the investment world does not take place within a vacuum. Regulators need to have industry experience to better understand the ins and outs of the entire investment relationship.
7. The biggest misconception people have about the Exempt Market is it is risk, murky and the “wild west”. Far from the truth.
8. The most important thing investors should know about the Exempt Market is in doing your homework, there are fantastic investment opportunities to be had.
9. Dealing Reps need to be continually educated and updated to keep at the cutting edge.
10. There is not enough transparency in the Exempt Market
11. There is too much confusion in the Exempt Market
12. The Exempt Market is no place for unscrupulous people who are in it solely to make commission without having done a high level of due diligence before marketing a product
13. In 5 years the Exempt Market will face further regulation that will hopefully foster a more responsible investment environment
14. The biggest change in the Exempt Market has been in the number of participants over the years
15. The biggest challenge for the Exempt Market is proving it’s not entirely a high risk environment and that it’s capable of producing great investment ideas.
16. The key to longevity for the Exempt Market is transparency, responsibility.
17. Critics of the Exempt Market are many, however we can change that by showcasing the leaders in the space who are providing a high level of due diligence on theirproducts before and during the time they’re sold to potential and existing clients
18. NEMA is our chance to work together and portray one clear voice that advocates the goals of the market such as integrity, efficiency, responsibility, transparency, and investor protection.