1. The exempt market is a very important component of the Canadian investment landscape.
2. The exempt market is not a place for speculative investments.
3. The thing I like the most about the exempt market is the variety of the offerings, and access to unique investments.
4. The one rule I would change in the exempt market is to allow broader access of investment products for retail investors and extend the same access to investors in Ontario.
5. The stock market is the old way of investing with high volatility.
6. In regards to the exempt market, regulators should appreciate the value it brings to the market as a whole. Understand that it creates jobs, investment opportunities and helps grow our economy.
7. The biggest misconception people have about the exempt market is that it is generally riskier than the stock market and mutual funds, and it is only intended for high net worth and sophisticated investors.
8. The most important thing investors should know about the exempt market is that it usually offers limited disclosers and liquidity (compared to publically traded investments) but gives you direct access to the management team and clear objectives of the investment opportunity (unlike publically traded investments).
9. Dealing Reps need to be really well educated so they can offer products that would benefit their clients and be able to construct a well-diversified portfolio.
10. There is not enough education that would allow investors to fully understand how these products can enhance their portfolio in the exempt market
11. There is too much skepticism at times in the exempt market
12. The exempt market is no place for quick solutions, fast money and speculation