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RAISING STANDARDS
Raising Standards of Cross-Border Cooperation
The FSD has launched an initiative to raise the standards of cross-border cooperation among securities regulators. FSD objectives are to protect investors, to ensure fair, efficient and transparent markets and to reduce systemic risk.
 
What we do ?

The Financial Services Department is established to promote investor confidence in the securities and capital markets by providing more structure and government oversight.

The mission of the Financial Services Department is to protect investors and maintain integrity of the securities industry, overseeing major participants in the industry, including stock exchanges, broker-dealers, investment advisors, mutual funds, and public utility holding companies.

Financial Services Department is concerned primarily with promoting disclosure of important information, enforcing securities laws, and protecting investors who interact with these various organizations and individuals

 
Developments
 

401(k) Contributions Hit 10-Year High

The average 401(k) savings hit a 10-year high at the end of 2012 to nearly $72,000, an increase of nearly 12 percent from a year earlier. The popularity of 401(k) plans is largely due to the fact that they are suspended from taxation and frequently include a matched contribution from the employer. As a result, in the United States 401(k) plans have been the principal method for saving retirement funds largely replacing the retirement pension system.

Information About Trading in Fast-Moving Markets

The price of some stocks, especially recent hot IPOs and high tech stocks can soar and drop suddenly. In these fast markets, when many investors want to trade at the same time and prices change quickly, delays can develop across the Department. Executions and confirmation slow down while reports of prices lag behind actual prices. In these markets, investors can suffer unexpected losses very quickly.

Convertible Securities

A convertible security is a security - usually a bond or a preferred stock - that can be converted into a different security - typically shares of the companys common stock. In most cases, the holder of the convertible determines whether and when a conversion occurs. In other cases, the company may retain the right to determine when the conversion occurs.

After-Hours Trading: Understanding the Risks

The highest volume market centers today have traditionally been open for business from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST. Although trading outside that window - or after-hours trading - has occurred for some time, it has been mostly limited to high net-worth investors and institutional investors.

 
Due-Dilligence / Probity
As an overseas financial services regulator you may seek information from Financial Services Department as part of your licensing or registration processes. Financial Services Department supports this regulator-to-regulator practice as part of our functions of monitoring and promoting market integrity and consumer protection in relation to the International financial system.
 
Financial Services Department
If you haven't found the information you need on our website or public registers you can make a probity request for confidential information. We release confidential information in accordance with our statutory obligations, which are outlined in Regulatory Guide 103.
 
Overseas Regulator
FSD's website can provide you with useful information that will assist you with your licensing or registration processes. You can access information contained in the public registers through our website. For example, you can confirm that a person or company holds an International financial services licence or is a banned and/or disqualified person.
 
Probity Check
FSD applies certain thresholds, to determine whether it is appropriate for us to respond to a probity check request.
 
 
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