Multilingual financial resources for Ontarians

Investing for your future is important. And no matter how much (or little) money you have to investInvest To use money for the purpose of making more money by making an investment. Often involves risk.+ read full definition, having the right information and resources can help you make better decisions for you and your family. The resources and tools provided here are intended to be a starting point for new investors, including those new to Canada. The information here can help you make more informed investmentInvestment An item of value you buy to get income or to grow in value.+ read full definition decisions and help you better protect your money.

Introduction to Investing provides resources for investors in 22 languages. A new section on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on investments is now included.

Multilingual Handouts

Getting Started: An Investing Primer

New to investing or new to Canada? Read this to help you get started.

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Common Investment Scams

Protect yourself from these four common investment scams.

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Investment Fraud Checklist

Use this checklist to help you recognize the warning signs of investment fraud and make better investing decisions.

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Protect Yourself Against Fraud

Learn how to avoid investment fraud and protect yourself from identity theft.

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Check Before You Invest

Learn how to check the registrationRegistration A requirement for any person or company trading investments or providing advice in Canada. Securities industry professionals are required to register with the securities regulator in each province or territory where they do business.+ read full definition of any person or business trying to sell you an investment or give you investment advice.

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RESPRESP See Registered Education Savings Plan.+ read full definition Checklist

Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) can be an effective way to save for post-secondary education, but different plans have different features, risks and costs. Find out more about these key things before you invest.

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RESP Plan Comparison

Learn about the three types of Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs).

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Choosing a Financial Advisor

Learn more about what advisors do – and how to get the help you need to reach your financial goals.

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Protect Against Financial Abuse

Elder abuse can be defined as a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trustTrust An account set up to hold assets for a beneficiary. A trustee manages the assets until the beneficiary reaches legal age.+ read full definition which causes harm or distress to an older person. Financial abuse is one of the most common forms of elder abuse in Canada.

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How ETFs Work

An exchange-traded fund (ETF)Exchange-traded fund (ETF) An investment fund that holds a collection of investments such as stocks and bonds, that trades on a stock exchange. It can be passively managed or actively managed.+ read full definition is an investment fund that holds a collection of investments, such as stocks or bonds, owned by a group of investors and managed by a professional money manager. ETFs tradeTrade The process where one person or party buys an investment from another.+ read full definition on a stock exchangeStock exchange A market in which securities are bought and sold.+ read full definition.

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How Are My Investments Protected?

What happens if my financial institution fails?

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Personal Information Inventory

Your Personal Information Inventory is a confidential document created to help a trusted contact locate your personal and financial accounts and records in the event that you are unable to provide guidance.

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Prepare for the unexpected

If you were to become injured or incapacitated, having your financial affairs in order will make it easier for someone you trust to help manage your finances for the short or longer termTerm The period of time that a contract covers. Also, the period of time that an investment pays a set rate of interest.+ read full definition.

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Making a complaint

If you believe that an individual or firm has violated securities laws, acted fraudulently or otherwise improperly, report it to the Ontario Securities CommissionOntario Securities Commission An independent Crown corporation that is responsible for regulating the capital markets in Ontario. Its mandate is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, to foster fair and efficient capital markets and confidence in capital markets, and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic…+ read full definition.

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