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Why securities regulations need overhaul

By Ian Russell       

Securities regulation is inherently stratified, with different registration categories defining the availability of specific investment products and the type of the investing process, and regulated by different entities with different rules.

The challenge now is to engage with securities regulators across the country, writes Ian Russell of Investment Industry Association of Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

It goes without saying that rules and regulation are important. They’re there to protect the investor, to protect our markets, and to conduct business in an orderly, efficient fashion. But when rules pile up, the new ones are layered over the old rather than replacing or evolving them. The result is a framework that can be as difficult to navigate and unpick as last year’s tangled Christmas lights.

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