Investing your money for the first time is a big step. While there are legitimate avenues for investing your money you must also be aware that there are also scams, con artists, and improper investment procedures all aimed at taking your hard-earned money, and if you’re not careful you may become a victim.
You ultimately have the right to know where your money is, who is looking after it and how accessible it is to you. As an investor or potential investor you have the right to be aware of all avenues that exist to safeguard your money.
Before investing ensure you are aware of and exercise the BARR principle:
Be Informed – All investors have the right to receive truthful information about any product they intend to purchase. You have a right to information about
Ask Questions – Once you have the information you need, you will obviously have some questions. Some of these may be concerning:
Review, Verify and Choose – Some of these financial institutions may not provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision. As such the onus is on you to conduct your own research to verify the information and also to ensure all legal requirements have been met, before choosing your investment product.
Redress – Now that you have done your due diligence and purchased your investment product, your rights don’t stop there. If things do go wrong whether procedurally or operationally, you are entitled to seek redress. This includes:
With all complaint matters there is a process:
*A loss on your investment due to prevailing market conditions does not constitute a legitimate basis for a complaint.
The TTSEC exists as a regulator within the securities industry to protect investors like you from fraud and abuses arising from market manipulation, insider trading, conflicts of interest and unfair or improper practices. The TTSEC operates within the bounds of the Securities Act, 2012 and its subsequent By-Laws. Part of its mandate involves the education of investors and potential investors and the provision of pertinent information regarding the securities industry – the benefits, risks and liabilities associated with investing in securities.