Educate and promote an understanding by the public of the securities industry and the benefits, risks and liabilities associated with investing in securities;
A recent survey which was conducted by the Commission revealed that investors are generally “risk averse”, have a strong preference for using the commercial banks as their options for deposits and that there is low retail investor participation in the stock market across all jurisdictions. We, as a Commission, are also aware that investors have less disposable income, are more susceptible to risk, must be more prudent in their financial decision-making, and must become financially literate in order to participate meaningfully in the capital market. Investors also believe that they must have confidence in the regulation of the market and its players. It is against this backdrop that the Commission has aggressively pursued an Investor Education Programme geared toward investors and potential investors. Our investor education strategy is multi-pronged as it incorporates traditional media (print, electronic), digital media (websites, Facebook, YouTube, Blogs, webinars, online games) and outreach sessions with the general public. As we enhance our investor education initiatives, we hope to see:
- More participation in the capital market which will ultimately redound to the benefit of our economy
- More knowledgeable investors
- Increased levels of investment
- Fewer persons falling victim to scams
- Wealth creation for our people.