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Enforcement Notice – Hearing – IIROC Begins Disciplinary Action Against Burlington Investment Advisor Bonnie Wyatt – Canada NewsWire

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BURLINGTON, ON, Nov. 5, 2020 /CNW/ – The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) will set a date for a disciplinary hearing in the matter of Bonnie Wyatt.

The discipline hearing concerns allegations that:

(a) Between January 2016 and September 2018, Ms. Wyatt failed to comply with her Dealer Member’s policies and procedures by facilitating new investment loans for sixteen clients, contrary to Dealer Member Rule 29.1 (prior to September 1, 2016) and Consolidated Rule 1400 (after September 1, 2016);

(b) Between August 2017 and September 2018, Ms. Wyatt recommended borrowing to invest for twelve clients for whom it was not suitable, contrary to Dealer Member Rule 1300.1(q); and

(c) Between November 2017 and September 2018, Ms. Wyatt sent misleading correspondence to four clients, contrary to Dealer Member Rule 29.7(1).

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Ms. Wyatt’s conduct in June 2019. The alleged violations occurred while she was a Registered Representative with the Burlington branch of Global Maxfin Capital Inc, no longer an IIROC-regulated firm. Ms. Wyatt is currently a Registered Representative with Integral Wealth Securities Limited, an IIROC-regulated firm.

The set date appearance is open to the public, unless the Panel orders otherwise. Members of the public who would like to attend the hearing should contact IIROC’s National Hearing Coordinator at [email protected] to obtain the details. The decision of the Hearing Panel will be made available at www.iiroc.ca

Appearance Date:  The hearing will be held by way of videoconference on January 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

The Notice of Hearing and Statement of Allegations which sets out the allegations is available at:
http://www.iiroc.ca/documents/2020/c8d031bf-446e-43ef-91ae-16872b6e891f_en.pdf

Documents related to ongoing IIROC enforcement proceedings – including Reasons and Decisions of Hearing Panels – are posted on the IIROC website as they become available. Click here to search and access all IIROC enforcement documents.

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IIROC is the pan-Canadian self-regulatory organization that oversees all investment dealers and their trading activity in Canada’s debt and equity markets. IIROC sets high quality regulatory and investment industry standards, protects investors and strengthens market integrity while supporting healthy Canadian capital markets. IIROC carries out its regulatory responsibilities through setting and enforcing rules regarding the proficiency, business and financial conduct of 175 Canadian investment dealer firms of varying sizes and business models, and their more than 30,000 registered employees, the majority of whom are commonly referred to as investment advisors. IIROC also sets and enforces market integrity rules regarding trading activity on Canadian debt and equity marketplaces.

IIROC investigates possible misconduct by its member firms and/or individual registrants. It can bring disciplinary proceedings which may result in penalties including fines, suspensions, permanent bars, expulsion from membership, or termination of rights and privileges for individuals and firms.

All information about disciplinary proceedings relating to current and former member firms is available in the Enforcement section of the IIROC website. Background information regarding the qualifications and disciplinary history, if any, of advisors currently employed by IIROC-regulated firms is available free of charge through the IIROC AdvisorReport service. Information on how to make investment dealer, advisor or marketplace-related complaints is available by calling 1 877 442-4322.

SOURCE Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) – General News

For further information: Enforcement Contact: Charles Corlett, Director, Enforcement Litigation, 416 646-7253, [email protected]; Media Contact: Andrea Zviedris, Manager, Media Relations, 416 943-6906, [email protected]

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BMO to exit oil and gas investment banking in the US – BNN

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Bank of Montreal is winding down its U.S. oil and gas investment banking business and will focus on assets in Canada going forward, becoming the latest financial institution to cut ties with America’s beleaguered shale industry.

BMO said it has made “the financial decision for an orderly wind-down of our non-Canadian investment and corporate banking energy business.” Going forward, the company said by email, its capital markets energy business will be focused on Canada.

The company is eliminating about 50 positions in its investment banking group as part of the exit that was announced to staff on Monday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. A handful of corporate bankers will manage BMO’s U.S. oil and gas loan book, the person said.

BMO is the latest bank to halt investment banking tied to U.S. oil and gas explorers, which even before the pandemic were facing pressure after years of generating meager returns. The move didn’t appear to be related to ESG concerns plaguing fossil fuel companies. America’s shale industry has been swept up in a wave of consolidation in recent months as the pandemic slashes oil demand, drags down prices and forces low-premium mergers. That follows years of lackadaisical M&A activity in the oil patch.

On Tuesday, BMO reported gross impaired loans in its U.S. oil and gas portfolio of $457 million at the end of its fiscal fourth quarter, compared with only $93 million for the industry in Canada and other countries.

BMO’s U.S. oil and gas loan book was about  $7 billion as of July 31, making up half of its overall oil and gas loans, according to a company presentation.

–With assistance from Derek Decloet.

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Scotia's top 10 investment themes for 2021 include 'the hunt for yield intensifies' – The Globe and Mail

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Daily roundup of research and analysis from The Globe and Mail’s market strategist Scott Barlow

The equity strategy team led by Hugo Ste-Marie at Scotia Capital published 10 Themes for 2021 – Unleashing Excess Cash Tuesday morning.

The top themes are,

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“1. Piles of stacked cash could soon turn into hot money. 2. Synchronized downturn, synchronized upturn 3. The road to US$200 EPS 4. Income scarcity: The hunt for yield intensifies 5. Bond yields: The great normalization 6. Go Global 7. Small could be big in 2021 8. Hard assets shining, CAD roaring 9. Sector rotation favors cyclicals 10. No Value left behind [and]11. Bonus – Capital markets spring back to life”

Here’s an excerpt from the section on yield scarcity,

“Interest rates on cash deposits and government bond yields should remain quite anemic next year. As traditional sources of income can’t fulfill their role anymore, the hunt for yield will likely intensify and investors will have to look for alternatives. Equities appear an obvious choice. After a challenging year, dividend growth should resume in 2021 on the back of improving profitability trends. Moreover, dividend yields have rarely been this attractive versus government bonds in over half a century”’

” @SBarlow_ROB Scotia: “10 Themes for 2021 – Unleashing Excess Cash” – (research excerpt) Twitter

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Morgan Stanley has updated its “Fresh Money Buy List” of top U.S. stocks picks, removing S&P Global Inc. because of “regulatory and/or policy restrictions”.

The remaining list consists of Ally Financial, Citizens Financial Group Inc., Walt Disney Co., Humana Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Linde PLC, Mastercard Inc., PVH Corp., and T-Mobile U.S. Inc.

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“@SBarlow_ROB MS drops S&P Global from its Fresh Money Buy List of U.S. picks” – (table, including performance) Twitter

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Also from Morgan Stanley, the technology and telecom research team led by Katy Huberty published a report outlining the bright outlook for 5G-related stocks and provided a list of stock ideas (my emphasis),

“We are buyers of stocks exposed to stronger than expected consumer 5G demand. Consumer smartphone purchase intentions are the strongest in recent history according to our AlphaWise survey of nearly 3,500 consumers in the US and China. The main driver is demand for 5G, which is now the primary reason consumers are upgrading in the US and China – a comparatively bigger catalyst than any other recent technology upgrade and a more bullish signal relative to investors’ more cautious stance. We highlight key takeaways across our global technology and telco services teams and recommend owning a group of stocks that we view best positioned for 5G infrastructure investment and smartphone demand upside.”

The top 10 5G-related stock ideas are Apple Inc., T-Mobile US Inc., Qualcomm Inc., Delta Electronics Inc., Samsung Electronics Co Ltd., Sunny Optical Technology Company Ltd., China Mobile Ltd., Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd., Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and Ericsson.

“@SBarlow_ROB MS: Top 10 5G-related stock picks” – (table) Twitter

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New column from me: “What investors can learn from the top performing U.S. value stocks” – Inside the Market

Diversion: The Ringer’s panel rewatches and discusses the 1980s movie Wall Street – The Ringer (podcast)

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Mackenzie Investments Strengthens Commitment to SRI Investing by Forming New Investment Boutique with Greenchip Financial – Canada NewsWire

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Acquisition will enhance Mackenzie’s in-house expertise in growing Sustainable, Responsible and Impact (SRI) investing space

TORONTO, Dec. 1, 2020 /CNW/ – Mackenzie Financial Corporation (“Mackenzie Investments”) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Greenchip Financial Corp. (“Greenchip”), a Canadian firm focused exclusively on the environmental economy since 2007.

“We’re delighted to welcome Greenchip as our newest investment boutique focused on environmental thematic investing,” said Barry McInerney, President & CEO, Mackenzie Investments. “Canadians have historically had limited options available for investing in the environmental sectors.  We believe that Greenchip’s investment strategy and expertise in energy transition and on climate change will help us meet the growing demand of both retail and institutional investors.”

Mr. McInerney noted that Mackenzie has been a leader in bringing impact investing to Canadians, with an evolving suite of funds focused on environmental leadership, gender diversity and sustainability. “The acquisition of Greenchip is a natural evolution reflecting the success of Greenchip’s sub-advisory relationship to the Mackenzie Global Environmental Equity Fund. The Fund has been growing very rapidly, and we expect this to continue as our internal research suggests that 80 per cent of financial advisors prioritize environmental or climate related factors in their selection of SRI investing products.”

Over the past 13 years, Greenchip’s long-term investment performance is top quartile among environmental thematic mandates and the firm has developed unique sector expertise that is not easily duplicated.  Greenchip currently manages an investment strategy with a global energy transition theme and oversees more than $485 million in assets on behalf of foundations, endowments and Canadian families (this amount includes $315 million in assets in the Mackenzie Global Environmental Equity Fund).

Their investment process starts with an exclusive focus on companies whose revenues are generated from selling products within the environmental sectors that aim to support the transition towards sustainable forms of energy. These generally fit into six sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean technology, water, sustainable agriculture, and transportation.

“Directing capital to sustainable infrastructure and environmental solutions has never been more important,” said John Cook, Co-Founder and President of Greenchip Financial. “Partnering with Mackenzie is not just a great cultural fit – it will enable us to take our sector expertise to a much broader group of investors.”

Mackenzie’s SRI Investing team, led by Fate Saghir, Head of SRI Investing, has taken a number of steps to better address climate change, including supporting the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), alongside its parent company IGM Financial. SRI investing has been identified by Mackenzie as one of its key business growth catalysts and the firm renewed its commitment to the United Nations’ supported Principles for Responsible Investment by establishing an SRI Centre of Excellence to enhance its SRI practices, capabilities and products.  

About Mackenzie Investments
Mackenzie Investments (“Mackenzie”) is a leading investment management firm with $144.5 billion in assets under management as of October 31, 2020.  Mackenzie provides investment solutions and related services to more than one million retail and institutional clients through multiple distribution channels. Founded in 1967, Mackenzie is a global asset manager with offices across Canada as well as in Boston, Dublin, London, Beijing and Hong Kong. Mackenzie is a subsidiary of IGM Financial Inc.  (TSX: IGM), one of Canada’s premier financial services companies with approximately $193 billion in total assets under management as of October 31, 2020. IGM is part of the Power Corporation of Canada group of companies. For more information, visit mackenzieinvestments.com.

About Greenchip Financial Corp.
Greenchip Financial Corp. is an independent environmental investment firm founded in 2007 on a thesis that changing demographics, resource scarcity, and environmental degradation would drive historic opportunities and new risks for investors. Greenchip manages one global environmental equity strategy with over CAD $170 million on behalf of endowments, foundations, and high net worth individuals. Since 2018, Greenchip has also sub-advised the Mackenzie Global Environmental Equity Fund. For more information on Greenchip, please visit greenchipfinancial.com.

SOURCE Mackenzie Investments

For further information: Nini Krishnappa, IGM Financial, 647-828-2553 [email protected]

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