Opinion: OSFI and the Third Pillar

OSFI is often criticized on PrefBlog! In a recently published article I developed the theme and set six milestones for improvement.

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10 Responses to “Opinion: OSFI and the Third Pillar”

  1. prefhound says:

    Beautiful — could not agree more, but doubt anything will change. It is already noteworthy that OSFI is a Federal regulator, so one can only expect a Federal market regulator (replacing the OSC, BCSC, etc.) to be just as (a) opaque and (b) controlled by the regulated. It is exactly why Canadian mutual fund MERs are among the highest in the world.

    The investor has, perforce, a lot more confidence in US regulation….imperfect as it is.

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