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IFIE MEMBER PROFILE
What is IFIE all about?
Those of us that are actively involved with IFIE
already have a sense of what we are trying to achieve and why it is so
important to participate. It takes a strong commitment from members to
make a young organization successful and to ensure that it makes steady
progress towards its goals. I don't think we can ever remind people
enough of who we are and why we work so hard to improve investor
education. Let me take a few minutes to highlight what IFIE is all
Formed in 2005 to improve investor education on a
worldwide basis so that individuals in all jurisdictions are able to
make informed choices about financial products and investments, IFIE's
mission has never been more critical than in this period of global
efforts to rebuild and restore trust in capital markets. A group of
global leaders and practitioners, IFIE's government, regulatory, private
and non-profit organisations work together to recommend and share best
practices in investor education across jurisdictions. IFIE also
organises regional subcommittees of organisations providing investor
education that share common concerns, needs and market conditions such
as in Asia and Middle East/North Africa.
IFIE's website - www.ifie.org
- is a clearinghouse of information, resources and expertise on
different facets of investor education strategy, program and practice.
Every 12 to 18 months, IFIE and IOSCO partner on a global conference on
critical issues in investor education. Some 133 jurisdictions were
represented at the last two extremely successful conferences in Madrid
and Washington, D.C. The 2010 IFIE-IOSCO conference titled "Restoring
Trust in the Capital Markets" will be held in Cairo in November.
IFIE members have opportunities to share expertise in
this pioneering effort to strengthen the quality and impact of investor
education programmes around the world. IFIE's rapid growth allows
members to develop additional relationships and linkages; share best
strategies, practice and implementation; receive e-newsletters and
attend webinars; help their investor education professionals develop
knowledge and skills; find ways to organize to provide investor
education programmes across global-regional jurisdictions and develop
capacity to target particular groups of investors such as elders, young
people or women. This past spring, IFIE released its inaugural survey
of investor education providers globally, both members and non-members.
IFIE will do this survey annually, providing special insight on trends
for IFIE members.
IFIE's Vision is to create and promote
the highest possible standards for and the most efficient delivery of
investor education around the globe.
IFIE's Mission is to help investors in
all financial markets better understand the risks and opportunities
associated with various types of investments and the investment process.
IFIE's Key Principles
- Establishing and promoting the standards of best practices for investor education on a global basis.
- Serving as a clearinghouse for the exchange of information and
ideas among providers of investor education operating in different
jurisdictions. See www.ifie.org.
- Encouraging the establishment, growth and improved effectiveness of comprehensive investor education programs.
- All IFIE officers are volunteers and serve for three year terms.
- IFIE has three officers, Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer/Secretary.
- IFIE has an Advisory Committee that oversees the organizations activities.
- IFIE has a paid, part-time Secretariat that is currently staffed by The Hastings Group.
IFIE's Background/History Milestones
- Originated in 2005 by some of the members of the International
Council of Securities Agencies (ICSA), who identified a growing need for
educational non-commercial, non-governmental tools for individual
- Broadened its membership umbrella in 2007 to include all non-
commercial organizations focused on investor education. Amended charter
to accommodate these changes.
- Created a partnership with International Organisation of
Securities Commissions (IOSCO) to hold global conferences for investor
education every 12 to 18 months beginning in 2007.
- In 2008, identified a need to create forums for smaller groups
with tight cultural and regional affinities to share information as a
complimentary effort to the global organisation. This led to the
establishment of Asia Forum for Investor Education (AFIE) and the Middle
East North Africa International Forum for Investor Education (MENA
- Membership currently approaches 30 organisations representing almost every continent and growth continues at a fast pace.
IFIE's Current Activities
- Continuously refreshed website containing member profiles and sample tools and standards.
- Electronic clearinghouse of information and ideas with the website as its hub.
- Networking events and creating fora for sharing ideas among professionals with similar roles.
- Best practices (including Code of Practice) sharing through webinars and other methods.
- Annual survey of investor education programmes offered around the world.
- Quarterly Newsletter.
- Global Investor Conference jointly sponsored with IOSCO and held every 12 to 18 months.
Highlights of IFIE Membership Benefits
- Significant registration discounts at its global conferences.
- Private access to the clearinghouse website for access to new and innovative investor education programmes and ideas.
- Access to best practices webinars.
- Access to more in depth information from the annual global investor education programme survey.
- Networking events and facilities that bring together investor education professionals to share ideas and experiences.
- Opportunity to help shape global investor education efforts and to help build a great global organization.
The Value of IFIE Membership is growing every
day. But no benefit is more important than the opportunity to shape our
organization and make it more effective. As a young organization,
there are no barriers to idea generation and creating changes…in fact,
we want to facilitate that. I can only tell you that my experience has
been that we are making great contributions to investor education while
we have had a great deal of fun building a great organization. We hope
you will make the commitment to participate.
International Forum for Investor Education
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The third joint investor education conference of the
International Forum for Investor Education (IFIE) and the International
Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) will be held 8-9 November
2010 in Cairo, Egypt and will be sponsored by the Egyptian Financial
Supervisory Authority. The 2010 IFIE/IOSCO investor education conference
follows the organizations' successful gatherings in 2007 in Madrid and
2009 in Washington, D.C.
This will be an unique opportunity to learn from and
network with the world's leading experts on investor education. Start
making plans today to attend this essential gathering for all
professionals dealing with investor education matters!
Conference attendees will be limited and advance registration is strongly recommended. Early-bird conference rates and other registration details will be posted shortly on http://www.ifie.org/2010conference.
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The Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC)
was established in pursuance of the Securities and Exchange Commission
of Sri Lanka Act, No. 36 of 1987 as amended by Act No. 26 of 1991 and
Act No. 18 of 2003. The Commission's objects include: the creation and
maintenance of a market in which securities can be issued and traded in
an orderly and fair manner; the protection of the interest of investors;
the operation of a Compensation Fund to protect investors from
financial loss arising as a result of any licensed stock broker or
licensed stock dealer being found incapable of meeting his contractual
obligations; and the regulation of the securities market and to ensure
that professional standards are maintained in such market. As part of
their missions to protect investors, the Commission is involved with
overseeing two investor protection funds. Additionally, the Commission offers investor education materials on its Web site.
The Libyan Stock Market
was established by Decision No. (134) of the General People's Committee
(GPCO), on June 3, 2006 and officially opened in Tripoli, Libya, during
March 2007. It is the first exchange of its kind in the country. The
first phase focused on introducing financial definitions and rules, the
addition of several workshop courses, and a series of agreements with
the Amman Stock Exchange and Cairo & Alexandria Stock Exchange and
the Egyptian Company for Clearance and deposit. A cooperation agreement
was signed on 18 October 2007 in London between the Libyan Stock
Exchange Market and London Stock Exchange. The agreement was signed by
the Chairman of Administration and General Director of the Committee for
Libyan Stock Exchange Market and the Director of the London Stock
Exchange. The agreement provides for training teams from the Libyan
Stock Exchange in Tripoli and in London to enable them to run the stock
market operations. In addition there will be regular reviews of the
Libyan regulations and systems, to modernise them from time to time, and
for seminars and conferences organised by the London Stock Exchange. In
order to educate investors, the Libyan Stock Market provides an "Investors Corner" on its Web site with Q&A and information about investing in listed companies.
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Taiwan Securities Association (TSA)
was established in February 1956. At that time, TSA was named Taipei
Securities Dealer Association and located in Taipei city as a regional
association. In order to be a nationwide association, TSA therefore
applied for on January 26, 1998 and received the approval from the
Ministry of the Interior (MOI). TSA then held its first members' meeting
on April 4, 1998 to elect the directors and supervisors who afterwards
elected their chairman and chief supervisors, respectively. TSA formally
became a unique national Securities Association following the merger
with Kaohsiung Securities Dealers Association on December 31, 1999. Its
membership included 156 securities firms and bank's securities divisions
as on June 13, 2007, which operated a total of 1,029 branch offices in
addition to their headquarters offices. The Association is primarily
involved in helping securities industry improve its competitiveness via
facilitation the dialogue between industry and regulators and through
research on new business and financial products. Our mission is to
coordinate the efforts among securities companies in Taiwan to promote
the national economic development while coordinate the relations among
member companies, to pursue the commonwealth of the society as well as
protect the interests of investors.
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