In a four-page email to IIROC general counsel Doug Harris, industry veteran Tom Caldwell is suggesting IIROC will need to take a long, hard look in the mirror in order to remain relevant.
There does not seem to be any ‘self’ in self regulation. This comment by a senior government official reflects the widespread industry view that IIROC does not have any empathy with, or real understanding of, the investment process,” writes Caldwell, answering an IIROC request for feedback on its role within the industry. “By not adequately addressing the overall health of the investment industry, IIROC has lost its raison d’être
and is simply a duplicate regulator, which will be eventually absorbed.”
He’s not the first advisor to suggest IIROC might be an unnecessary regulatory body whose oversight could easily be absorbed by the CSA and its member regulators. The downside according to others in the industry is that regulators such as the OSC have little appetite for disciplining advisors but instead prefers to write rules and regulations.
IIROC appears to have little concern with the industry burdens it is imposing regarding procedural matters,” wrote Caldwell. “The primary goals of efficiency and meaningful regulation are long gone.
“The time burdens now being imposed by non-substantive and paper trail requirements have created an unsustainable business model for independent firms.
The loss of independent firms is no doubt explained away by market conditions, metals and energy pricing, etc, writes Caldwell. “Make no mistake – over regulation is an important part of this trend.”
Caldwell believes IIROC’s role is to make the capital markets more efficient rather than cumbersome and bureaucratic.
“Maybe it would be better for IIROC to attempt to build on the positives rather than their present destructive course of being the toughest cop in town,” Caldwell said.