CFA Society Toronto Opens Trading on Toronto Stock Exchange in Honour of Putting Investors First Month

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TORONTO, May 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CFA Society Toronto's Board of Directors and member of CFA Institute's Board of Governors, Roger Urwin opened the market of the Toronto Stock Exchange today to kick off the local celebration of Putting Investors First Month.

This May commemorates CFA Institute's Putting Investors First Month, a global initiative which aims to encourage financial professionals to place the interests of investors above their own, and build awareness of the fiduciary duty to protect investor interests. CFA Society Toronto is celebrating this exciting initiative as a part of our Annual Wealth Conference, A Private Client Perspective at which Roger Urwin will explore industry reforms and making investors a priority.

"The central issue we face today is changing a culture that all too often supports an excess of self-interest rather than a focus on client-interest. The core value in asset management should be meeting client interests." said Urwin.

Putting Investors First Month activities will be held in more than 50 cities around the world by CFA societies representing more than 35,000 investment professionals. The initiative is part of the Future of Finance project, a long-term global effort to shape a trustworthy, forward-thinking financial industry that better serves society and will feature a series of events and outreach throughout the month of May, hosted by many of the organization's 143 member societies worldwide.

"Putting investors first is one of the fundamental steps that investment professionals can make to help strengthen trust within the industry. By creating an environment where service to clients comes first, there is value gained for everyone involved." said CFA Society Toronto CEO, Sue Lemon, CFA.


Media contacts CFA Society Toronto
Sara Pacella
416.366.5755 X235
media@cfatoronto.ca

Media contacts CFA Institute
Sarah-Jane Purvis
212.705.1738
SarahJane.Purvis@cfainstitute.org

About CFA Society Toronto
CFA Society Toronto supports the professional and business development of more than 8,000 CFA charterholders in Toronto, making it the second largest member society in the world. It provides members with a local perspective on a global designation, including: educational programs, sponsored events, job postings, quarterly newsletters, a comprehensive affinity program and networking opportunities. A not-for-profit organization, CFA Society Toronto is affiliated with CFA Institute, the global body that administers the Chartered Financial Analyst curriculum and sets voluntary, ethics-based performance-reporting standards for the investment industry. CFA Society Toronto's members are leaders in ethics in the financial community. For more information, please refer to www.cfatoronto.ca.
 
CFA Institute
CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors' interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has more than 119,000 members in 147 countries and territories, including 112,000 CFA charterholders, and 143 member societies. For more information, visit www.cfainstitute.org.
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CONTACT:Media contacts CFA Society Toronto 
         Sara Pacella
         416.366.5755 X235
         media@cfatoronto.ca 
         
         Media contacts CFA Institute 
         Sarah-Jane Purvis
         212.705.1738
         SarahJane.Purvis@cfainstitute.org