Employees sitting in board room during a webinar on investor behaviours

We use data and applied research methods to enable evidence-based decision-making within the OSC.

And we build behavioural insights understanding through webinars, workshops and training sessions.

Employees sitting in board room during a webinar on investor behaviours

We use data and applied research methods to enable evidence-based decision-making within the OSC.

And we build behavioural insights understanding through webinars, workshops and training sessions.

What are Behavioural Insights?

When making decisions, people can often be limited by their time, knowledge and willpower. To compensate for these limitations, people use shortcuts in their decision making which can lead to cognitive biases. Consequently, this can lead to people to do things that are not in their best interest.

Behavioural insights are a powerful set of tools that allow us to make appropriate and effective regulations and programs that reflect how people actually behave and process information. These regulations and programs are used to address issues in capital markets and improve outcomes for investors.

The use of behavioural insights in securities regulation and by other government and regulatory bodies has grown significantly in recent years.

At the OSC, the Investor Office is building the OSC’s behavioural insights capacity and identifying opportunities to use it in OSC policy development and operational processes.

Learn more about Behavioural Insights
What are Behavioural Insights?

When making decisions, people can often be limited by their time, knowledge and willpower. To compensate for these limitations, people use shortcuts in their decision making which can lead to cognitive biases. Consequently, this can lead to people to do things that are not in their best interest.

Behavioural insights are a powerful set of tools that allow us to make appropriate and effective regulations and programs that reflect how people actually behave and process information. These regulations and programs are used to address issues in capital markets and improve outcomes for investors.

The use of behavioural insights in securities regulation and by other government and regulatory bodies has grown significantly in recent years.

At the OSC, the Investor Office is building the OSC’s behavioural insights capacity and identifying opportunities to use it in OSC policy development and operational processes.

Learn more

WHAT WE DO

Research

We use a variety of research methodologies to explore the attitudes, preferences and challenges of retail investors.

We seek to identify investor trends and issues to help the OSC to have a fuller understanding of issues within the capital markets.

Read more of our research

WHAT WE DO

Research

We use a variety of research methodologies to explore the attitudes, preferences and challenges of retail investors.

We seek to identify investor trends and issues to help the OSC to have a fuller understanding of issues within the capital markets.

Read more of our research

APRIL 2021

Self-Directed Investors: Insights & Experiences

More DIY, or self-directed, retail investors became active during the pandemic according to our study. It found 10% of self-directed investors opened their account during the pandemic. The information sources they relied on most to make investment decisions included their own personal views about company based on their personal experiences with its products and services; and posts on social media and online message boards such as Reddit, Twitter and Facebook.

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Latest Research

APRIL 2021

Investor Experience

Nearly half of investors reported increased levels of stress during the COVID pandemic, according to the Investor Experience Research Study. It found most of these investors communicated with their advisors and some sold more than 20% of their portfolios during the pandemic.

Read more

Latest Research

APRIL 2021

Self-Directed Investors: Insights & Experiences

More DIY, or self-directed, retail investors became active during the pandemic according to our study. It found 10% of self-directed investors opened their account during the pandemic. The information sources they relied on most to make investment decisions included their own personal views about company based on their personal experiences with its products and services; and posts on social media and online message boards such as Reddit, Twitter and Facebook.

Read more

APRIL 2021

Investor Experience

Nearly half of investors reported increased levels of stress during the COVID pandemic, according to the Investor Experience Research Study. It found most of these investors communicated with their advisors and some sold more than 20% of their portfolios during the pandemic.

Read more