The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a sledgehammer to stock markets, with the S&P/TSX 60 and S&P 500 each plunging approximately 20% during the first quarter of 2020. While boards and management must contend with a long list of pressing and unprecedented issues affecting business operations, they should also consider that the current drop in stock prices may fuel a wave of activism and opportunistic M&A activity once the immediate crisis subsides, and prepare accordingly.
The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) is an association of securities administrators from Canada, the United States of America and Mexico, whose mandate is to protect the investing public. The NASAA recently released an Investor Advisory focused on the practice of “cross-selling” investment products
Any combination of stressful circumstances, a high degree of trust, inexperience or internet expertise replacing real expert advice might result in a person ignoring a clear warning sign that they are about to enter less than prudent contractual relations or make a poor investing decision.