MFDA Hearing Panel issues Reasons for Decision in the matter of Stephen Fricker

TORONTO, March 23, 2015 /CNW/ - A Hearing Panel of the Central Regional Council of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada ("MFDA") has issued its Reasons for Decision in connection with a settlement hearing held in Toronto, Ontario on March 3, 2015 in the matter of Stephen Gill Fricker (the "Respondent"). The Reasons for Decision relate to the Hearing Panel's acceptance of the settlement agreement (the "Settlement Agreement") entered into between the Respondent and Staff of the MFDA. In its Reasons for Decision dated March 23, 2015, the Hearing Panel confirmed the sanctions imposed on the Respondent:


has paid a fine in the amount of $15,000;


has paid costs in the amount of $5,000; and


shall in future comply with all MFDA By-laws, Rules and Policies, and all applicable securities legislation and regulations.

In the Settlement Agreement, the Respondent admitted that:


in September 2008, he failed to follow instructions received from clients PC, SC and F-Co. by not selling or switching out of, the clients' holdings in a specific mutual fund, the CI Signature High Income Fund, in the clients' accounts, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1; and


between September 16, 2008 and October 1, 2008, he misapprehended the risk rating of the CI Signature High Income Fund and failed to make himself aware of all of the risks of that fund, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.2.1(a).

Copies of the Reasons for Decision and Settlement Agreement are available on the MFDA website at During the period described in the Reasons for Decision, the Respondent carried on business in Hamilton, Ontario.

The MFDA is the self-regulatory organization for Canadian mutual fund dealers, regulating the operations, standards of practice and business conduct of its 105 Members and their approximately 80,000 Approved Persons with a mandate to protect investors and the public interest. For more information about the MFDA's complaint and enforcement processes, as well as links to 'Check an Advisor' and other Investor Tools, visit the For Investors page on the MFDA website.

SOURCE Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada

For further information: Hugh Corbett, Managing Director, Enforcement, 416-943-4685,


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