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The Laidlaw Team

Acumen's Investment Advisors are committed to the success of our clients by providing advice and account management targeted to each client's specific personal financial goals. Acumen provides access to a full range of investment products and services to help each client identify and reach their financial goals and objectives. These include RRSPs, RESPs, RRIFs, TFSAs, mutual funds, bonds, new issues, derivative products, Canadian and U.S. equities. We offer this comprehensive range of investment products and services from an independent, integrity-driven platform.

 

Acumen Understands

Acumen understands that the aspirations of investors are dynamic, complex, and will only be met through a full range of investment products. Acumen provides full service investment capabilities to directly satisfy all financial objectives, including:

 

  • Access to all North American markets.
  • Portfolio management utilizing various investment vehicles that balance your needs for growth as well as income.
  • Nationally and internationally recognized research across all industries and economics.
  • Account types include: U.S. and Canadian Currencies, Cash Accounts, Margin Accounts, Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), RRSP, RRIF, RESP, LLIF, Locked-In RRSP.
  • Our comprehensive investment product range includes: Canadian and U.S. equities from blue chip to speculative, margin trading, derivative products, mutual funds, fixed income.
  • Exclusive access to Acumen's industry and company research reports with a focus on junior oil and gas producers and small market cap growth companies.
  • Customized reporting and statements. Online capabilities to view accounts.
  • Exposure to new issues and venture capital opportunities through Acumen's Investment Banking group.

 

Your Accounts Are Protected

The Canadian securities industry has an insurance program in place called the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (“CIPF”). CIPF covers customer losses resulting from the insolvency of Member firms. Acumen Capital Finance Partners Limited is a Member firm. You pay no fees for this protection and coverage is automatic when you open an account with a dealer that is a Member of the Fund. CIPF covers both “general” and “separate” accounts of customers to a maximum of $1,000,000 each. Abrochure describing the nature and limits of coverage is available upon request. Further details can also be found on the CIPF web site at www.cipf.ca.

In addition, security of your assets is ensured at Acumen. Acumen has engaged NBCN Inc. to provide back office services to Acumen for custody, trading, clearing and settlement of transactions with you.  NBCN Inc. is owned by National Bank of Canada and is the leading supplier of back office brokerage services to the Canadian financial community. All securities for which you have paid are “segregated” by NBCN. This means that they are your property and cannot be used in the operations of the dealer. They are also not available to meet the claims of any creditors of the dealer. It is important to know that the securities industry is closely monitored and that all firms must adhere to the regulations concerning the segregation of securities. To monitor compliance with industry regulations, firms are subject to both regular and surprise audits along with annual audits by a public accounting firm.

 

 

 

ABOUT ROBERT W. LAIDLAW

Robert Laidlaw has been in the investment industry since 1983. Prior to joining Acumen in March 1999, he was a Senior Vice President with a large, bank-owned investment firm, having founded and managed the growth of their Calgary Retail operations. Robert gives daily market and investment commentary on behalf of Acumen on Global TV. He has become the trusted voice for Calgary investors. Rob works in an investment sales team with Imran Mulji and Margaret MacBurnie.

Robert is one of the founding members of the Calgary Chapter of the Canadian Association of Financial Planners. Before becoming an Investment Advisor, Rob earned a business degree from Arizona State University in 1983.

 

 

ABOUT IMRAN MULJI

Imran joined Acumen in 2010 as an Investment Advisor with the Laidlaw Team. Prior to Acumen, Imran worked at an Alberta based Investment firm as a Financial Advisor and Investment Specialist for 2 years.  Imran has completed his Diploma of Technology in Financial Planning, and holds the Canadian Securities Course, Conducts and Practices Handbook, and the Branch Compliance Officers Course.

 

  

ABOUT MARGARET MACBURNIE

Margaret recently joined the Laidlaw/Mulji team in October 2011 as their Investment Advisor Assistant. She brings with her approximately 10 years of experience having worked with previous industry leaders. Margaret's knowledge and understanding of the administration side of the business will be an asset and she looks forward to taking care of the needs of clients.