A statement in the following form (to be set out at the front of the registered prospectus):
Investment decisions are very important. They often have long-term consequences. Read all documents carefully. Ask questions. Seek advice before committing yourself.
Choosing an investment
When deciding whether to invest, consider carefully the answers to the following questions that can be found on the pages noted below:
What sort of investment is this?
Who is involved in providing it for me?
How much do I pay?
What are the charges?
What are the directors’ and promoters’ interests?
What returns will I get?
What are my risks?
Can the investment be altered?
How do I cash in my investment?
Who do I contact with enquiries about my investment?
Is there anyone to whom I can complain if I have problems with the investment?
What other information can I obtain about this investment?
Other material information?
Engaging an investment adviser
An investment adviser must give you a written statement that contains information about the adviser and his or her ability to give advice. You are strongly encouraged to read that document and consider the information in it when deciding whether or not to engage an adviser.
Tell the adviser what the purpose of your investment is. This is important because different investments are suitable for different purposes, and carry different levels of risk.
The written statement should contain important information about the adviser, including—
information that may be relevant to the adviser’s character, including certain criminal convictions, bankruptcy, any adverse findings by a court against the adviser in a professional capacity, and whether the adviser has been expelled from, or prohibited from joining, a professional body; and
The adviser must also tell you about fees and remuneration before giving you advice about an investment. The information about fees and remuneration must include—
An investment adviser commits an offence if he or she does not provide you with the information required.