iA Securities & HollisWealth* are now iA Private Wealth

We are excited to introduce our new company name, iA Private Wealth. The new name is designed to better reflect the essence of what our advisors do – provide holistic wealth management solutions tailored to the unique needs and goals of investors across Canada.

Please take a few moments to browse our newly redesigned and updated website to learn about the many benefits of working with an iA Private Wealth Investment Advisor.

*Refers solely to the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada licensed advisors within HollisWealth.

Your Wealth, Our Passion

Building, growing and preserving wealth takes planning and a comprehensive, holistic vision. When you work with an iA Private Wealth Investment Advisor, you have a trusted partner who is fully dedicated to your success at every stage of your lifelong financial journey.

Holistic planning for every facet of your life

We believe comprehensive personal wealth planning, supported by unbiased advice, collaboration and transparency, is the key to meeting your needs and helping you achieve your goals. Our advisors focus on six main priorities to create a plan that’s tailored to you:


A proven wealth management philosophy is one that takes emotion out of the equation and relies on a disciplined, long-term approach. Your objectives, risk tolerance, return expectations and time horizon will be the key factors your Investment Advisor takes into account in designing a plan that can help meet your retirement and other goals.

Saving & borrowing

Your Investment Advisor will help you set and achieve saving goals aligned with your needs and objectives, and develop a borrowing and debt management strategy for your unique circumstances.

Education planning

Whether you’re looking to fund a child’s education or returning to school to upgrade your credentials, your Investment Advisor can help you understand your options and maximize the value of a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP).

Tax planning

Your Investment Advisor will conduct a thorough assessment of your circumstances to determine the most tax-efficient way of building your portfolio.

Risk management

Your Investment Advisor will develop a risk management plan that addresses the full range of factors that could affect your financial well‑being.

Will & estate planning

To plan for the preservation and transfer of your assets, your Investment Advisor can help you keep an eye on the horizon by understanding your situation and wishes, including tax-efficient legacy planning.

Latest insights


Weekly Macro & Market Update

Video duration 11:14

By iA Private Wealth, August 5, 2022

Tune in weekly for insight and perspective on the macro and market landscape with iA Investment Management chief strategist and senior economist Sébastien Mc Mahon.

Watch Sébastien’s previous weekly updates on YouTube.


Understanding Advisor Credentials


By iA Private Wealth, July 20, 2022

Investing is an essential part of building a retirement nest egg. But it can be complex, time consuming and even detrimental if done without proper research and guidance. That’s why many Canadians work with an advisor to help them select the right investment solutions and strategies to achieve their financial objectives.

When choosing an advisor, it’s important to inquire about their credentials and the services they’re qualified to offer. Learning about industry-specific titles and designations may help you determine what an advisor brings to the relationship and how they can assist with your wealth goals.

Regulatory oversight

Two regulatory bodies are responsible for advisor licensing in Canada.

The Mutual Fund Dealer’s Association of Canada (MFDA) oversees regulation of mutual fund dealers and sales representatives. MFDA-licensed advisors can offer advice and execute trades related to mutual funds. If they meet enhanced proficiency requirements, they can also provide access to exchange-traded funds. These advisors often offer insurance solutions as well, though this activity falls under a separate provincial and federal regulatory regime.

The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) oversees regulation of “full-service” investment dealers and their advisors. In addition to the products and services offered by MFDA-licensed advisors, IIROC-licensed advisors can provide access to securities such as individual stocks, bonds, derivatives and commodities. Many IIROC-licensed advisors also provide access to insurance products.

IIROC and the MFDA are proposing to merge into a single regulatory organization, which should allow for more efficient and consistent industry regulation.

Job titles

The industry has moved increasingly toward standardization and transparency of titles. For instance, an advisor registered as a Registered Representative may use the title of Investment Advisor or Wealth Advisor. If such advisors meet certain criteria (e.g., minimum five years of experience, responsibility for $40+ million in client assets), they’re entitled to be called Senior Investment Advisor or Senior Wealth Advisor. As an investor, you can gain a better understanding of an advisor’s experience and qualifications just from their title alone.

Industry designations

The professional designations an advisor has earned reflect their skill set. To uphold their designations, advisors must fulfill certain ongoing education and training requirements. Here are some common designations among advisors:

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® (CFP®). Advisors holding the CFP designation have completed intensive education in all aspects of financial planning, and are equipped to create customized financial plans. In Quebec, the comparable designation is Financial Planner (F.Pl).
  • Personal Financial Planner® (PFP®). Advisors with this designation focus primarily on financial planning for individuals. PFPs are knowledgeable about investments, insurance solutions, and tax and estate planning.
  • Chartered Investment Manager® (CIM®). Those who have earned the CIM designation commit to deciding which investment solutions are most appropriate for each client by managing investments according to prevailing market and economic conditions.
  • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). CAIA charterholders may be responsible for managing, analyzing, distributing or regulating alternative investments. As more investors use alternatives to help enhance risk-adjusted returns, the role of a trained CAIA charterholder gains relevance.
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). CFA charterholders are highly educated in disciplines such as portfolio management and investment analysis. Only a small percentage of advisors hold this elite designation.
  • Responsible Investment Specialist (RIS). Advisors licensed to sell mutual funds may complete the requirements to earn the RIS designation and focus on selecting investments for clients that meet environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria.

While industry-related licensing and designations vary, all qualified advisors can offer significant value. In the case of an Investment Advisor, they may provide extremely knowledgeable guidance around financial planning, investment selection and monitoring, and tax management. As well, when markets are volatile and emotions tend to run high, they help keep clients disciplined and focused on their long-term goals.

There are many ways our advisors can help you meet your financial objectives, so please reach out and connect with a member of our team today.


Monthly Market Snapshot

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By iA Private Wealth, July 13, 2022

James Gauthier and his research team walk through the highlights of last month’s market and economic data.

Read the report (PDF)

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A career at iA Private Wealth

Looking for a rewarding career in financial services? We have a wide range of opportunities for talented, committed professionals, and offer attractive compensation and benefits.

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Investment Advisor opportunities

More and more advisors are looking to iA Private Wealth as the partner of choice for building and growing an independently owned and operated business with an unwavering focus on client success.

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