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Good and bad in MiFID II cost disclosure, says FCA review
Having selected 50 assorted MiFID II investment firms – D2C platforms, robo-advisers, DFMs and fund managers – the FCA looked at their understanding of the rules, where they might be falling short, how well costs and charges information is shared between groups and whether cost disclosure has improved the transparency of client communications.
FE fundinfo Alpha Manager Rating: more than just an accolade
The FE Alpha Managers make up the top 10 per cent of UK retail-facing managers based on their track record going back to the year 2000, with extra weighting for managers with the longest track records to highlight the benefits of experience.
FCA issues Feedback Statement on its PRIIPs Call for Input
Despite a lack of ability to do much at a local level about PRIIPs, the FCA issued a Call for Input (CfI) last year to ask for industry views on issues such as the scope of the PRIIPs Regulation and the calculation and presentation of risks, returns and costs on a KID.
Keeping Up with the Digital Revolution: Your Reputation is on the Line!
It is becoming more and more evident that the wealth and asset management industry is going through a digital transformation. Changing technology is making space for a new breed of digital competitors with innovative solutions aiming to disrupt the industry.
ESMA consulting on sustainability risks in product governance and suitability
While much attention since MiFID II came into force a year ago has been on cost disclosure, the European regulator ESMA has published two consultation papers (CPs) on integrating sustainability risks and factors in MiFID II, tightening up on suitability of advice, and in UCITS and AIFMD, incorporating them in product governance.
The funds that have piqued adviser interest in 2018
2018 is drawing to a close so now is time to take a look back at the year gone by to see what facts and figures have emerged. In order for asset managers to better connect with advisers and understand their investment decisions, it’s crucial that we look at how advisers are behaving and why that may be.
ESMA Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group (SMSG) responds to PRIIPs consultation paper
ESMA’s SMSG – its own panel of advisers, made up of industry participants, consumers and academics – has published its advice to ESMA on the proposals in the PRIIPs Consultation Paper, JC 2018 60, and it doesn’t pull any punches.
ECON calls for two-year extension to UCITS exemption from PRIIPs KIDs
In the middle of the European Supervisory Authorities’ (ESAs) consultation on PRIIPs KIDs, there was cross-party agreement in the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) that the target date for UCITS to publish PRIIPs KIDs should be extended by two years, from December 2019 to 2021.
PRIIPs KIDs annual review
One of the few positive things that can be said about PRIIPs KIDs is that, unlike UCITS KIIDs, they don’t all need to be updated during the same short window at the start of every year. So PRIIPs providers can stagger their workload throughout the year, carrying out their annual reviews after their funds’ accounting dates, possibly.
Against the odds: funds that sailed through the last decade to top the charts
Lehman Brothers collapsed a decade ago. It was a key milestone in the global financial crisis, teaching investors a painful lesson that nothing is too big to fail. A lot has happened since then and anybody you ask will tell you it’s been a tough decade all round, both on political and economic fronts.
IA North America funds dominate top performing funds list
With the third quarter of 2018 at an end, data from FE Analytics shows a dramatic change in the constituents of the top 50 best performing funds over the three quarters of 2018 to date, compared with the last three quarters of 2017.
Confusion over the demise of UCITS KIIDs and the future of PRIIPs KIDs
The European Supervisory Authorities (the ESAs, made up of ESMA, EBA and EIOPA), have published a series of letters between them and the European Commission (EC), over the proposed ending of the exemption for UCITS KIIDs at the end of 2019.
10 Years On: Best Performing Sectors and Funds Since the Collapse of Lehman Brothers
Over the past decade, nine sectors achieved a first quartile performance ranking within the IA, four of which were smaller companies. IA Japanese Smaller Companies, IA North America Smaller Companies, IA UK Smaller Companies and IA European Smaller Companies were ranked second, third, fourth and sixth respectively.