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Eco–labels – opening the door to more divergence across the ESG reporting landscape?
Are Eco-labels opening the door to more divergence across the ESG reporting landscape? Eco-labels are distinct and separate from the recently introduced disclosures under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and are awarded to funds as a validation of their ESG credentials. Learn more about Eco-labels and how FE fundinfo guides managers through the process of applying for them.
Sustainability disclosure – is all of Europe in it together?
Mikkel Bates, Regulatory Manager, dives into country specific approaches to the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and whether there is a greater need for consistency across borders. France and Germany currently lead the way in setting higher standards, with France recently introducing legal sanctions against greenwashing.
Spotlight on the fund management industry in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s fund management industry is changing. Alongside global macroeconomic uncertainty, the region is facing local challenges such as increased competition, rising compliance costs and downward pressure on fees. We spoke to Jeff Floro, our Head of Asia Sales in Hong Kong to find out more about the challenges and opportunities they face.
Brexit and the investment fund industry
Financial services were almost completely excluded from the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the UK and the EU that was finalised on 24 December 2020. However, there are some specific elements that affect the legal structure and marketing of UK and EU investment funds now.
The biggest changes to Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) since their launch in 1999
The first set of voluntary Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) was introduced in 1999 by the CFA Institute. They have previously been updated in 2005 and 2010, while the latest update in 2020 is the most significant to date.
The European product family has another KID on the way
Following the publication in 2019 of the Pan-European Personal Pension (PEPP) Regulation, the European pensions regulator, EIOPA, recently issued draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) setting out the instructions for a PEPP key information document (KID).
Interconnectivity – a competitive advantage now, a necessity for survival tomorrow
The financial services industry has not been immune to technological advances though it has been slower to catch up, particularly in fund management. These days, all financial services businesses should be focused on their place within the industry and how they are connected to other companies.
Digital Impact - is your business already Millennial-proof?
To win over and accommodate millennials, wealth management firms and fund managers need to run to keep up in order to adapt not only their product ranges and advisory approaches, but also their marketing methods and business models – while staying at the forefront of technology. Learn more how FE fundinfo can help Fund Distributors and Fund Managers build innovative websites and fund centres with state of the art Digital Solutions.
IBIPs and the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD)
The IDD requires greater product governance by manufacturers and distributors, including identification of the target market, and disclosure to customers of product features and costs and charges. For those familiar with MiFID II, this will ring bells. Indeed, in terms of disclosure and product governance, the IDD is effectively MiFID II for life products.
An update on European TLAs and UK FLAs for regulatory reporting
Back in what now feels almost like pre-history, the European Working Group (EWG) came together to provide a standardised reporting template to deliver the data from asset managers to insurance companies for their Solvency II reporting and the Tri-Partite Template (TPT) was born.