EFAMA has today published its European Quarterly Statistical Release for Q2 2022.
Despite the growing interest and importance of sustainable investing, most EU citizens often find it difficult to navigate this relatively new investment landscape.
EFAMA has published a brochure in which we explore what sustainable investing is; what investment strategies are available; what impact you can have as on investor; what questions you should be asking your self and your financial advisor; and how to get started.
EFAMA's Annual Review highlights our key achievements over the past 12 months and provides a useful overview of the main topics we cover.
The Review is structured around the work of our Standing Committees and Taskforces. These bodies are the lifeblood of our Association as they develop sound, unified and evidence-based common positions around relevant EU/global initiatives and campaigns.
The Fact Book is our flagship publication. It provides in-depth analysis of trends in the European investment fund industry, including extensive statistics and information about products, asset classes and distribution across all markets. It also includes a complete overview of regulatory developments across 28 European countries.
A digital version of the Fact Book is made freely available on the EFAMA website. An Excel-based statistical package, containing more than 50 tables with historical time series on net assets, net sales and number of UCITS and AIFs at the country level, is available for purchase.
EFAMA's 'Asset Management in Europe' report provides an in-depth analysis of recent trends, focusing on where investment funds and discretionary mandates are managed in Europe.
The latest edition (December 2022) has several new features, including: an extensive section on the role of asset managers in promoting ESG, including in discretionary mandates; concrete examples of how asset managers integrate ESG into sovereign debt analysis and support sustainable projects through green bond investments, including insights from abrdn, Allianz Global Investors, APG, AXA IM, BlackRock, Candriam, Generali Investments, Ostrum Asset Management, Ninety One, Nordea Asset Management, and Pictet Asset Management; data on clients in both investment funds and discretionary mandates; an analysis by McKinsey & Company on the future of sustainable investing; a contribution by Cerulli Associates on how European insurers use third-party asset managers.
Financial literacy is essential for making sound decisions when managing savings. If European citizens do not understand financial concepts such as risk diversification, compound interest and real rate of return, they won’t know where to start or what to ask should they wish to invest their savings. A lack of sufficient financial literacy in most European countries helps explain why the vast majority of households don’t directly invest any of their savings in the capital markets.
EFAMA's Investor Education Platform has now produced an animated brochure titled ‘Investing for a better future – 5 tips to do more with your savings’ to help get people started with investing. It has been translated into several European languages.
With European government no longer able to provide financial security to support citizens in later years, saving for retirement is key. Individuals need to save enough for retirement to ensure adequate income in old age.
EFAMA helps by raising awareness of the importance of saving for retirement and encouraging European authorities to further modernise relevant EU legislation. This includes strengthening competition in the occupational and personal pension markets, and fostering cross-border activities of pension providers and asset managers. Such legislation should seek to create economies of scale, to benefit savers.
EFAMA is a co-initiator of the European Retirement Week.
EFAMA has today published its European Quarterly Statistical Release for Q2 2022.
EFAMA welcomes the OECD's work on Schedule C: Exclusion of Revenues and profits from Regulated Financial Services from the scope of Pillar One, in particular the amendments to the definition of “Asset Manager", licensing asset management as a business, the level of regulaton and the activities list.
EFAMA shares the urgent need to improve the consistency and comparability of sustainability reporting at a global level. Therefore, we welcome the opportunity to respond to the ISSB consultation on the Exposure Drafts on “General Requirements for Disclosure of Sustainability Related Financial Information” (IFRS S1) and on “Climate-Related Disclosures” (IFRS S2).
EFAMA has stressed that global alignment of sustainability reporting standards will be necessary to ensure clarity for investors as Europe moves towards a zero emissions economy by 2050.
EFAMA strongly supports the initiative carried out by EFRAG with the publication of the Exposure Drafts on the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS). The Exposure Drafts provide key elements framing the architecture of reporting requirements and clarifying the content and key concepts of CSRD. The resulting data will be of crucial importance for investors and for achieving the EU objective to transition towards a zero emissions economy by 2050.
EFAMA supports the Commission’s efforts to encourage more companies to finance their investment through equity contributions rather than debt financing.
The Commission decided to follow a policy option that will enable the deductibility of an allowance on equity financing costs complemented by a rule to limit the deductibility of interest on debt financing instruments.
Brussels – EFAMA has today published its latest monthly Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales data on UCITS and AIFs for May 2022, at European level and by country of fund domiciliation.
EFAMA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the EBA on its proposal for a new prudential regime for investment firms. As the EBA is aware, the activity of portfolio management on behalf of thirdparty clients broadly falls under three separate EU legal regimes:
i. Individual discretionary portfolio management performed by investment firms on a client-byclient basis, authorised under and complying with the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, as per Annex I Section A, point 4 (as recently amended by MiFID II);
EFAMA welcomes ESMA’s Consultation Paper on product governance requirements and specifically on the target market assessment and supports that the details of these requirements are laid out in the form of guidelines rather than Q&A. We agree with ESMA that drafting target market guidelines is an important aspect “for ensuring the common, uniform and consistent application” of the MIFID II product governance requirements, in particular since these rules have the potential to significantly alter the European distribution landscape.
EFAMA is closely monitoring the recent regulatory developments in the field of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing, in particular the due diligence duties of the asset management sector. EFAMA is embracing the objective of enhancing transparency and accessibility to the beneficial ownership information and also fully acknowledges the importance of obtaining accurate identification and verification data of natural and legal persons for fighting money laundering and terrorist financing.
EFAMA is the representative association for the European investment management industry. EFAMA represents through its 28 member associations and 62 corporate members EUR 21 trillion in assets under management of which EUR 12.6 trillion managed by 56,000 investment funds at end 2015. Just over 30,000 of these funds were UCITS (Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities) funds, with the remaining 25,900 funds composed of AIFs (Alternative Investment Funds). Our industry provides significant and stable flows of finance to the European economy.
EFAMA supports every efforts made to enhance financial markets regulation which reinforces the stability and the transparency of the financial system.
In that perspective, EFAMA welcomes the opportunity to comment on the ESMA Consultation Paper on RTS specifying the scope of the consolidated tape for non-equity financial instruments. We consider that a consolidate tape (“CT”) is a key positive factor for price formation and transparency.
Prior to replying to the consultation, we wish to make the following general remarks
EFAMA welcomes the opportunity to provide comments to the ESMA Consultation Paper on the draft technical standards under the Benchmark Regulation. EFAMA also welcomes a number of clarifications that ESMA is providing in this Consultation since its previous Discussion Paper.
Since the publication of the Proposal for a Regulation on Benchmark setting processes, EFAMA has been in favor of moving forward with a new regulatory framework ensuring that benchmarks provided to users have in place a robust framework to minimise conflicts of interest or structural weaknesses.
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