EFAMA has today published its International Quarterly Statistical Release regarding the developments in the worldwide investment fund industry during the second quarter of 2023.
The Investment Management Forum is EFAMA’s flagship event, bringing together industry leaders, investors and policymakers to discuss topics of common interest and importance. We are back with the 29th edition, which will take place in person at the Chancellerie Auditorium of BNP Paribas Fortis in Brussels.
Expect an exciting programme featuring keynote speeches, an exclusive CEO panel and panel sessions. Visit the conference website at www.efama.eu for regular updates. Early bird registration ends on 15 September !
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 responded to the public consultations launched by the European Supervisory Authorities’ (ESAs) on draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) and implementing technical standards (ITS) supplementing the Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA). Their purpose is to establish further details on the core elements of this regulation harmonising how information and communication technology (ICT) risks are to be addressed in the financial sector.
EFAMA, BFPI Ireland, EACB, FIA EPTA, Federation of the Dutch Pension Funds, Finance Denmark, Nordic Securities Association, AIMA, ICI Global, FIA and ISDA, which collectively represent major European end users of derivatives along with providers of clearing services, have published a joint statement on the European Commission’s proposed active account requirement under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR 3.0).
EFAMA, BFPI Ireland, EACB, FIA EPTA, Federation of the Dutch Pension Funds,
Finance Denmark, Nordic Securities Association, AIMA, ICI Global, FIA and ISDA support positive
incentives to further enhance the attractiveness of EU clearing and EU Capital Markets, including
many of the measures proposed in EMIR 3.0. (read more)
EFAMA welcomes ESMA's consultation paper on guidelines on funds’ names using ESG or sustainability-related terms. We support the overarching objective to promote transparency and tackle the risk of greenwashing by ensuring that investors are protected against unsubstantiated or exaggerated sustainability claims.
The MiFID/MiFIR review will be key to the future success and competitiveness of the EU's capital markets.
With international competition for investment heating up markedly, European legislators need to ensure that EU regulation is helping, and not hindering, capital market growth and participation.
Various European trade associations representing EU capital markets, including EFAMA, BVI, EFSA and NSA, have published a letter outlining their main priorities for the review. This includes the following core elements:
In an environment with unclear definitions at EU level on key sustainable finance concepts, as well as a lack of complete, comparable and transparent ESG data, all market actors are concerned about the risk of greenwashing.
EFAMA commends the efforts of the Czech Presidency and Member States in reaching an agreement on the review of MiFIR/MiFID. EFAMA members welcome the Council position which unequivocally comes down on the side of competitive, globally attractive markets, driven by diversity and innovation and the right tools and infrastructures to support the retail investor.
EFAMA, together with EBF, Insurance Europe, EACB, EAPB, ESBG and EUSIPA, issued a public letter addressed to Vice-President Dombrovskis, Commissioners McGuinness and Director-General Berrigan, remarking the importance of advice for European retail investors and the need to maintain the coexistence of fee-based and commission-based advice.
Discover the 6 reasons why your organisation should become a member of EFAMA.
Our members enjoy significant benefits including the opportunity to shape the industry positions, get first-hand access to regulatory and political intelligence, engage with industry peers and policymakers, and take part in EFAMA events.
Our three membership categories cater to the wide range of organisations that make up and support the investment management industry in Europe.
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