By Vincent Ingham
Director of Regulatory Policy, EFAMA.
We are back! The 28th edition of the IMF will take place at the Auditorium of the Chancellerie of BNP Paribas Fortis in Brussels. It is held in-person only.
The asset management industry is in a position to offer solutions to the many challenges lying ahead, and turn them into opportunities; this includes providing fair and equitable access to data, empowering investors, advancing the sustainability agenda, financing infrastructures and working to safeguard a competitive Europe in times of global interconnectedness. This year’s event will be a unique opportunity to present the state of European investment management industry and how it can contribute to the sustainable finance, CMU and post-Covid recovery objective of the EU.
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.
For the first time, 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.
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.
Building a Capital Markets Union (CMU) serving the needs of European citizens and businesses is as ambitious as it is essential: the effort will enable pensioners and savers to share in the upside of Europe’s economic recovery. In the process, European capital markets also become more efficient and better integrated. This long-term vision is key to financing European innovation and to supporting the transition towards a more sustainable economy.
Increasing retail investors’ participation in capital markets is an essential component for building an effective CMU. EFAMA relentlessly advocates for effective disclosure rules and consumer empowerment.
Asset managers unleash the vast potential of sustainable finance by channelling capital into ESG investments and engaging with investee companies to improve their sustainability profile and foster long-term prosperity.
To strengthen the asset managers' role in financing the green transition, EFAMA contributes to the development and implementation of the EU Sustainable Finance agenda. This includes initiatives to fight greenwashing, increase transparency, improve the flow of ESG data and integrate sustainability in corporate governance.
By Vincent Ingham
Director of Regulatory Policy, EFAMA.
Well-functioning and liquid capital markets are fostered by an efficient market structure and supporting legislative frameworks. A diverse and efficient market structure reduces the costs of trading whilst promoting best execution. This optimises funding opportunities for issuers and maximises returns for investors and savers.
EFAMA reacted to the Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy published by the European Commission today.
Following the publication of the European Commission report confirming the settlement discipline regime will be reviewed, Susan Yavari, Regulatory Affairs Adviser at EFAMA, commented:
EFAMA has released its 2021 industry Fact Book.
The 2021 Fact Book provides an in-depth analysis of trends in the European fund industry, an extensive overview of the regulatory developments across 29 European countries and a wealth of data.
The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its response to the ESMA consultation on the legislative review of the EU Money Market Fund Regulation (MMFR).
We commend the work that IOSCO has undertaken to date on this topic including the survey work and the summary findings in the form of the report currently under review. It is fair to say that the conclusions of the report and areas for further work gave rise to detailed discussions within our industry, yielding ultimately firm views on the priority areas that we support and see value in, and areas we felt were not reflected in the study and thereby building risk into margining models in future crisis scenari
For asset managers the main issue continues to be the reclassification of ETDs as OTCs as a result of the non-equivalence of UK regulated markets. While we understand that a review is legally mandated at this point in time, we do not see value in recalibrating the various thresholds or making changes to the calculation methodologies unless these are in the two areas we define below. Our main concern revolves around the fact that changes would carry significant compliance costs while making little impact on the population of counterparties and notional captured by the thresholds.
Investors, asset managers and civil society organisations call for the prompt implementation of the reform on corporate sustainability reporting and EU standards
This is a timely and necessary review to which we hope to contribute in a constructive manner. As already recognised in the consultation paper and in the MiFID Quick Fix proposal, RTS 27 and RTS 28 currently fall short of the objective of providing valuable and comparable datasets for investment managers and the investing public. We appreciate the present effort to revise reporting requirements to produce more meaningful reports.
The Joint Associations1 welcome clarification from ESMA that national competent authorities are expected not to prioritise supervisory actions in relation to the application of the CSDR buy-in regime.2
EFAMA welcomes ESMA’s Call for Evidence to assess the rapidly shifting investment landscape and ensure that the current regulatory environment, its underlying market structure, and the existing industry practices safeguard retail investors’ interests. It is our strong belief that improving retail investor empowerment in Europe is key to further develop and deepen its capital markets.
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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.
Keynote speech by European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness at the 27th Investment Management Forum on 18 November 2021.