EFAMA's Director General, Tanguy van de Werve, was interviewed by the CEO of Luxembourg for Finance, Nicolas Mackel, for the latest episode of their Shaping Finance podcast. They discussed hurdles that still need to be addressed in the area of sustainable finance, the importance of increasing retail investor participation in capital markets and other CMU-related issues.
Other issues discussed include the role of the investment management industry in the post Covid-19 recovery and the 'build back better'. As well as the role of ESMA in further promoting supervisory convergence.
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.
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.
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.
To remain competitive and at the forefront of innovation, Europe must be open to cross-border flows of knowledge, ideas, capital and investment. The benefit in doing so ultimately accrues to European citizens and businesses.
While Europe rightly strives for high regulatory standards, rules need to be well calibrated, so Europe can partake in global competition on a level playing field. EFAMA's policy work consistently advocates for a dynamic regulatory environment, which enables European financial markets to remain globally competitive.
The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) regrets that the European Commission has decided to endorse EIOPAs proposal to include the initial cost of advice under the 1% fee cap for the Basic PEPP (pan-European Personal Pension Product).
The PEPP has the potential to play an important role in delivering retirement savings to millions of European savers, while at the same time contributing to the success of the CMU through the creation of new pools of long-term capital that can help finance the European economy.
The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its latest monthly Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales data of UCITS and AIFs for October 2020*.
Bernard Delbecque, Senior Director for Economics and Research commented: "Net sales of UCITS equity funds, although remaining positive, fell to a very low level in October against the backdrop of increases in Covid-19 cases and new lockdown measures."
The main developments in October 2020 can be summarized as follows:
As the voice of the European asset management industry, EFAMA strongly welcomes the development of the EU Taxonomy and its proposed technical screening criteria in the Delegated Acts. EFAMA sees the Taxonomy as a critical tool to unleash the potential of sustainable finance in Europe by assisting issuers, project promoters, companies, investors, and other financial market participants in identifying truly sustainable economic activities.
The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its latest quarterly international statistics, tracking and analysing trends in worldwide regulated open-ended fund assets and flows for Q3 2020.
EFAMA, the voice of the European investment management industry, joins the French and Dutch financial market authorities call for a European regulation of ESG data, research and ratings.
European asset managers are observing a double-digit growth in the demand for ESG investments, and clients are increasingly sophisticated in their preferences*.
The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its Quarterly Statistical Release describing the trends in the European investment fund industry
Financial Data Exchange Templates (FinDatEx) platform published on 01 December 2020 the European Feedback Template (EFT V1). This template standardises the information to be sent back from the distributor to the manufacturer under the MiFID 2 target market requirements. This is the first European wide feedback template. The EFT and all other FinDatEx templates are not compulsory, provided to the industry free of charge and are free of any intellectual property rights.
EFAMA replied to a specific question on moving to stage 3 for the determination of the liquidity assessment of bonds.
EFAMA responds to the opportunity to provide feedback to the Article 8 Taxonomy Regulation (EU) 2020/852 (‘taxonomy’) draft delegated act, which the European Commission published for consultation on 7 May. We highlight that the provisions on investee companies in this delegated act will serve as the primary source of input for asset managers´ own disclosures on taxonomy compliance at both product and entity levels.
EFAMA has published its response to the European Commission’s targeted consultation on the supervisory convergence and the Single Rule Book, focusing on three areas for improvement.
The European Find and Asset Management Association appreciates the opportunity to submit its views to the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) on the Joint Consultation Paper (CP) regarding draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) for taxonomy-related sustainability disclosures pursuant to Article 8(4), 9(6) and 11(5) of Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 (Taxonomy Regulation or TR).
EFAMA replied to IASB’s Request for Information on the Post-Implementation Review of IFRS 10, 11 and 12. We are delighted to see an investment entity within the funds industry being acknowledged and catered for in IFRS. The development of the consolidation standards was a very welcomed development in the asset management world.
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EFAMA organised a webinar on investor education in November 2020 with speakers from the European Commission, the OECD and McKinsey.