Net sales of long-term UCITS turn negative for the first time since March 2020
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.
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.
Net sales of long-term UCITS turn negative for the first time since March 2020
EFAMA wholeheartedly supports a retail investment strategy that gives EU citizens the necessary tools and the confidence to put their savings to work by investing in capital markets.
EFAMA supports the findings of the European Commission’s report on the operation of the European Supervisory Agencies (ESAs)
EFAMA, AFME, BVI and Cboe Europe Agree Cross-Industry Consensus on EU Equity Consolidated Tape
A Cross-Industry Consensus on the EU Equity Consolidated Tape Proposal - Statement of Principles
EFAMA, AFME, BVI and Cboe agreed on a set of 11 Principles.
The provision of an appropriately constructed EU Equities Consolidated Tape (“CT”) will democratise access to equities (as proposed by the EU Commission) for all investors, regardless of resources or sophistication, with a comprehensive and standardised view of EU equities prices.
EFAMA appreciates the opportunity to respond to the IOSCO Retail Market Conduct Task Force's consultation on retail investment trends.
In our view, the IOSCO report provides a comprehensive picture of the retail market trends and risk magnifiers.
We also take the opportunity to share our views on the following areas:
EFAMA replied to the OECD Pillar One – Amount A: Regulated Financial Services Exclusion public consultation. Aiming to change the views of those members of the OECD/IF that still maintain that asset managers should not be excluded from Amount A.
EFAMA appreciates the opportunity to comment on the EMIR 3.0 proposal reforming the clearing framework in the EU. We share the objectives of this review which seek to ensure financial stability in the EU, and the well-functioning of the existing central clearing framework. We understand the objective to reduce excessive exposure to substantially systemic CCPs over time, though we maintain that any regulatory measures should be proportionate to the regulatory rationale, and should not unduly harm market participants.
EFAMA commented on IASB’s ED on IAS 12 (Pillar Two Model Rules). As the model rules drafted by the OECD establish that investment funds and investment entities should be carved out / excluded from Pillar Two, at first glance we expect them would not have a significant impact on our industry (at least on the strict product/funds side).
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.
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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 delivered by European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness at EFAMA's Investment Management Forum 2022 (Brussels, 17-18 NOV)