We appreciate the opportunity to respond to this important consultation and remain gladly at the disposal of the European Commission staff to elaborate on any of our responses.
Investment managers, acting on behalf of their retail and institutional clients, are among the largest investors in financial markets. They represent a key component of the market’s “buy-side” segment.
In representing the interests of its members on wholesale capital market issues, EFAMA advocates for fair, deep, liquid, and transparent capital markets, supported by properly regulated and supervised market infrastructure.
EFAMA Position on the draft Joint Guidelines of ESAs regarding customer due diligence under Anti-Money Laundering Directive
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's reply to ESMA's CP on RTS specifying the scope of the consolidated tape for non-equity financial instruments
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
Households continue to keep a disproportionate amount of money in bank deposits in most European countries
New report calls for action to be taken to revive the Capital Markets Union project
This report analyses the progress made in recent years by European households in allocating more of their financial wealth to capital market instruments (pension plans, life insurance, investment funds, debt securities and listed shares) and less in cash and bank deposits. It also includes policy recommendations on improving retail participation in capital markets, including for the Retail Investment Strategy currently under discussion.
Some key findings include:
Buy-side experts worried that mandatory active accounts for EU clearing could increase systemic risks, not lower them
EFAMA is pleased to share the link to the educational webinar it organised on 14 June with leading buy-side clearing experts, including Allianz Global Investors, Aviva Investors, BlackRock and Nordea Asset Management, to discuss the main findings of EFAMA's recent analysis on mandated active accounts for EU clearing.
The report aims to provide a unique and comprehensive set of facts and figures on the state of the industry at the end of 2018 but also to highlight the fundamental role of asset managers in the financial system and wider economy.
"It gives me great pleasure to provide you with an overview of our activities since our Annual General Meeting in Paris last year. While we were very much looking forward to hosting you all in Brussels this week, the current crisis and associated travel restrictions has forced us to improvise and turn our meeting into a virtual AGM.