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The clamour for changes to PRIIPs KIDs is too loud to ignore
Nobody denies the value of a short document with key information for investors before they commit to a fund or product. But criticism of the calculations used in PRIIPs KIDs has been pretty constant since even before they hit the streets in January and has hopefully reached a level that can’t be ignored by the European Commission or the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs).
IBIPs and the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD)
The IDD requires greater product governance by manufacturers and distributors, including identification of the target market, and disclosure to customers of product features and costs and charges. For those familiar with MiFID II, this will ring bells. Indeed, in terms of disclosure and product governance, the IDD is effectively MiFID II for life products.
An update on European TLAs and UK FLAs for regulatory reporting
Back in what now feels almost like pre-history, the European Working Group (EWG) came together to provide a standardised reporting template to deliver the data from asset managers to insurance companies for their Solvency II reporting and the Tri-Partite Template (TPT) was born.
Asset Management Market Study (AMMS) Policy Statement and further Consultation Paper and an Occasional Paper on fund charges disclosure
The FCA has had a busy time so far in April, with the publication of, among other things, Policy Statement PS18/8 on final AMMS remedies, Consultation Paper CP18/9 on further proposed AMMS remedies and Occasional Paper 32 on the disclosure of fund charges.
Europe excluding UK dominates both football pundits’ and investors’ list of favourites heading into the World Cup
With the World Cup underway, pundits have been tipping many European teams such as Germany, Belgium, France and Spain as favourites, whilst expectations for the UK’s only qualifier - England – are much more modest. Here, we take a look at how this dominance of European teams mirrors the current investment landscape.
FE's World Cup Starting Line Up
With the World Cup beginning last week, football fans will have been putting together their dream teams, made up of the top players participating in this year’s tournament. Inspired by this, FE’s research team has put together their dream team of funds based on the FE Invest Approved List. They’ve opted for an attacking 4-3-3 formation, consisting of a goalkeeper, four defenders, 3 midfielders and 3 attackers.
FE wins place in league table of Britain's fastest growing international sales firms
FE, the leading provider of investment data, research and software to the financial services industry, announced today that it has been ranked at 102 in the annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, a league table which ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest growing international sales.
The impact of millennials on the asset management industry
The world nowadays is divided into generations that have grown up in completely different circumstances and which therefore have very different outlooks on the world. The generation made up of those born between 1980 and 1995 have come to be known as millennials, and while older generations may look down on them and say how “things were better in my day”, its undeniable that millennials and their views are shaping the future.
Risk mapping processes exposing advisers to unintended risk, FE survey finds
Advisers may be inadvertently exposed to business risk and regulatory action by not verifying that their risk mapping tools are fit for purpose and connect logically together, FE’s annual report into financial advice in the UK, has found.
FE provides new approach to calculating the impact of all costs on portfolio returns
FE has today announced the launch of the FE Analytics+ Reduction in Yield (RIY) Calculator, a tool that offers advisers a simpler, more efficient approach to assessing the impact of costs on future returns, in the form of a single figure, rather than relying on projections from product providers.
Europe back from the brink: The tide is turning after a decade of crisis
It has been a tough decade for Europe on both the political and economic fronts. The global financial crisis and European debt crisis had significant knock on effects for the countries in Europe and political events such as the Brexit vote in 2016 led to uncertainty in the area. However, Europe is starting to prosper again. Let’s take a look at how/why money has flowed towards Europe recently.
FE announces investment by Hg to fuel international growth
FE, the leading provider of investment data, research and software to the financial services industry, announced today that Hg, a leading global growth private equity firm, will be investing in the business to fund its next phase of growth.
Are your cognitive biases preventing you from selecting the best investments for your clients?
The recent FE Invest Breakfast Briefing series explored the topic of cognitive & behavioural biases and their effect on investing. The speakers discussed the pitfalls faced by investors, advisers and fund managers alike and made it clear that none of us are immune from our own assumptions.
Dodge & Cox US Stock and Veritas Asian Among Ten Funds Added to the FE Invest Approved List
Ten new funds have been added and six funds have been removed from the FE Invest Approved List of funds in the latest review. FE Invest rebalances its list of preferred funds twice a year.
Why you should consider insourcing.
In the financial advice industry, there has been a more recent trend towards outsourcing investment solutions to DFMS - giving third-party discretionary fund managers, the permission to invest and rebalance client portfolios. However, given the onus on Advisers to ensure they remain accountable for the investment selection for an individual client, does the term ‘outsourcing’ truly reflect the reality?
Client communication aspects of recent regulatory updates: What’s next and what we should keep an eye out for later this year
Pre-sale Key Information Documents (KIDs) are now required for all Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs) that don’t publish UCITS KIIDs. Following heavy criticism about misleading performance scenarios, the FCA says firms can now produce “explanatory materials to put the calculation in context”.