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Q&A with FE Head of Data at FE, Rob Botha

By James Hoey

We asked Rob Botha, Head of Data at FE, how FE helped the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) to boost transparency.

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ESMA Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group (SMSG) responds to PRIIPs consultation paper

By Mikkel Bates Regulations

ESMA’s SMSG – its own panel of advisers, made up of industry participants, consumers and academics – has published its advice to ESMA on the proposals in the PRIIPs Consultation Paper, JC 2018 60, and it doesn’t pull any punches.

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ECON calls for two-year extension to UCITS exemption from PRIIPs KIDs

By Mikkel Bates Regulations

In the middle of the European Supervisory Authorities’ (ESAs) consultation on PRIIPs KIDs, there was cross-party agreement in the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) that the target date for UCITS to publish PRIIPs KIDs should be extended by two years, from December 2019 to 2021.

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PRIIPs KIDs annual review

By Mikkel Bates Regulations

One of the few positive things that can be said about PRIIPs KIDs is that, unlike UCITS KIIDs, they don’t all need to be updated during the same short window at the start of every year.  So PRIIPs providers can stagger their workload throughout the year, carrying out their annual reviews after their funds’ accounting dates, possibly.

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Against the odds: funds that sailed through the last decade to top the charts

By James Hoey

Lehman Brothers collapsed a decade ago. It was a key milestone in the global financial crisis, teaching investors a painful lesson that nothing is too big to fail. A lot has happened since then and anybody you ask will tell you it’s been a tough decade all round, both on political and economic fronts. In addition to the global financial crisis, the period also witnessed the European debt crisis which has had a significant knock on effect for the countries in Europe. Political events such as the Brexit referendum in 2016 led to further uncertainty in the region.

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Confusion over the demise of UCITS KIIDs and the future of PRIIPs KIDs

By Mikkel Bates Regulations

The European Supervisory Authorities (the ESAs, made up of ESMA, EBA and EIOPA), have published a series of letters between them and the European Commission (EC), over the proposed ending of the exemption for UCITS KIIDs at the end of 2019.

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DC Workplace Pension Template (DCPT) Q&A with FE regulatory consultant, Mikkel Bates

By James Hoey Regulations

We spoke to Mikkel to get all the necessary information on the DCPT - from what it entails to how fund groups are going about populating the template

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AIC calls for KIDs to be suspended

By Mikkel Bates Regulations

On 11 September, the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) published a report detailing the extent of misleading output, particularly in the risk and reward sections, of PRIIPs KIDs.

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A golden opportunity to stand out from the crowd

By James Hoey

Risk has never been a bigger issue for financial advisers. Not only do today’s financial advisers need to correctly assess clients’ attitude to risk and map it across to suitable portfolios – they also need to become risk management experts and ensure regulatory compliance. This blog will look at the issues raised in FE’s latest annual adviser survey, ‘Adviser business models - What lies beneath?’ and how and why asset managers should take note of the situation advisers find themselves in and help advisers better understand the risks associated with their funds.

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Advisers turn away from the UK amid uncertainty

By James Hoey

This year’s FE Adviser Survey (Adviser Business Models – what lies beneath) looked at how advisers are managing their investment processes, to discover areas for improvement and to highlight best practice. Here, we look at one part of that process specifically – investment choices and which sectors advisers have increased their exposure to.

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