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Greater clarity on assessing a PRIIP’s Recommended Holding Period

By Mikkel Bates

The Joint Committee of the three European regulators responsible for PRIIPs has just updated its Q&As and includes a detailed answer on how to arrive at the Recommended Holding Period (RHP) of a PRIIP. 

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Good and bad in MiFID II cost disclosure, says FCA review

By Mikkel Bates

The FCA has recently published the findings from its review of MiFID II costs and charges disclosure.  The review covered 50 firms and found different interpretations of the rules.

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FE Alpha Manager Rating: more than just an accolade

By James Hoey

Now in its 11th year, the FE Alpha Manager rating is now firmly established and highly coveted in the fund management industry. Unlike fund ratings, which are based on various performance criteria of the fund, the FE Alpha Manager Ratings rate the performance of a fund manager over their entire career including all funds they have managed, and places worked and helps fund selectors to take a step back and remove short-term market movements or cyclical factors from their analysis.

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FCA issues Feedback Statement on its PRIIPs Call for Input

By Mikkel Bates

Despite a lack of ability to do much at a local level about PRIIPs, the FCA issued a Call for Input (CfI) last year to ask for industry views on issues such as the scope of the PRIIPs Regulation and the calculation and presentation of risks, returns and costs on a KID.  It deserves a muted round of applause for acknowledging the industry’s concerns and for publishing its Feedback Statement, FS19/1, responding to the huge number of responses it received to the CfI.

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Keeping Up with the Digital Revolution: Your Reputation is on the Line!

By James Hoey

It is becoming more and more evident that the wealth and asset management industry is going through a digital transformation. Changing technology is making space for a new breed of digital competitors with innovative solutions aiming to disrupt the industry. Increasingly, clients are demanding and expecting online tools and mobile functionality to be part of their online user experience along with a seamless customer experience.

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ESMA consulting on sustainability risks in product governance and suitability

By Mikkel Bates

While much attention since MiFID II came into force a year ago has been on cost disclosure, the European regulator ESMA has published two consultation papers (CPs) on integrating sustainability risks and factors in MiFID II, tightening up on suitability of advice, and in UCITS and AIFMD, incorporating them in product governance.

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FCA’s Temporary Permissions Regime opens for business

By Mikkel Bates

Following its CP18/29 at the end of last year, the FCA has now opened its doors to firms and funds from Europe to register their intention to apply for full UK authorisation following Brexit.

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The funds that have piqued adviser interest in 2018

By James Hoey

2018 is drawing to a close so now is time to take a look back at the year gone by to see what facts and figures have emerged. In order for asset managers to better connect with advisers and understand their investment decisions, it’s crucial that we look at how advisers are behaving and why that may be.

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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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