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. We’ll look at the IA Europe Excluding UK sector and, in anticipation of the fast approaching FE Alpha Manager Awards, will look at a selection of FE Alpha Manager award nominees with exposure to Europe.
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.
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.
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”. Advisers can also “consider how to address this, for example by providing additional explanation as part of their communications with clients” without diminishing or contradicting the content of the KID.
Mikkel Bates, FE regulatory correspondent discusses whether there could be any changes to the MiFID II regulation from a client communication perspective, post Brexit.
There has been some debate about the effectiveness and use of fund ratings; with a 2016 Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) review suggesting that perhaps too much emphasis is placed on them. However, the latest Schroders Adviser Survey in December 2017 demonstrated their importance with just over 70% of advisers surveyed using ratings or a ratings agency as part of their fund selection process. Another study by Platforum in 2017  showed that research agencies influence £210bn of advised fund assets held on platforms, 52% of the total adviser platform market AUA. So why are they such an integral part of fund selection and how can asset managers use them to differentiate their funds?
Following the acquisition of GFR (Global Funds Registration) by FE earlier in 2017, we spoke to Martin Neason, Director at FE Global Funds Registration (GFR), to find out how he and his team work with their clients on a daily basis. We asked Martin about the challenges of cross-border funds’ registrations, Europe’s regulatory landscape , and the impact that Brexit may have on FE’s clients.
The day has now arrived and KIDs are required for sales of all PRIIPs to retail customers. Many of those involved to date may finally be exhaling after holding their breath for the last few months ahead of the deadline over the festive period.
But don’t think it’s all over just yet!
- 2018 Fund Watch list: Woodford Income, Jupiter Absolute Return and Allianz Strategic Bond
- 2017 takeaway: Don’t follow herd mentality
- House view on UK equities and corporate bonds more positive heading in to 2018