Investment manager PortfolioMetrix, has produced a toolkit for advisers yet to develop a PROD approach that will help satisfy the regulator.
Most UCITS fund prospectuses remain sub-optimal as tools, with even seasoned professionals often finding them difficult to understand, says a recent report by More Carrot, a company specialising in document optimisation and outsourcing for asset managers.
Charles Stanley, one of the UK’s leading wealth management firms with GBP24.4 billion in assets under management, has selected Red Deer’s Research Management solution.
Broadridge Financial Solutions, is working with FundsLibrary, a provider of digital fund data and regulatory solutions, to develop a new offering for European wealth and asset managers to address the challenges posed by MiFID II Ex-Post Costs and Charges and Solvency II.
UK fund providers have until 15 September 2019 to submit a ‘Brexit licence’ to the Luxembourg regulator to continue trading in the jurisdiction. But as Luxembourg is the one of the primary markets for UK UCITS funds, there are potentially hundreds if not thousands of funds and managers affected, says Martin Neason (pictured), Director at FE Global Funds Registration.
A survey conducted on preparation for the FCA’s Senior Managers and Certification Regime, (SM&CR) has revealed that most firms have significant work to do, as they prepare for its extension to all authorised firms on 9 December.
Vistra, a global trust, fund administration and corporate services provider, has launched its Economic Substance Services and Solutions, starting with the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Economic Substance Classification Questionnaire designed to help clients determine the classification of their BVI company as it applies to the substance legislation.
“ESG ratings and data are famously messy,” says Jason Mitchell (pictured) co-head of responsible investment at active investment manager Man Group. “If you look at the correlation among the scores of the data providers, there is in fact a lot of disagreement.”
With operational resilience a key area of focus of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) business plan for 2019/2020, Paul Roberts, CEO, Milestone Group, explains that there will be a significant impact on compliance teams at investment trusts, OEICs, specialist funds and ETF funds, and particularly for those individuals responsible for the NAV process.
Most advisers are aware of the Senior Management and Certification Regime (SM&CR) that comes into force in December 2019 and almost two thirds (62 per cent) of advisers are well on the way to being compliant, according to a survey of 325 users of Intelliflo's Intelligent Office (iO) in March 2019.