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MiFID: One month on - are investment firms still in the dark?
MiFID II is here to stay. As stewards capital it is on all those in the investment funds industry to make it work. At Euroclear we continue to work towards delivering control and transparency to everyone in the chain.
Data protection drive moves up a gear
Despite its complexity, GDPR is a positive. It extends transparency and builds trust in an industry that must work for the good of its investors. After all, we would not be here without them.
New technology: consider risks as well as reward
New technology brings risk and reward. Couple this with a flexible approach to revising existing approaches and you have a panacea for more transparency and greater control at the right cost.
Reshaping the investment industry
The changing investor mindset has honed in on new investment strategies, from passives to ESG, while the demand for returns at lower cost, and with more transparency, is unrelenting. New business models and supporting infrastructures will deploy flexible processes and new technologies as we reshape the investment funds landscape together.
A new dawn for Europe's retail ETFs
Retail use of ETFs in Europe is set to grow sharply in the coming years as regulatory, structural and market forces combine to drive demand.
The growth of ETFs - Opportunities and risks for the market
More on-exchange trading will increase European ETF volumes, especially if we grow Europe’s retail investor segment. Using a centralised infrastructure will cut risk, cost and boost liquidity for more lending and borrowing. The opportunities for fund managers to grow with the sector are considerable.
Illiquidity: a sticky question for funds
Liquidity management is a constant and evolving area of focus for funds. Better transparency gives fund managers more control. If you know your settlement activity you can make quick and informed decisions on the liquidity of the portfolio, and facilitates regulatory reporting and compliance.
Fundtech - Can blockchain bring more certainty to investors?
Revolution in the fund industry does exist. Automation via new technologies, including blockchain, can remove the most difficult and costly parts of the process – checking and reconciliation. Achieving higher levels of STP means investors who prefer to invest directly in equities and bonds for cost reasons could in future find it cheaper and easier to hold funds in their portfolios.
Funds - the next evolution in collateral management
The next crisis will probably not look like the last crisis, but liquidity will almost probably be the first victim of it.
Portable pensions - win, win, win?
The launch of the EU Pan-European Personal Pension (PEPP) is due in mid-2017.
ETFs in securities finance - Exploiting the opportunity
A recent panel comprising Citi, Flow Traders, iShares, State Street and consultancy - CORE Collateral discussed how frictional costs and fragmentation in Europe's ETF market are coming down while availability and loan balances are going up.
Cross-border fund distribution
This webinar focuses on how fund flows between Asia and Europe are evolving, as centres such as Hong Kong and Singapore seek to establish themselves as fund hubs and China’s onshore fund market gains momentum.
Evolving plans for cross-border funds distribution
Alternative Asian Funds Passport schemes are in the early stages of implementation. Their success is likely to depend on the country-level support in the region.
Is Robo-advice the new Airbnb?
With an estimated USD 2.2 trillion of US wealth expected to be invested in the Robo industry by 2020, is this industry the latest innovation product in finance or is it just a fad?
International ETFs: Transforming how we work together
The international ETF structure is growing. It simplifies the European ETF post-trade industry and increases liquidity, distribution opportunities and improves transparency.
ETF Securities lending: creating a path to greater market liquidity
The US ETF securities lending market is worth about US $100bn, with 30% of that total on loan at any one time. Europe by comparison is just one quarter of that size – US$25bn – with a significantly smaller average percentage of securities in use, at 5%.
ETFs to overcome fragmentation and boost liquidity
In Europe alone, there are 51 providers of ETFs, with products available on 25 different exchanges. International ETFs may be the solution against fragmentation.
Global Alternative Investment Automation group (GAIA)
We are a co-founding and active member of GAIA. The Group has been in action since 2014 with the main objective of bringing automation and standardisation to the alternative investment funds community.
In February, a major milestone has been met. Euroclear and a number of other co-founding GAIA members have been able to successfully exchange deal messages between each other using the GAIA standards as the base. This is just the beginning of a much desired change in the alternative fund industry and one which we are committed to continue supporting.