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December 2019

Regulation Will climate risks be incorporated into cost of capital calculations under Solvency 2?

ESG and climate risks appear to be a real source of concern for most of those who responded to the request for information that the EIOPA conducted in order to prepare its opinion. The EIOPA rendered its opinion on 30th September; at this stage it advises undertakings to (...)

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ESMA clarifies format for disclosure of risk factors in prospectuses

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EIOPA investigates how ESG and climate risks will be included in Solvency 2

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Regulation ESMA requires net short position holders to report positions of 0.1% and above

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued a decision temporarily requiring the holders of net short positions in shares traded on a European Union (EU) regulated market to notify the relevant national competent authority (NCA) if the position reaches or (...)

January 2019

Regulation ESMA consults on measures to promote sustainability in EU capital markets

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today launched three public consultations on sustainable finance initiatives to support the European Commission’s (EC) Sustainability Action Plan in the areas of securities trading, investment funds and credit rating (...)

September 2018

Regulation Volatility spikes underline fragilities and risks to EU securities markets and investors

European Union (EU) securities markets, infrastructures and investors face new risks in the form of high volatility, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) said today in its latest Trends, Risks, and Vulnerabilities (TRV) Report (No 2, 2018). ESMA also (...)

March 2018

Regulation ESMA agrees to prohibit binary options and restrict CFDs to protect retail investors

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has agreed on measures on the provision of contracts for differences (CFDs) and binary options to retail investors in the European Union (EU).

January 2018

Regulation Investors should join forces to demand better sell-side research

A new survey draws attention to widespread flaws in sell-side research. But the advent of MiFID II may provide an opportunity for investors to push for change, write Steve Waygood and Anita Skipper.

September 2017

Regulation ESMA sees valuation risk at highest levels due to financial weakness and geopolitical uncertainty

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)’s latest report on Trends, Risks and Vulnerabilities No. 2, 2017 (TRV) identifies high asset price valuations as the major risk for European financial markets in the second half of (...)

July 2017

Regulation ESMA issues sector-specific principles on relocations from the UK to the EU27

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published three Opinions setting out sector-specific principles in the areas of investment firms, investment management and secondary markets, aimed at fostering consistency in authorisation, supervision and (...)

July 2017

Regulation ESMA consults on the evaluation of the short-selling regulation

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issues today a public consultation regarding its future technical advice to the European Commission (EC) on the Short-Selling Regulation (SSR)...

June 2017

Regulation ESMA issues principles on supervisory approach to relocations from the UK

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an Opinion setting out general principles aimed at fostering consistency in authorisation, supervision and enforcement related to the relocation of entities, activities and functions from the United (...)

May 2017

Regulation ESMA consults on Money Market Funds rules

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Consultation Paper (CP) on the Money Market Funds Regulation (MMFR).

April 2017

Regulation ESMA reports on EU accounting enforcement in 2016

ESMA reports on EU accounting enforcement in 2016 The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its annual report on the enforcement and regulatory activities of accounting enforcers within the European Union (EU) in (...)

April 2017

Regulation ESMA proposes updates to endorsement guidelines for 3rd country credit ratings

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a consultation paper (CP) on updating its Guidelines on the application of the endorsement regime under the CRA (Credit Rating Agencies) Regulation.

March 2017

Regulation ESMA publishes final rules to ensure integrity of EU financial benchmarks

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its final report containing the draft regulatory and implementing technical standards (RTS/ITS) under the Benchmarks Regulation (BMR)...

October 2016

Regulation ESMA consults on future reporting rules for securities financing transactions

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today a consultation paper on draft technical standards implementing the Securities Financing Transaction Regulation (SFTR), which aims to increase the transparency of shadow banking (...)

October 2016

Regulation ESMA consults on future rules for financial benchmarks

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a consultation paper regarding its draft regulatory and implementing technical standards (RTS/ITS) which will implement the Benchmarks Regulation (...)

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Regulation Solvency II: The conventions of the standard model and possible adverse effects

The Solvency II framework will change the way insurance companies address the investments performance in risky assets, by adding a new parameter to the traditional risk / reward tradeoff ....

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Regulation Basel III: regulators seem to ignore market failures

The changes in our regulatory framework (BASEL 3) and the widespread use of inappropriate IFRS rules will not solve the imbalances of the international financial and economic system

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Regulation Solvency II: Advantage convertible bonds

The results of QIS 5 confirmed that convertible bonds bear low capital cost. A balanced-profile convertible bond portfolio with optimized convexity therefore obtains a moderate intrinsic SCR whilst benefiting from «equity» (...)

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Regulation Reconciling bank processing and prudential regulation

The introduction of new liquidity ratios could undermine banking core business

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Regulation Contractual OPCVM: a flexible and secure tool at the disposal of French asset managers

The french contractual OPCVM, in its configuration post october 2008 application decree, is a tool with features of interest for management companies, investors and service providers.

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Regulation AMF renews the short selling ban on financial sector

The Board of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) renews the ban on taking net short positions in French securities of the financial sector

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Regulation The Tobin tax

The Tobin tax : a periodically fashionable idea, « miracle cure» that often unleashes passions mostly for ideological reasons than economic. It is necessary to review its relevance by assessing it objectively, and understanding what can make it, in some ways, desirable, but (...)

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Regulation Aviation in the EU ETS: ECJ clears the runway

The inclusion of the aviation sector from January 1st 2012 onwards represents a new step in the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS)…

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Regulation High Frequency Trading (HFT): Positive for forex market and negative for equities ?

While the AMF and European regulators plan to limit or prohibit HFT, the BSI considers it to be beneficial to the foreign exchange market in normal times and in times of stress...

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Regulation The future of project-based mechanisms in Durban: the European Union has a role to play

With some 4,000 initiatives registered to date, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI) have proved their usefulness for reducing emissions and attracting investments. However, this success could be called into question in the absence of a clear (...)

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Regulation Regulatory outlook: 2011 and beyond

It is well documented that over the past two years the European and US Authorties have made numerous efforts to strengthen the regulatory and supervisory framework that apply to financial activities.

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Regulation ESMA rules aim to curb excessive risk taking by alternative fund managers

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published final Guidelines on remuneration of alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs). The rules will apply to managers of alternative investment funds (AIFs) including hedge funds, private equity funds and real (...)

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Regulation Extension of the ban on the taking of net short positions in ten French securities of the financial sector

The Board of the AMF considered that the market conditions were not satisfactory to lift the said ban.

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Regulation ESMA publishes final rules to ensure integrity of EU financial benchmarks

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its final report containing the draft regulatory and implementing technical standards (RTS/ITS) under the Benchmarks Regulation (BMR)...

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Regulation ESMA reports on EU accounting enforcement in 2016

ESMA reports on EU accounting enforcement in 2016 The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its annual report on the enforcement and regulatory activities of accounting enforcers within the European Union (EU) in (...)

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Regulation Regulatory prospects: 2012 and beyond

2009 was a year of intense reflection on the functioning of the financial sector. There followed an intense regulatory activity in 2010, unfortunately with few formal adoptions of regulations. 2011 marked the surge of the will to succeed with provisional schedules. Where do (...)

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Solvency II

Solvency II: What is the impact of Solvency II for asset allocation? | Using of hedging strategies for portfolios via derivatives | Internal model or a standard model

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Note The impact of Solvency 2 on insurers asset allocation

Implications for asset allocation? Incitement to diversification? Optimization of the volatility hedging ratio ? Allocation depending on the level of wealth of the insurance company? Groupama AM updates on the impact of Solvency 2 for (...)

Note Challenges for Europe’s banks

Even in the seemingly unlikely case that a comprehensive solution to the sovereign crisis is found, the changed regulatory backdrop is a major challenge for the banks, and probably for the economy as a whole.

News Forex: the list of unauthorised websites in France

ACP and AMF update the list of unauthorised websites offering forex investments

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