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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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November 2011

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.

November 2011

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 (...)

October 2011

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...

October 2011

Regulation ISO 20022: 2014, a pivotal year

The environment of Asset Servicing activities has been experiencing significant structural movements for several years, generating both “major regulatory waves” sweeping particularly through Europe and a series of ground swells of “self-regulating” initiatives, such as the (...)

October 2011

Regulation OTC transactions on derivative products will require collateral deposits!

The European Union wishes to increase the cost on purely speculative transactions. A proper system would be set up in order to allow non-financial companies to use derivative products for « legitimate» hedging reasons…

October 2011

Regulation CPSS IOSCO: principles for financial market infrastructures

Through 24 principles and five responsibilities, including significant details and commentary, the BIS’s Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems (CPSS) and IOSCO have addressed the risks faced by financial market infrastructures (...)

September 2011

Regulation Financial transactions taxation is applicable to France

According to the firm 99 Partners Advisory, it is possible, from now, to put in place a tax on financial transactions,

August 2011

Regulation Short-selling bans unlikely to prevent share price slides

New evidence from 30 countries shows short-selling restrictions fail to support stock prices and reduce market liquidity, study suggests

August 2011

Regulation AMF publishes 2010 report on credit rating agencies

The AMF’s seventh annual report on credit rating agencies (CRAs) covers international regulatory developments, the European registration procedure and credit ratings.

August 2011

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

August 2011

Regulation EDHEC-Risk Institute denounces short selling bans

EDHEC-Risk Institute condemns the August 11 decisions by the financial market authorities in Belgium, France, Italy and Spain to impose or extend short-selling bans in the wake of renewed market volatility.

July 2011

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 (...)

July 2011

Regulation Regulations and client expectations change status quo in wealth management industry

The status quo in the private banking and wealth management industry is changing as the focus shifts to client service and value delivery, according to PwC findings of 2011 Global Private Banking and Wealth Management Survey - Anticipating a New Age in Wealth (...)

May 2011

Regulation Towards protection of swaps user margin and more scrutiny on high frequency trading

The SEC is considering whether new requirements should be imposed on high frequency trading and what benefits market makers should get for meeting those obligations. In the meantime the CFTC moves forward to protect swaps user margin from peer (...)

May 2011

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 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 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 CPSS IOSCO: principles for financial market infrastructures

Through 24 principles and five responsibilities, including significant details and commentary, the BIS’s Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems (CPSS) and IOSCO have addressed the risks faced by financial market infrastructures (...)

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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 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.

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Regulation Regulations and investment funds

New European legal framework, offshore passports in issue, Benoit de la Chapelle-Bizot, Financial Counselor, Head of the French Government’s Economic and Finance Department, presents an update on recent regulatory developments relating to investment (...)

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Regulation EDHEC-Risk Institute denounces short selling bans

EDHEC-Risk Institute condemns the August 11 decisions by the financial market authorities in Belgium, France, Italy and Spain to impose or extend short-selling bans in the wake of renewed market volatility.

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Regulation ISO 20022: 2014, a pivotal year

The environment of Asset Servicing activities has been experiencing significant structural movements for several years, generating both “major regulatory waves” sweeping particularly through Europe and a series of ground swells of “self-regulating” initiatives, such as the (...)

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Regulation Financial transactions taxation is applicable to France

According to the firm 99 Partners Advisory, it is possible, from now, to put in place a tax on financial transactions,

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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 Basel Committee concludes assessment of Basel III capital regulations in Switzerland

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has today published a report assessing the regulations that implement the Basel capital framework in Switzerland.

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Regulation ESMA publishes review on best execution supervisory practices under MiFID

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has conducted a peer review on how national regulators (national competent authorities or NCAs) supervise and enforce the MiFID provisions relating to investment firms’ obligation to provide best execution, or obtain the (...)

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Regulation Global banks appear well-prepared to meet TLAC requirements

The Financial Stability Board also released details on total loss-absorbing capacity, or TLAC, requirements that all 30 G-SIBs will need to meet. The rule requires that a bank have sufficient amounts of debt that could be bailed in to recapitalize it in times of (...)

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Regulation ESMA amends MiFID II standards on non-equity transparency and position limits

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today two Opinions proposing amendments to its draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTSs) under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (...)

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Regulation ESMA resumes US CCP recognition process following EU-US agreement

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) welcomes the common approach announced today by the European Commission and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on the equivalence of CCP regimes.

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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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