The biggest danger to investors… is themselves
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An individual investor might be worried about the funds he picks or about his assets manager, but according to the theory called “behaviour gap”, the investor should first be worried about…himself. This tendency for investors to underperform the funds they are invested in is called the “behaviour gap”.  The following hypothesis illustrates this theory ..read more
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Evidence-Based Investing: Spreading the Message
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Traditionally, the dichotomy of investment models consists of active investing and passive investing, also known as indexing. To these two, financial researchers are striving to add a new category, which is commonly referred to as evidence-based investing. In the active investment sector, brokers and fund managers try to outperform the reported performances of indexes (simply ..read more
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“EIOPA’s fifth Consumer Trends Report, published in December 2016, alludes to various examples of mis-selling practices in EU member states” BETTER FINANCE Member Bund der Versicherten (BdV, Germany) reports
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The report should be of particular interest to anyone who wishes to look beyond national borders to how policymakers in other EU countries are dealing with similar issues in the areas of life insurance, non-life products (property, accident and health insurance) and old-age provision. The reports looks at questions pertaining to premium income, consumer complaints ..read more
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Brexit and Fiscal Paradises: Unfair Tax Competition with the EU
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The Greens/EFA Parliamentary Group took a firm position on taxation rules for any future FTA or Brexit deal with the United Kingdom. Following a report released ahead of the December negotiations, the political group argues that one of the issues that must be at the forefront of the deal is the alignment of UK’s fiscal ..read more
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Key Regulatory Aspects of MiFID II
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On the day it becomes directly applicable, the long-awaited revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) gives birth to a new and healthier environment for financial services and instruments across the Single Market. Although only 11 out of 28 Member States have implemented the Directive so far, the past two years have been a ..read more
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EC Nomination to the SRB Sparks Outrage from Aggrieved Investors
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The EC announced their nomination of Mr Boštjan Jazbec as a member to the Single Resolution Board (SRB) in a press release on Wednesday 14th of February. Though Mr Jazbec has proven experience with monetary policy issues, for instance as the Governor of the Bank of Slovenia, critics cite his involvement in the Slovenian “institutional ..read more
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VZMD Press Release: ECB – VZMD indignation over recent EU pressures forcing Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution to withdraw from investigation of criminal acts committed during excessive capitalization of Slovenian banks
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In last week’s extensive article entitled Pressures on Slovenia, Which Are Not Discussed Publicly (www.delo.si/novice/slovenija/pritiski-na-slovenijo-o-katerih-se-na-glas-ne-govori-81803.html), the leading newspaper (Delo) disclosed the continuous and ever greater pressures on Slovenia to withdraw from the investigation of these acts, despite reasonable grounds for suspecting that in the fall of 2013 the then heads of the Bank of Slovenia ..read more
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230 stocks under liquidity threat from Brexit as obscure Mifid II rule strikes
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Christian Voigt, a senior regulatory adviser at Fidessa, and former vice president at Deutsche Boerse has published a blog post warning that there may be up to 230 stocks listed in the UK and EU27 at risk of Brexit because of a Mifid II trading rule. According to Voigt, “The rule requires EU firms to ..read more
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Investment Management Fees: Beware the Cobra Effect
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Daniel Brocklebank, UK director of Orbis Investments, warned the audience at the 72nd CFA Institute Annual Conference: Bad incentives lead to bad results, particularly when it comes to investment management. With that in mind, Brocklebank suggested that it was worth considering incentives, especially since they affect asset manager behaviour. According to him, while management fees ..read more
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FESE Conference: Unleashing Europe’s Capital Markets (28/11)
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Keynote address by Jella Benner-Heinacher on market structures, “retail” investors, and payments for order flows (PFOF) Thank you for the ..read more
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