The “Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations (SFDR)“ which has been in force for almost three months now, reveals it: The number and volume of investment funds that either take sustainability criteria into account (article 8) or even want to improve them (article 9) are on the rise. Is it all a sham – or is the fund industry really becoming more sustainable? And what do the, sometimes rather meager data and parameters such as the new “Principle Adverse Impact” indicators reveal? We talked about this with Christina Böck, partner at international strategy consultancy INDEFI, for the new episode of GFC (not the ‘Global Financial Crisis’) Podcast.
This podcast is in German. Length of the podcast: 19:42 min.
The new, third episode of GFC (not the ‘Global Financial Crisis’) Podcast is about financial market regulation, the still threatening commission cap for life insurance and the EU taxonomy (and long hair). Original statements can be heard from opponents and supporters of the commission cap – members of the German Bundestag Carsten Brodesser (CDU) and Frank Schäffler (FDP), Dr. Peter Schwark of the Association of the German Insurers (GDV), Norman Wirth, Brokers’ Association AfW, and Axel Kleinlein of the German Association of the Insured (BdV). In addition, an interview with consultant Anke Limbach (Limbach Consulting) – management consultant and specialist for the implementation of complex organisational projects in the securities investment sector – on the EU taxonomy for sustainable investments … and why this is likely to become an even greater degree of coordination than MiFID 2.
Unfortunately, it’s all in German …
Regulation, commission caps, digitalisation – the topics discussed by seven top-class representatives from politics, consumer protection and financial associations at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin at the invitation of Standard Life Deutschland were pretty tough. The 130 or so guests, mainly independent brokers and intermediaries, also made some very emotional contributions. Gerle Financial Communications supported Standard Life’s corporate communications with interviews and a summary of the event which was also published in the German financial magazine “Mein Geld” (article in German only as a PDF file).
At the start of 2018, the new PRIIPs regulation will come into effect. In an exclusive article (in German only) for the German financial trade publication Fonds professionell online, Anke Limbach of management consulting firm Concedro, Hagen Gerle of Gerle Financial Communications, and Peter Clouth of law firm Clouth & Partner have summarised the main points of critisicm about PRIIPs.
MiFID II and the investment tax reform – there are two mammoth regulations waiting for the German funds industry at the beginning of 2018. The cover story of the latest issue of upgrade!, Universal-Investment‘s magazine for its funds partner, deals with the effects of the two regulations for funds sales and investment companies. Once more, Gerle Financial Communications was entrusted by Universal-Investment to do investment writing and editing for the magazine.
The acronym may sound quite onomatopoetic and leave the impression of speed – in reality, the upcoming introduction of “PRIIPs” for the investment and insurance industry has more than just one catch to it. The most severe critic is that the new basic information documents for Packaged Retail Investment and Insurance Products lack the qualities for which they are supposed to be launched: transparency, comparability and, most of all, comprehensibility. A joint article by Anke Limbach, Concedro, and Hagen Gerle, Gerle Financial Communications. This article is only available in German.