Regulators are reviewing how gamification and other tech led sales techniques sit within their Regulation Best Interest framework after the recent Robinhood/GameStop events. Here, we discuss their considerations.
More and more asset managers are reviewing operational functions like Currency Hedging and reassessing how they are managing their programs following some of the highest market volatility in years. Here, we explain some critical aspects for consideration.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought the topic of operational resilience to the top of the agenda for regulators worldwide. Here, we sum up some of the common areas of focus among the open operational resilience regulatory assessments and how they are influencing policymakers' actions going forward.
A growing number of ETF issuers are turning to securities lending programs as a way to increase revenue, mitigate costs, and counteract downward pressure on fees. In this Exchange Thoughts article, we explore the pivotal role ETFs are playing in the securities lending market.
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is one of the hottest topics in asset management, and just the start of many acronyms thrown around regularly. Here we discuss the latest ESG acronym: Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, or CSRD.
The ability to easily “passport” funds across E.U. borders is a great attraction for asset managers. Here, we discuss the regulations of European Passporting and some of the obstacles that are no longer in the way.
We surveyed private and universal banks on their thoughts about how their approach to business has changed due to working remotely and the future going forward. The survey key findings highlight the challenges, the response, and how we all see new ways of working post-pandemic.
In the final part of our three part series on fund liquidity, we focus on the recently published report from European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on its study of UCITS liquidity risk management.
Despite certain points of tension across the asset management industry in the lead up to Brexit, overall things have been pretty calm in the wake of the “divorce”. Here, we discuss the latest Memorandum of Understanding and what it could mean for the industry.
The first phase of the E.U.’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) focused on adherence to the E.U.’s ESG agenda, representing the industry’s arrival at basecamp. We outline the three remaining challenges as the focus now turns to the detailed SFDR RTS and Taxonomy alignment.
Established in 1985, the UCITS fund structure is two years older than Rick Astley’s hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Ever since, investors in Europe and beyond have never given up on UCITS. We explain with a selection of the "greatest hits" from UCITS funds.
The Sustainable Finance Disclosures Regulation (SFDR) is the important first, big step in a longer E.U. ESG journey to enshrine sustainability across the entire E.U. asset management sector. Lingering questions remain about many of the disclosure requirements and fund classification process as the March 10th deadline nears.
In this edition of In Focus, we provide a comprehensive list and breakdown of local law changes impacting tax rates, documentation, and market procedures, as well as newly ratified Double Taxation Avoidance Treaties (DTAT) and protocols that result in a tax rate impact to our clients.
The recent 2020 U.S. election results bring new reasons to contemplate significant legislation and policy changes that will shape industry growth trends for the next decade. Could private markets be a source for post-COVID recovery?
In the latest FX Quarterly, our strategists highlight the key risks driving global economies, including the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the transition to a new administration in the U.S. We also provide our outlook on developed and emerging markets in Q1 2021.
Unprecedented, resilient, and exhausting have all been words that have characterised this challenging year. While the long lasting effects of the pandemic on the global economy has yet to be determined, there is a feeling that we are moving into the next phase of the crisis with investors increasingly refocusing on the fundamentals of their investment decisions. We look at the key drivers in our 2021 Securities Lending Outlook.
NAV oversight, validation, and contingency plans for unexpected disruptive events had been a high priority of regulators long before the onset of the global pandemic. Now, the increasing new expectations from regulators is adding a layer of personal liability to those who help oversee NAV Production.
As we approach the conclusion of the Brexit transition period, several key regulatory areas remain uncertain. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently moved to make decisions which aim to fill in some of the remaining gaps on the Brexit regulatory puzzle.
Thanks to evolving regulatory policy in Europe and Hong Kong, more asset managers are considering adding unlisted share classes to their ETFs. We lay out the top considerations for launching unlisted share classes on existing ETFs.
In the latest FX Quarterly, our strategists take a deep dive on the key risks driving global economies, including the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the upcoming US election. We also provide our outlook on developed and emerging markets in Q4 2020.
The hallmark of a well-functioning anti-money laundering program (AML) is a clear delineation of roles and responsibilities. We explore how fund boards and asset managers can mitigate risk in an increasingly complex operating environment.
In the latest FX Quarterly, our strategists take a deep dive on the key risks driving global economies, including the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the upcoming US election. We also provide our outlook on developed and emerging markets in Q3 2020.
BBH’s Andrew Ritchie led a panel of experts, including Diala Minott of Paul Hastings, Milko Pavlov of Houlihan Lokey, and Tim West of EY on the topic of distressed debt. Listen to the full replay of the webinar below.
We created a simple 5-factor model to evaluate the restrictions imposed by different countries, how they compare in terms of severity of lockdown, and where they are heading in the spectrum of reopening. The scale we use measures grade restrictions from 1 (open) to 4 (closed) across the following factors: (a) schools, (b) non-essential businesses, (c) borders, (d) social distancing and (e) severity of penalties/prosecution.
This edition of our FX quarterly comes out a little later than usual. As March turned into April, there were simply too many uncertainties and unknown developments for us to make any sort of big picture calls with any degree of clarity or certainty. Those two months saw a flurry of policy responses around the globe that we will recount here.
In the latest FX Quarterly, our strategists recount the flurry of global policy responses around the world to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We also provide our outlook on developed and emerging markets in Q2 2020.
In this edition of Staying Connected, Bob Stewart, Head of Global Custody Product, joins Adrian Whelan, Head of Regulatory Intelligence, to discuss some of the many ways the COVID-19 crisis is impacting operational processes across the industry.
Global regulators continue to react to the various undulations of the markets caused by the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. That’s a bit of an understatement – the response so far has been nothing short of frenzied.
New legislation, which expands on one existing law and introduces another, aims to solidify the Cayman Islands as a leading domicile for global investment funds by aligning its investment fund regulatory regime with other jurisdictions.
Securities lending demand faced several headwinds in 2019. In 2020, we remain cautious, particularly as we enter an election year in the US. Here we take a look back at 2019 drivers and explore the year ahead.
A recent decision by one of the world's largest pension funds to pause their securities lending program has provoked questions about whether the two disciplines can co-exist in an ESG context. How can firms strike the right balance?
With less than a year to go before the September 2020 deadline for Shareholder Rights Directive II (SRD II) implementation, industry participants such as intermediaries, asset managers, brokers, and financial institutions are asking “How do I prepare?”
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