Financial Innovation Standing Committee
CHAIR: Jean-Paul Servais, Chair of the Belgian FSMA
RAPPORTEUR: Patrick Armstrong
ESMA’s Financial Innovation Standing Committee (‘FISC’) coordinates the national supervisory authorities’ treatment and response to new or innovative financial activities and provides advice to ESMA to when to act.
In monitoring financial activities, FISC may advise ESMA to adopt guidelines and recommendations with the aim of promoting regulatory convergence, to issue alerts and warning or conduct any regulatory action needed to prevent financial innovation from causing customer detriment or threatening financial stability. As part of its activities, FISC also collects, analyzes and reports on investor trends.
While aware of when localized financial innovation issues are best addressed by a national authority, when those issues are more widely shared, FISC may make proposals for the co-ordination of national responses.
FISC also contributes to the Joint Committee of European Supervisory Authorities’ work on financial activities, financial innovation and consumer related issues (through the JC Sub-committee on Consumer Protection).
Any correspondence regarding the work of this Standing Committee should be sent to the Rapporteur.
Financial Innovation Day – 8 April 2014
On 8 April 2014, ESMA held its first Financial Innovation Day ‘Financial Innovation in the Wake of the Financial Crisis’.
While innovation in finance has contributed to economic growth and brought significant benefits to investors and consumers, some financial innovation may undermine financial stability, market integrity and investor confidence.
“We can work to ensure that supervisors, policy makers and market participants are more aware of the types of innovations that may give rise to financial instability and which support growth and prosperity. We can provide for investors to have sufficient information to make informed decisions, suited to their circumstances and needs. Equally important, we believe that we need to bring a balanced approach, both protective and supportive, to the topic of financial innovation.”
- Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair
The Financial Innovation Day explored whether and what innovations emerged as a consequence or as a response to the crisis. In an environment of low rates and comparatively low volatility, how do market participants respond in terms of products or processes? How do they meet the needs of investors that have become more risk averse and crave low costs stable income flows with minimal downside risk?
The Day was organized around four panels:
• Alternative indices
• Securitization 2.0
• ETFs revisited
• Big Data
Twenty speakers with members drawn from academia and the industry led the discussions during the four successive panels.
The keynote speaker of the event was Peter Tufano, Dean and Professor of Finance at University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and a member of ESMA Financial Innovation Consultative Working Group. Steven Maijoor, ESMA’s Chair, and Anneli Tuominen, the Chair of Financial Innovation Standing Committee respectively delivered the introductory and closing remarks.
The event was targeted to the regulators of the 28 Member States, members of ESMA’s consultative working groups and other EU institutions.
- Panel 1: Alternative indices
- Panel 2: Securitization 2.0
- Panel 3: ETFs revisited
- Panel 4: Big Data