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28/05/2014 2014/576 Voting Procedures for CCP colleges under EMIR Opinion PDF
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14/06/2013 2224977 Updated mandate on EMIR equivalence Letter PDF
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11/09/2013 2013/949 The IASB’s Exposure Draft Regulatory Deferral Accounts (EFRAG) Letter PDF
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11/09/2013 2013/948 The IASB’s Exposure Draft Regulatory Deferral Accounts Letter PDF
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27/01/2016 ESA/2016/07 The cross-selling of financial products – ESA request to the European Commission , Letter PDF
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03/09/2013 2013/1163 Technical advice on third country regulatory equivalence under EMIR Letter PDF
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02/10/2013 2013/1383 Technical advice on third country regulatory equivalence under EMIR Letter PDF
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27/03/2014 2014/332 Structured Retail Products- Good practices for product governance arrangements , Opinion PDF
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Legal basis 1.    Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010 (ESMA Regulation)  sets out the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) scope of action, tasks and powers which include “enhancing customer protection”, and “foster[ing] investor protection”.  2.    In order to continue delivering on this investor protection statutory objective, ESMA is issuing this opinion on certain aspects linked to the manufacturing and distribution of structured retail products (SRP). This opinion takes into account relevant work done in this field both at European and interna-tional level.  3.    This opinion is without prejudice to the requirements for the provision of investment services and activities established in the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID)  and its implementing measures (notably, Directive 2006/73/EC), the regulatory developments arising from the MiFID review or existing product rules that may apply to SRPs.  4.    ESMA’s competence to deliver an opinion is based on Article 29(1) (a) of the ESMA Regulation. In accordance with Article 44(1) of the ESMA Regulation, the Board of Supervisors has adopted this opinion. Background 5.    In its July 2013 report on ‘Retailisation in the EU’ , ESMA highlighted that, from a consumer protec-tion perspective, retail investors may face difficulties in understanding the drivers of risks and returns of structured products. If retail investors do not properly understand the risk and reward profile of structured products, and if the products are not properly assessed against the risk appetite of retail investors, retail investors might be exposed to unexpected losses and this might lead to complaints, reputational risks for manufacturers and distributors, and a loss of confidence in the regulatory framework and, more broadly, in financial markets. 6.    In 2013, ESMA mapped the measures adopted in the EU Member States in relation to complex products in order to identify issues and to better understand the rationale behind national initiatives (by looking at similarities and differences in the various approaches, and reviewing how complexity has been treated in the different EU Members States). 7.    As a result, ESMA has developed a broad set of non-exhaustive examples of good practices, attached as Annex 1 hereto, illustrating arrangements that firms - taking into account the nature, scale and complexity of their business - could put in place to improve their ability to deliver on investor protection regarding, in particular, (i) the complexity of the SRPs they manufacture or distribute, (ii) the nature and range of the investment services and activities undertaken in the course of that business, and (iii) the type of investors they target. These good practices should also be a helpful tool for competent authorities in carrying out their supervisory action. Opinion 8.    ESMA considers that sound product governance arrangements are fundamental for investor protec-tion purposes, and can reduce the need for product intervention actions by competent authorities. 9.    ESMA considers that, when supervising firms manufacturing or distributing an SRP, competent authorities should promote, in their supervisory approaches, the examples of good practices for firms set out in Annex 1 hereto. 10.    Although the good practices set out in Annex 1 hereto focus on structured products sold to retail investors, ESMA considers that they may also be a relevant reference for other types of financial in-struments (such as asset-backed securities, or contingent convertible bonds), as well as when financial instruments are being sold to professional clients. 11.    The exposure to risk is an intrinsic feature of investment products. The good practices set out in Annex 1 refer to product governance arrangements and do not (and cannot) aim at removing investment risk from products.
28/10/2019 ESMA22-106-1990 SMSG Opinion on ESMA's Report on performance and cost of retail investment products Opinion PDF
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31/10/2018 ESMA22-106-1296 SMSG Opinion on EC request to ESAs on cost and performance of retail investment, insurance and pension products Opinion PDF
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31/10/2018 ESMA22-106-1084 SMSG Letter to European Commission Vice-President Dombrovskis on PRIIPS Letter PDF
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10/03/2016 2015/SMSG/028 SMSG letter PRIIPs past performance Letter PDF
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24/05/2012 2012/SMSG/27b SMSG advice to ESMA on short selling Letter PDF
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This document is an advice from the SMSG to ESMA's draft technical advice on possible Delegated Acts concerning the regulation on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps ((EC) No XX/2012))
19/12/2012 2012/SMSG/69 SMSG Advice on Guidelines on remuneration policies and practices (MiFID) Letter PDF
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04/06/2012 2012/SMSG/29 SMSG Advice on ESMA’s public consultation on Draft Technical Standards for the Regulation on OTC Derivatives, CCPs and Trade Repositories Letter PDF
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06/09/2012 2012/SMSG/58 SMSG Advice on EMIR Draft (Regulatory) Technical Standards Letter PDF
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05/03/2013 2013/SMSG/03 SMSG Advice on Benchmarks/Indices , Letter PDF
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09/03/2015 2015/511 Revised opinion on draft RTS on the clearing obligation on interest rate swaps Opinion PDF
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13/11/2013 2013/1561 Review of the European System on Financial Supervision (ESFS) Letter PDF
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24/09/2019 ESMA70-156-1616 Response to O. Guersent on the postponement first RTS 2 annual report Letter PDF
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