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02/02/2016 2016/138 ESMA updates on supervisory work on closet index tracking , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Statement providing details of its work on closet index tracking funds.

Closet indexing, also known as index hugging, refers to the practice of fund managers claiming to manage portfolios actively when in reality the fund stays close to a benchmark. ESMA is concerned the practice may harm investors as they are not receiving the service or risk/return profile they expect based on the fund’s disclosure documents while potentially paying higher fees compared to those typically charged for passive management.

ESMA conducted research on a sample of 2,600 funds for the period 2012-2014 to determine whether it could find any indication of closet indexing at an EU-wide level. Quantitative metrics, such as the percentage of a UCITS’ portfolio that does not coincide with the underlying equity benchmark, indicated between 5 and 15% of UCITS equity funds could potentially be closet indexers. ESMA then reviewed the investor disclosure documents of the funds concerned, to see how they described their management strategy, and found they tended to confirm the quantitative analysis results.

01/06/2018 ESMA71-99-973 ESMA71-99-973 Press Release Product Intervention EUOJ publication , , Press Release PDF
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03/12/2012 2012/798 EU and Swiss regulators to co-operate on cross-border supervision of alternative investment funds , Press Release PDF
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19/01/2016 Ares(2015)5921711 EU Commission Letter AIFMD Passport Letter PDF
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18/07/2013 Ares(2013)2569526 European Commission letter to ESMA re draft Regulatory Technical Standards on types of AIFMD, Article 4(4) of AIFMD Directive Letter PDF
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On 8 July 2013 ESMA received a letter from the European Commission (EC) in response to its draft regulatory technical standards in its Final report - Draft Regulatory Technical Standards on types of AIFMs (ESMA/2013/413) submitted to the EC on 2 April 2013 for endorsement. According to Article 10(1) sixth subparagraph of Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010, ESMA has 6 weeks starting from 8 July to respond to the EC’s letter.
09/12/2011 2011/431 Global regulators discuss OTC derivatives regulation , Press Release PDF
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Leaders and senior representatives of the authorities responsible for the regulation of the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets in Canada, the European Union, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the United Statesmet met yesterday in Paris.  
01/10/2018 ESMA35-36-1442 IPISC UK withdrawal from the EU Letter Letter PDF
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08/03/2019 JC-2019-17 Joint Committee of ESAs Letter on PRIIPS , Letter PDF
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07/04/2016 JC/2016/21 PR Joint Press Release draft RTS on PRIIPs , , Press Release PDF
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27/03/2019 ESMA70-156-907 Letter Chair to EU Commission on the MiFID Review Reports Letter PDF
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26/06/2019 ESMA70-156-1432 Letter Chair to O Guersent- Postponement of the first RTS 2 annual report Letter PDF
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02/05/2016 2016/672 Letter Commission- Opinions RTS 2 and RTS 21 Letter PDF
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21/03/2016 2016/403 Letter EU Comm Guersent- Ancillary Activity Letter PDF
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21/03/2016 2016/404 Letter EU Comm Guersent- Non-equity transparency Letter PDF
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21/03/2016 2016/402 Letter EU Comm Guersent- position limits Letter PDF
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22/06/2018 Reply to ESMA70-154-5851 Letter from Commission VP Dombrovskis answer to ESMA letter on MiFID II ancillary activity (ESMA70-154-5851) Letter PDF
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31/10/2018 Ref. Ares(2018)5093685 Letter from Commission VP Dombrovskis response to ESMA letter on implementation of the MMF Regulation Letter PDF
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08/03/2011 EC 21-02-11 Letter from Jonathan Faull regarding the extension of the deadline for delivery of ESMA’s advice on the AIFMD Letter PDF
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29/01/2016 2016/164 Letter J Hill- Opinion on Draft ITS CRR Letter PDF
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17/11/2015 2015/1513 Letter SM to EC- implementation timeline MiFID MiFIR Letter PDF
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