Browsing: Europe

Corporate Access Startups Hoping to Profit from FCA Ban

03/05/2014
The proposed ban on payment for corporate access with client commissions by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) promises to be a boon to firms hoping to benefit from the ...

UK Asset Managers Promise Reform

02/18/2014
The UK trade association for asset managers, the Investment Management Association (IMA), released its long-anticipated report on research procurement earlier today.  Not surprisingly, the report opposes a ban on the ...

Benchmarking Research Spending

02/12/2014
As the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has increased scrutiny of commission spending on research, a UK-based consultancy has begun benchmarking commission spending to provide greater transparency on research pricing.  ...

Research Commissions: Endangered Species?

02/05/2014
Nearly two-thirds of European buy-side firms anticipate research eventually will be paid for from management fees not from client commissions, according to a recent TABB Group survey.  European asset managers ...

Two Visions for the Future of Research

01/22/2014
Two recent pieces titled “The Future of Equity Research” present differing perspectives on forces shaping equity research.  From London comes a white paper examining how potential regulatory changes might alter ...

Update on Proposed Ban on Commission Payments for Corporate Access

01/13/2014
Here is the latest on proposed regulatory restrictions in the UK on commission payments for corporate access and a potential ban on payment for research with client commissions generally.  The ...

FCA Proposes Changes For Research Commissions

12/02/2013
As promised, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released last week its consultation paper which proposes clarifications on what is permissible to be paid with commissions, namely that corporate access ...

FCA Chief Attacks Commissions

10/30/2013
Earlier today, the head of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) threw down the gauntlet on fund managers’ use of client commissions to pay for investment research.  In a landmark ...

Jamie Stewart’s Perspective on Research

10/29/2013
Jamie Stewart, Head of Independent Research at London-based Marex Spectron, plans to retire next year.   Since he has worked in the research industry for three decades, we thought it would ...

UK Regulators And Research Commissions

09/23/2013
Last week, we wrote a blog about recent discussions in the UK regarding the possibility that regulators could ban the use of client commissions to pay for sell-side and independent ...
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