Effectiveness and comparability as key drivers for sustainability reporting
Though sustainability metrics transparency and data availability are constantly increasing among UCITS funds and liquid investments, market standards within alternative investments are still in a development stage. ESG KPI assessment, GHG emission and PAI analysis, as well as SDG alignment are crucial to provide an effective sustainable analysis for alternatives.
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The Luxembourgish Management Companies (ManCo) and AIFs landscape is experiencing a notable evolution. Following a period of substantial consolidation, the market, while remaining active, is now characterized by a distinct shift in dynamics. In light of these circumstances, there are several noteworthy elements to underscore regarding the industry’s prospects and developments in the short and, more significantly, medium term.
Innovative solutions for sustainable investing and reporting
The increasing interest in sustainable investing is reflected in the regulatory framework surrounding sustainability reporting. In this context, FARAD I.M. has developed a unique sustainable analysis service called GreenEthica Sustainable Reporting (GSR). This service targets to deliver an effective, synthetic, and clear sustainability reporting with detailed information on ESG metrics, carbon metrics (CO2 emissions), controversies, PAI, as well as a unique alignment to SDGs. The objective of the analysis is to determine positive or negative contributions of the funds towards sustainability factors and to determine the sustainability impact.
Outlook 2023: sustainable investing increasingly ahead of the curve
Key words for investment managers in 2023 will not only be “inflation”, “FED pivot” and “economic growth/recession”, but also “sustainable investing”. In fact, regulatory environment pushed data disclosure spread and taxonomy is supporting asset managers to increasingly apply ESG analysis screenings. After a tremendous 2022 among financial markets, this year the investment managers could face a more favorable macroeconomic environment to re-enter among equity and bond markets with an enhanced ESG awareness.
Fund Distribution from Extra-EU: New opportunities for licensed players
As is now well known, United Kingdom left the European Union in the context of the Brexit act early 2021. One of the main implications of the new regulation is that UK companies cannot anymore approach directly EU customers while doing their fund distribution businesses.
These companies are now facing the current reality: they lost “overnight” the ability to deal directly with European customers and in many cases, at least temporarily, also the ties with even long-standing customers.
The evolution of servicing within the investment fund industry
Investment funds are investment products created with the purpose of gathering investors’ capital, and investing that capital collectively through a portfolio of financial instruments. In a cross-border environment with an evolving complex regulatory environment, promoters and clients need to master financial and regulatory aspects to structure a fund in an optimized approach. . For this reason, they need to find out a valuable partner that helps them in this complex journey going from the structuring of the fund to the daily running of the same and passing for the launch phase.
MANCO/AIFs : Préparez-vous à la mutation
Le monde des Management Companies & des AIFs luxembourgeois est en pleine mutation. Après quelques années de forte consolidation, le marché, quoique toujours actif, repart sur une dynamique différente. Dans ce contexte, il y a plusieurs éléments intéressants à souligner quant aux perspectives et évolutions de l’industrie à court mais surtout à moyen terme.
Good governance and professionalism a “must have” for a successful business
Over the last few years the duties of the investment managers have notably widened, in terms of Governance, AML/KYC requirements, IT security requirements and last not least both sustainability disclosure and client preferences knowledge. Overall, the requirements to obtain the PSF license has substantially increased accordingly and once obtained companies need to assure an on-going monitoring and application of these requirements.
In 2023 you will have to be agile to succeed
Asset management companies revenues are linked to the assets they managed. An environment like the current one with volatile financial markets and high inflation is challenging for such companies as your cost increase while your revenues remain stable or even slightly decrease depending on the type of assets you manage.
In addition, there is a slowdown in the implementation of new projects, which put additional challenges medium terms as important projects take typically months to be implemented. In this article I describe my receipt to succeed in 2023 and invite all the readers to read a “compte-rendu” or debriefing in 12 months from now.
FINMA restrictions: a challenge for Swiss unregulated asset managers
Originally, Within European borders, the regulator has implemented broad directives useful to clarify just the minimum requirements needed to act as a portfolio manager. Over the years, some countries have adopted strict and severe minimum requirements in terms of initial approvals and ongoing checks on asset managers activities, while some other gave them the possibility to have an easier access to the profession and softer obligations to respect and be aligned with.
ESG vs non ESG portfolios: sustainable investing as the real winner of the new inflationary framework
In this uncertain market framework, last macroeconomic data releases seems providing encouraging signals that central banks are succeeding in slowly easing inflationary pressure, despite still not leading to severe negative impacts on economy leading indicators and labor market. After a tremendous 2022 for major markets and also for sustainable investing, the investment managers could face a more favorable macroeconomic environment to re-enter among equity and bond markets with an enhanced ESG awareness and with an improved market recognition of company ESG efforts
Latest updates and evolution regarding the SFDR regulatory framework
The Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) entered into force on March 10, 2021, fully implemented as at 01st January 2023, continues to evolve in order to respond to the market questions and fill the gap between regulation and market practices.
On 5 April 2023, the European Commission published its response to eight questions on the interpretation of SFDR that were submitted by the ESAs to the Commission on 9 September 2022. The Commission has also revised and amended its previous Q&A in order to ensure consistency.
Fixed income, rising like a phoenix from the ashes, or “bond yield trap”?
Following the worst year ever recorded in the modern financial market history for fixed income investors, and the end of a prolonged period of zero to negative interest rates, we are experiencing an increasing market demand on bond strategies, led mostly by increasingly attractive yield perspective. In the current uncertain market environment, it is crucial for asset managers to avoid potential “bond yield trap” and invest in strategies with an appropriate risk/return profile, especially on cautious mandates.
Sustainability reporting challenge for alternative investments
The Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) entered into force on March 10, 2021. In particular, it requires financial players to enrich their investment policy, which must detail how sustainability risks are integrated into investment processes and they will now have to declare the negative impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors.
In this context, FARAD I.M. developed a unique sustainable analysis service for alternatives, called GreenEthica Sustainable Scoring System for Alternatives,
FARAD Investment Management complies the SFDR regulation thanks to GreenEthica Sustainable Scoring System
ITALIAN PRESS RELEASE
FARAD Investment Management, the management company of the FARAD Group presents GreenEthica Sustainable Scoring System (GSSS) the first sustainable scoring system based on alignment with the SDGs.
FARAD Investment Management announces the relocation in the heart of Luxembourg city-center
FARAD Investment Management, the independent asset manager is relocating. The company is moving to 11-17, rue Beaumont in the heart of Luxembourg-city. The building has officially open for business starting from 1st August 2021.