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Denise Voss, chair of the ALFI Investor Forum, presents the new educational platform.
Freddy Brausch, Managing Partner at Linklaters LLP, discusses the implementation of UCITS V and the provisions that call for particular attention.
Luxembourg's European and global investor base is now able to use the RQFII scheme directly to invest on the Chinese capital market.
Today, the People's Bank of China has announced the granting of a 50 bn RMB RQFII quota to Luxembourg.
The RQFII (RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor) scheme was launched in Hong Kong in 2011 and has been expanded to other jurisdictions since 2013 enabling offshore RMB to be reinvested into the Mainland securities market.
Luxembourg Minister of Finance, Pierre Gramegna, said:
“The granting of the RQFII quota again demonstrates China’s recognition of the Luxembourg financial centre as one of Europe’s main hubs for international renminbi business. We are proud to play such a significant role in the process of the internationalisation of the renminbi.”
Luxembourg has made the UCITS a globally recognized brand and more than 67% of UCITS funds distributed internationally are based in Luxembourg. Luxembourg is the largest investment fund centre in the world after the US. The RQFII scheme is particularly useful for fund managers who use Luxembourg as a platform for cross-border distribution. Major international and Chinese fund promoters had already set up RQFII funds through Luxembourg domiciled vehicles, using other jurisdictions' quotas. Luxembourg's European and global investor base will now be able to use the RQFII scheme directly to invest up to 50 bn RMB on the Chinese capital market.
Together with the designation of ICBC as RMB clearing bank in Luxembourg, the RQFII quota consolidates Luxembourg’s prominent position as a leading RMB hub in Europe.
Luxembourg ranks first in Europe when it comes to RMB deposits (61,5 bn RMB), loans (61,1 bn RMB) and RMB in investment funds (296,3 bn, all figures H2 2014). The Luxembourg Stock Exchange is also the exchange with most Dim Sum bonds listed in Europe (45 in H2 2014). With a market share of 12% of global Dim Sum bond listings, it ranks third behind Hong Kong and Singapore.
Download the press release here.
Download the press release here.
The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) today publishes its statistics as at 31 March 2015.
- Luxembourg retains its position as the leading European domicile with EUR 3,524.79bn of net assets under management, growing 3.55% in the month ending 31 March 2015 and 13.89% so far in 2015
- At EUR 49.92bn, net sales in March were the highest of all times
- Net assets managed by investment funds under Luxembourg law grew by 30.10% in the past 12 months
- The number of investment funds (legal entities) is 3,888 as at 31 March 2015
- Germany remains the main initiator of funds domiciled in Luxembourg (2,812 in total), with Switzerland coming second (2,585 in total). However, funds initiated in the US and the UK have the most net assets under management (EUR 790,580m from the US, EUR 579,799m from the UK)
Marc Saluzzi, Chairman of ALFI, comments: “The low interest rate environment is obviously a decisive factor in the sustained growth of assets under management by the investment fund industry”.
He adds: “The exceptionally high net sales that we are registering in Luxembourg are the best proof of the continuous confidence of the international investor in the Luxembourg investment fund product. Equally, the diversified geographical origin of fund promoters in Luxembourg demonstrates that our fund centre remains the domicile of choice for the international asset management community.”
In financial services, are regulation and growth compatible? Which role can asset management play for growth? Steven Maijoor, chairman of ESMA, responds to these questions in our new podcast.
U.S. asset managers are often baffled by securities rulemaking in the European Union. This new presentation from NICSA and ALFI provides a brief introduction to the process - and how it differs from the U.S. regulatory process.
Jean Guill, Director General of the CSSF (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier), responds to our questions at the ALFI Spring conference 2015.
On 27 March 2015 ALFI submitted its response to the ESMA Discussion Paper on share classes of UCITS. Issues addressed in this paper relate to the definition of a share class, the different types of existing share classes in the various Member States of the EU and the possible approaches to developing a common understanding on the share classes that should be permitted.
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The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) today launches Understanding Investing, an online resource which aims to give people useful information they need about investing.
Commenting on the new initiative, Denise Voss, Chair of the ALFI Investor Forum, said: “It is increasingly important that people take responsibility for their long-term financial security, and the way to do that is to invest, whether directly or through funds and other financial products. This website gives people information to help them understand investing – why they should invest, what different types of investments there are, what the risks are and how to plan ahead.”
The website www.understandinginvesting.org starts with the basics and looks at how to start investing and what a financial adviser is. It helps people analyse what sort of investor they are, and outlines different styles of investment. It also explains the structure of funds and how they are regulated.
A series of easy-to-understand podcasts explain investment clearly. ALFI’s first investment podcasts, launched in 2014, cover questions such as How does a UCITS fund work? How can UCITS funds protect investors? and Should I save or invest? A further seven podcasts enable people to plan investments for their particular stage in life and - whether you are a student, young professional, mature adult or retiree - assess the cost of investing and look at what drives the performance of an investment.
Denise Voss concluded: “Having access to information and educational material about investing is essential if people are to build their long-term financial security. ALFI aims to help people understand investing and our new website provides simple and accessible information on a wide range of relevant topics.”