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Capital Markets Union and Banking Union: Two Mutually Inclusive Projects

The level of integration of EU capital markets is still insufficient to boost growth and investments across Europe, according to Marco Lamandini

Stock Exchanges Need to Find Their Mojo

After years of debate, both the Singapore Exchange and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong have amended their rules to allow the listing of companies with dual-class share (DCS) structures.

Capital Markets Union: What is Missing to Solve the Puzzle?

In September 2015 the European Commission launched the Capital Markets Union (CMU) Action Plan with the aim of creating alternative sources of financing, that is, sources other than banking. Almost three years later this project is still incomplete,… READ MORE ›

Sustainable Finance in the EU: How Will It Revolutionise the Financial Sector?

The EC’s Action Plan was one of the main discussion topics of the high-level conference, “The Future of Capital Markets in the EU: Towards Deeper Integration?,” organised by CFA Institute at the European Parliament in Brussels on 6 June 2018.

SEC Proposes to Restrict Broker/Dealer Use of “Adviser” Title

If the SEC adopts a rule as proposed, broker/dealers will no longer be able to use the term “adviser” or “advisor” in their names or titles when marketing themselves to investors.

SEC’s Best Interest vs. DOJ’s Fiduciary Rule

The SEC's attempts to finally address the issue of broker advice were a decidedly mixed bag.

Capital Markets Union: Is There a Need for Further Integration of EU Markets?

Policymakers discussed why capital markets in the EU must be stronger and more integrated during the high-level conference, “The Future of Capital Markets in the EU: Towards Deeper Integration?,” organised by CFA Institute at the European Parliament.

Structured Data: Benefits to Small Companies

CFA Institute believes the debate over US House of Representatives Bill HR 5054, Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act of 2018, should not focus on the cost increase of an outsourced, or “bolt-on,” service for producing XBRL-formatted reports.

This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Capitalism, and That Ain’t Such a Bad Thing

Neither unicorns nor unfettered capitalism are real. You need to stretch the definition of a unicorn to claim they were ever real, and capitalism with constraints just leaves you in a Hobbesian nightmare that wouldn’t be good for anyone.

MiFID II: A New Paradigm for Investment Management

The revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive comes into effect January 2018, introduces a sweeping overhaul of European financial markets.

The Makings of a Financial Crisis

Four tools may frame the analysis required to evaluate the likelihood of an impending crisis and that may provide us with a heads up before a financial crisis occurs.

US Treasury Report on Asset Management Affirms Position of CFA Institute

The asset management industry does not pose the same types of systemic risks to the economy as the banking industry does, and the US Treasury agrees.

Future State of the Investment Profession: Preparing Now for a Different Future

The future of the investment industry is important for the functioning of the global economy, but there are changes happening in the world that will impact the industry and it needs to prepare.

Initial Public Offerings: Is There Still a Pulse?

IPOs have been declining in recent years, but it is not clear what is causing the decline. But whatever the reason, it is a situation that is a concern because of its effect on public markets.



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