Germany

Topic: Retail

Subscribe to Retail RSS feed

European Commission consults on Distance Marketing Directive

On 9 April 2019, the European Commission published a new webpage detailing a consultation on the Distance Marketing Directive (the Directive). The Commission notes that since 2002, when the Directive came into force, the retail financial sector has gone increasingly digital, with new products and actors available on the market and new sales channels being … Continue Reading

ESAs publish Q&A on the KID for PRIIPs

On 4 April 2019, the European Supervisory Authorities published additional Q&As on the key information document (KID) requirements for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products. Answers to the following questions have been added: What aspects should be considered by the manufacturer when determining the recommended holding period of a PRIIP? Which form and name should … Continue Reading

Commission Implementing Regulation on ITS with regard to the details and structure of the information to be notified in payment services

On 15 March 2019, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ), Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/410 of 29 November 2018 laying down implementing technical standards with regard to the details and structure of the information to be notified, in the field of payment services, by competent authorities to the EBA pursuant … Continue Reading

ESAs propose draft RTS to clarify application date of KID to investment funds

On 8 March 2019, the Joint Committee of European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published a letter to the European Commission regarding amending the PRIIPs Regulation to  clarify the application of the key information document (KID) to multi-option products. The text of the draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) amending PRIIPs are annexed to the letter. In their … Continue Reading

Council of EU adopts Regulation amending Regulation on cross-border payments

On 4 March 2019, the Council of the EU announced that it had adopted a Regulation on aligning the costs of cross-border payments in euros between euro and non-euro countries and increasing the transparency of charges related to currency conversion services across the EU. The reform will align the charges for cross-border payments in euros … Continue Reading

Council of EU invites approval of final compromise text of proposed pension product Regulation

On 8 February 2019, the Council of the EU published an ‘I’ Item note on the proposed Regulation on a pan-European personal pension product. Following negotiations between the Austrian Presidency, the European Parliament and the European Commission, a provisional agreement between the institutions was achieved on 13 December 2018 – a final compromise text is … Continue Reading

ESAs publish recommendations on changes to the PRIIPs KID

On 8 February  2019, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs)  issued final recommendations following their consultation on targeted amendments to the Delegated Regulation covering the rules for the key information document (KID) for packaged retail and insurance based investment products (PRIIPs). The ESAs have decided not to propose targeted amendments at this stage. Instead they will … Continue Reading

New EBA working group on APIs under PSD2

On 7 February 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a webpage concerning a new working group on application programming interfaces (APIs) under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The webpage notes that the working group will be chaired by the EBA and composed of representatives from a variety of external stakeholders, with which the … Continue Reading

Further ESMA restriction on CFDs published in OJ

On 31 January 2019, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ) the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) decision of 23 January 2019 renewing the temporary restriction on the marketing, distribution or sale of contracts for differences (CFDs) to retail clients. This decision extends for three months, from 1 February 2019, … Continue Reading

Commission consults on evaluating the CCD

On 14 January 2019, the European Commission launched a consultation evaluating whether the Consumer Credit Directive (CCD) is still fit for purpose given all the market developments since its launch in in April 2008. Stakeholders can contribute to the consultation by filling in an online questionnaire. The deadline for responses is 8 April 2019.… Continue Reading

ESMA annual statistical report on retail investment products in the EU

On 10 January 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its first annual statistical report on the performance and costs of retail investment products in the EU. The report is focused on UCITS, alternative investment funds sold to retail investors (retail AIFs) and structured retail products (SRPs). The report provides a comprehensive overview … Continue Reading

ESMA decision to renew ban on marketing, distribution or sale of binary options enters into force

On 21 December 2018, ESMA published a notice of its decision adopted on 14 December 2018 under Article 40 of MiFIR to renew the prohibition on the marketing, distribution or sale of binary options to retail clients. The decision has applied from 2 January 2019, and will apply for a period of three months. The … Continue Reading

Joint consultation paper concerning amendments to the PRIIPs KID

On 8 November 2018, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities published a consultation paper setting out proposed amendments to the PRIIPs Delegated Regulation (Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/653 of 8 March 2017). The amendments relate to the empowerment in Article 8(5) of the PRIIPs Regulation concerning the presentation and content of the key … Continue Reading

ESA letter to Commission on PRIIPS KID requirements

On 1 October 2018, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) co-published a response to the European Commission’s request to develop guidance on facilitating the production and distribution of information on investment funds as of 1 January 2020. The ESAs state that they are still of the view that an approach whereby retail investors will receive both … Continue Reading

ESMA extends prohibition on binary options

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has announced that it is renewing the prohibition on the marketing, distributing or sale of binary options to retail clients. The prohibition has been in effect since 2 July 2018, and will extend for a further 3-month period from 2 October 2018. However, ESMA has agreed to two … Continue Reading

ESAs publish further guidance on the KID for PRIIPs

On 20 July 2018, the European Supervisory Authorities published further guidance on the Key Information Document (KID) requirements for Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs). The guidance consists of: additional Questions and Answers; and updates to the Flow diagrams for the risk and rewards calculations (New calculation example for Category 3 PRIIPs stress performance … Continue Reading

Commission issues an evaluation roadmap on the Consumer Credit Directive

The European Commission has published an evaluation roadmap of the Consumer Credit Directive (CCD).  The evaluation of the CCD is expected to conclude in 2019. The evaluation will gather evidence regarding the functioning of the CCD in its totality and in particular, regarding the following aspects: design and distribution phases of credit products; cross-selling of … Continue Reading

Study on the distribution systems of retail investment products

On 24 April 2018, the European Commission published a study that has been produced for it which provides facts and figures on the current features and functioning of European markets for retail investment products. The study identifies obstacles that consumers face in the EU when buying investment funds, investor-driven life insurance or private pension. By … Continue Reading

Commission proposes a new deal for consumers

On 11 April 2018, the European Commission issued legislative proposals for a new deal for consumers to ensure that EU consumers fully benefit from their rights under EU law. In summary the new deal seeks to strengthen consumer rights online and give consumers the tools to enforce their rights and get compensation. In terms of … Continue Reading

CPMI cross-border retail payments

The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) has published a report on cross-border retail payments. The report aims to present a holistic view of cross-border retail payments, covering the various cross-border retail payment types and the processes behind clearing and settlement of cross-border retail payments. For the purposes of the report, cross-border retail payments … Continue Reading

ESMA statement of preparatory work relating to CFDs and binary options offered to retail clients

The European Securities and Markets (ESMA) has issued a statement to provide an update on its work in relation to the provision of contracts for differences (CFDs), including rolling spot forex and binary options to retail clients. ESMA has been concerned about the provision of speculative products such as CFDs, including rolling spot forex and … Continue Reading

Commission adopts Delegated Regulation on RTS on strong customer authentication and common and secure communication under PSD2

Article 98(4) of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) empowers the European Commission (Commission) to adopt, following submission of draft standards to the European Banking Authority (EBA), and in accordance with Articles 10 to 14 of Regulation (EU) No 1093/2010, delegated acts specifying the requirements of strong customer authentication, the exemptions from its application and … Continue Reading

Joint Committee of ESAs updates Q&A on PRIIPs KID

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities has published updated Q&As on the key information document (KID) requirements for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products as laid down in Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/653. The updated document includes new Q&As on the following: market risk assessment; performance scenarios; derivatives; multi-option products. The section on … Continue Reading

BaFin publishes draft circular on product oversight and governance arrangements for retail banking products

The German Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – BaFin) has published a new draft circular on product oversight and governance arrangements for retail banking products with the objective of strengthening consumer protection in relation to financial products offered in the market. The draft circular shall govern how financial institutions are expected to control and manage the … Continue Reading
LexBlog