Regulatory Issues For European Funds

Regulatory Issues For European Funds


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Updates on (A) Synthetic ETFs and (B) the Implementation of UCITS IV

A recent Financial Stability Board note ("Potential financial stability issues arising from recent trends in Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)" ) has raised, not for the first time, the risks to investors supposedly inherent in synthetic ETFs and whether or not those risks require active management by regulatory authorities. Given the focus on counterparty risk post-Lehman, and on the need to protect retail investors investing in "complex" products, the question is being asked again as to whether or not the particular risks generated by these funds require special mitigating measures and restraints.


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