ESMA REPORT FINDS INVESTMENT PRODUCT PERFORMANCE HIGHLY IMPACTED BY CHARGES

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) today publishes its first Annual Statistical Report (Report) on the cost and performance of retail investment products. The Report covers Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS), Alternative Investment Funds sold to retail investors (retail AIFs) and Structured Retail Products (SRPs).

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) today publishes its first Annual Statistical Report (Report) on the cost and performance of retail investment products. The Report covers Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS), Alternative Investment Funds sold to retail investors (retail AIFs) and Structured Retail Products (SRPs).

The analysis complements ESMA’s risk assessment, supervisory convergence and investor protection work, and contributes to the European Commission’s project on cost and performance of investment products under the Capital Markets Union Action Plan.

The report documents the significant impact of costs on the final returns that retail investors make on their investments:

  • the charges for UCITS funds, taken all together, reduce their gross returns by one quarter on average;
  • the cost impact varies widely, especially depending on the choice of product, asset class, fund type; and
  • management fees and other on-going costs constitute over 80% of investors costs, whilst entry and exit fees have a less significant impact.

Market transparency is particularly limited for retail AIFs and SRPs for which practically no up-to-date data on costs and performance are availablle.

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