What is the challenge?
Under MiFID II, investor protection is key. Financial institutions must act in the best interest of their client, and it is therefore paramount for firms to have a deep understanding of who is distributing the financial products they manufacture.
This underlines the responsibilities of buy-side and sell-side firms.
MiFID II requires that firms:
- Improve attention paid to product design
- Provide complete and clear information about investments
- Provide a suitability assessment of products recommended to clients
- Protect investor assets
- Deal with investor complaints in a fair and efficient manner.
This means that clients would require product suitability classifications to differentiate between complex and non-complex products and MiFID II asset classification data to comply with product design and suitability assessment.
What is Thomson Reuters doing to help?
We provide solutions and expertise to support your MiFID II Investor Protection requirements.
Where bundled products are sold to investors, we help you to ensure clear transparency as to how these are made up, that they are appropriate, and whether investors could obtain better prices for individual products if they were sold separately. Itemize and declare costs, fees and commissions, and any non-monetary benefits paid to intermediaries easily.
You can further meet requirements by declaring if the investment advice that you give is not independent, and whether it is based on a sufficiently wide view of the market or a restricted one; and acknowledge if products are developed by entities that are related to you in any way.
Our pricing and reference data service will be updated with fields to identify which new instruments and products fall under the scope of MiFID II, their classification (using industry standards such as Classification of Financial Instrument (CFI) Codes), and indicators of product complexity and any MiFIR venue trading and EMIR clearing mandates as they come into force.
Our workflow solutions let you stay abreast of new regulatory moves. In addition, we will help you to adopt a robust regulatory change framework, because MiFID II is likely to herald further investor protection initiatives.