The institutional disclosure working group has been set up to support consistent and standardised disclosure of costs and charges to institutional investors.
In the final report for our asset management market study we proposed an overall package of remedies to make competition work better in this market, and protect those least able to actively engage with their asset manager. We consider that this will increase efficiency, lead to the UK asset management industry being a more attractive place for investors and so improve the relative competitiveness of the UK market.
Our overall package of remedies is designed to bring together a consistent and coherent framework of interventions. The remedies package seeks to enable those investors who are able, to exert greater competitive pressure on asset managers. It will increase the transparency of costs so that those seeking information can get it.
We want to see more consistent and standardised disclosure of costs and charges to institutional investors.
We have appointed Dr Chris Sier to chair an institutional disclosure working group of industry and investor representatives, with a view to agreeing a template for disclosure of costs and charges. Dr Sier is Professor of Practice at Newcastle University Business School and is an expert in pension scheme costs and charges who has worked closely with the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) in developing their template for institutional disclosure. Dr Sier is also the government’s FinTech envoy for the north of England.
The co-deputy Chairs of the working group are Jeff Houston and Gregg McClymont.
The working group members and observers are:
- Stewart Bevan
- Richard Butcher
- Dr Iain Clacher
- Ralph Frank
- Teresa Fritz
- Joanne Getty
- Tim Giles
- David Hutchins
- Piers Lowson
- Gurpreet Manku
- Thomas Mercier
- James Mowat
- Mark Rowe
- Mark Sherwin
- Sarah Smart
- Dr Ali Toutounchi
- Graham Vidler
- Financial Conduct Authority
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development
- Trades Union Congress
- CFA Institute
We are keen to hear views from stakeholders on this work. Please email: [email protected]
Summary of progress
The Institutional Disclosure Working Group (IDWG) is reporting progress against the Terms of Reference (PDF).
The IDWG has proposed a design for a disclosure framework that builds a high level summary for investors from a set of more detailed templates containing granular data on costs and returns.
The IDWG has discussed:
- An overall framework in which the data collection and resulting disclosure templates are based on the underlying granular detail. Appropriate aggregation methods are currently being discussed with the aim of providing transparency, comparability and the ability to assess value for money.
- Core elements of the approach for the disclosure template(s) include:
- A hierarchy of costs for the purpose of detailed underlying data collection which can then be aggregated up for appropriate disclosure.
- An initial focus on Defined Benefit (DB) pension funds with the intention of both testing the underlying detail of costs at asset class level and better understanding the needs of this significant investor category. The IDWG aims to expand this at a later stage to cover disclosure to other significant institutional investor types including trustees and IGCs of Defined Contribution (DC) schemes and other users.
- A data structure that provides a useful and accessible high level summary of costs and returns for users that is created by aggregating the more detailed costs at asset and account level. The user will have the opportunity to drill down into the detail underneath.
- Due regard for regulatory requirements (for example MiFID II, PRIIPs, AIFMD) and how these may interact with the structures of costs at different levels in the template.
From now the IDWG plans to undertake more detailed work on how the template could be provided and used.
Invitation to engage
The IDWG is testing the framework over the next month with a small sample of stakeholders, both to understand how easy it is for asset managers to input the detailed data and to hear how useful users find the proposed disclosures. If you are interested in being part of the testing group, as either a user or provider of the information, please get in touch by contacting [email protected].
The IDWG will be holding a stakeholder event early in the New Year that will provide an opportunity for discussion on these points, with a particular focus on the detailed information and data collection level. Invitations to the stakeholder event will be sent towards the end of the year, though we would also encourage you to express interest in participating by contacting the above email address.
The IDWG welcomes your feedback. If you would like to request a conversation with a member of the IDWG to discuss the current draft prototype template please also contact us at the above email address.