Sunday May 1 2016

News Source: Fund Regulation

Focus: Closet Trackers

Type: General

Country: Netherlands

The Autoriteit Financiële Markten (AFM) has published a report on index hugging, alternatively know as closet trackers. The report identified that 7 out of the 85 funds investigated by the AFM are closet trackers. In 2014, these 7 index huggers together managed nearly half a billion euros worth of assets.

If a fund stays too close to the benchmark, the potential to offer added value in the long term is too small to justify the higher costs.

The Report contains a number of recommendations aimed at preventing index hugging. These include, but are not limited to:

  • a continuous product approval and product reviews process in order to assess the functioning of the fund;
  • a manager of an active investment fund should adjust the investment policy of the relevant fund. The investment policy should be aimed at offering a fund which is able to beat the benchmark; and
  • a manager of an active investment fund should provide its clients with certain information (e.g. publication of the active share and investment policy).

Click here for report on potential index huggers.

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