AIC welcomes Ros Altmann’s private members’ bill on costs
The AIC has welcomed Baroness Ros Altmann’s intervention in the debate about the disclosure of investment company costs.
The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has welcomed Baroness Ros Altmann’s intervention in the debate about the disclosure of investment company costs. Baroness Altmann’s private members’ bill aims to remove investment companies from the scope of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).
Richard Stone, Chief Executive of the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), said: “We welcome Ros Altmann’s bill which is set to accelerate action on this crucial issue of investment company cost disclosure. Whilst AIFMD has a broader sweep, this bill provides a way to speed up the process of getting the issue of cost disclosures resolved and reaching a better place for investors and our members. We have been working hard lobbying the FCA and other policymakers on this issue and have called for emergency action as well as a root and branch review of cost disclosure.”
AIC’s cost disclosure proposal
The AIC’s cost disclosure proposal is that platforms, wealth managers and advisers should disclose the ongoing charge to retail clients. The ongoing charge comprises the management fee and other ongoing costs such as directors’ fees and accounting fees. The investment company in its own cost disclosure (the successor to the Key Information Document) would disclose the ongoing charge as well as separately disclosing transaction costs, any performance fee and gearing costs. Where the investment company is held by another investment company or fund, its costs would not be included in that fund’s own cost disclosure.
For more detail on the AIC’s cost disclosure proposal, see this update.
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Notes to editors
- The AIC has long campaigned for the abolition of Key Information Documents (KIDs). Please see our releases and papers on this topic: AIC calls for KIDs to be suspended, Burn before reading – paper, Burn before reading – blog, AIC welcomes delay to proposed changes to Key Information Documents (KIDs) and Goodbye Mr PRIIPs.
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