ESMA warns rising inflation poses risk for retail investors
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) today published a statement reminding firms to consider inflation and inflation risk when applying relevant MiFID II requirements in the interest of investor protection.
Over the past months inflation rates have risen in the EU, as in the rest of the world, and this growth in inflation has impacted households both in their daily lives and in their investments and investment decisions.
ESMA notes that from an investor protection perspective, this trend poses a risk for retail investors, as some of them will not fully appreciate the link between inflation and financial markets and may not fully understand how considerations on inflation should be factored in when they make saving and investment decisions.
The regulator therefore reminds firms of relevant MiFID II requirements as it believes that investment firms may play a role in considering inflation and inflation risk, both when manufacturing and distributing investment products and when providing investment services to retail clients. Investment firms can also help raising clients’ awareness of inflation risk.
ESMA and the national competent authorities (NCAs) will continue to monitor closely financial markets and their participants in the interest safeguarding the stability of the EU’s financial system by enhancing the protection of investors and promoting stable and orderly financial markets.