NEW YORK (January 13th, 2017) – MiFID II, which goes into effect in the EU January 3rd 2018, requires research fees be unbundled from execution fees. European research providers must implement a systematic and transparent pricing structure for all services provided to European asset managers, and asset managers must fund research purchases either through an established Research Payment Account (RPA), or through their own P&L.
In determining a transparent pricing structure for research, a MiFID II requirement, the importance of quantitative readership metrics will increase.
Sandy Bragg, CEO at Integrity Research Associates, relates that "Asset managers planning to be fully compliant with the UK Financial Conduct Authority's more vigorous application of MiFID II rules are planning to enhance existing broker voting processes with 1) a priori contracts with research providers, 2) usage metrics, and 3) implementation of entitlement controls to ensure that they are not receiving 'free' research."
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