Asset Management and Investor Protection
An International Analysis
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Asset Management and Investor Protection by Julian Franks
Book DescriptionAsset management is a major industry playing an increasingly important role in economic activity around the world. Asset managers provide services to individuals, governments, public agencies, banks, pension funds, insurance companies, and charities, to name a few. Traditionally, asset management has been primarily associated with the 'stock market' economies of the UK and the USA, but, as this book shows, some of the most spectacular growth in activity of recent years has occurred in Continental Europe. This has presented opportunities and challenges. New forms of financial instruments and institutions have emerged in countries that have traditionally relied on debt and non-market forms of intermediation. Competition has intensified, and entry has occurred both within and across national markets. However, this growth has been accompanied by potential problems: while investors enjoy a wider range of products and services, they face more complex instruments and transactions. Therefore, the potential for failures, such as misdealing and fraud, may have increased. The natural response is to strengthen regulation, but there is a fine balance to be struck between inadequate and excessive regulation of asset managers. This is particularly complicated in the context of European capital markets. European countries have traditionally had very different financial systems and asset management businesses, therefore it is no surprise to discover many different approaches to regulating asset managers. How should the European Commission respond to this diversity? Should it seek to create greater uniformity via common regulatory rules? The particular focus of this book is financial resource requirements. There is currently an active debate about the role capital requirements should play in asset management, particularly in the European context. In order to address this issue, the authors argue that it is necessary to understand the nature of the asset management business in different countries and the risks that it faces. They therefore discuss how the asset management business operates; how it is organized; the nature and size of risks in the business, who bears them, and how they are financed; and what the alternative forms of investor protection are, together with their associated costs and benefits.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199261932
(234mm x 157mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 16-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Julian Franks
Luis Correia da Silva is Director of Oxford Economic Research Associates Ltd. His main area of specialization is in the financial aspects of regulation and competition policy cases. He is also an expert on cost of capital, corporate governance, and other corporate finance issues.He has undertaken work for various financial services clients, such as the London Stock Exchange, the European Asset Management Association (EAMA), and the Financial Services Authority (FSA). He also advises utilities and regulators in the UK and abroad.
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