IFIC ready to roll on CRM3 talks

The organization suggests there’s no need to wait for the results of CRM2 studies to come out

IFIC ready to roll on CRM3 talks
The industry-wide impact of CRM2 will probably take years of study to determine. But one industry group is already prepared to discuss the next logical regulatory step.

The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) has requested a meeting of stakeholder entities to discuss a proposal for CRM3, which would extend disclosure requirements to reflect the full management expense ratio (MER) of investment funds. The request was made a letter addressed to Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) chair Louis Morisset and the heads of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association (MFDA) and Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC)

“One of the early successes of CRM2 is that client-advisor discussions are generating more questions about the full MER,” said IFIC President and CEO Paul C. Borque. “Our members now are ready and willing to turn their attention to CRM3.”

In 2015, the MFDA consulted on a proposal to provide investors with personalized reports that include dollar-and-cents fee disclosures. The IFIC responded by supporting expanded disclosure, adding that research into investor and advisor responses to CRM2 could reveal insights that could inform further disclosure.

Even though the results of the CSA’s studies on CRM2 won’t be known for several years, the IFIC suggested that CRM3 talks can proceed along with the research. “CRM3 will take some time to design and implement and regulators can absorb and incorporate learnings from CRM2 as we work through new CRM3 rules together,” Bourque said.

The Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators is also mulling expanded disclosure; having the CRM3 proposal ironed out at the same time as the disclosure rules in insurance would give investors better alignment on the insurance and investment information they receive.

“Canada has one of the best investor-centred disclosure regimes in the world,” Bourque said. “Full disclosure of the MER would make Canada the world leader."

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