How MiFID II could ‘accelerate’ long-term investing
The unbundling of research costs under MiFID II could be “a very important accelerator” of long-term investing, according to Kempen Capital Management’s chief investment officer.
“There is overwhelming evidence that a long-term focus creates more value”
Lars Dijkstra, Kempen
Lars Dijkstra, whose investment teams oversee more than £45bn (€50bn) in assets, told IPE that the new rules would add to the growing trend of asset managers bringing research capabilities in-house.
Kempen earlier this year announced that it would pay for investment research from its own balance sheet rather than pass the cost on to clients, a move subsequently followed by a majority of asset managers.
“If you look at the active management industry, as an industry we don’t add value,” he said. “There is pressure on the buy side from passives to deliver value. In my view that means you have to focus on long-term, highly active, high-engagement portfolios. Probably 80-90% of sell-side research doesn’t qualify for that, which means you have to do the research yourself.”
While investment banks and other research providers are scrambling to price their offerings for a MiFID II market, Dijkstra argued that the provision of research would become a question of quality rather than price in the years ahead.
“There is overwhelming evidence that a long-term focus creates more value,” he said. The shift towards long-term investing “has been going on for the last 10 years, but MiFID could be a very important accelerator”, he added.
Analysts that focus only on the last quarter or the next quarter would get less attention, Dijkstra said, as more investors engaged with companies on a long-term basis.
The CIO added: “Most of the dialogue we want to have with companies we can do on our own. We want to have our own long-term relationship with companies. In general we would ask different questions than those relating to the next or last quarter.”
Dijkstra’s comments reflected a report published this week by Aviva Investors calling for significant reform of sell-side research provision.
The UK asset manager argued it needed to be “rational and commercial” for providers to consider long-term sustainability issues as well as short-term financial performance. It called for clients and regulators to take steps to encourage this change.
“If the buy-side makes it clear that it expects, needs and values a far greater focus on long-term sustainable research, then practice and habit will change and the sell-side will respond,” Aviva Investors said.
“It is a clear way for sell-side analysts to differentiate themselves from peers and offers a degree of protection in a fiercely competitive environment. It would align the research with the needs of long asset managers to invest over the long-term and deliver long-term performance.”
Aviva’s full report, Investment Research: Time for a Brave New World?, is available here .
How asset managers have moved
IPE is tracking asset managers’ decisions on the unbundling of MiFID II research costs based on our annual list of the Top 120 European institutional managers.
So far, 37 managers have declared their intentions, with just two planning to charge clients directly. Amundi is reviewing its plans to charge clients, while Fidelity intends to overhaul its equity fund fee structure globally.
A spokesman for APG, the asset manager for Dutch civil servants’ pension scheme ABP, said the firm was in discussions with its clients but no decision had yet been reached.
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Last updated: 6 October 2017
|Company||AUM (€m)||Who pays?|
|Legal & General IM||792,950||Manager|
|Aberdeen Standard Investments||393,759||Manager|
|Deutsche Asset Management||230,789||Manager|
|Goldman Sachs AM||223,210||Manager|
|UBS Asset Management||169,643||Manager|
|JP Morgan Asset Management||131,707||Manager|
|AXA Investment Managers||125,466||Manager|
|Allianz Global Investors||91,402||Manager|
|HSBC Global AM||90,636||Manager|
|Northern Trust AM||67,379||Manager|
|Vanguard Asset Management||61,837||Manager|
|Baillie Gifford & Co||52,857||Manager|
|Record Currency Management||48,552||Manager|
|Newton Investment Management||43,719||Manager|
|CBRE Global Investors||41,000||Manager|
|Janus Henderson Investors||40,997||Manager|
|NN Investment Partners||36,382||Manager|
|Hermes Investment Management||33,423||Manager|
|Kempen Capital Management||32,274||Manager|
|Franklin Templeton Investments||19,440||Manager|
|BlueBay Asset Management||18,565||Manager|
|J O Hambro Capital Management||14,773||Manager|
|T Rowe Price||11,759||Manager|
|First State Investments||11,282||Manager|
Notes: AUM figures relate to European institutional assets only, and are expressed in euros. Data from IPE’s Top 400 asset management survey, correct to 31 December 2016.
* Under review; no final decision