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Ten things you should know about PRIIPs

Ten things you should know about PRIIPs

There are ten things advisers should know about the European Union's Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (Priips) regulation. 

1. Legal basics

The regulation on key information documents for Priips, Regulation (EU) 1286/2014) will introduce a new product disclosure document, the key information document (Kid).

In April 2017, the European Commission published the regulatory technical standards (RTS) for Kids. The RTS provide detailed requirements for the content and core elements of a Kid. 

Recently, on 4 July 2017, the EBA published the respective Q&As on the Priips Kid.

2. What is a Priip?

A Priip is a packaged retail and insurance-based investment product that might be subject to investment risks for retail investors.

The Priips regulation covers all investment products and contracts in which consumers invest money directly or indirectly in the capital market or where its repayment is otherwise linked to the performance of certain securities or reference values.

This includes products like structured financial products (certificates and structured deposits), financial products whose value is derived from reference values such as shares (derivatives), investment funds (exception are Ucits) and endowment life insurance products.

3. What is a Kid?

A key information document (Kid) is an information sheet consisting of at most three A4 pages. It provides the consumer with information on the main features of the respective product. Focus is on the risks, reward profile and costs associated with the product.

4. What is the scope?

The provisions with regard to Kid will be applicable from January 2018 onwards. Every retail investor who is interested in investing in a Priips and has asked for information about such a product has to be provided with the respective Kid.

The Kid has to be abstract in nature and address the market in general, but with the focus on a special target group of investors. This means that does not address the individual investor. Whether the right target group of investors is addressed, has to be decided by the seller of the Priip.

5. Who is protected?

The Priips regulation protects any retail investor who wants to purchase a Priip. Retail investors are defined as retail clients in the meaning of Mifid II or a customer within the meaning of the Insurance Directive (if they are no professional clients).

6. Who must ensure compliance?

The obligation to ensure compliance of the Kid with the legal provisions is with the manufacturer of the Priip. The manufacturer is the one who manufactures the Priip or that makes changes to an existing Priip's risk and reward profile or the costs associated with an investment in a Priip.

It is important to know that the responsibility of the manufacturer cannot be delegated, even by outsourcing.

7. Standards

For the manufacturing of a Kid, the delegated regulation has provisions in place to standardize the content, layout and order of a Kid. The most important core contents of a Kid will be: