On the 24th of April, the European Capital Market Institute (ECMI) published a Policy Brief by Cosmina Amariei named “Asset Allocation in Europe: Reality vs. Expectations”, which acknowledged that capital markets in Europe are expected to play a more prominent role in corporate financing, retail/institutional saving/investment and private risk-sharing altogether.
In the current institutional cycle, CMU remains as relevant as ever. However, it needs rethinking at an EU level and real commitment from member states. The capacity of capital markets to enhance the resilience of our societies as a whole, especially when confronted with unprecedented shocks, should certainly be given more thorough consideration.
In order to contribute to the public debate, CEPS and ECMI invited relevant stakeholders– policymakers, supervisors, consumer associations, industry representatives, and academics – to take part in a dedicated Task Force on “Asset Allocation in Europe: What challenges and opportunities lie ahead?”. A detailed overview of the overall proceedings is available here.
The main objective of this initiative was to explore meaningful ways of activating long-term savings and investment channels across the EU, with a focus on households, asset/fund managers, insurers and pension funds, under the overarching theme of sustainability in the real economy. The recent developments related to COVID-19 were also taken into account.
To this end, we invite you to read the analytical sections in the final report as well as the accompanying list of policy and market recommendations.
About the author
Cosmina Amariei joined the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) in May 2014, as part of the Financial Markets & Institutions Unit in CEPS.