The Central Bank publishes MiFID Structured Retail Product Review industry letter

Investment Firms

Date: 27 April 2022

On 22 April 2022 the Central Bank of Ireland wrote to MiFID investment firms, outlining the findings from a series of targeted reviews of Structured Retail Products (SRPs). These reviews examined SRPs manufactured and distributed by investment firms in the MiFID investment sector. A number of areas were identified where further action is needed by firms to ensure their governance and oversight of SRPs keeps pace with an increasingly complex retail investment market, so that investors are appropriately protected.

The reviews found a number of poor practices and weaknesses in firms’ processes, which increase risks to investors. This includes failure by firms to consider potential difficulties investors may have in understanding the complex features involved in some SRPs; failing to present past performance information in a fair and balanced manner; and not including prominent capital at risk warnings in marketing materials.

The letter requires regulated firms to take action to identify a sufficiently granular target market for SRPs and to drive improvements in the quality and transparency of disclosures to investors of the risks relating to these products. Firms are required to undertake a full review of current SRP arrangements and controls against the findings and expectations outlined in this letter.

More information: Press Release - Central Bank reviews identify issues in marketing of complex investment products