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02 December 2015

AFME calls for better functioning equity markets in Europe

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The report found that European equity markets remain under-developed, weakening the region’s economic potential, and urged policymakers to remove unintended liquidity restrictions in current regulatory proposals to foster a European equity culture.

AFME issued a report highlighting the need for Europe to make greater use of its equity markets. “Simon Lewis, Chief Executive of AFME, said: “This is an opportune time to highlight the benefits of equity markets in Europe. The Commission has set out its plan for a Capital Markets Union (CMU) with a view to further developing and integrating capital markets to generate economic growth. We hope our report will help ensure that equity fulfils its potential as a critical source of capital.”

AFME’s report concludes that the European Commission should create incentives for an equity culture in Europe in the context of the CMU, address the risks to equity markets in current regulatory proposals, and encourage greater integration of European markets.

Richard Semark, Managing Director, Head of Client Execution Strategy and UBS Multilateral Trading Facility, said: “This report is a very timely reminder that a well-functioning equity market is crucial to the European economy. However, this fact is sometimes overlooked or forgotten by policy makers among their many other objectives.”

The AFME report explores the potential benefits of European equity markets, including not only their provision of funding for high growth sectors, but also long-term investment returns necessary to help fill the pension shortfall.

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