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IOSCO work programme for 2019

10/05/2019

On 25 March 2019, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published its annual work programme for 2019.

The IOSCO Board has identified, amongst other things, five priority issues for 2019, namely:

  • crypto-assets: In 2019, IOSCO will focus on how platforms where crypto-assets are traded are regulated and will also examine regulation of investment funds with exposures to crypto-assets.
  • artificial intelligence and machine learning (AIML): During 2019, IOSCO will examine the supervision of market intermediaries, including asset managers, that use AIML and examine ethical challenges that may arise from the use of AIML in securities markets. ;
  • passive investing and index providers: IOSCO will initiate a review of the impact of passive investing on markets. IOSCO will also undertake a conduct-focused mandate on the role of index providers in asset management;
  • retail distribution and market fragmentation:  growth in digitalization, especially social media, has changed the way financial products are promoted and distributed. IOSCO will conduct work on these issues and will analyse potentially harmful market fragmentation, including that attributable to cross-border regulation.
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