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EU Directive: MIFID II - Markets In Financial Instruments Directive

MiFID (II): The EU Financial directive explained

Acronyms, who doesn’t love ’em? From the United States with agencies such as FBI, CSI, NCIS, FCC, etc. To Europe with ESMA, OPCW, or NATO. In turn, institutions and organizations like to use them too for their rules. It are these regulations that I’d like to clarify. Since there are quite a few that specifically impact investors/traders, I created this series.

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PRIIPs Regulation Printed On The Side Of A Ring Folder

PRIIPs: Why Europeans can’t buy fancy US funds anymore

Most retail investors that trade on their own already noticed since the beginning of 2018. As a European, it’s not possible to buy US Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) anymore. If you were trying to find out how to buy US ETF in Europe, I hate to burst your bubble but there is no straight forward for this after a new regulation (no, options aren’t straightforward). The main culprit? One acronym: PRIIPs.
PRIIPs stands for Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products. Phew, that’s a mouthful, isn’t it? No wonder the abbreviation is used most of the time.

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