Investment advice at Nordea
Investment market regulation in the EU will be revised at the beginning of 2018 with the entry into force of the MiFID II directive. The new regulation aims to increase transparency in the financial markets and to make it easier to compare investment services. While our services are currently compliant with the directive to a large extent, we are now making changes to the way we report costs, among other things. We aim to offer you the best investment advice on the market while making sure that we comply with regulations.
More information to support your investment decisions
The aim of investment advice is to find investment products that suit the customer’s needs and goals.
We will ask you for more information than before in order to make sure that every product you consider is well-suited for your needs. Before you make an investment decision, we will provide you with a description of the product’s features.
You will also receive information on the risks and costs involved. This will make it easier for you to compare products, helping you make the best investment decisions.
More detailed information on costs
In future, when discussing investment products and services with us, you will be provided with more detailed information on their costs. It will be easier for you to compare different investment service providers when you know the precise costs.
We will notify you of your annual costs in euros and as a percentage of your investments. Moreover, we will tell you the costs before every investment decision you make. You will also receive an assets report four times a year.
Diverse digital investment services
You can now find more comprehensive services in our digital channels. Netbank and Nordea Investor allow you to manage your investments independently. On our digital channels, you can review and analyse your investments, place orders and learn more about investing.
In the coming months, we will expand the fund selection offered to independent investors with around four hundred funds managed by our partners.
In addition, we are planning new services that will provide you with investment advice digitally.
Amendments to general terms and conditions and book-entry accounts as of 1 January 2018
The EU’s new MiFID II directive, which enters into force next year, will have an impact on our customer agreements. We have informed our customers of the effects of the new regulation on the terms and conditions of their agreements. The amendments do not require any action on our customers’ part.
Investment advisory services
Legislation defines investment advisory services provided by a bank to its customers as being non-independent by default, because a bank offers investment advice principally in relation to its own products or products to which the bank has close connections. The bank evaluates the suitability of investment products for the customer separately in each investment advice session but does not provide the customer with a regular evaluation of the suitability of the investment products recommended to the customer unless otherwise agreed with the customer.
Sales commissions received by Nordea from partners
The purpose of the incentives is to improve the quality of the service offered to customers. Nordea implements this, for instance, by using revenue from incentives towards the continuous development of services and offering more diverse products.
Before any service is offered to the customer, information is separately provided concerning the incentives related to that service (in EUR). If the precise amount is not known, the customer is told how the incentives are calculated, and the customer is informed of the precise amount of the incentive in EUR afterwards.
Recording conversations and other communications
The bank will in the future record conversations and other communications between the bank and the customer that lead or may lead to the bank receiving, transmitting or executing customer orders. The bank has the right to use recordings of phone conversations and other communications as evidence in the resolving of any disputes that may arise and for other purposes, of which the bank will separately inform the customer.
The bank is obliged to disclose such recordings to the competent authorities if they so request. Copies of any recorded conversations and communications exchanged with the customer will be kept available on request for five years. The recordings will be retained for seven years if so requested by the competent authorities.
Citizenship of a personal customer in transaction reporting
With the new legislation, the bank’s obligation to report to the authorities on trading in investment products will expand. The bank will be required to include the citizenship of personal customers in its reporting, and therefore the bank must have information on all of a personal customer’s citizenships.
Companies and other entities will need a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) for engaging in securities transactions
Companies and other entities will need a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) in order to trade in listed shares, bonds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and derivatives. Introduced on the basis of EU regulations, an LEI can be obtained from the Finnish Patent and Registration Office for a fee.
Changing the terms and conditions of agreement
If the bank exercises its right to change the terms and conditions of agreement, the bank will inform the customer by letter or in Netbank of any changes that will increase the customer’s obligations or restrict the customer’s rights.
Notifications sent by the bank
A notification sent by mail is considered to have been received by the recipient no later than seven (7) days from the date when it was sent, and an electronic notification is considered to have been received on the date when it was sent. In the case of customers permanently resident abroad, a notification sent by mail is considered to have been received by the recipient within 14 calendar days of the date when it was sent, unless otherwise proven.