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Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products Regulation (PRIIPs)
Article 8

Article 8

  1. The title 'Key Information Document' shall appear prominently at the top of the first page of the key information document.

    The key information document shall be presented in the sequence laid down in paragraphs 2 and 3.

  2. An explanatory statement shall appear directly underneath the title of the key information document. It shall read:

    This document provides you with key information about this investment product. It is not marketing material. The information is required by law to help you understand the nature, risks, costs, potential gains and losses of this product and to help you compare it with other products..

  3. The key information document shall contain the following information:
    1. at the beginning of the document, the name of the PRIIP, the identity and contact details of the PRIIP manufacturer, information about the competent authority of the PRIIP manufacturer and the date of the document;
    2. where applicable, a comprehension alert which shall read: You are about to purchase a product that is not simple and may be difficult to understand.;
    3. under a section titled What is this product?, the nature and main features of the PRIIP, including:
      1. the type of the PRIIP;
      2. its objectives and the means for achieving them, in particular whether the objectives are achieved by means of direct or indirect exposure to the underlying investment assets, including a description of the underlying instruments or reference values, including a specification of the markets the PRIIP invests in, including, where applicable, specific environmental or social objectives targeted by the product, as well as how the return is determined;
      3. a description of the type of retail investor to whom the PRIIP is intended to be marketed, in particular in terms of the ability to bear investment loss and the investment horizon;
      4. where the PRIIP offers insurance benefits, details of those insurance benefits, including the circumstances that would trigger them;
      5. the term of the PRIIP, if known;
    4. under a section titled What are the risks and what could I get in return?, a brief description of the risk-reward profile comprising the following elements:
      1. a summary risk indicator, supplemented by a narrative explanation of that indicator, its main limitations and a narrative explanation of the risks which are materially relevant to the PRIIP and which are not adequately captured by the summary risk indicator;
      2. the possible maximum loss of invested capital, including, information on:
        • whether the retail investor can lose all invested capital, or
        • whether the retail investor bears the risk of incurring additional financial commitments or obligations, including contingent liabilities in addition to the capital invested in the PRIIP, and
        • where applicable, whether the PRIIP includes capital protection against market risk, and the details of its cover and limitations, in particular with respect to the timing of when it applies;
      3. appropriate performance scenarios, and the assumptions made to produce them;
      4. where applicable, information on conditions for returns to retail investors or built-in performance caps;
      5. a statement that the tax legislation of the retail investor's home Member State may have an impact on the actual payout;
    5. under a section titled What happens if [the name of the PRIIP manufacturer] is unable to pay out?, a brief description of whether the related loss is covered by an investor compensation or guarantee scheme and if so, which scheme it is, the name of the guarantor and which risks are covered by the scheme and which are not;
    6. under a section titled What are the costs?, the costs associated with an investment in the PRIIP, comprising both direct and indirect costs to be borne by the retail investor, including one-off and recurring costs, presented by means of summary indicators of these costs and, to ensure comparability, total aggregate costs expressed in monetary and percentage terms, to show the compound effects of the total costs on the investment.

      The key information document shall include a clear indication that advisors, distributors or any other person advising on, or selling, the PRIIP will provide information detailing any cost of distribution that is not already included in the costs specified above, so as to enable the retail investor to understand the cumulative effect that these aggregate costs have on the return of the investment;

    7. under a section titled How long should I hold it and can I take money out early?
      1. where applicable, whether there is a cooling off period or cancellation period for the PRIIP;
      2. an indication of the recommended and, where applicable, required minimum holding period;
      3. the ability to make, and the conditions for, any disinvestments before maturity, including all applicable fees and penalties, having regard to the risk and reward profile of the PRIIP and the market evolution it targets;
      4. information about the potential consequences of cashing in before the end of the term or recommended holding period, such as the loss of capital protection or additional contingent fees;
    8. under a section titled How can I complain?, information about how and to whom a retail investor can make a complaint about the product or the conduct of the PRIIP manufacturer or a person advising on, or selling, the product;
    9. under a section titled Other relevant information, a brief indication of any additional information documents to be provided to the retail investor at the pre-contractual and/or the post-contractual stage, excluding any marketing material.
  4. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 30 specifying the details of the procedures used to establish whether a PRIIP targets specific environmental or social objectives.
  5. In order to ensure consistent application of this Article, the ESAs shall, through the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (Joint Committee), develop draft regulatory technical standards specifying:
    1. the details of the presentation and the content of each of the elements of information referred to in paragraph 3;
    2. the methodology underpinning the presentation of risk and reward as referred to in points (d) (i) and (iii) of paragraph 3; and
    3. the methodology for the calculation of costs, including the specification of summary indicators, as referred to in point (f) of paragraph 3.

    When developing the draft regulatory technical standards the ESAs shall take into account the various types of PRIIPs, the differences between them and the capabilities of retail investors as well as the features of the PRIIPs so as to allow the retail investor to select between different underlying investments or other options provided for by the product, including where this selection can be undertaken at different points in time, or changed in the future.

    The ESAs shall submit those draft regulatory technical standards to the Commission by 31 March 2015.

    Power is delegated to the Commission to adopt the regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph in accordance with Articles 10 to 14 of Regulation (EU) No 1093/2010, of Regulation (EU) No 1094/2010 and of Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010.