"FAQ ex ante-disclosure of costs"

ex ante-disclosure of costs

According to the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG), providers of investment services are legally obliged to provide their customers with transaction- and financial instrument-specific cost information before each transaction.

Investors can therefore include the costs associated with the investment in their investment decision.

The ex ante-disclosure of costs presents the projected costs of a specific investment, while the ex post-disclosure of costs presents the actual costs of all investments made by the customer in the calendar year. This results in differences.

Even if a customer merely makes a single investment, differences may occur between the two disclosures, as the ex ante-disclosure of costs represents an annual view from the date of conclusion, while the ex post-disclosure of costs comprises calendar years.

No, every bank is under the obligation to do so. The bank prepares the disclosures for all customers of Fondsdepot Bank.

"Service costs" include issue premiums, transaction costs, fees for the creation of copies, the custody fee and the benefits received.

The costs incurred for the fund, i.e. the administration fee (e.g. less subsidies granted to the bank), the ancillary costs and the transaction costs of the fund are summed up under "Fund/product costs". The costs are taken into consideration in the pricing and will not be charged to the customer at the custody account level.

Benefits include commission, fees and other monetary payments as well as all non-monetary benefits that are granted by third parties or paid to third parties in connection with the securities services.

This especially includes the new business and portfolio commission that distribution partners receive in connection with the investment consulting or brokerage. For example, non-monetary benefits include training events for products to ensure high consulting and product competence.

Apart from the distribution partner, Fondsdepot Bank may also receive or grant benefits in connection with the securities services.

The item is presented from the perspective of Fondsdepot Bank. Depending on the business transaction, Fondsdepot Bank receives part of the administration fee.

As the liability umbrella provider, Fondsdepot Bank first receives the payments from business plans and contests for contractually tied agents, which are later forwarded to these persons (Intermediaries who are listed as employees of the liability umbrella).

The new business and portfolio commission that is forwarded to distribution partners is consolidated under the "Benefits granted".

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