It is a goal explicitly stated in the constitution of the association that membership is regarded as a mark of quality and reliability both within and outside the industry.
Members are allowed to participate and vote in the general assembly, and to represent the industry on the association's board of directors.
Members can also participate in the various committees and working groups under the board of directors.
The administration also publishes an electronic newsletter exclusively for members. The newsletter provides members with updated information on relevant issues, such as regulatory changes, updated statistics and invitations to all events organized by the association.
Members can also request bilateral services from the administration (e.g. advice and considerations on regulation, tailored presentations etc.)
The association will administer classification of all funds under management according to the industrywide standard of fund classification. The precondition to such classification is daily reporting of net asset value to the association's database operator (Oslo Stock Exchange) according to the industrywide standard for fund information and classification.
Membership and thus classification of funds under management will enable broad distribution of fund data on the fund management companies' funds in the Norwegian market. Oslo Stock Exchange reports these data daily to the media and the government's central financial information portal and all other subscribers of daily fund information in the Norwegian market.
Membership requirements ¶
Foreign members are only required to comply with the industry standards that are relevant to their activities in Norway, and do not conflict with the fund management company's domestic regulation.
All members are required to abide by the constitution of the association and its industrywide standards. Members are also required to report statistics on sales, redemptions and assets under management (towards Norwegian investors) in accordance with requirements specified by the board of directors.
Membership preconditions ¶
Foreign fund management companies are welcome to join the Norwegian Mutual Fund Association. Preconditions for membership are as follows:
- Assets under management in the fund management company's mutual funds must exceed the equivalent of 100 million NOK.
- The fund management company must have conducted regular operations for a minimum of 12 months
- Acceptable results from recent on-site inspection by the fund management company's domestic regulator
Associated membership ¶
Companies that are not able to comply with the preconditions for full membership are welcome to become associated members. There are no conditions for associate membership. Associated members have no voting rights in the general assembly, and cannot represent the industry on the association's board of directors.
If and when the preconditions for full membership are met, an associated member must apply for full membership or terminate membership of the association.
Annual fee ¶
Foreign fund management companies with a license to provide investment advice is set to pay an annual fee to the association of 78.750 NOK (2015 figures, subject to annual adjustment) per year regardless of company size.
For other associate members the annual fee is set to 42.000 NOK.
Foreign members have no additional liability for the operational expenses of the association. They are however required to give notification at least four months prior to years end if membership is to be terminated the following year. Otherwise the fund management company is obligated to pay the annual membership fee for the following year.