May 15th 2017: The Central Bank said "Ireland is the largest European centre for Exchanged Traded Funds (ETFs), which are the fastest growing type of investment fund globally. ETFs have experienced exponential growth since they were first established in 1990 with more than US$4tn in assets globally as at the end of April 2017". The Discussion Paper invites stakeholders "to help inform global and European discussions on ETFs. It will contribute to the Central Bank's leading contribution to those discussions and to the Central Bank’s role in maintaining stability and protecting consumers".
"The purpose of this Discussion Paper is to garner information from Stakeholders and other interested parties on any aspect of ETFs (whether covered in the Discussion Paper itself, or not). Stakeholders are requested to provide responses to the questions posed in the Discussion Paper along with any general observations on this topic", it says.
The paper can be accessed here