The Employee Savings Plan Market in France: Where is the Growth Opportunity?

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8 April 2003


Paris, France April 8, 2003


In a new report, Celent Communications analyzes new growth opportunities in the French employee savings plan market, created by the 2001 Fabius Act and the Internet.

The employee savings plan (ESP) market has been very stable for years, with respect to the number of players and their positions (except for the entrance of AXA). The ESP market is currently very small compared to the markets of other savings vehicles, with only bn 53 of assets under management. So why have we recently begun to hear the sounds of awakening in this line of business from in every financial institution in France?

A main reason is that the Fabius Act of 2001 has created new opportunities for financial institutions. This act, by creating the regulatory framework for financial institutions to develop standardized employee savings plans, has laid the foundation for the SMB market segment to be a profitable one. It has also laid the foundation for a better use of the Internet, because the new standardized products will be easier to integrate with an online platform.

"The added impact of the Fabius Act and online tools for employees could allow the employee savings plan market to double by 2005" says Celent analyst Axel Pierron, author of the report. "Internet offerings will be key to changing the habits of employees so they eventually integrate their ESP with their overall savings strategy. Offering online tools such as simulation, trading and payments, will have a direct impact on the flow of assets to ESPs. We forecast that annual asset flows to employee savings plans will be close to bn 14 in 2005".

This report examines the current state of the ESP market in France. It also details and evaluates the growth opportunities generated by the Fabius Act and the use of the Internet to enable employees to directly manage their employee savings plans.

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