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12/07/2019 ESMA35-36-1743 Statement Product Intervention Statement PDF
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31/01/2019 ESMA35-43-1562 CFD Renewal Decision (2) Notice Decision PDF
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21/12/2018 ESMA35-43-1533 ESMA35-43-1533 Binary Options Renewal Decision Notice Decision PDF
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19/12/2018 ESMA35-43-1328 Brexit Statement- information to clients , Statement PDF
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07/11/2018 ESMA71-99-1058 ESMA new SC chairs , , Statement PDF
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31/10/2018 ESMA35-43-1397 CFD Renewal Decision Notice Decision PDF
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30/05/2018 ESMA71-99-991 Statement of the EBA and ESMA on the treatment of retail holdings of debt financial instruments subject to the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive , Statement PDF
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12/02/2018 ESMA50-164-1284 ESA warning on virtual currencies , Investor Warning PDF
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15/12/2017 ESMA71-99-910 Statement on preparatory work of the European Securities and Markets Authority in relation to CFDs and binary options offered to retail clients , Statement PDF
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28/06/2017 ESMA35-36-885 Product Intervention- General Statement , Statement PDF
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This statement provides an update on the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) work in relation to the sale of contracts for differences (CFDs), binary options and other speculative products to retail investors.

 

ESMA has been concerned about the provision of speculative products such as CFDs, rolling spot forex and binary options to retail investors for a considerable period of time and has conducted ongoing monitoring and supervisory convergence work in this area. In this context, ESMA has previously published a number of Q&As on CFDs and other speculative products[1] to foster supervisory convergence, having established a CFD Task Force in July 2015, and also issued a further investor warning on the sale of CFDs, binary options and other speculative products in July 2016[2].

 

However, ESMA remains concerned that these supervisory convergence tools may not be sufficiently effective to ensure that the risks to consumer protection are sufficiently controlled or reduced. ESMA is therefore discussing the possible use of its product intervention powers under Article 40 of MiFIR to address investor protection risks in relation to CFDs, rolling spot forex and binary options.

 

ESMA is in the process of discussing the possible use of its product intervention powers under Article 40 of MiFIR, the possible content of any such measures, and how they could be applied. However, ESMA can confirm that the measures being discussed for (i) CFDs and rolling spot forex and (ii) binary options include proposals that take into account a number of measures that have been adopted or publicly consulted on by EU National Competent Authorities. These measures include leverage limits, guaranteed limits on client losses, and / or restrictions on the marketing and distribution of these products.

 

In accordance with Article 40 of MiFIR, any intervention measures must be approved by the ESMA Board of Supervisors and can only come into effect from 3 January 2018 at the earliest[3].

30/09/2016 2016/1408 ESMA appoints new chairs to Standing Committees , , , Statement PDF
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The Board of Supervisors of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has appointed the following individuals to serve as chairs of its standing committees:

  • Hannelore Lausch, Executive Director of the Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin), Germany, will chair the Market Data Standing Committee;
  • Cyril Roux, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI, will chair the Investment Management Standing Committee; and
  • Merel van Vroonhoven, Chair of the Autoriteit Financiële Markten (AFM), Netherlands, will chair the Investor Protection and Intermediaries Standing Committee.

The standing committees are expert groups drawn from ESMA staff and the national competent authorities for securities markets regulation in the Member States, and are responsible for the development of policy in their respective areas.  The appointments are for a period of two years and commence with immediate effect.

25/07/2016 2016/1166 Warning about CFDs, binary options and other speculative products , Investor Warning PDF
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02/06/2016 2016/902 MiFID practices for firms selling financial instruments subject to the BRRD resolution regime Statement PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 SV Risker med att investera i komplexa produkter , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 ES Riesgos de las inversiones en productos complejos , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 SL Tveganja, ki jih prinašajo naložbe v kompleksne produkte , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 SK Riziká investovania do komplexných produktov , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 RO Riscurile investirii în produse complexe , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 PT Os riscos de investir em produtos complexos , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 PL Zagrożenia związane z inwestowaniem w produkty złożone , Investor Warning PDF
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