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14/04/2021 ESMA 50-165-1710 ESMA annual statistical report on performance and costs of retail investment products in the EU- 2021 , , Report PDF
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18/02/2021 ESMA WP-2021-03 ESMA working paper on MiFID II research unbundling Report PDF
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Presentation given during the Webinar organised on 25 February 2021

ESMA50-165-1308_RESEARCH_UNBUNDLING_PRESENTATION.PDF (europa.eu)

29/09/2020 ESMA WP-2020-3 ESMA working paper on DVC mechanism and impact on EU equity markets , Report PDF
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29/06/2020 ESMA50-164-3463 ESMA’s response to the European Commission’s Consultation on a New Digital Finance Strategy for Europe Report PDF
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03/06/2020 ESMA71-99-1334 ESMA consults on cloud outsourcing guidelines Press Release PDF
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06/04/2020 ESMA 50-165-1098 ESMA annual statistical report on performance and costs of retail investment products in the EU- 2020 , , Report PDF
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12/07/2019 ESMA50-164-2430 Report on the Licensing of FinTech business models Report PDF
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09/01/2019 ESMA71-99-1084 Crypto-assets need common EU-wide approach to ensure investor protection , Press Release PDF
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09/01/2019 ESMA50-157-1391 Advice on Initial Coin Offerings and Crypto-Assets Report PDF
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07/01/2019 JC 2018 74 Joint ESA report on Regulatory sandboxes and innovation hubs , Report PDF
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23/05/2018 ESMA71-99-979 ESMA appoints new chair to its Committee of Economic and Markets’ Analysis , Statement PDF
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15/03/2018 15-3-18 ESAs weigh benefits and risks of Big Data , Press Release PDF
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18/12/2017 ESMA 71-99-670 New rules make EU issuers’ annual financial reports machine-readable Press Release PDF
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13/11/2017 ESMA71-99-649 Press Release ICO Statements , , Press Release PDF
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13/11/2017 ESMA50-157-828 ESMA alerts firms involved in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) to the need to meet relevant regulatory requirements , Statement PDF
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13/11/2017 ESMA50-157-829 ESMA alerts investors to the high risks of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) , Statement PDF
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29/09/2017 ESMA71-99-602 ESMA appoints new chairs to Standing Committees , , , , , , , 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].

07/06/2017 ESMA50-158-457 ESMA response to the Commission Consultation Paper on Fintech: A more competitive and innovative financial sector Report PDF
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  1. ESMA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Commission Consultation paper on Fintech: a more competitive and innovative financial sector (hereafter “the Consultation”).
  2. Fintech and, technological innovation in general, have been the drivers of a number of developments in the financial sector in recent years. Indeed, new forms of services and businesses such as automated advice or crowdfunding have emerged. ESMA sees these developments as a positive evolution as long as they are aimed at improving consumer financial experience and facilitate financial inclusion. ESMA would also want to stress that it adheres to the core principles (technological neutrality, proportionality and market integrity) highlighted by the Commission and agrees that any EU policies aiming to ensure the financial sector takes advantage of cutting-edge technologies, while remaining sound and safe for investors, need to integrate these principles.
  3. In this response, ESMA wishes to share with the Commission some reflections on a number of topics mentioned in the Consultation which appear relevant to ESMA:
    • Artificial intelligence and big data analytics for automated advice and businesses;
    • Crowdfunding;
    • Reg Tech;
    • Outsourcing and cloud computing;
    • Distributed ledger technology;
    • Role of regulation and supervisors; and
    • Role of industry: standards and interoperability
07/03/2017 ESMA50-1623096732-432x Closing remarks Financial Innovation Day Statement PDF
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