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30/01/2020 ESMA71-99-1279 Statement on ESMA Standing Committee Chair appointments Jan 2020 , Statement PDF
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09/01/2020 ESMA71-99-1272 ESMA key priorities 2020-22 , , Press Release PDF
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04/12/2019 ESMA71-99-1254 Acting Chair CCP Supervisory Committee , , , Statement PDF
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01/10/2019 ESMA71-99-1220 ESMA 2020 WP , , , , Press Release PDF
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11/07/2019 ESMA71-99-1193 ESMA reappoints MB members July 2019 and SC extension , , , Press Release PDF
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26/03/2019 ESMA71-99-1136 SCSC Chair reappointed , Statement PDF
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01/02/2019 ESMA71-99-1096 ESMA and EU securities regulators MoUs with FCA , , , , , Press Release PDF
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30/01/2019 ESMA71-99-1095 New IMSC Chair , Statement 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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03/10/2018 ESMA71-99-1046 WP 2019 Press Release , , Press Release PDF
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24/05/2018 ESMA71-99-981 Anneli Tuominen VC reappointment , Press Release 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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15/03/2018 JC-2018-04 Joint Committee Final Report on Big Data Final Report 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].

01/06/2017 ESMA71-99-466 Public Notice- Moody's Germany and Moody's United Kingdom Statement PDF
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