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06/05/2020 ESMA35-43-2391 Reminder of firms’ MiFID II conduct of business obligations in the context of increasing retail investor activity , Statement PDF
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06/05/2020 ESMA71-99-1321 ESMA registers SFTR TRs , , Statement PDF
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09/04/2020 ESMA80-187-546 Actions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the EU financial markets regarding the timeliness of fulfilling external audit requirements for interest rate benchmarks under the Benchmarks Regulation , Statement PDF
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31/03/2020 ESMA35-36-1919 Clarification of issues related to the publication of reports by execution venues and firms as required under RTS 27 and 28 , Statement PDF
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20/03/2020 ESMA35-43-2348 ESMA Statement on COVID-19 telephone recording , Statement PDF
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09/03/2020 ESMA80-199-332 ESMA Supervision- Annual Report 2019 and Work Programme 2020 , , , , Annual Report PDF
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07/10/2019 ESMA70-155-8500 Impact of no-deal Brexit on the application of MiFID II/MiFIR and the Benchmark Regulation (BMR) , , Statement PDF
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07/10/2019 ESMA90-1-167 Update on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union- preparations for a possible no-deal Brexit scenario on 31 October 2019 , , , Statement PDF
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12/07/2019 ESMA35-36-1743 Statement Product Intervention Statement PDF
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28/03/2019 ESMA90-1-83 Brexit Update March 2019 , , , , , Statement PDF
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10/01/2019 ESMA71-99-1081 Press release- ESMA report finds investment product performance highly impacted by charges , Annual Report PDF
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10/01/2019 ESMA50-165-731 ESMA annual statistical report on performance and costs of retail investment products in the EU , Annual Report PDF
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19/12/2018 ESMA35-43-1328 Brexit Statement- information to clients , Statement PDF
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09/11/2018 ESMA80-187-149 Public statement- Contingency plans of Credit Rating Agencies and Trade Repositories in the context of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union , , Statement PDF
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07/11/2018 ESMA71-99-1058 ESMA new SC chairs , , Statement 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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27/04/2018 ESMA22-103-753 Multilateral MoU on cooperation, information exchange and consultation , Statement PDF
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13/03/2018 ESMA70-143-30 First meeting of the Euro Risk Free Rate Working Group – Steven Maijoor concluding remarks Statement 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].