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03/04/2020 ESMA34-39-969 Public Statement of Consultation Practices , Statement PDF
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01/04/2020 ESMA71-99-1309 Appointment of ACP Chair , Statement PDF
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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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04/12/2019 ESMA71-99-1254 Acting Chair CCP Supervisory Committee , , , Statement PDF
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28/03/2019 ESMA90-1-83 Brexit Update March 2019 , , , , , Statement PDF
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26/03/2019 ESMA71-99-1136 SCSC Chair reappointed , Statement PDF
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15/03/2019 ESMA33-5-735 ESMA statement on the endorsement of UK credit ratings in case of a no-deal Brexit , Statement PDF
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30/01/2019 ESMA71-99-1095 New IMSC Chair , 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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23/05/2018 ESMA71-99-979 ESMA appoints new chair to its Committee of Economic and Markets’ Analysis , Statement PDF
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13/11/2017 ESMA71-99-650 Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited Registration , Statement 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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03/05/2017 ESMA33-9-174 Opening Statement for ECON Scrutiny Hearing on CRA Regulation Statement PDF
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07/03/2017 ESMA50-1623096732-432x Closing remarks Financial Innovation Day Statement PDF
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07/03/2017 ESMA50-1623096732-432 Opening remarks Financial Innovation Day Statement PDF
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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.