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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||MiFID - Investor Protection, Warnings and publications for investors||Statement||PDF
|29/09/2017||ESMA71-99-602||ESMA appoints new chairs to Standing Committees||Board of Supervisors, Corporate Disclosure, Corporate Finance, Corporate Information, Innovation and Products, Market Integrity, MiFID - Secondary Markets, Post Trading||Statement||PDF
|28/09/2017||ESMA70-154-356||Public statement- Joint work plan of ESMA and NCAs for opinions on MiFID II pre-trade transparency waivers and position limits||MiFID - Secondary Markets||Statement||PDF
|28/06/2017||ESMA35-36-885||Product Intervention- General Statement||Innovation and Products, MiFID - Investor Protection||Statement||PDF
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 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.
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.
 ESMA/2016/1166 Warning about CFDs, binary options and other speculative products published 25 July 2016
|30/09/2016||2016/1408||ESMA appoints new chairs to Standing Committees||Board of Supervisors, Fund Management, Market Integrity, MiFID - Investor Protection||Statement||PDF
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:
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.
|20/06/2016||2016/940||Statement by Steven Maijoor at ECON MiFID II/MiFIR Scrutiny Session, 21 June 2016||Speeches, MiFID - Secondary Markets||Statement||PDF
|02/06/2016||2016/902||MiFID practices for firms selling financial instruments subject to the BRRD resolution regime||MiFID - Investor Protection||Statement||PDF
|25/05/2016||2016/724||Requirements for reference data submission under Article 4 MAR||Market Abuse, Market Integrity||Statement||PDF
|24/07/2012||2011/39||Update on measures adopted by competent authorities on short selling||CESR Archive||Statement||PDF
|This is the PDF version of the statement. Please also see the word version of the statement which contains all links to the measures curretly in place.|
|26/10/2010||10-1027||CESR 2010 Half-Yearly Report||CESR Archive||Annual Report||PDF
|26/10/2010||10-1083||Follow-up Statement on Application of Disclosure Requirements Related to Financial Instruments in the 2009 Financial Statements||CESR Archive||Statement||PDF
|18/06/2010||10-766||CESR Annual Report for 2009||CESR Archive||Annual Report||PDF
|18/11/2009||09-782||CESR 2009 Half-Yearly Report||CESR Archive||Annual Report||PDF
|27/07/2009||09-744||CESR Annual Report for 2008||CESR Archive||Annual Report||PDF
|15/07/2009||09-575||Statement on the application of and disclosures related to the reclassification of financial instruments||CESR Archive||Statement||PDF
|07/01/2009||08-937||CESR statement on the reclassification of financial instruments and other related issues||CESR Archive||Statement||PDF
|21/10/2008||08-839||Joint statement from CESR, CEBS and CEIOPS Regarding the latest developments in accounting||CESR Archive||Statement||PDF
|17/10/2008||08-678||Interim Report on the Activities of CESR to the European Commission||CESR Archive||Annual Report||PDF
|03/10/2008||08-713b||CESR statement- Fair value measurement and related disclosures of financial instruments in illiquid markets||CESR Archive||Statement||PDF
|25/07/2008||08-103||CESR Annual Report for 2007||CESR Archive||Annual Report||PDF