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|21/07/2017||ESMA43-318-752||Statement to European Parliament Petitions Committee||Supervisory convergence||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
|11/04/2017||ESMA31-68-153||Closing Keynote CMU Mid Term Review Public Hearing- Steven Maijoor||Speeches, Supervisory convergence||Speech||PDF
|02/12/2016||2016/1640||Speech by Verena Ross, ESMA Executive Director at the 2016 Global Capital Markets Conference||MiFID - Investor Protection, Speeches||Speech||PDF
|17/11/2016||2016/1584||Safeguarding investors is key to ensuring the capital markets Union’s success||MiFID - Investor Protection, Speeches||Speech||PDF
|10/11/2016||2016-1563||Issues for consideration in implementing IFRS 9: Financial Instruments||Audit, Corporate Disclosure, IFRS Supervisory Convergence||Statement||PDF
|28/10/2016||ESMA/2016/1528||European common enforcement priorities for 2016 financial statements||Corporate Disclosure, Corporate Information, IFRS Supervisory Convergence||Statement||PDF
|30/09/2016||2016/1421||MiFID II: Status Quo und weitere Entwicklung||MiFID - Secondary Markets, Speeches||Speech||PDF
|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.
|20/07/2016||2016/1148||Public Statement Issues for consideration in implementing IFRS 15||IAS Regulation, IFRS Supervisory Convergence||Statement||PDF
|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
|13/06/2016||2016/945||Speech for the DSGV Kapitalmarktsymposium- Verena Ross, 10 June 2016, Berlin||MiFID - Secondary Markets||Speech||PDF
|02/06/2016||2016/902||MiFID practices for firms selling financial instruments subject to the BRRD resolution regime||MiFID - Investor Protection||Statement||PDF
|26/05/2016||2016/739||Speech Financial News 20th Anniversary Awards for Excellence- Steven Maijoor, 26 May 2016, London||MiFID - Investor Protection, Speeches||Speech||PDF
|26/05/2016||2016/734||Key note speech for the City week 2016 – Verena Ross, 9 May, London||Speeches, MiFID - Secondary Markets||Speech||PDF
|10/11/2015||2015/1639||Steven Maijoor at Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, European Parliament, Scrutiny Hearing on MiFID II||MiFID - Investor Protection, Speeches||Speech||PDF
|27/10/2015||2015/1609||Public Statement- Improving Disclosures||Corporate Disclosure, IFRS Supervisory Convergence||Statement||PDF
|27/10/2015||2015/1608||Public Statement- ECEP 2015||Corporate Disclosure, IFRS Supervisory Convergence||Statement||PDF
|24/03/2015||2015/620||MIFID/MIFIR- CSD hearing before ECON||MiFID - Secondary Markets, Speeches||Speech||PDF
|26/02/2015||2015/496||MiFID II – Switching on the light without turning-off the tap- Verena Ross, Executive Director, ESMA||MiFID - Secondary Markets, Speeches||Speech||PDF
|Verena Ross, Executive Director of ESMA, delivered the keynote speech at the ABA/Law Society Capital Markets Conference 2015 in London on MiFID II which focused on transparency and liquidity issues.|