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07/11/2018 ESMA71-99-1058 ESMA new SC chairs , , Statement PDF
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26/10/2018 ESMA32-63-503 European common enforcement priorities for 2018 annual financial reports , Statement PDF
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12/07/2018 ESMA42-110-998 Timely submission of requests for authorisation in the context of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union , Statement PDF
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20/06/2018 ESMA70-145-872 Public statement on LEI Statement PDF
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23/03/2018 ESMA33-128-212 ESMA33-128-212 Consultation Paper TA Fees Securitisation Repositories Consultation Paper PDF
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23/03/2018 ESMA33-128-109 Consultation Paper Securitisation Repositories Application Consultation Paper PDF
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18/01/2018 ESMA35-43-904 Call for Evidence – Potential product intervention measures on contracts for differences and binary options to retail clients Consultation Paper PDF
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20/12/2017 ESMA70-145-401 ESMA statement for smooth implementation of LEI Statement PDF
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19/12/2017 ESMA33-128-108 Consultation_Paper_Third-Party_Firm_STS_Verification_Application Consultation Paper PDF
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19/12/2017 ESMA33-128-107 Consultation_Paper_Disclosure_and_Operational_Standards Consultation Paper PDF
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19/12/2017 ESMA33-128-33 Consultation_Paper_STS notification Consultation Paper 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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09/11/2017 ESMA70-156-275 Consultation paper on proposed amendment to MiFID II RTS 1 Consultation Paper PDF
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27/10/2017 ESMA32-63-340 Public Statement on European common enforcement priorities for 2017 IFRS financial statements , 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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28/09/2017 ESMA70-154-356 Public statement- Joint work plan of ESMA and NCAs for opinions on MiFID II pre-trade transparency waivers and position limits Statement PDF
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21/07/2017 ESMA43-318-752 Statement to European Parliament Petitions Committee Statement PDF
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13/07/2017 ESMA35-43-748 Consultation Paper on guidelines on certain aspects of the MiFID II suitability requirements Consultation Paper 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].