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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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22/09/2017 ESMA71-319-53 Verena Ross Keynote AFME Compliance and Legal Conference , Speech 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].

02/06/2017 ESMA35-43-620 Final report on guidelines on MiFID II product governance requirements Final Report PDF
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06/04/2017 ESMA70-872942901-17 Final report on Guidelines on the calibration of circuit breakers and the publication and reporting of trading halts under MiFID II Final Report PDF
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02/12/2016 2016/1640 Speech by Verena Ross, ESMA Executive Director at the 2016 Global Capital Markets Conference , Speech PDF
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17/11/2016 2016/1584 Safeguarding investors is key to ensuring the capital markets Union’s success , Speech PDF
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10/11/2016 2016-1563 Issues for consideration in implementing IFRS 9: Financial Instruments , , Statement PDF
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28/10/2016 ESMA/2016/1528 European common enforcement priorities for 2016 financial statements , , Statement PDF
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10/10/2016 2016/1451 Final Report- Guidelines on transaction reporting, order record keeping and clock synchronisation under MiFID II , Final Report PDF
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30/09/2016 2016/1421 MiFID II: Status Quo und weitere Entwicklung , Speech 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.

01/07/2016 2016/1062 Announcement Alternative Performance Measures Guidelines in force Statement PDF
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20/06/2016 2016/940 Statement by Steven Maijoor at ECON MiFID II/MiFIR Scrutiny Session, 21 June 2016 , Statement PDF
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13/06/2016 2016/945 Speech for the DSGV Kapitalmarktsymposium- Verena Ross, 10 June 2016, Berlin Speech PDF
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02/06/2016 2016/902 MiFID practices for firms selling financial instruments subject to the BRRD resolution regime Statement PDF
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26/05/2016 2016/739 Speech Financial News 20th Anniversary Awards for Excellence- Steven Maijoor, 26 May 2016, London , Speech PDF
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26/05/2016 2016/725 Draft RTS on indirect clearing arrangements under EMIR and MiFIR , , Final Report PDF
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26/05/2016 2016/734 Key note speech for the City week 2016 – Verena Ross, 9 May, London , Speech PDF
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04/05/2016 2016/653 Final Report on RTS on reporting obligations under Article 26 of MiFIR Final Report PDF
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