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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||MiFID - Secondary Markets||Statement||PDF
|06/07/2017||ESMA71-99-522||ESMA appoints new member to its Management Board||Corporate Information, Management Board||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
|08/06/2017||ESMA70-145-104||Introductory statement for ECON meeting on level 2 Measures under the Benchmarks Regulation (BMR)||Market Integrity||Statement||PDF
|02/06/2017||ESMA35-43-620||Final report on guidelines on MiFID II product governance requirements||MiFID - Investor Protection||Final Report||PDF
|01/06/2017||ESMA7--145-100||Final report on MAR ITS on cooperation between competent authorities||Market Abuse, Market Integrity||Final Report||PDF
|03/05/2017||ESMA33-9-174||Opening Statement for ECON Scrutiny Hearing on CRA Regulation||Credit Rating Agencies||Statement||PDF
|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||MiFID - Secondary Markets||Final Report||PDF
|20/03/2017||ESMA50-165-279||Report on Trends, Risks and Vulnerabilities No.1, 2017||Risk Analysis & Economics - Markets Infrastructure Investors||Final Report||PDF
|15/11/2016||2016-1575||Final Report on Guidelines on the validation and review of Credit Rating Agencies’ methodologies||Credit Rating Agencies||Final Report||PDF
|28/10/2016||ESMA/2016/1528||European common enforcement priorities for 2016 financial statements||Corporate Disclosure, Corporate Information, IFRS Supervisory Convergence||Statement||PDF
|10/10/2016||2016/1451||Final Report- Guidelines on transaction reporting, order record keeping and clock synchronisation under MiFID II||Guidelines and Technical standards, MiFID - Secondary Markets||Final Report||PDF
|30/09/2016||2016/1412||Final Report on MAR Guidelines on commodity derivatives||Guidelines and Technical standards, Market Abuse, Market Integrity||Final Report||PDF
Article 7(5) of MAR provides that the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) shall issue guidelines to establish a non-exhaustive indicative list of information which is reasonably expected or is required to be disclosed in accordance with legal or regulatory provisions in Union or national law, market rules, contract, practice or custom, on the relevant commodity derivatives markets or spot markets as referred to in Article 7(1)(b) of MAR. This final report follows the Consultation Paper (CP) issued on March 2016.
Section 2 contains information on the background and mandate, while Section 3 sets out ESMA’s feedback to the CP responses in relation to the scope of the guidelines, the financial instruments and products covered by the examples of information relating directly and indirectly to commodity derivatives and information directly relating to a spot market contract. It also indicates whether and where ESMA has changed the guidelines following the consultation.
Annex I lists questions raised in the CP. Annex 2 provides the legislative mandate on the basis of which ESMA is issuing these guidelines. Annex 3 sets out ESMA’s view on the costs and benefits associated with these guidelines. Annex 4 contains the text of the guidelines.
The guidelines in Annex 4 will be translated into the official languages of the European Union and published on the ESMA’s website. Within 2 months of the issuance of the translations, each national competent authority will have to confirm whether it complies or intends to comply with those guidelines. In the event that a national competent authority does not comply or does not intend to comply, it will have to inform ESMA, stating its reasons. ESMA will publish the fact that a national competent authority does not comply or does not intend to comply with those guidelines.
|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.
|30/08/2016||2016/1234||Report on Trends, Risks and Vulnerabilities No.2, 2016||Risk Analysis & Economics - Markets Infrastructure Investors||Final Report||PDF
|26/07/2016||2016/1171||Final Report Draft Implementing Technical Standards on sanctions and measures under MAR||Market Abuse, Market Integrity||Final Report||PDF
|21/07/2016||2016/1159||Public notice- Infrigement by Fitch||Credit Rating Agencies, Press Releases||Statement||PDF
|13/07/2016||2016/1122||Feedback Statement on the Discussion Paper on the validation and review of CRAs’ methodologies||Credit Rating Agencies||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
|02/06/2016||2016/902||MiFID practices for firms selling financial instruments subject to the BRRD resolution regime||MiFID - Investor Protection||Statement||PDF