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01/12/2016 RD 2016/04 ESMA Risk Dashboard No. 4 2016 Reference PDF
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28/11/2019 ESMA50-165-1009 ESMA Risk Dashboard No. 4 2019 Reference PDF
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19/02/2020 ESMA50-165-1041 ESMA TRV No 1 2020 Annex Reference PDF
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20/06/2017 WP12017 ESMA working paper on collateral scarcity premia in Euro area repo markets Reference PDF
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11/06/2014 ESMA/WP/1 ESMA Working Paper- Monitoring the European CDS market through networks: Implications for contagion risks Reference PDF
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Based on a unique data set referencing exposures on single name credit default swaps (CDS) on European reference entities, we study the structure and the topology of the European CDS market and its evolution from 2008 to 2012, resorting to network analysis. The structural features revealed show bilateral CDS exposures describing growing scale-free networks whose highly interconnected hubs constitute both a strength and weakness for the stability of the system. The potential “super spreaders” of financial contagion, identified as the most interconnected participants, consist mostly of banks. For some of them net notional exposures may be particularly large relative to their total common equity. Our findings also point to the importance of some non-dealer/non-bank participants belonging to the shadow banking system.
15/01/2015 ESMA/WP/2015/1 ESMA Working Paper- Real-world and risk-neutral probabilities in the regulation on the transparency of structured products Reference PDF
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The price of derivatives (and hence of structured products) can be calculated as the discounted value of expected future payoffs, assuming standard hypotheses on frictionless and complete markets and on the type of stochastic processes for the price of the underlying. However, the probabilities used in the pricing process do not represent “real” probabilities of future events, because they are based on the assumption that market participants are risk-neutral. This paper reviews the relevant mathematical finance literature, and clarifies that the risk-neutrality hypothesis is acceptable for pricing, but not to forecast the future value of an asset. Therefore, we argue that regulatory initiatives that mandate intermediaries to give retail investors information on the probability that, at a future date, the value of a derivative will be higher or lower than a given threshold (so-called “probability scenarios”) should explicitly reference probabilities that take into account the risk premium (so-called “real-world” probabilities). We also argue that, though probability scenarios may look appealing to foster investor protection, their practical implementation, if based on the right economic approach, raises significant regulatory and enforcement problems.
11/06/2014 ESMA/WP/2 ESMA Working Paper- The systemic dimension of hedge fund illiquidity and prime brokerage Reference PDF
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We analyse the potentially vulnerable and systemically relevant financial intermediation chain established by hedge funds and prime brokers. Our dataset covers the 306 largest global hedge funds and their prime brokers over the period July 2001 to December 2011. The study illustrates that hedge funds and prime brokers act as complementary trading partners in normal times. However, we observe that this form of financial intermediation may be severely impaired in times of market distress. This can be explained by the hoarding of liquid securities by prime brokers who are eager to avert runs by their clients.
19/10/2017 ESMA50-165-421 EU derivatives markets ─ a first-time overview , , , Reference PDF
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11/01/2018 ESMA71-99-928 Factsheet on Credit Rating Agencies Fees Reference PDF
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02/07/2015 2015/MB/38 Final accounts 2014 of the European Securities and Market Authority Reference PDF
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31/10/2012 2012/718 Final annual accounts of ESMA for 2011 Reference PDF
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13/12/2013 2013/1928 Final annual accounts of ESMA for 2012 Reference PDF
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20/08/2014 2014/1089 Final annual accounts of ESMA for 2013 Reference PDF
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17/11/2015 2015/1736 form_to_reply_vr_cra Reference DOCX
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02/12/2019 ESMA80-191-932 Guidance on registering securitisation repositories Reference PDF
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19/07/2012 2011/454 MOU on the supervision of CRAs- ESMA and ASIC , Reference PDF
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This document contains two copies of the MOU, signed by ESMA and by the ASIC.
19/07/2012 MOU Canada ESMA MOU on the supervision of CRAs- ESMA and Canadian authorities , Reference PDF
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19/07/2012 MOU CNV ESMA MOU on the supervision of CRAs- ESMA and CNV Argentina , Reference PDF
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18/02/2013 MOU ESMA/DFSA MOU on the supervision of CRAs- ESMA and Dubai FSA , Reference PDF
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30/06/2016 MOU FSB ESMA MoU on the supervision of CRAs- ESMA and FSB South Africa , Reference PDF
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