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MIFID II: ESMA ISSUES LATEST DOUBLE VOLUME CAP DATA

06 September 2019

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has updated today its public register with the latest set of double volume cap (DVC) data under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). Today’s updates include DVC data and calculations for the period 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019 as well as updates to already published DVC periods.

The number of new breaches is 80: 59 equities for the 8% cap, applicable to all trading venues, and 21 equities for the 4% cap, that applies to individual trading venues. Trading under the waivers for all new instruments in breach of the DVC thresholds should be suspended from 11 September 2019 to 10 March 2020. The instruments for which caps already existed from previous periods will continue to be suspended.

In addition, ESMA highlights that some trading venues in the meantime have submitted corrected data that affects past DVC publications. For 1 instrument, this means that the previously identified breach of the cap proved to be incorrect and thus the previously identified suspensions of trading under the waivers should be lifted. As of 6 September 2019, there is a total of 303 instruments suspended. 

Please be aware that ESMA does not update DVC files older than 6 months. 
 

Background

MiFID II introduced the DVC to limit the amount of dark trading in equities allowed under the reference price waiver and the negotiated transaction waiver. The DVC is calculated per instrument (ISIN) based on the rolling average of trading in that instrument over the last 12 months.