ESMA has agreed measures in respect of Contracts for Differences (CFDs) and Binary Options to European Union Retail Investors.
- Restrictions on marketing, distribution or sale of CFDs to Retail Investors, including a margin close out rule on a per account basis, negative balance protection on a per account basis, imposing leverage limits on opening positions; and standardised Firm specific risk warnings
- Prohibition on marketing, distribution or sale of Binary Options to Retail Investors
In line with MiFIR, ESMA can only introduce temporary intervention measures on a three-monthly basis. Before the end of this period, ESMA will consider whether there is a need to extend the intervention measures for a further three months.
The FCA has also issued a statement supporting these measures. The FCA expects to consult on whether to apply these measures on a permanent basis to firms offering CFDs and binary options to retail clients.
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