de | cn | ru

Market News

ESMA caps leverage at 1:30 from August

Jun 01 2018
By
Jonathan Smith

 

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has announced today that the new restrictions on the provision of contracts for differences (CFDs) to retail investors will take effect as of August, 1. The measures include a leverage cap of 1:30, as well as provision of negative balance protection on a per account basis, among others.

 

Additionally, ESMA also introduces a ban on binary options trading as of July 2, 2018. The new regulations have already been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) and will remain in force for three months from the date of application.

 

More specifically, the restrictions on the provision of CFDs to retail clients include:

1. A leverage cap, depending on the underlying asset:

· 30:1 for major currency pairs;

· 20:1 for non-major currency pairs, gold and major indices;

· 10:1 for commodities other than gold and non-major equity indices;

· 5:1 for individual equities and other reference values;

· 2:1 for cryptocurrencies;

 

2. A margin close out rule on a per account basis. According to it, CFD providers are required to close out one or more retail client’s open CFDs at 50% of the minimum required margin;

 

3. Negative balance protection on a per account basis. This means that investors cannot lose more than they have deposited;

 

4. A restriction on the incentives offered to trade CFDs;

 

5. A standardized risk warning, including the percentage of losses on a CFD provider’s retail investor accounts.

 

The measures ESMA has taken today are a significant step towards greater investor protection in the EU. The new measures on CFDs will, for the first time, ensure that investors cannot lose more money than they put in, restrict the use of leverage and incentives, and provide understandable risk warnings for investors,” commented ESMA’s Chairperson, Steven Maijoor.

 

The pan-European financial regulator has been planning to introduce a set a restrictions on retail trading in CFDs, as well as a ban on binary options for quite some time. Its plans have been officially announced earlier in March. Although ESMA can only introduce temporary three-month measures (as per the MiFIR,), the regulator will review the results and may impose a further extension for another three months.

TAGS: ESMA  regulation  CFDs  forex brokers  leverage cap 
Forex
Broker Country Regulation Platform Min Deposit Review
US CFTC, NFA MT4, Web,
in-house
$50 Review Website
US NFA, CFTC MT4 $250 Review Website
Cyprus, UK, Mauritius CySec, FCA, FSC MT4, MT5, Web $10 Review Website
Australia, Cyprus ASIC, CySEC MT4, MT5, Iress $100 Review Website
Cyprus, Australia CySec, ASIC MT4, MT5 $5 Review Website
UK, Australia, South Africa FCA, ASIC, FSCA MT4, Trading
Station,
NinjaTrader
$50 Review Website
UK, Cyprus, UAE, South Africa FCA, CySEC, DFSA, FSB MT4, MT5, FxPro
Markets,
cTrader
$100 Review Website
Cyprus CySEC MT4, MT5, Web $1 Review Website
Belize IFSC MT4, MT5 $100 Review Website
Cyprus, UK, South Africa, UAE CySec, FCA, FSCA, DFSA MT4, MT5, Web $5 Review Website
UK FCA MT5 $5 Review Website
UK FCA MT4, Web, MT4
for Mac
$100 Review Website

More Forex Market News

Austrian FMA warns against Estonian forex company Euro Wealth OÜ

Jan 24 2020 12:46:03

  The Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA) has officially warned the public against doing business with Prestige.FM and Prestige Financial Markets – two forex brokerage brands operated by unregulated Estonian company Euro Wealth OÜ (previously AllProTech OÜ). Read more

Vodafone also leaves Libra

Jan 23 2020 17:34:17

The leading British telecom Vodafone is leaving Facebook's digital currency project, Libra.    Vodafone is the latest of a series of companies, which recently decided to withdraw from the project amid growing regulatory pressure from major central banks and many governments. Read more

SEC brings charges over fraudulent ICO that raised $600,000

Jan 22 2020 17:17:56

  The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Sergii “Sergey” Grybniak and his company Opporty International, Inc. for conducting a fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO), which has scammed investors of $600,000 with unregistered digital asset securities. Read more

UK's FCA might ban credit card deposits with online forex and CFD brokers

Jan 20 2020 18:21:17

After earlier this month the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) announced that after April 14th 2020 clients of gaming websites will no longer be able to use credit cards to fund their bets, some experts and analysts say it is high time that the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) do the same, as quit... Read more

The CNMV remains vigilant, blacklists Forbslab and eTrader247

Jan 20 2020 14:32:21

 Unregulated forex brokers Forbslab and eTrader247, along with several other alleged scammers, have been the latest additions to the warning list of Spanish financial watchdog – the Comision Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV). Read more

Crypto scammer Patrick McDonnell sentenced to 33 months of imprisonment

Jan 17 2020 14:54:19

Patrick McDonnell, CEO of Coin Drop Markets, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison and also ordered to pay $224,350 in restitution, after pleading guilty to cryptocurrency fraud last year. The Federal court in Brooklyn issued the sentence on Thursday. Read more

UK's FCA expects up to 10% decline of profits in the forex industry

Jan 16 2020 17:47:56

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) expects that the new regulations imposed on the retail forex and CFD brokers in the UK will lead to an overall reduction of their profits of between 6% and 10% - a decline which by the year 2021 may reach between 38.5 million GBP and 55.3 million GBP. Read more

UK’s FCA updates its warning list with A.B.Capitals and LincolnFX

Jan 16 2020 16:48:27

  Another bunch of brokers have made it to the warning list of UK’s Financial Conduct Authority since the beginning of 2020. We’ll focus on two of them - A.B. Read more

Coinbase will pay $1 mln to victims of the Cryptsy hack attack

Jan 15 2020 18:06:18

Coinbase, the San Francisco based crypto exchange, has agreed to pay 962500 USD as a compensation  to victims of the Cryptsy hacker attack, in an out of court settlement, court papers reveal. Read more

Clients of FXFINPRO to be invited to file compensation claims

Jan 15 2020 14:32:03

  Clients of now-defunct forex brokerage FXFINPRO will be invited to submit compensation applications by the Investor Compensation Fund (ICF), the Cyprus Securities Exchange Commission (CySEC) announced on Monday. Read more

de | cn | ru