Esma warns it may intervene to regulate CFDs and retail products

Two years since Esma set up a task force to supervise risky products such as CFDs, rolling spot FX and binary options

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Esma: discussing possible use of product intervention powers to address investor-protection risks

The European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) said it may intervene in the retail markets of contract for difference (CFDs), binary options and rolling spot FX to address concerns over customer protection.

In a statement issued on June 29, Esma said it was discussing proposals that consider “a number of measures that have been adopted or publicly consulted on by EU national competent authorities”. These include tougher leverage limits, guaranteed limits on client losses, and restrictions