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Analysis: MiFID II – the new transparency regime

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Having been a fixture on the regulatory agenda for years, the go-live date for MiFID II is now rapidly approaching. On 3 January 2018, the second iteration of Europe’s Market in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation will bring in sweeping changes to the financial markets on topics such as product governance and suitability, transaction reporting, commodities position limits and transparency.

CME Group granted EU clearing house recognition by ESMA

Terry Duffy, CME Group

European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), a pan-European financial regulatory body, has finally approved CME Group’s application to offer central counterparty (CCP) services in the EU. The temporary approval was granted last autumn, but it is only now that ESMA has added CME to its list of recognised CCPs for Europe on a permanent basis. […]

European Commission asks for ESMA rethink on MiFID II

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MiFID II is delayed yet again as the European Commission (EC) asks the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) for a “rethink”. ESMA has received a letter from EC concerning certain parts of the regulation draft. EC wants a rewrite of three technical standards that govern trading on commodities, exemptions for companies providing support market […]

Regulations raise new questions about industry standards

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Financial market regulations across the globe are increasingly focusing on risk management. This includes ensuring it is clear who firms are trading with and for, and confirming that firms can identify the instruments being traded. As a result, the field of reference data is increasingly held under the regulatory microscope and that lens extends to the standards used to identify financial instruments, writes Chris Pickles.

ESMA trade reporting standards “could decide” future of markets

Pickles: the ESMA consultation matters

The European Securities and Markets Association is consulting financial institutions on which messaging protocol and data formats would be best for trade reporting under MiFIR. As the timeframe for reporting comes ever closer to real-time, the consequences could be serious.

ESMA: ‘crowdfunding would benefit from regulation’

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The European Securities and Markets Authority says that crowdfunding platforms are incentivised to operate in a way that they fall outside existing regulations, which is holding back their growth and increasing risks for investors.

Ready for the ‘summer of 39’ aftermath?

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This summer, regulatory pressure on financial services firms has ratcheted up to unprecedented levels. Many may have breathed a sigh of relief as Dodd-Frank rule-making slowed … but the respite was only fleeting. Since July, the industry has been bombarded with 39 new consultation papers in the EU and UK alone

EMIR trade reporting deadline takes effect – but where are the standards?

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New European rules that require banks, brokers and clients to report their daily market positions and collateral values to trade repositories came into effect yesterday. But European regulator ESMA made no clarification about models, leaving the question of how to report up to the market. That could cause problems, market participants have warned.

Know thine algo: how to define it, prove it, tame it. Part 1

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Regulators across the globe appear divided on the question of whether tighter control of algorithmic trading is necessary: the Australians are pretty laid back about it, the Germans are ahead of the game, while political debate rages in the US …

MiFID II headache intensifies as ESMA deadline draws near

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MiFID II could cause serious problems for banks, brokers and other market participants in the run up to the January 2017 implementation, according to executives attending a meeting chaired by the European Securities Markets Authority in Paris earlier this week.

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