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Regulation ESMA consults on measures to promote sustainability in EU capital markets

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today launched three public consultations on sustainable finance initiatives to support the European Commission’s (EC) Sustainability Action Plan in the areas of securities trading, investment funds and credit rating (...)

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Volatility spikes underline fragilities and risks to EU securities markets and investors

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ESMA agrees to prohibit binary options and restrict CFDs to protect retail investors

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January 2018

Regulation Investors should join forces to demand better sell-side research

A new survey draws attention to widespread flaws in sell-side research. But the advent of MiFID II may provide an opportunity for investors to push for change, write Steve Waygood and Anita Skipper.

September 2017

Regulation ESMA sees valuation risk at highest levels due to financial weakness and geopolitical uncertainty

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)’s latest report on Trends, Risks and Vulnerabilities No. 2, 2017 (TRV) identifies high asset price valuations as the major risk for European financial markets in the second half of (...)

July 2017

Regulation ESMA issues sector-specific principles on relocations from the UK to the EU27

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published three Opinions setting out sector-specific principles in the areas of investment firms, investment management and secondary markets, aimed at fostering consistency in authorisation, supervision and (...)

July 2017

Regulation ESMA consults on the evaluation of the short-selling regulation

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issues today a public consultation regarding its future technical advice to the European Commission (EC) on the Short-Selling Regulation (SSR)...

June 2017

Regulation ESMA issues principles on supervisory approach to relocations from the UK

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an Opinion setting out general principles aimed at fostering consistency in authorisation, supervision and enforcement related to the relocation of entities, activities and functions from the United (...)

May 2017

Regulation ESMA consults on Money Market Funds rules

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Consultation Paper (CP) on the Money Market Funds Regulation (MMFR).

April 2017

Regulation ESMA reports on EU accounting enforcement in 2016

ESMA reports on EU accounting enforcement in 2016 The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its annual report on the enforcement and regulatory activities of accounting enforcers within the European Union (EU) in (...)

April 2017

Regulation ESMA proposes updates to endorsement guidelines for 3rd country credit ratings

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a consultation paper (CP) on updating its Guidelines on the application of the endorsement regime under the CRA (Credit Rating Agencies) Regulation.

March 2017

Regulation ESMA publishes final rules to ensure integrity of EU financial benchmarks

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its final report containing the draft regulatory and implementing technical standards (RTS/ITS) under the Benchmarks Regulation (BMR)...

October 2016

Regulation ESMA consults on future reporting rules for securities financing transactions

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today a consultation paper on draft technical standards implementing the Securities Financing Transaction Regulation (SFTR), which aims to increase the transparency of shadow banking (...)

October 2016

Regulation ESMA consults on future rules for financial benchmarks

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a consultation paper regarding its draft regulatory and implementing technical standards (RTS/ITS) which will implement the Benchmarks Regulation (...)

August 2016

Regulation Basel III implementation: Basel Committee reports to G20 Leaders

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has today published a report for the G20 Leaders at their Summit in Hangzhou on 4-5 September.

July 2016

Regulation ESMA advises on extension of funds passport to 12 non-EU countries

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published its Advice in relation to the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) passport to non-EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) and Alternative Investment Funds (...)

July 2016

Regulation ESMA consults on proposed central clearing delay for small financial counterparties

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published today a consultation paper proposing to change the phase-in period for central clearing of OTC derivatives applicable to financial counterparties with a limited volume of derivatives activity under the (...)

July 2016

Regulation ESMA identifies scope for greater EU harmonisation in prospectuses approval

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a peer review on the efficiency and effectiveness of European Union (EU) national securities markets regulators’ approval of prospectuses, the disclosure documents prepared by issuers when they want to (...)

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Regulation ESMA rules aim to curb excessive risk taking by alternative fund managers

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published final Guidelines on remuneration of alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs). The rules will apply to managers of alternative investment funds (AIFs) including hedge funds, private equity funds and real (...)

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Regulation ESMA resumes US CCP recognition process following EU-US agreement

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) welcomes the common approach announced today by the European Commission and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on the equivalence of CCP regimes.

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Regulation ESMA consults on future reporting rules for securities financing transactions

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today a consultation paper on draft technical standards implementing the Securities Financing Transaction Regulation (SFTR), which aims to increase the transparency of shadow banking (...)

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Regulation Contractual OPCVM: a flexible and secure tool at the disposal of French asset managers

The french contractual OPCVM, in its configuration post october 2008 application decree, is a tool with features of interest for management companies, investors and service providers.

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Regulation ESMA updates on supervisory work on closet index tracking

ESMA is concerned "Closet indexing" may harm investors as they are not receiving the service or risk/return profile they expect based on the fund’s disclosure documents while potentially paying higher fees compared to those typically charged for passive (...)

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Regulation European swap clearing to start in June 2016

Firms will have to centrally clear certain classes of interest rate swaps starting from 21 June 2016. The clearing obligation in the Europe Union (EU) will enter into force following the publication of the relevant technical standards in the Official Journal on 1 December (...)

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Regulation AMF renews the short selling ban on financial sector

The Board of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) renews the ban on taking net short positions in French securities of the financial sector

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Regulation ESMA adds Index CDS to central clearing obligation

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today finalised and issued a draft regulatory technical standard (RTS) for the central clearing of Credit Default Swaps (CDS), ESMA is required to develop RTS which implement the European Market Infrastructure (...)

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Regulation ESMA amends MiFID II standards on non-equity transparency and position limits

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today two Opinions proposing amendments to its draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTSs) under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (...)

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Regulation PSD2 and MIF Regulation create opportunities in Europe for those who can adapt, claims new PAY.ON white paper

PAY.ON, an ACI Worldwide company and a global partner for white label payment technology, has published in collaboration with First Annapolis a new white paper that explores the implications surrounding - and the opportunities arising from - the revised Payment Services (...)

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Regulation EDHEC-Risk Institute draws the French Government’s attention to the inadvisability of imposing a Tobin tax in France

In an open letter dated January 10, 2012 addressed to the French Prime Minister, EDHEC-Risk Institute has underlined the difficulties and risks associated with implementing a tax on financial transactions in France…

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Regulation ESMA consults on major shareholders disclosures

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has launched a consultation on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) under the revised Transparency Directive relating to the notification of major shareholdings and the indicative list of financial instruments (...)

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Regulation Swiss Re sigma study takes a fresh look at the progress in the long-running debate to make insurance accounting practices more economically relevant and internationally comparable

Swiss Re’s latest sigma research publication "Insurance accounting reform: a glass half empty or half full?" takes a fresh look at the long-running debate over upgrading and harmonising insurance accounting practices.

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Regulation Investors should join forces to demand better sell-side research

A new survey draws attention to widespread flaws in sell-side research. But the advent of MiFID II may provide an opportunity for investors to push for change, write Steve Waygood and Anita Skipper.

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Regulation EDHEC-Risk Institute denounces short selling bans

EDHEC-Risk Institute condemns the August 11 decisions by the financial market authorities in Belgium, France, Italy and Spain to impose or extend short-selling bans in the wake of renewed market volatility.

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Regulation Regulatory prospects: 2012 and beyond

2009 was a year of intense reflection on the functioning of the financial sector. There followed an intense regulatory activity in 2010, unfortunately with few formal adoptions of regulations. 2011 marked the surge of the will to succeed with provisional schedules. Where do (...)

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Solvency II

Solvency II: What is the impact of Solvency II for asset allocation? | Using of hedging strategies for portfolios via derivatives | Internal model or a standard model

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Note The impact of Solvency 2 on insurers asset allocation

Implications for asset allocation? Incitement to diversification? Optimization of the volatility hedging ratio ? Allocation depending on the level of wealth of the insurance company? Groupama AM updates on the impact of Solvency 2 for (...)

Note Challenges for Europe’s banks

Even in the seemingly unlikely case that a comprehensive solution to the sovereign crisis is found, the changed regulatory backdrop is a major challenge for the banks, and probably for the economy as a whole.

News Forex: the list of unauthorised websites in France

ACP and AMF update the list of unauthorised websites offering forex investments

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