The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), today announced that is has issued a Public Statement on the risks for retail investors when trading under the highly uncertain market circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ESMA also reminded investment firms of the key conduct of business obligations under MiFID when providing services to retail investors.

ESMA says that several National Competent Authorities (NCAs) have recently noticed a significant increase in retail clients’ trading activity.

It added that the financial market turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has led to high market    Volatility  and an increase in market, credit, and    Liquidity   risks.

Protecting investors

In its statement, ESMA highlights the risks to retail investors when trading under these unprecedented market circumstances.

In the current environment, ESMA believes that firms have even greater duties when providing investment or ancillary services to investors, especially when these investors are new to the market, or have limited investment knowledge or experience.

It, therefore, reminds firms of their obligation to act in accordance with the best interests of their clients and points to the most relevant conduct of business obligations under MiFID II, namely product governance, information disclosure, suitability, and appropriateness.

In coordination with NCAs, ESMA will continue to monitor retail clients’ involvement in the financial markets, and firms’ compliance with the conduct of business requirements, it says.

ESMA states that it remains prepared to use its powers to ensure financial stability, orderly functioning of EU markets, and investor protection.

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), today announced that is has issued a Public Statement on the risks for retail investors when trading under the highly uncertain market circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ESMA also reminded investment firms of the key conduct of business obligations under MiFID when providing services to retail investors.

ESMA says that several National Competent Authorities (NCAs) have recently noticed a significant increase in retail clients’ trading activity.

It added that the financial market turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has led to high market    Volatility  and an increase in market, credit, and    Liquidity   risks.

Protecting investors

In its statement, ESMA highlights the risks to retail investors when trading under these unprecedented market circumstances.

In the current environment, ESMA believes that firms have even greater duties when providing investment or ancillary services to investors, especially when these investors are new to the market, or have limited investment knowledge or experience.

It, therefore, reminds firms of their obligation to act in accordance with the best interests of their clients and points to the most relevant conduct of business obligations under MiFID II, namely product governance, information disclosure, suitability, and appropriateness.

In coordination with NCAs, ESMA will continue to monitor retail clients’ involvement in the financial markets, and firms’ compliance with the conduct of business requirements, it says.

ESMA states that it remains prepared to use its powers to ensure financial stability, orderly functioning of EU markets, and investor protection.