The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), which oversees the European securities markets, is seeking to further tighten the investor protection measures for traders and has already made certain recommendations to the European Commission.

Announced on Friday, the EU regulator wants to put a curb on aggressive  marketing  tactics of the brokerages. This is particularly after the so-called gamification of trading and wants to address issues related to misleading marketing campaigns on social media.

Further, it wants permission for itself and other National Competent Authorities (NCAs) to impose on firms the requirement to use risk warnings on specific financial instruments. Under the current rules, trading service providers only need to provide generic risk warnings on their platforms.

Aims to Improve Investor Protection

Most of the proposals made by the EU supervisor is aiming to make the investment decision easier for retail investors.

Additionally,  ESMA  recommends the necessity of machine readability of disclosure documents, addressing information overload with the layering of information, and the development of a standard EU format of information.

Additionally, the regulator extended its support for the restriction of payment-for-order-flow (PFoF) proposed by the EU legislative body.

“Increased retail participation in financial markets provides opportunities both for savers and for companies seeking financing, and we are encouraged to see that digital trends and new business models are contributing to making investing more accessible to the general public,” ESMA’s Chair, Verena Ross said in a statement.

“These developments do not, however, come without risk. Gamification techniques in trading apps and personal recommendations on social media may cause retail investors to engage in trading behavior without understanding the risks involved. We are, therefore, setting out a number of proposals to ensure that these developments do not compromise investor protection in the EU.”

But, the EU regulator is not the only one seeking strict restrictions against the gamification of trades and PFoF. While the US securities market regulator is scrutinizing the PFOF, the Aussie supervisor wants restrictions on this business model.

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), which oversees the European securities markets, is seeking to further tighten the investor protection measures for traders and has already made certain recommendations to the European Commission.

Announced on Friday, the EU regulator wants to put a curb on aggressive  marketing  tactics of the brokerages. This is particularly after the so-called gamification of trading and wants to address issues related to misleading marketing campaigns on social media.

Further, it wants permission for itself and other National Competent Authorities (NCAs) to impose on firms the requirement to use risk warnings on specific financial instruments. Under the current rules, trading service providers only need to provide generic risk warnings on their platforms.

Aims to Improve Investor Protection

Most of the proposals made by the EU supervisor is aiming to make the investment decision easier for retail investors.

Additionally,  ESMA  recommends the necessity of machine readability of disclosure documents, addressing information overload with the layering of information, and the development of a standard EU format of information.

Additionally, the regulator extended its support for the restriction of payment-for-order-flow (PFoF) proposed by the EU legislative body.

“Increased retail participation in financial markets provides opportunities both for savers and for companies seeking financing, and we are encouraged to see that digital trends and new business models are contributing to making investing more accessible to the general public,” ESMA’s Chair, Verena Ross said in a statement.

“These developments do not, however, come without risk. Gamification techniques in trading apps and personal recommendations on social media may cause retail investors to engage in trading behavior without understanding the risks involved. We are, therefore, setting out a number of proposals to ensure that these developments do not compromise investor protection in the EU.”

But, the EU regulator is not the only one seeking strict restrictions against the gamification of trades and PFoF. While the US securities market regulator is scrutinizing the PFOF, the Aussie supervisor wants restrictions on this business model.