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ESMA relaxes MiFID II position limits to help boost post Covid-19 recovery

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Posted on Mar 24 2021 by Liam Driscoll

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announces changes to MiFID II Recovery Package for position limits on commodity derivatives.

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) have issued a public statement intended to clarify the supervisory actions of the National Competent Authorities and the application of Position Limits. This follows the changes introduced by the MiFID II Recovery Package for commodity derivatives due to begin application in early 2022. It is ESMA's expectation that NCAs should not prioritise supervisory actions towards entities holding positions in commodity derivatives except agricultural or significant or critical commodity contracts.

To aid the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the amendments reduce the scope of commodity derivatives subject to position limits. Limits will continue to apply to agricultural commodity derivatives and critical or significant commodity contracts (those that have a net open interest of 300,000 lots over a one year period).

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