MiFID II: ESMA makes new bond liquidity data available

MiFID Firms

Date: 19 November 2018

On 31 October 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) made available new data for bonds subject to the pre- and post-trade requirements of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (MiFIR) through its data register. 

ESMA will make available the third quarterly liquidity assessment for bonds available for trading on EU trading venues at the end of October. For this period, there are currently 470 liquid bonds subject to MiFID II transparency requirements. 

ESMA’s liquidity assessment for bonds is based on a quarterly assessment of quantitative liquidity criteria, which include the daily average trading activity (trades and notional amount) and percentage of days traded per quarter. ESMA updates the bond market liquidity assessments quarterly. However, additional data and corrections submitted to ESMA may result in further updates within each quarter, published in FITRS (which shall be applicable the day following publication).  

The full list of assessed bonds will be available through ESMA’s Financial Instruments Transparency System (FITRS) in the XML files with publication date from 31 October 2018 and through the Register web interface

In addition, as first communicated on 27 September 2018, ESMA is publishing for the first time the completeness indicators related to bond liquidity data.


Next steps
The transparency requirements for bonds deemed liquid as of 31 October 2018, will apply from 16 November 2018 to 15 February 2019. From 16 February, the next quarterly assessment, to be published on 1 February 2019, will become applicable.