ESMA Guidelines and Recommendations

ESMA renews binary options prohibition for a further three months from 2 January 2019

ESMA Guidelines and Recommendations

Date: 19 November 2018

On 9 November 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) agreed to renew the prohibition of the marketing, distribution or sale of binary options to retail clients, in effect since 2 July, for a further three-month period. 

ESMA carefully considered the need to extend the intervention measure currently in effect. It considers that a significant investor protection concern related to the offer of binary options to retail clients continues to exist. ESMA has therefore agreed to renew the measure from 2 January 2019 on the same terms as the previous renewal decision that started to apply on 2 October 2018.

The renewal was agreed by ESMA’s Board of Supervisors on 7 November 2018.

Next steps

ESMA intends to adopt the renewal measure in the official languages of the EU in the coming weeks, following which ESMA will publish an official notice on its website.  The measure will then be published in the Official Journal of the EU and will start to apply from 2 January 2019 for a period of three months.