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Saxo Bank welcomes ESMA’s proposals and supports consistent EU-wide regulation on the provision of CFDs to retail clients

Saxo Bank, the global multi-asset trading and investment specialist, welcomes ESMA’s latest update on its preparatory work in relation to the provision of CFDs to retail clients. The update, which was issued on Friday, 15 December and envisages a brief period of consultation in January 2018, paves the way for a more level playing field among EU providers offering CFDs to clients, avoiding an arms race on leverage.

Commenting on ESMA’s proposals, Kim Fournais, co-founder and CEO, Saxo Bank, said: “Saxo strongly welcomes and supports the proposals set forth by ESMA and believes that consistent, harmonised regulation at a European level will be positive for clients and the industry as a whole. At Saxo, we have been expecting these developments for some time and have provisions in place. We made a clear strategic decision not to compete on high leverage, placing us in a good position to maintain and grow our business in this new regulatory environment.”

Saxo believes that trading with CFDs and FX instruments has its advantages for traders looking hedge their global market exposure in a flexible and efficient way. However, with too high leverage, the risks of trading these products can outweigh the benefits.

“It is important to note that this is a leverage problem – not a product problem. Responsible caps on leverage are therefore key to consumer protection. Our approach and business model clearly show that running a profitable business and being a responsible market participant are not mutually exclusive. For its long-term survival, the industry should welcome the move away from competition on leverage and embrace competition on quality of platform, price, product and service,” added Fournais. 

ESMA’s latest proposals signal a need for better alignment between leverage levels and market conditions. Saxo takes a dynamic approach to leverage, adapting margins to volatility, market capitalization when trading stocks and available liquidity in the market. It believes that offering very high leverage which is out of sync with underlying market conditions at any given time is irresponsible.

Earlier this year Saxo Bank Saxo Bank signed up to the FX Global Code of Conduct, published and Enhanced Disclosure and announced the decision to withdraw from the UK CFD and Association. Saxo Bank aims to continuously be at the forefront of driving transparency, integrity and trust in the sector.  

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At Saxo we believe that when you invest, you unlock a new curiosity for the world around you. As a provider of multi-asset trading and investment solutions, Saxo’s purpose is to Get Curious People Invested in the World. We are committed to enabling our clients to make more of their money. Saxo was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1992 with a clear vision: to make the global financial markets accessible for more people. In 1998, Saxo launched one of the first online trading platforms in Europe, providing professional-grade tools and easy access to global financial markets for anyone who wanted to invest. 

Today, Saxo is an international award-winning investment firm for investors and traders who are serious about making more of their money. As a well-capitalised and profitable Fintech, Saxo is a fully licensed bank under the supervision of the Danish FSA, holding broker and banking licenses in multiple jurisdictions. As one of the earliest fintechs in the world, Saxo continues to invest heavily into our technology. Saxo’s clients and partners enjoy broad access to global capital markets across asset classes on our industry-leading platforms. Our open banking technology also powers more than 200 financial institutions as partners by boosting the investment experience they can offer their clients. Keeping our headquarters in Copenhagen, Saxo has more than 2,500 professionals in financial centres around the world including London, Singapore, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Zurich, Dubai and Tokyo.

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