MIFID II: ESMA Issues Latest Double Volume Cap Data
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU's securities markets regulator, recently (07 April 2020) updated its public register with the latest set of double volume cap (DVC) data under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II).
Yesterday’s updates include DVC data and calculations for the period 1 March 2019 to 29 February 2020 as well as updates to already published DVC periods.
The number of new breaches is 46: 37 equities for the 8% cap, applicable to all trading venues, and 9 equities for the 4% cap, that applies to individual trading venues. Trading under the waivers for all new instruments in breach of the DVC thresholds should be suspended from 14 April 2020 to 13 October 2020. The instruments for which caps already existed from previous periods will continue to be suspended.
In addition, ESMA highlights that none of the previously identified breaches of the caps proved to be incorrect thus no previously identified suspensions of trading under the waivers had to be lifted.
As of 7 April 2020, there is a total of 352 instruments suspended.
Please be aware that ESMA does not update DVC files older than 6 months.
MiFID II introduced the DVC to limit the amount of dark trading in equities allowed under the reference price waiver and the negotiated transaction waiver. The DVC is calculated per instrument (ISIN) based on the rolling average of trading in that instrument over the last 12 months.
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