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Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 68% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is an independent EU authority that works to preserve the stability of the EU’s financial system. It ensures that investors across member states are protected and that financial markets are kept in check.  

ESMA definition 

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is an independent EU authority that works to preserve the stability of the EU’s financial system. It ensures that investors across member states are protected and that financial markets are kept in check.  

There are four main ways in which the ESMA does this:

  • Assessing risks posed to investors and the markets
  • Maintaining a single rulebook for all EU financial markets
  • Ensuring consistent regulation and supervision across all member states
  • Overseeing certain financial institutions directly

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