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ESMA Makes New Bond Liquidity Data Available

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From the 1st August the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has made available new data for bonds subject to the pre- and post-trade requirements of MiFID II and MiFIR through its data register.

MiFID II, which came into force in January 2018, introduced pre- and post-trade transparency requirements for equity and non-equity instruments, including for bonds. Post-trade, MiFID II requires real-time publication of the price and quantity of trades in liquid bonds. It is possible to defer the publication of post-trade reports if the instrument does not have a liquid market, or if the transaction size is above large-in-scale thresholds (LIS), or above a size specific to the instrument (SSTI). In order to assist market participants to know whether a bond should be considered as liquid or not, ESMA now publishes these quarterly liquidity assessments for bonds.

For the current period, there are 594 liquid bonds subject to MiFID II transparency requirements.

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