FINMAR 2.5 Measures to prohibit, restrict or limit transactions in short selling

Approach to imposing measures

FINMAR 2.5.1G

1The FCA is required by article 23 of the short selling regulation to consider whether to impose measures to prohibit or restrict short selling or otherwise limit transactions in a financial instrument on a trading venue where the price of that financial instrument on that trading venue has fallen significantly during a single trading day in relation to the closing price on that venue on the previous trading day. In fulfilling this obligation, the FCA will assess:

  1. (1)

    whether the price fall is or may become disorderly; and, if so in either case,

  2. (2)

    whether the imposition of measures to prohibit, restrict or limit transactions will prevent a further disorderly decline in the price of the financial instrument.

FINMAR 2.5.2G

The FCA will assess whether the price fall in a financial instrument on a trading venue is or may become disorderly having regard to at least the following factors:

  1. (1)

    whether there have been violent movements in the price of the particular financial instrument on a particular trading venue, including any sudden or significant movements in price of a financial instrument during the trading day;

  2. (2)

    whether there is evidence of unusual or improper trading in the financial instrument on a particular trading venue which could indicate that there was pressure to set the price of the financial instrument at a level that would be considered abnormal for that financial instrument; and

  3. (3)

    whether there are unsubstantiated rumours or dissemination of false or misleading information regarding the financial instrument.

The list above is not exhaustive and the FCA will consider such other factors as it considers appropriate.

FINMAR 2.5.3G

The FCA may consider that the price fall in a financial instrument is not disorderly, for example, if the FCA considers that there is legitimate cause for a price fall in trading, such as the announcement of poor financial results.

FINMAR 2.5.4G

The FCA will consider at least the following factors when assessing whether measures to prohibit or restrict short selling or otherwise limit transactions are necessary or likely to prevent a further disorderly decline in the price of the financial instrument:

  1. (1)

    the volume of trading in that financial instrument on the trading venue as compared with the total trading volume in the financial instrument over at least that trading day; and

  2. (2)

    whether the price of the financial instrument has stabilised after the significant fall in price.

The list above is not exhaustive and the FCA will consider such other factors as it considers appropriate.

FINMAR 2.5.5G

Where the FCA imposes measures under article 23 of the short selling regulation it will normally specify that the measures will not apply to natural or legal persons who have satisfied the criteria to use the market maker exemption or the authorised primary dealer exemption and who are included on the list maintained and published by ESMA pursuant to article 17(13) of the short selling regulation.

Exchange rate calculations

FINMAR 2.5.6G
  1. (1)

    For the purposes of article 23(1)(b) of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 918/2012 the FCA will convert the figure of EUR 0.50 into pounds sterling using the daily spot foreign exchange rate of Sterling to Euro of the Bank of England applicable at the end of the first business day of October 2012 rounded up to the nearest £0.01. The FCA will state this figure (the 'sterling figure') on its public website.

  2. (2)

    The rate will be calculated on the same basis at the end of the first business day of October every subsequent year, unless the situation in (3) occurs in the intervening period, in which case the FCA will recalculate the sterling figure.

  3. (3)

    The situation referred to in (2) is if the daily spot foreign exchange rate of the Bank of England of Sterling to Euro fluctuates for a period of 20 consecutive business days by more than 10% from the rate last used to calculate the sterling figure.

  4. (4)

    If the situation in (3) occurs more than once in a year, the FCA will convert the figure of EUR 0.50 into pounds sterling using the daily spot foreign exchange rate of Sterling to Euro of the Bank of England applicable at the end of the 20th business day of the period referred to in (3).

FINMAR 2.5.7G

The FCA will treat the FTSE 100 index as the main national equity index of the Member State for the purposes of article 6(4) of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 827/2012 and article 4 of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 826/2012 and article 23(1) of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 918/2012, all subject to approval by European Parliament and Council.