The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets regulator, has today made available the results of the annual transparency calculations for non-equity instruments other than bonds and the quarterly systematic internalizer calculations.

Annual transparency calculations for non-equity instruments other than bonds

The results of the annual transparency calculations for non-equity instruments will apply from 1 June 2022. The calculations include the liquidity assessment and the determination of the pre-and post-trade size specific to the instruments and large in-scale thresholds.

The results for the liquid sub-classes have been published in Excel format in the Annual transparency calculations for the non-equity instrument’s register. Those results on a per-class basis are also available in XML format (see here) and related instructions on their download can be found in the Transparency System downloading instructions.

Given the impossibility to correctly applying the segmentation criteria, as defined in Annex III of RTS 2 due to data quality problems or the absence of reporting standards for the applicable reference data, the file does not contain the results for a number of asset classes and sub-classes. As a result, the transparency calculations for, in particular, credit derivatives and options, futures, and FRAs (forward rate agreements) on interest rates are not available.

Furthermore, ESMA will provide the annual transparency calculations for non-equity instruments on an instrument (ISIN) basis, both for liquid and illiquid ones, as of 29 April 2022. This information will be made available through the Financial Instruments Transparency System (FITRS) both by publishing XML files (see here) and through the Register web interface (see here).

Market participants are invited to:

monitor the release of the transparency calculations for newly traded bonds and derivatives on a daily basis;
refer to Q&A #20 in Section 4 Non-equity transparency, for the temporary parameters to be applied in the case one or more of the transparency parameters are not published; and
review the FIRDS Transparency System downloading instructions document to avoid any misinterpretation of the results.
As communicated on 21 April 2022 the annual calculations of LIS and SSTI for bonds and the quarterly bonds liquidity assessment will be published on 3 May 2022 following the entry into force of the amended RTS 2 which provides for the application of stage 3 for the performance of such calculations.

The transparency requirements based on the results of the annual transparency calculations for non-equity instruments apply from 1 June 2022 until 31 May 2023. From 1 June 2023, the results of the next annual transparency calculations for non-equity instruments, to be published by 30 April 2023, will become applicable.

Data for the systematic internalizer quarterly calculations

The data which is published today on a voluntary basis covers the total number of trades and total volume over the period October 2021 to March 2022 for the purpose of the systematic internalizer (SI) calculations under MiFID II for:

24,326 equity and equity-like instruments;
126,788 bonds; and
5,328 sub-classes of derivatives (including equity derivatives, interest rate derivatives, commodity derivatives, and emission allowance).

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