Double Volume Caps

A new concept is being introduced under MiFIR that impacts trading done under the following pre-trade transparency waivers:

  • Reference price waiver
  • Negotiated trade waiver

For any trading done under these two waivers on venues within the EU there are two volume caps that will apply, limiting the total amount of trading that can be done in any particular equity instrument under these waivers.

The two caps are set at 4% per venue trading and at 8% on overall trading across the EU. The caps are calculated based on the on-book traded volumes of the reference market for each given security over a 12-month rolling period.

If a cap is breached a suspension in trading of the given instrument under these waivers will be triggered. This can be on a particular venue (in the event of a breach of the 4% cap) or across the EU (in the case of a breach of the 8% cap). 

Our approach

SIX Swiss Exchange operates the service SLS which under FMIA will be looking to apply for a Reference Price Waiver. Additionally, SIX Swiss Exchange will also have a Large In Scale waiver for other trades (where applicable), which will not be impacted by the volume caps.

For instruments that have a primary market within the European Union, the intention is to follow the European rules on suspension of trading in instruments that violate the caps.

Note that SLS also plans to have a Large In Scale waiver applied for large orders submitted to the service. Orders that qualify under this waiver are not subject to the volume caps.

Implementation with SMR7 (2017)

Swiss Regulation

European Regulation