The UK Financial Conduct Authority issued a consultation paper seeking views on proposed measures to limit the risks of contract for difference products offered and sold to retail investors. (CFDs – which are popular financial instruments for UK retail investors – are financially settled instruments often offered through online platforms that permit investors to gain indirect exposure to the price movements in an underlying index, single stock equity, commodities or FX pairs. CFDs include leveraged rolling spot foreign exchange products.) Among other things, FCA proposed to introduce standardized risk warnings and mandatory disclosure of profit and loss ratios; setting lower leverage limits for inexperienced clients with less than 12 months’ experience (25:1) and capping leverage limits for all retail clients (50:1); and preclude offering trading or account opening bonuses to retail investors to promote CFD products. Comments will be accepted by the FCA on its proposals through March 7, 2017.