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November 18, 2016

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has finalised its technical advice to the European Commission on important aspects of future rules for benchmarks.

In particular, ESMA provides advice on:

  • how benchmarks’ reference values can be calculated by...

November 18, 2016

The Bank of England (BoE) has recently published a consultation paper on reforming the Sterling Overnight Index Average (SONIA) benchmark. It had conducted a similar exercise, albeit exploratory, as a public consultation in Q3-Q4 of 2015 with the objective of monitorin...

September 2, 2016

“…necessary to include a power for the relevant competent authority to require mandatory contributions from supervised entities to critical benchmarks in order to preserve the credibility of the benchmark in question.”

The systemic importance of financial benchmarks in...

August 19, 2016

The recently unveiled plan of European Money Markets Institute (EMMI) to enhance the robustness and viability of Euro Overnight Index Average (EONIA), one of the major reference rates in European money markets, is a welcome reassurance to the investors and the global e...

July 11, 2016

The aftershocks of financial benchmark crisis that shook the financial world not-so-long-ago are felt even today with the regulators around the world still picking up the remnants of investor confidence and nursing it back to vitality. The recent (May-2016) wave of Com...

July 4, 2016

Lately, If you are anyway related to the financial industry, chances are you would have heard about the buzz word of Financial Regulatory Reforms. A clear consequence of scandalous activity that dominated headlines for the better part of this decade - with the hashtag...

June 25, 2016

The ink has not yet dried on the drafts of European Benchmark Regulation (Regulation) and while the markets and the industry are trying to gauge the effect of this all encompassing regulation, one thing seems increasingly evident - the benchmark regulatory practices ac...

June 13, 2016


For the better half of this decade, one could not help but hear and acknowledge the growing phenomenon ofFinancial Benchmark Reforms -an aftermath of manipulation and false reporting of global interest rate benchmarks. From the Wheatley Review in 2008 to the lates...

May 12, 2016

In line with its strategy of reforming key interest rate benchmarks, the Bank of England (BoE) recently announced that it would be taking over as the administrator of Sterling Overnight Index Average (SONIA) from April 25, 2016. SONIA, which reflects the bank and build...

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