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What is the Benchmarks Regulation?

The BMR imposes new requirements on firms that provide, contribute to or use a wide range of interest rate, currency, securities, commodity and other indices and reference prices.

Benchmarks and Indices Defined

The BMR defines an index as a figure that is publicly available and is regularly determined, either by applying a formula or other calculation or making an assessment on the basis of the value of one or more underlying assets/prices (including estimated prices, actual or estimated interest rates, quotes and committed quotes, or other values or surveys).

An index becomes a benchmark within the scope of the BMR where:

  • It is used to determine the amount payable under a financial instrument or financial contract, or the value of a financial instrument.
  • It is used to measure the performance of an investment fund for the purpose of tracking the return, defining the asset allocation or a portfolio, or computing the performance fees.