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Chasing the TapeInformation Law and Policy in Capital Markets$
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Onnig H. Dombalagian

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028622

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028622.001.0001

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(p.89) 6 Benchmarks
Chasing the Tape

Onnig H. Dombalagian

The MIT Press

This chapter provides an overview of the regulation of benchmarks and benchmark products. It begins with a discussion of the types of benchmarks used in financial markets, such as stock, debt and other asset-based indexes and interest rate indexes, such as LIBOR. It continues with a discussion of US case law and regulation governing the commercial use of benchmarks in designing and trading financial products, such as derivatives and exchange-traded funds. It then discusses regulatory concerns regarding the integrity of benchmark inputs, the calculation of benchmarks, and competition among benchmark products and markets. It ends with a discussion of approaches to regulating benchmark administration, governance and submissions, as well as the role of exchanges and regulators in the listing of benchmark contracts.

Keywords:   Benchmarks, Indexes, Interest rates, LIBOR, Derivatives, Exchange-traded funds, Listing

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