The Swedish Bankers’ Association has announced that the association is transferring the administration of the Swedish benchmark STIBOR to Swedish Financial Benchmark Facility (SFBF), whereupon the task of adapting STIBOR to the requirements set out in the EU Benchmarks Regulation falls to SFBF. Finansinspektionen will assess the application for authorisation of SFBF as administrator of STIBOR when it is submitted.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published new Q&As on its guidelines for alternative performance measures (APMs). ESMA aims with this document to continue to promote common application of the guidelines in the EU countries.
Reference rates are important since they are used in many financial contracts, and it is therefore crucial that they are fair, transparent and accurately reflect the underlying market.
Finansinspektionen (FI) is the competent authority under the BMR. This means that FI assesses the applications, registrations and notifications that can or must be submitted according to the regulation. As the competent authority, FI shall also conduct supervision of administrators, contributors and users.
The EU regulation on benchmarks (Benchmarks Regulation (BMR)) came into effect on 1 January 2018 and it applies directly, without any implementation via Swedish law. The regulation will be supplemented with additional EU legislation in the form of delegated acts and implementing acts, which will specify the details in certain areas of the Benchmarks Regulation.
On 1 January 2018, new rules for benchmarks started to apply in the EU via the Benchmarks Regulation (BMR). The new regulation affects all firms providing indices that are used as benchmarks and the firms that contribute input data to such indices. The regulation affects firms that use the benchmarks if the firms are subject to FI’s supervision.