To address concerns regarding the potential inaccuracy or manipulation of Benchmarks and maintain confidence in the credibility of Benchmarks, the Task Force is seeking to articulate policy guidance and principles for Benchmark-related activities (including those related to effective self-regulation) and consider issues related to transition. To inform this work, the Task Force will:
- identify Benchmark-related issues across securities and derivatives and other financial sectors and identify the relevant policy issues including:
- the appropriate level of regulatory oversight of the process of Benchmarking;
- the standards that should apply to methodologies for Benchmark calculation, and credible governance structures to address conflict of interests in the Benchmark setting process within the reporting financial institutions as well as in the oversight bodies; and
- the appropriate level of transparency and openness in the Benchmarking process.
The Consultation Report also discusses potential provisions for replacement and issues Market Participants might confront when seeking to make a transition to a new or different Benchmark.
Obviously, what is on everyone's mind is how to insure benchmark integrity post-Libor. My suggestion is to get away from the committee and let the market set the rate.
Comments can be submitted on or before February 11th, 2013.