ESMA issued an update of its Question and Answers (Q&As) on the European Benchmarks Regulation. The new Q&As provide clarification on the commodity benchmark definition and the contribution to the euro short-term rate (€STR). ESMA provides the date each question was first published, along with the date of amendment beside each question.
The Benchmarks Regulation (EU Regulation No 2016/1011) covers indices used as benchmarks in financial instruments and financial contracts or to measure the performance of investment funds. The purpose of this Q&A document is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the application of the Benchmarks Regulation. It provides responses to questions posed by the public, market participants, and competent authorities in relation to the practical application of the Benchmarks Regulation. The content of this document is aimed at competent authorities under the Regulation to ensure that in their supervisory activities their actions are converging along the lines of the responses adopted by ESMA. It also provides guidance to market participants by providing clarity on the Benchmarks Regulation requirements.
Keywords: Europe, EU, Banking, Securities, Benchmarks Regulation, Q&A, €STR, Interest Rate Benchmarks, ESMA
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