October 6, 2020

On committee-based index constituent selection and the power of index providers

Might some of the concerns surrounding the power of the dominant index providers be resolving themselves? The September issue of Investment & Pensions Europe (IPE) published […]
July 31, 2020

Assessing risk in today’s US$ corporate bond market – updated

The potential economic impacts of the novel coronavirus have been likened to the Great Depression and a more severe version of the 2008 Great Financial Crisis. […]
July 24, 2020

Time to Act: EU confirms BMR end-2021 deadline for third country index administrators

Following a public consultation that launched in October 2019, the EU Commission announced on 24th July 2020 that it is proposing only limited changes to the EU benchmarks regulation.
July 1, 2020

On The Finer Details of Carry and Roll-Down Strategies

On The Finer Details of Carry and Roll-Down Strategies Carry and roll-down strategies are generally predicated on the presumption that the current yield curve is a […]
June 3, 2020

The Long and Short of the Gilt Market

The Long And Short Of The Gilt Market In recent years the gilt yield curve has maintained a particular shape, with long yields inverted. Alan Cubbon […]
May 26, 2020

The Fiduciary Duty of Product Issuers

It’s clear from recent comments by regulators and those closely associated with regulators that index providers are going to come under increased scrutiny in the near […]
April 6, 2020

To Delay or Not To Delay?

Recent announcements delaying or cancelling the periodic rebalancing of various indices – or the decision not to delay – have raised some comment in the market […]
January 27, 2020

Is the passive investment industry failing investors?

The FT recently published an article by Robin Wigglesworth titled ‘The Index providers are quietly building up enormous powers’, which covers a number of issues and […]
December 6, 2019

Implications for “legal representatives” of the latest update to the ESMA Q&A on the Benchmarks Regulation

ESMA has provided a new update to its “Q&A” document regarding the EU benchmarks regulation. It covers two topics: the extent to which commodity index providers […]


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