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.