Iosco offers general and specific principles to deal with equity and benchmark indexes

Equity indexes may be different from market benchmark indexes, such as Libor, but they are just as easily open to manipulation. But just how similar these indexes are is one of the dominant features of the International Organization of Securities Commissions' (Iosco) draft Principles for Financial Benchmarks. The deadline for replies to the regulator group's investigation falls today (May 16).

Regulators might also need to step in where conflicts of interest arise from index providers involved i

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