Index transparency: Recent regulatory developments

Category: Asia, Global
By Frédéric Ducoulombier*

Opacity typically increases the scope for conflicts of interest to play out

While indices have long played a crucial role in investment, index provision has not traditionally been a regulated activity. When regulators have imposed restrictions on indices that could be used by retail funds, these have been relatively high-level: wide recognition and acceptance; wide dissemination and availability of public information about composition and methodology; and sufficient diversification

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