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Regulatory Submission Archive

Argus regulatory submissions and related consultation documents since May 2009.

CFR Consultation on Financial Benchmarks Regulatory Reform — April 2016

Argus responds to a consultation by Australia’s Council of Financial Regulators (CFR) on regulatory reform proposals for financial benchmarks.


ESMA Discussion Paper on Benchmarks Regulation — April 2016
Argus responds to a European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) discussion paper on Level-2 issues in relation to the forthcoming EU benchmarks regulation.

DECC Consultation Paper – Strengthening the Regulation of Wholesale Energy Markets through New Criminal Offences — September 2014
Argus responds to a consultation by the Department of Energy and Climate Change on new criminal sanctions for energy market manipulation and insider trading requesting an additional exemption for inadvertent errors.

MAS Consultation Paper on Proposed Amendments to the Securities and Futures Act on Regulation of Financial Benchmarks  — August 2014
Argus responds to a consultation by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on proposed legislative amendments in relation to financial benchmarks.

ESMA MiFID II/MiFIR Consultation Paper  — August 2014
Argus responds to a European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) consultation paper (at question 220) on Level-2 issues in relation to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II/ Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFID-II/MiFIR).

ESMA MiFID II/MiFIR Discussion Paper  — August 2014
Argus responds to a European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) discussion paper (at section 5.8) on Level-2 issues in relation to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II/ Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFID-II/MiFIR).

MAS consultation on regulatory framework for financial benchmarks — July 2013
Argus responds to a consultation by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on a proposed regulatory framework for financial benchmarks.

Iosco consultation on principles for financial benchmarks  
—  May 2013
Argus responds to an International Organization of Securities Commissions (Iosco) consultation on draft principles for financial benchmarks.

Esma-EBA consultation on EU benchmark-setting processes  — February 2013
Argus responds to a joint consultation paper from the European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) and European Banking Authority (EBA) on principles for benchmark-setting processes in the EU.

Iosco consultation on financial benchmarks  —  February 2013
Argus responds to an International Organization of Securities Commissions (Iosco) consultation on financial benchmarks.

Ferc Notice of Inquiry on enhanced natural gas market transparency — February 2013
Argus responds to a US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Ferc) Notice of Inquiry regarding possible additional reporting requirements to facilitate market transparency in US wholesale natural gas markets.

California ARB consultation on information sharing proposal — February 2013
Argus responds to a California Air Resources Board consultative proposal on information sharing in California’s cap-and-trade programme.

UK Treasury consultation on Implementing Wheatley Review: secondary legislation   — December 2012
Argus responds to an HM Treasury consultation on draft secondary legislation regarding benchmarks and implementing the recommendations of the Wheatley Review of Libor.

Caiso consultation on BPM proposed revision request  — December 2012
Argus responds to a consultation by the California Independent System Operator (Caiso) on its Business Practice Manual (BPM) Proposed Revision Request: “Commitment costs refinement 2012 - Greenhouse Gas cost adder”.

European Commission (DG Markt) consultation on the use of indices serving as benchmarks in financial and other contracts  — November 2012
Argus responds to a European Commission consultation on indexes and benchmarks.

Wheatley Review of Libor consultation
— September 2012
Argus responds to a consultation on the Wheatley Review of Libor initial discussion paper, which considers options for reforming Libor and whether there are any implications for other benchmarks.

Libor and energy price reporting  — July 2012
Argus and two other independent price reporting organisations (IPROs) calrify the fundamental differences between energy market reporting and the Libor rate setting mechanism.

RGGI request for programme feedback — May 2012
Argus responds to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) request for stakeholder comments on its programme, including use of the current market reserve price.

Iosco consultation on the functioning and oversight of oil price reporting agencies — March 2012
Argus responds to an International Organization of Securities Commissions (Iosco) consultation on oil price reporting agencies.

Esma consultation on OTC derivatives — March 2012
Argus responds to a European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) consultation on draft technical standards for the regulation of OTC derivatives, CCPs and trade repositories.

MAS consultation on OTC derivatives — March 2012
Argus responds to a consultation by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on proposed regulation of OTC derivatives.

US Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) on federal and Indian coal valuation rulemaking — July 2011
Argus responds regarding new methodologies to establish the royalty value of coal produced on federal and Indian leases and providing greater simplicity, certainty, clarity and consistency in production valuation for mineral lessees and mineral revenue recipients.

US Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) federal oil and gas valuation rulemaking — July 2011
Argus commented on how well index prices represent the value for oil and gas produced in different areas of the country, the use of index pricing to determine production value for oil and gas royalty purposes and whether the use of index pricing should be expanded or altered.

Are transactional indexes appropriate for European gas and electricity markets — May 2011
Argus publishes a policy document examining the appropriateness of transactional indexes for European gas and electricity markets. The document discusses: 

  • Price benchmarks for physical OTC gas and electricity 
  • Problems with transactional indexes 
  • Problems with endorsing a single methodology

UK Decc consultation on electricity market reform — March 2011
Argus responds to public consultation on aspects of the UK's proposed new arrangements for its electricity market.

European Commission (DG Markt) consulation on the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) — February 2011
Argus reminds the commission that price reporting agencies provide efficient and effective post-trade price transparency to over-the-counter energy markets.

Iosco/CPSS consultative report: Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems, Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures — March 2011
Argus responds to public consultation on principles for financial market infrastructures.

European Commission (DG Energy) consultation on European power and gas markets — July 2010
Argus outlines to the commission the high level of transparency that already exists in the European power and gas markets and suggests appropriate approaches for achieving increased transparency.

European Commission (DG Markt) consultation on derivatives and market infrastructures – July 2010
Argus responds specifically to proposals that concern the role of Argus as a specialist data provider for the physical energy market.

UK Ofgem consultation on liquidity in GB electricity markets — April 2010
Argus presents its view of the best approaches to increasing liquidity in the electricity markets in mainland UK.

UK House of Lords call for evidence on OTC derivatives — January 2010
Argus re-iterates its key arguments and concerns regarding regulation of OTC derivatives markets and suggests options for increasing the robustness of energy derivatives.

European Commission (DG Markt) consultation on OTC derivatives — September 2009
Argus responds to issues related to the interaction between physical energy markets and energy derivatives and seeks to encourage the commission to treat commodity derivatives as a special case.

European Commission (DG Markt) Call for Evidence on the Market Abuse Directive (MAD) — May 2009
Argus responds to issues related to the physical energy markets and the interaction between physical energy markets and energy derivatives.

US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) market manipulation rulemaking — May 2009
Argus responds to the FTC proposals aiming to ensure that bona fide reporting to price reporting agencies is not hindered by stricter standards on fraud detection.

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