Benchmarks Regulation Course

The FCA defines a Benchmark as an index used to determine the value of or the amount payable under a financial instrument (or contract). Alternatively, it measures the performance of an investment fund.

This data is classified as public information and is calculated periodically. Following the LIBOR and Forex fixing scandals, regulators are focused on the production of benchmarks.

Our Benchmarks Regulation Training Course explains the importance of following proper conduct, the repercussions for violating regulations, and how to avoid these.

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Benchmarks Regulation Course

About this Course

Available as part of our FCA Compliance Library.

Learning Objectives

This course will prepare you to:

  • Understand the definition and function of Benchmarking, and the importance of proper conduct
  • Recognise the related risks that need to be addressed
  • Understand the fundamentals of LIBOR, Forex/FX and LBMA
  • Follow the FCA's standards of conduct
  • Recognise and avoid the repercussions for violating the standards

Latest Course Updates

  • Course redesigned with a more modern feel
  • Full review conducted by an FCA expert
  • Text & image updates throughout the course

Course Outline


What is Benchmarks Regulation?

- What do you think?


Benchmark activities

- Coverage of the FCA's requirements

Risks that need to be addressed

- Specific risk variables
- Key risks
- You make the call: Is it a risk?

London Interbank Offered Rate - LIBOR

LIBOR - definition

- How it works
- Market manipulation
- The regulators intervene
- Traders prosecuted for LIBOR rigging
- Exercise: Have you understood LIBOR?

Sterling Overnight Index Average (SONIA)

Foreign Exchange (Forex/FX)

- Daily FX trading worth
- How it works
- Basis of benchmark rates
- Market manipulation
- Banging the close
- The regulators intervene
- Total FCA fines for FX rigging
- Exercise: Have you understood FX?

London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) Gold Price Index

- The 13 price participants
- Market manipulation & regulatory intervention
- Total FCA fines for gold price rigging
- Exercise: Have you understood LBMA Gold Price Index?

Standards of Conduct for Benchmark Setting

- You make the call: Standards of Conduct

Oversight & controls

- Key areas of improvement
- You make the call: Is this the right approach?

Benchmarks Regulation

- Requirements under the Regulation
- ICAP Europe & LIBOR
- Barclays & FX
- Daniel James Plunkett & Gold Fixing

Scenario Questions 1

Scenario Questions 2

Scenario Questions 3




Course Specifications




Approximately 45 minutes followed by a 10-question assessment.



Suitable for all staff - examples and interactivities designed for staff at all levels. No previous knowledge or experience is required.



SHARD-compliant, responsive display on all devices, accessibility on screen readers, visual design controlled via client style sheet.



All Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, Android (Flash-free for mobile compatibility). AICC and SCORM 1.2-compliant, suitable for both hosted and deployed SCORM or AICC.



Fully customisable on Skillcast Portal CMS.



Pre-translated versions not available, but all text content can be exported for translation into all languages.



Based on UK legislation, but suitable for global audiences upon the removal of UK-specific references and translation as necessary.

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