On September 1, 2016, the Financial Stability Board published a second progress report on its workplan to reduce misconduct risk. The workplan was first agreed in May 2015 and the FSB published its first progress report in November 2015. The workplan involves: (i) reviewing the effectiveness of reforms to compensation tools in reducing the risk of misconduct; (ii) examining whether the global standards of conduct in the fixed income, commodities and currency (FICC) markets need to be improved; and (iii) reforming the major financial benchmarks.

The FSB’s second progress report sets out the progress made to date as well as the expected dates for finalization of some of the work. By the end of 2016, IOSCO will publish final guidance for benchmark administrators on the content of the statements of compliance that administrators will be conducting a follow-up review of WM/Reuters 4 pm London Closing Spot Rate. The report also noted current reforms to the key IBOR benchmarks with a final report to be released in the course of 2017. Other items that are in the pipeline include publishing recommendations on the application of regulatory compensation tools to reduce misconduct risk by the end of 2017 and a wide-ranging FX Global Code for the wholesale foreign exchange market is expected to be finalized by May 2017.

The progress report is available at: http://www.fsb.org/wp-content/uploads/Measures-to-reduce-misconduct-risk-SecondProgress-Report.pdf