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Convertible bond asset classes defined

Convertible indices

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Our convertible indices are some of the industry’s most widely used and accepted convertible bond benchmarks

The most widely used and accepted benchmarks for measuring the performance of convertible bond investments.

Why choose our convertible bond indices?

Convertible indices offer an independent and transparent definition of the convertible bond asset class over time.

A large number of index combinations are available, such as global and regional coverage; unhedged or hedged currencies; and carve-outs, featuring only “balanced” or investment grade issues. Custom index development and reporting is also possible.

The indices are administered and calculated in the spirit of the International Organization of Securities Commissions principles.

The Refinitiv Convertible Indices are administered by Refinitiv Benchmark Services Limited, authorized as a Benchmark Administrator under EU BMR. 

Announcement

Notice of ESMA Benchmark Administrator Register change due to expiration of Brexit transition period

Since authorisation in 2018, RBSL has been listed on the ESMA Register for benchmark administrators. Following ESMA's public statement on 1 October 2020, at the end of the Brexit transition period (currently 31 December 2020), UK benchmark administrators (including RBSL) will be removed from the ESMA register and will become third country administrators under the EU Benchmark Regulation (‘EU BMR’).

However, EU BMR provided a third-country transition period during which third country administrators (including RBSL) can continue providing benchmarks (including all RBSL benchmarks) for use by EU supervised entities. The transition period is until 31 December 2021 and is currently being extended until 31 December 2023. Third country administrators will have until the end of this transition period to gain permission under EU BMR using one of three pathways, specifically the UK BMR is granted ‘equivalence’, RBSL is granted ‘recognition’ as administrator, or RBSL’s benchmarks are granted ‘endorsement’.

The transition period will enable RBSL to execute its Brexit strategy and ensure regulatory permission is gained under EU BMR before the end of the period.

This does not affect RBSL’s authorisation with the UK FCA as a UK benchmark administrator, and RBSL will continue to appear on the UK FCA Register. Following the FCA's public statement on 1 December 2020, at the end for the Brexit transition period (currently 31 December 2020), UK benchmark administrators (including RBSL) will be listed on the FCA’s new UK Benchmarks Register.

Features & benefits

Our convertible indices

Comprehensive coverage

Global market coverage, broken down into multiple sub-indices and carve-outs to suit any portfolio or investment mandate.

Expert quality and service

Calculated by specialist convertible indexing and advisory team. Multiple custom index options available.

Independent, regulatory and transparent

Adheres to the European Benchmark Regulation and follows IOSCO principles with rules based methodologies.

Flexible delivery options

Convertible indices are available via Eikon and Datastream or standalone and via FTP, email, or third-party vendors.