The consultation on proposed changes to the methodology for the CME CF References Rates is now open and will impact the following benchmarks only:

· CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR)

· CME CF Ether Dollar Reference Rate (ETHUSD_RR)

The Administrator proposes changes relating to the below sections of the Methodology only

· Section 5 - Contingency Calculation Rules

· A new Section 6 – Restatement & Republishing

· A new Section 7 – Market Failure Events

The proposed changes are provided below, changes have been underlined and replacement text is shown in mark-up.

Proposed Date of Implementation

The Administrator proposes to implement the proposed changes to the Reference Rates from June 28th 2021 onwards

Rationale

The applications of the CME CF Reference Rates in financial products have increased significantly over the past 6 months. The Administrator proposes these changes to ensure both the integrity of the benchmark and that any potential market disruption it could cause to financial products referencing the benchmarks are sufficiently mitigated.

Likely Impacts

The proposed methodology changes mean that product providers that replicate or utilise the Reference Rates may need to alter the provisions for extraordinary events in their product mechanics and market participants may need to factor these changes into their processes when transacting in instruments that are linked to the Reference Rates.

Consultation Process

The consultation for all aspects of this proposed change and its proposed date of implementation will open at 1000 LDN on May 4th 2021 and close at 1630 LDN on May 18th, 2021. All responses will be treated in confidence unless a respondent specifies that it wishes its identity to be known to the Administrator.

Further to general comments the Administrator will seek to understand from index users what the likely impacts could be in vis a vis:

Timeframe of Proposed Change
Whether the proposed change allows market participants to make the necessary arrangements to potentially alter product mechanics and provisions around extraordinary events

Financial Impact of Proposed Change
The financial value of contracts, instruments, funds that directly reference or are settled according to the benchmark that shall be impacted by the proposed change.

Market Impact of Proposed Change
The number of counterparties and types of counterparties that could be adversely impacted and the scale of the disruption they would face as a result of the proposed change.

Should the consultation result in the Administrator not implementing any of the proposed changes or the implementation date being changed then this and any further shall be announced by the Administrator. Any queries regarding the consultation process should be addressed to info@cfbenchmarks.com.

Submission of Responses

All responses should be submitted in writing via email to consultations@cfbenchmarks.com. All responses will be treated in confidence unless a respondent specifies that it wishes its identity to be known to the Administrator.

Should the consultation result in the Administrator not implementing any of the proposed changes or the implementation date being changed then this and any further shall be announced by the Administrator.

This consultation process is conducted under the oversight of the CME CF Oversight Committee in accordance with Article 5 of EU and UK Benchmark Regulations.

Any queries regarding the consultation process should be addressed to info@cfbenchmarks.com