CME Group and Thomson Reuters operate the new LBMA Silver Price.

CME Group provide the electronic auction platform on which the price is calculated and Thomson Reuters are responsible for administration and governance of the LBMA Silver price which was successfully launched on the 15th August. The LBMA are responsible for accrediting price participants and also own the intellectual property rights.


Governance and Oversight

Thomson Reuters is responsible for governance and oversight of the LBMA Silver Price. It is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for its role as the benchmark administrator. The LBMA Silver Price Oversight Committee reviews and maintains the definition, setting, scope and methodology of the benchmark. Further information on these issues can be found on CME's website here.

Accredited Price Participants

Six price participants have been accredited to contribute to the LBMA Silver Price are as follows: China Construction Bank, HSBC Bank USA NA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, The Bank of Nova Scotia - ScotiaMocatta, The Toronto Dominion Bank and UBS AG. Given the strong level of interest from other participants, particularly from some who participated during the live testing and accreditation process, the LBMA fully expects the list of price participants will grow over the coming months as more participants meet the formal accreditation requirements. Market Participants interested in contributing to the Silver Price are invited to email the LBMA at Ag.Consult@lbma.org.uk.

Background

The London Silver Fix had been a global benchmark for 117 years. This new process for establishing the new LBMA Silver Price will maintain continuity with the earlier silver fixing process for market participants while also increasing transparency via an electronic platform for the auction. It continues to be London-based and offers a fully IOSCO-compliant solution to the London bullion marketplace. The earlier benchmarking process has been followed in order to minimise any possible disruptions and enable a seamless transition for the market. Participants with a Reuters terminal can view the live auction by quoting the RIC 0#LDNXAG. Further details on licensing arrangements for The LBMA SilverPrice are available on Thomson Reuters website here.

Frequently asked questions:

  • When did the new LBMA Silver Price come into effect?

    The first day of the new LBMA Silver Price was 15 August 2014.

  • Did the LBMA Silver Price replace the current Silver fixing which was set by the three members of the London Silver Fixing Company?

    Yes. This followed an extensive consultation with participants in the silver market conducted by the LBMA, CME Group & Thomson Reuters were selected by a market consensus to provide the solution for The LBMA Silver Price and provide continuity of the benchmark. The London Silver Fixing Company Limited’s last day of operation was the 14 August, following which the silver fix was replaced by the LBMA Silver Price.

  • Why has the name changed from The London Silver Price?

    Unfortunately, that name was not able to be trademarked and therefore in order to protect the bullion market’s IP and ensure recognition that it is a daily silver spot price for the London Bullion Market, the name has been changed to the LBMA Silver Price. Thomson Reuters remains the benchmark administrator, the name is to reflect Loco London and the LBMA’s ownership of the IP.

  • What time does the auction for the LBMA Silver Price take place?

    The auction time has not changed – the LBMA Silver Price auction continues to take place at 12 noon BST each working day and the price published shortly thereafter in line with the current arrangements for the London Silver Fix.

  • Is the LBMA Silver Price compliant with IOSCO principles?

    Yes, all participants taking part in the auction process were required to sign up to Thomson Reuter’s Code of Conduct which is based on the principles set out in the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) for Financial Benchmarks.

  • On what basis is the LBMA Silver Price set?

    It is an electronic auction based solution which is based on transactions and is auditable. The LBMA Silver Price is set in US dollars per troy ounce in a series of auction rounds, each lasting 30 seconds. The auction begins at 12:00 and participants are required to input their buy volume and sell volume orders in lakhs (100,000 ounces) or quarter lakhs (25,000 ounces). The initial price at the start of the process is likely to be close to the spot price. In the first round the system algorithm will attempt to match buy and sell orders within the permitted tolerance level (3 lakhs). If the buy and sell orders are out of tolerance, the auction price will change and the auction will restart until the buy and sell volumes are in tolerance and the equilibrium price is set.

  • Will there may be more participants accredited?

    Yes, we fully expect more participants to contribute to the LBMA Silver price. In recent weeks the LBMA, CME and Thomson Reuters have engaged closely with all Silver Market participants who have expressed interest in contributing to the LBMA Silver Price. These include banks, trading houses, refiners and producers. This process has been undertaken quickly and efficiently but the tight schedule and the time of year imposed time constraints on some potential participants seeking internal sign off on the necessary credit, legal, compliance and IT requirements. This means that not all those who participated in the live trials have been accredited yet. Market Participants interested in contributing to the LBMA Silver Price are invited to email the LBMA at Ag.Consult@lbma.org.uk

  • What format is the price be set in?

    The price is tradeable and expressed in U.S. Dollars per troy ounce and can be accessed on Reuters using the code LDNXAGUSD=. Sterling and Euro prices are available but these are indicative prices for settlement only, and can be viewed by quoting LDNXAGGBP= and LDNXAGEUR=.

  • How do market participants receive the LBMA Silver Price?

    Thomson Reuters distribute the LBMA Silver Price in real-time through market data systems (Eikon and Elektron). Further details are available on their website here. They also provide access to the data through re-distribution via third party data vendors such as Bloomberg and Fastmarkets. The LBMA will publish the price shortly after 12:00pm once the price is set.

  • Is the LBMA Silver Price still available on the same RICs page on Reuters?

    No, the LBMA Silver Price in US $ is displayed on a new RICs page called LDNXAG=. Sterling and Euro prices are available but they are indicative prices for settlement only and can be viewed by quoting LDNXAGGBP= and LDNXAGEUR= respectively.

  • Is the LBMA Silver Price available on Bloomberg?

    Yes, the auction can be viewed on their page SLVR. The main page is {MTL<GO>} and the relevant tickers to be referenced are: SLVRLND - US $; SLVRLN - US cents; SLVRLNBP - £ and SLVRLNEU - Euro cents.

  • Is the the new LBMA Silver Price settled against loco London silver?

    Yes, the physical settlement for the LBMA Silver Price remains Loco London Silver as it has been historically.

  • How can I execute orders in the new Silver Price mechanism?

    Please contact your bank or broker to make sure they are participating in the new London Silver Price. Provided your bank or broker is participating, you can continue to execute your orders through them via voice, email, fax etc. and continue to trade the same way you currently do with the existing Silver Fixing price. If your bank or broker is not participating in the new LBMA Silver Price please encourage them to sign up.

  • And how will this affect trading ISDA derivatives?

    ISDA has confirmed that the LBMA Silver Price will replace the existing London Silver Fixing. Please contact ISDA directly for more information.

  • Was there a need for documentation and contracts to be amended to reflect the change in the price?

    There will be continuity of the benchmark with the LBMA Silver Price. You should reference the LBMA Silver Price in any new contracts in the future. Please consult your legal counsel regarding any changes you many need to make to your contracts.

  • How do I receive a licence for the LBMA Silver Price?

    Market participants requiring a license for market data should contact their Thomson Reuters representative.

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