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Slight SOFR Snafu (But Rate Barely Moves)

On April 3, 2018, the New York Federal Reserve Bank (FRBNY) began publishing SOFR, the Secured Overnight Financing Rate, which is a potential replacement for LIBOR. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter, the FRBNY determined that the volumes of SOFR trades – around $850 billion daily – appeared too high.

LIBOR Update: One Small Step for SOFR

The multi-year march toward a LIBOR fallback/replacement for derivatives (and possibly loans) has taken another step. On August 27, 2017, the Federal Reserve issued a “Request for Information Relating to Production of Rates”. Behind this unprepossessing title is a call for public feedback on what might become the LIBOR replacement for derivatives. (Any loan fallback would almost definitely require adjustments.) We discuss the background, the Fed’s request and possible LSTA action below.

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Primary Delayed Compensation Protocol

The Protocol applies to a “Primary Allocation” which is an allocation of new money by a syndicate desk in connection with either (i) a new issue syndication or (ii) an amendment of an existing Credit Agreement. In addition, the Protocol affects when-issued secondary trades by (i) changing what constitutes an Early Day Trade and (ii) […]