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.
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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