LIBOR Transition Summary
In 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which regulates LIBOR, announced it would no longer guarantee LIBOR production beyond 2021. The impending end of LIBOR has become a key issue facing financial markets as it is one of the most widely used reference rates, with nearly $200 trillion of derivatives, loans, securities, and mortgages referencing USD LIBOR (as of 2016). With such a considerable volume of contracts tied to LIBOR, a smooth transition from LIBOR to a new reference rate is crucial to the stability of financial markets.
The Federal Reserve tasked the Alternative Reference Rate Committee (ARRC), a group of market participants, with developing a rate to replace LIBOR and ensuring a successful transition. In 2017, the ARRC identified the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) to be the recommended successor rate to USD LIBOR.
Since SOFR was identified to replace LIBOR in the United States, a paced transition plan has been underway and led by the ARRC. As LIBOR is wide-spread throughout the financial markets, it is possible that members will be affected by the transition. The FHLBank Chicago has published Frequently Asked Questions and a Transition Primer PDF to inform our members on the transition progress, market developments, and suggested action items from ARRC and ISDA.
FHLBank Chicago is continually monitoring SOFR developments from ARRC and in the markets and will continue to update our members.
LIBOR Transition News from FHLBank Chicago
- December 2, 2019 | Libor Financing Alternative
- September 27, 2019 | FHLBank System Regulator Provides LIBOR Transition Guidance
- February 27, 2019 | SOFR Update: SOFR-Indexed Advance To Be Available on Thursday, February 28
- January 31, 2019 | SOFR Update: SOFR-Indexed Advance Planned for February
- January 16, 2019 | SOFR Update: FHLBank Chicago Issuance This Month
- December 21, 2018 | SOFR as a LIBOR Index Alternative
Recent LIBOR Transition News
- November 15, 2019 | Fannie Mae announced it will be implementing ARRC’s recommended fallback language into the uniform notes and other legal documents for ARMS. Additionally, Fannie Mae will offer several new ARM products based on SOFR, with more details forthcoming in 2020.
- October 22, 2019 | The CME Group also developed a high-level proposal for transitioning price alignment and discounting for USD-denominated over-the-counter cleared swaps from the effective federal funds rate to SOFR.
- October 21, 2019 | The ISDA summarized responses to a consultation on how derivatives contracts should address a regulatory announcement that LIBOR or certain other interbank offered rates (IBORs) are deemed no longer representative of an underlying market.
- October 8, 2019 | The United States Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service released proposed regulations providing tax relief on tax issues that may arise as a result of the modification of debt, derivative, and other financial contracts from LIBOR-based language to alternative reference rates.
- September 24, 2019 | The ARRC closed a consultation on proposed improved fallback language for new Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) contracts that reference USD LIBOR in order to mitigate the risks associated with the potential end or disruption of LIBOR after 2021.
- September 19, 2019 | The ARRC released a practical implementation checklist with ten key areas to help market participants transition away from U.S. dollar (USD) LIBOR to using the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR)
- September 18, 2019 | The ISDA published its consultation on final fallback parameters for derivative products based on the preferred approaches listed below.
Term Adjustment: Compounded Setting in Arrears
Credit Spread Adjustment: Historical Mean/ Median Approach
Both the amended 2006 ISDA Definitions to be applied to new LIBOR trades and the fallback protocol for legacy IBOR contracts are expected to be finalized by the end of this year, with implementation in 2020.
- September 17, 2019 | The CME Group announced that CME SOFR futures became a trillion-dollar market. Record single-day volume of $670 billion was traded with $1.17 trillion in open interest, in response to the upward pressure in the repo market.
- September 4, 2019 | The CME Group announced it will launch options on 3-month SOFR futures starting on January 6, 2020, pending regulatory review.
- July 31, 2019 | The ISDA announced that Bloomberg Index Services Limited (BISL) has been selected to calculate and publish adjustments related to fallbacks that ISDA intends to implement for certain interest rate benchmarks in its 2006 ISDA Definitions.
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Because the transition from LIBOR to SOFR continues to evolve, information here may become stale at any given time. Last updated June 6, 2019.