Market structure dominates this week’s podcast as Colin Lambert goes to town on the SEC’s refusal to grant Cboe permission to implement a speed bump (and along the way take a few pops at the equity market structure of course), before touching upon news that the LSE-Refinitiv deal may be delayed and what that means […]
The UK has upped the ante again in driving interest rate benchmark reform away from Libor to risk free rates with the Bank of England unveiling two new initiatives aimed at further supporting the transition. The BoE and the UK regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are working closely with market participants to support the […]
Inter-dealer broking firm Tradition says it has seen a “strong increase” in trading activity linked to the secured overnight financing rate (SOFR). During January, the firm says that SOFR-linked trades facilitated by its voice brokers and executed on its hybrid and swap execution facilities in the US accounted for approximately 65% of all inter-dealer broking on-SEF […]
The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) has launched a supplemental consultation on the spread and term adjustments that would apply to fallbacks for derivatives referencing euro Libor and Euribor in the event those benchmarks are permanently discontinued. This represents the fourth consultation on the issue by ISDA in recent years and will also cover technical […]
This column is going to sound like it was written for a journal offering something to the left of Stalinism, but some things need to be said and asked. So let’s ask the question – is the UK’s Serious Fraud Office’s dropping of the Libor investigation yet another example of how senior managers are getting […]
In something of a surprise move the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has announced the closure of its investigation into Libor manipulation, which has been going on since 2012. The SFO says in a statement, “Following a thorough investigation and a detailed review of the available evidence, there will be no further charges brought in […]
In the FICC of it is one year old this week, and, aside from expressing surprise they got this far, Colin Lambert and Galen Stops celebrate by plunging into two of the themes covered in the first podcast that still resonate today. Stops talks about the evolution of Euronext FX and has two questions for […]
A survey of more than 100 firms associated with the derivatives markets and conducted by JCRA, an independent financial risk management consultancy, along with law firm Travers Smith, has found that a large majority of firms with exposure to Libor are yet to start making preparations for its discontinuation.
The benchmark is set to be withdrawn in 2021, but the firms say that most of those surveyed have not started negotiating replacement language in their contracts that reference the outgoing benchmark.
The Bank of England and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have announced the appointment of Tushar Morzaria as the new chair of the Sterling Risk Free Reference Rates Working Group.
The group was established in 2015 to implement the Financial Stability Board’s recommendation to develop alternative risk-free rates (RFRs) for use instead of Libor-style reference rates. In April 2017, the Working Group recommended the Sonia benchmark as their preferred RFR and since then has been focused on how to transition to using Sonia across sterling markets.
The problems around OTC market benchmarks are well-established, but it’s not just limited to these markets – there are suspicions and claims about collusion and attempted manipulation in listed markets as well. The latest lawsuit against FX banks has a very interesting paragraph in it which highlights the Plaintiffs’ belief that the Fix is open to manipulation, which begs the question, “Why use it?”
So is it time for a rational and genuine discussion about the use of these benchmarks? I think it is.