LCH SwapAgent, a service for non-cleared cross currency swap markets, says it has registered its first Sonia/SOFR cross-currency basis swap. The GBP/USD basis swap was executed between LCH SwapAgent members Bank of America and Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets. The trade was completed ahead of the upcoming discounting and price alignment interest transition to USD SOFR at […]
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 […]
The Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have redoubled their efforts to get what appears to be reluctant financial markets participants to move away from using Libor as a benchmark, citing 2020 as a “critical” year for the transition process as markets move towards the end of Libor in 2021. In a […]
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 Bank of England’s Working Group on Sterling Risk Free Reference Rates, which is tasked with leading the transition away from Libor to term Sonia rates, has launched a consultation process to help drive the evolution, which is intended to be complete by the end of 2021.
The work is part of a global effort to shift interest rate benchmarks away from the scandal-ridden mechanisms such as Libor, Euribor and Tibor, has been launched at a time when attention on the reform process is ratcheting up.
The Bank of England says it has implemented its reforms to the Sonia Interest rate benchmark.
The bank says its aim in reforming Sonia – the Sterling Overnight Index Average – is to strengthen a benchmark which is considered critical for the sterling financial markets. Previously, the benchmark was based on a market for brokered deposits, which the Old Lady says, has limited transaction volumes.
The new benchmark now captures a broader scope of overnight unsecured deposits, by including bilaterally negotiated transactions alongside brokered transactions.
The Bank of England has formally announced that its reforms to the Sonia interest rate benchmark will take effect on Monday 23 April 2018.
The reforms, which were announced earlier this year and see Sonia replace Libor as the interest rate benchmark for UK markets, will result in the Bank of England taking on the end-to-end administration, including the calculation and publication of Sonia, broadening the coverage to included overnight unsecured transactions, and the use of a VWAP methodology to calculate the rate.
Implementation of a reformed Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor) is expected to happen in the first half of 2017, according to the Financial Stability Board (FSB). The FSB – which groups G20 financial authorities – has published an update on the process of reforming major interest rate benchmarks at international level on the back of […]