Reform of interest rate benchmark setting processes continues but concerns remain about the lack of transactions during some of the rate setting windows, the Financial Stability Board says.
The FSB has published its latest report setting out progress on the implementation of its 2014 recommendations to reform major interest rate benchmarks such as key interbank offered rates. Those recommendations included measures to strengthen benchmarks and other potential reference rates based on interbank markets, as well as developing alternative nearly risk-free benchmark rates.
The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), the Association of Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and its asset management group (SIFMA AMG) have published a new report that assesses the issues involved with benchmark reform, and makes recommendations on steps firms can take to prepare for the transition from interbank offered rates (IBORs) to alternative risk-free rates (RFRs).
The report, which was based on a survey of 150 banks, end users, infrastructures and law firms in 24 countries, shows a gap between high levels of awareness of benchmark reform and concrete steps being taken to transition from the IBORs to alternative RFRs.
The Financial Stability Board has published a statement on reforms to interbank offered rates and the development of overnight risk-free, or nearly risk-free, rates and term rates.
The FSB says the statement is intended to provide market participants and other stakeholders with its views ahead of a forthcoming consultation by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association which contemplates fall backs for certain derivative contracts based on overnight RFRs. The FSB started its work on reforms to IBORs following enforcement action taken by FSB member authorities in response to the manipulation of these benchmarks.
The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, (ISDA) has published a statement summarising the preliminary results of a consultation on technical issues related to new benchmark fallbacks for derivatives contracts that reference certain interbank offered rates (Ibors).
The consultation, which was launched in July, covered the proposed methodologies for certain adjustments that would apply to the fallback rate in the event an IBOR is permanently discontinued. ISDA says it received 152 responses from 164 entities to the consultation from a variety of market participants.