In a joint statement today, the federal and state banking regulators emphasized that supervised institutions are expected to continue to transition away from Libor ahead of the scheduled Dec. 31, 2021 sunset of several Libor tenors.
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As banks prepare for the forthcoming cessation of Libor, the OCC today released an updated self-assessment tool for banks to evaluate their preparedness for transitioning away from Libor to an alternate reference rate, such as the Secured Overnight Financing Rate.
The Alternative Reference Rates Committee today recommended that all market participants slow their use of Libor over the next six weeks to ease the year-end change to alternative reference rates.
With certain tenors of Libor set to cease publication in December—and with the majority of adjustable rate mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration based on Libor—the Department of Housing and Urban Development is seeking feedback on how it can transition away from Libor to an alternative rate.
Lenders need to “pick up the pace” to be ready for the year-end change away from Libor to alternative reference rates, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman for Supervision Randal Quarles, who also chairs the Financial Stability Board, said in a speech today.
On the latest episode the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, Berkshire Bank President and CEO Nitin Mhatre discusss Berkshire Bank’s “BEST Community Comeback,” a new $5 billion ESG-focused initiative at the Massachusetts-based midsize community bank.
The Small Business Administration today clarified that its Paycheck Protection Program direct forgiveness portal remains optional for lenders and borrowers, although SBA encouraged lenders to opt-in to the program, which it said has accepted more than 600,000 applications in under a month.
The Alternative Reference Rates Committee today published a set of frequently asked questions addressing its recent best practices recommendations related to scope of use for the SOFR Term Rate.
By considering the unique aspects of healthcare financing, the associated risks can be factored into the pricing and structure of the credit facility, resulting in fewer surprises.
In a letter to nonfinancial corporations today, the heads of the Treasury Department, Federal Reserve, Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission addressed the ongoing Libor transition, noting that “a smooth transition will be best supported if financial institutions offer alternatives to USD Libor that meet borrower needs and if this is done in a timely fashion.”