Browsing: Reference rates

Commercial Lending

House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) wrote to Federal Reserve Vice Chairman for Supervision Randal Quarles last week requesting a January briefing on efforts by the Fed and other prudential regulators to prepare banks for the transition away from the London Interbank Offered Rate.

Compliance and Risk

Financial firms that have not started their work to transition from the London Interbank Offered Rate and making fallback plans for contracts—especially loans—that currently reference it need to begin right away, the Basel, Switzerland-based Financial Stability Board said in a progress report today on the reference rate transition.

Policy

Next year, the FSB expects to tackle fintech developments worldwide, including the growing role of big tech firms in finance; the development of so-called “stablecoins,” virtual currencies pegged to real assets to minimize volatility; innovation to remove friction in cross-border payments; and the transition away from the London Interbank Offered Rate to new benchmarks.

Compliance and Risk

In a Bloomberg op-ed on Friday, Tom Wipf—chairman of the Federal Reserve’s Alternative Reference Rates Committee and vice chairman of international securities at Morgan Stanley—pushed back against several common misconceptions about the Secured Overnight Financing Rate, the ARRC’s preferred replacement for the London Interbank Offered Rate.

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