Browsing: Reference rates

Commercial Lending

With several tenors of Libor scheduled to sunset at the end of the year and the remainder in June 2023, the American Bankers Association and a group of financial trade organizations urged lawmakers to advance legislation to address “tough legacy” contracts—those that do not have appropriate contractual fallback language to facilitate the transition to an alternative reference rate.

Commercial Lending

With several tenors of Libor scheduled to sunset at year-end, Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu today emphasized that regulators will not allow “new Libor exposures—zombie or otherwise—after Dec. 31, 2021, and we mean it.” Hsu was referring to the belief by some that some form of Libor will survive after that date as “synthetic Libor” or “zombie Libor.”

Commercial Lending

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.

Commercial Lending

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.”

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