Libor transition: Surge pricing
It was just what the regulators didn’t want: another surge in Sofr just as the timetable for transition away from US dollar Libor enters its critical phase.
Libor transition: Are markets ready for a $350 trillion white-knuckle ride?
September 10, 2019
It is less than two and a half years until Libor, the benchmark on which trillions of dollars-worth of financial instruments are based, will disappear. That is a hopelessly ambitious timetable in which to complete what has been called the largest financial engineering project in history. Even if chaos is averted, the way in which banks lend, and indeed how corporates borrow, may never be the same again.
Libor transition: Between a rock and a hard place
September 10, 2019
Banks are caught in the middle of regulatory pressure from above and corporate inertia from below when it comes to transitioning away from Libor, but they are the lynchpin on which the whole process depends.
Libor: Sonia and Sofr need term rates too
The regulators want overnight rates to become the norm in all markets after Libor – that could be wishful thinking.
It is time to pick up the pace on Libor transition
Cash borrowers want forward-looking reference rates to transition to after Libor and the market is struggling to come up with them.
Treasurers need to limber up for Libor reform
Benchmark reform may have received a lukewarm welcome from corporates, but treasurers would be well advised to quantify their Libor exposures to avoid nasty surprises during the transition to alternative overnight risk-free rates.
It is one thing to develop alternative benchmarks to Libor, but, even as the clock is ticking, it is quite another to get issuers to use them.
Euribor’s administrator is confident that its reforms to the benchmark will make it eligible to be published and used after the Benchmark Regulation’s transition period ends. But don’t bank on it.
ECB group asks legislators for more time on Ester
Worries are growing that benchmark rate replacements will take longer to create than the time available.
Do you believe in life after Libor?
Progress has been made on possible replacements for Libor as a reference rate for financial instruments. But they don’t all have the market thrilling to the prospect of a Libor-less world.
Libor challengers: ARRs get a boost in August
August, typically a slow month for capital markets, was a fruitful one for alternative reference rates (ARRs) to Libor.
Libor: Changing the frame of reference
There’s a rush to find an alternative to ‘ibors’, but with just three years to go before banks might stop submitting Libor altogether, regulators and market participants are still trying to figure out the right questions to ask.
Barclays: Move along, (almost) nothing to see here
Jes Staley gets to stay in his job, but his difficulties don't end with one investigation.
Corporate treasurers given seat at the regulator’s table
December 21, 2017
Watch out FICC, the FCA has something in STOR for you
Barclays Libor affair: a reminder of what they said
The Fix – meet the Libor scandal’s ‘Trader A’
Defending Lord Libor – Icap's Colin Goodman
There has been widespread condemnation of the manipulation of Libor settings by employees of interdealer broker Icap, and rightly so. But the time has surely come for defenders of former Icap employee Colin Goodman, aka Cash Broker A, aka Lord Libor, aka Lord Bailiff, to step forward.
NYSE lands Libor amid regulatory turf war
No conflict of interest with derivatives business, says CEO; rate must be anchored to market data.
Treasuries must move quickly on Libor changes, analysts say
The global race for alternative benchmarks to the much-maligned Libor is intensifying but much more work on due diligence and counterparty risk needs to be conducted.
Bank analysts warm to impact of RBS’s Libor fine
Bank analysts have come out broadly positive on Royal Bank of Scotland’s agreement with UK and US financial regulators to pay a combined fine of £390 million to settle charges its investment banking arm manipulated Libor.
Honourable Hourican leaves RBS with head held high
RBS’s investment banking head John Hourican is the fall-guy for the bank’s Libor-rigging fine, but he should be lauded for the job he has done in the most difficult circumstances.
By cutting back its investment bank sharply, UBS chief executive Sergio Ermotti has laid down a challenge to competitors and enthused shareholders who bid the stock up even after big Libor-related fines led to a hefty fourth-quarter loss. Details of the restructuring still remain sketchy, but it now seems that the private bankers wielding power at the top of UBS want to keep fair chunks of the investment bank. Has Ermotti found the keys to a resurgent UBS?
Libor manipulation set to become a criminal offence in UK
Tim Strong, a partner in the financial disputes team at international law firm Taylor Wessing, says new proposals from the Treasury at cracking down on Libor misconduct could be far-reaching for the banking sector - and will introduce tougher sanctions on the UK than the rest of Europe.
No bonus? Try whistle-blowing instead
The award of $104 million to UBS tax whistle-blower Bradley Birkenfeld in September showed that there is still good money to be made in banking. It just may come in the future from turning in your former colleagues and bosses to the authorities.
Plea bargaining hits banks with a backhander
The business of selling out your employer for a cash reward is still in its infancy. But the slow grinding of the wheels of regulatory justice is throwing up increasing numbers of employees who are providing evidence against employers to dodge or mitigate punishment.
Scandals: Banks’ operational risk rockets to new high
Operational risk more expensive than credit risk; Rearguard action hobbling future growth
Libor scandal: Counting the cost of the fix
Estimates of the impact of the Libor scandal have so far focused on potential direct costs in the form of fines and litigation expenses, tied to speculation about which investment bankers will be forced to follow Bob Diamond and Jerry del Missier of Barclays into unscheduled retirement.
Libor Scandal: JBIC move highlights Libor damage at Barclays
Scandal to test client loyalty; Reputational and counterparty risks acute
BoE and BBA Libor emails: Best of British
The recent publication of email exchanges from 2008 between the Bank of England and the British Bankers’ Association about Libor reform cast both in a poor light.
Brilliant Bob Diamond’s luck finally runs out
It was Diamond’s hubris that ultimately triggered his untimely demise as Barclays' CEO, tarnishing a uniquely successful 16-year career as the architect of a global investment banking franchise. But his successor inherits a banking diamond that needs an awful lot of polishing.
Barclays' "we weren't the only one" Libor defence
Why did Barclays choose to settle first with respect to the Libor manipulation saga, given this week's damage to its franchise, and the departure of Bob Diamond? And just how large was its interest-rate derivatives exposures?
Bob Diamond is banking that the Libor manipulation scandal will trigger industry-wide litigation to even out the pain.