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Libor transition: special focus

Euromoney's latest coverage of the benchmark that serves as a reference rate for hundreds of trillions of dollars in financial instruments - and the upcoming transition to new risk-free rates (RFRs).

Libor transition: Surge pricing

October 2019


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.

In this story: Overnight interest rates • Libor alternatives • Sofr not so good • Impact on derivative and cash • Searching for a term solution • Credit-sensitive benchmark • Too late to wait? • A legislative solution


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

August 2019


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

June 2019

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 

June 2019


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.

FSB: Libor ‘will not be sustainable’ after 2021

November 2018


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.

Don’t bank on Euribor surviving 2020

October 2018


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

October 2018


Worries are growing that benchmark rate replacements will take longer to create than the time available.

Do you believe in life after Libor?

October 2018


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 2018


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 

July 2018 


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

April 2018

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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

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The Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) has heralded a decision to include one of its members in a working group looking at the replacement for Libor.

Watch out FICC, the FCA has something in STOR for you

November 2017

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The UK regulator thinks that bond markets could step up their approach to reporting market abuse.

Barclays Libor affair: a reminder of what they said

April 2017

The BBC is broadcasting tonight an episode of Panorama that will present new material relating to the Barclays Libor affair: here is a guide to some of the related evidence from the UK Treasury Select Committee inquiry in 2012.

The Fix – meet the Libor scandal’s ‘Trader A’

February 2017 

The story of convicted Trader A – Tom Hayes – lays bare the actions of a few cliques that masterminded the headline-grabbing Libor scandal, but despite Hayes’ conviction it is still notoriously difficult to pin blame on individual traders even if a firm admits wrongdoing. Defending Lord Libor – Icap's Colin GoodmanSeptember 2013

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

August 2013

No conflict of interest with derivatives business, says CEO; rate must be anchored to market data.

Treasuries must move quickly on Libor changes, analysts sayFebruary 2013

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 fineFebruary 2013

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 highFebruary 2013

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.

Reshaping UBSFebruary 2013

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 UKNovember 2012

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 insteadOctober 2012

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 backhanderOctober 2012

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 highSeptember 2012

Operational risk more expensive than credit risk; Rearguard action hobbling future growth

Libor scandal: Counting the cost of the fixAugust 2012

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 BarclaysAugust 2012

Scandal to test client loyalty; Reputational and counterparty risks acute

BoE and BBA Libor emails: Best of British

August 2012

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

July  2012

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 

July 2012

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?

Dissecting Barclays' Libor woes

June 2012

Bob Diamond is banking that the Libor manipulation scandal will trigger industry-wide litigation to even out the pain. Interview with Minos Zombanakis, Chairman, Group for International Study & Evaluation

February 1999


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