The race to ensure that hundreds of thousands of contracts
have adequate fallbacks in place when existing interbank
offered rates (Ibors) such as Libor, which expires in 2021, has
gathered significant pace this year, with the derivatives space
bounding to the front of the pack.
As these benchmarks expire, it’s
crucial to ensure that existing contracts referring directly to
the rate have fallback language in place. The New York Fed, the
entity behind the secured overnight financing rate (Sofr)
– the US successor to the US dollar Libor - says that
there are currently more than $200 trillion of contracts
outstanding that rely on US dollar Libor alone.
With less than $500 million of daily three-month
trades taking place every day that are the basis for creating
the Libor curve, there is an enormous reliance on a small,
fragile and potentially shrinking base rate.
Sandie O’Connor, chief regulatory affairs