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Finding our way to the new Ibors

Richard Heckinger highlights possible pitfalls on the road to new reference rates

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The road to new reference rates may not be a smooth one

The transition away from using the London Interbank Offered Rates (Libors) in their various forms of currencies and terms as an all-purpose set of marking prices (reference rates) is, without doubt, a big deal. The transition is necessary because after 2021, the present set of Libors will no longer be expected to be polled and published.

Consequently, a plethora of new marking prices and indexes (let’s call them Ibors, even though the new rates are not necessarily interbank offered rates) has

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