Adoption of risk free rates: Major developments for 2020

Adoption of risk free rates: Major developments for 2020

Adoption of risk free rates: Major developments for 2020

Feb 13 2020
Transition from LIBOR and other interbank offered rates (IBORs) to alternative risk-free rates (RFRs) is a monumental task and it is one of the biggest challenges facing the financial industry. The shift is critical because of the issues associated with the robustness and viability of some IBORs – and LIBOR in particular – given the sharp decline in activity in the unsecured interbank funding market. This paper examines several major upcoming developments in 2020 related to the adoption of RFRs, including the publication of new benchmark fallbacks for derivatives contracts and central counterparty (CCP) changes in discounting and price alignment interest (PAI) for certain currencies.

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