General Information & Client Service
  • Americas: +1.212.553.1653
  • Asia: +852.3551.3077
  • China: +86.10.6319.6580
  • EMEA: +44.20.7772.5454
  • Japan: +81.3.5408.4100
Media Relations
  • New York: +1.212.553.0376
  • London: +44.20.7772.5456
  • Hong Kong: +852.3758.1350
  • Tokyo: +813.5408.4110
  • Sydney: +61.2.9270.8141
  • Mexico City: +001.888.779.5833
  • Buenos Aires: +0800.666.3506
  • São Paulo: +0800.891.2518
October 10, 2017

FSB published a progress report on implementation of its 2014 recommendations to reform major interest rate benchmarks such as key interbank offered rates (IBORs). The 2014 report recommended measures for strengthening benchmarks and other potential reference rates based on interbank markets and developing alternative nearly risk-free benchmark rates. The progress report concludes that IBOR administrators have continued to take important steps to implement the FSB recommendations, including steps to adjust methodologies used to calculate benchmark rates.

The 2014 recommendations were made following examples of attempted market manipulation and false reporting of global reference rates, along with the post-crisis decline in liquidity in interbank unsecured funding markets. Regulators have taken a number of steps to address the issues, including developing powers to require mandatory contributions to benchmarks; however, it remains challenging to ensure the integrity and robustness of benchmarks and it is uncertain whether submitting banks will continue to make submissions over the medium to long-term. Regulators in some FSB jurisdictions have made good progress in supporting workstreams focused on identifying new or existing risk-free reference rates (RFRs) that could be used instead of IBORs in a range of contracts, in particular derivatives. However, limited progress has been made to date on migration from major IBORs to RFRs, even where they are already available. 

The official sector has also actively engaged with the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) to tackle the risks associated with permanent discontinuation of widely used IBORs. ISDA has established a series of working groups and is drafting fallback arrangements for new derivatives contracts and a future protocol to amend existing contracts. The official sector places great importance on all industry stakeholders, on both the buy and sell side, entering into such protocols. It is also important that work on contract robustness is extended to other non-derivative markets where contracts reference IBORs such as mortgages, loans, floating rate notes, and futures contracts. In addition to this report, FSB had already published progress reports in 2015 and 2016. FSB will publish another progress report in 2018.

Related Links

Keywords: International, Banking, Progress Report, IBOR, Interest Rate Benchmark, RFR, FSB

Related Insights

US Agencies Extend Consultation Period for the Proposed SA-CCR

US Agencies (FDIC, FED, and OCC) extended the comment period for a proposed rule to update their standards for how firms measure counterparty credit risk posed by derivative contracts.

February 18, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

FED Extends Consultation Period for Stress Testing Rule

FED has published in the Federal Register a notice proposing amendments to the company run and supervisory stress test rules.

February 15, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

EBA Single Rulebook Q&A: Third Update for February 2019

EBA published answers to two questions under the Single Rulebook question and answer (Q&A) updates for this week.

February 15, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

FSB Report Examines Financial Stability Implications of Fintech

FSB published a report that assesses fintech-related market developments and their potential implications for financial stability.

February 14, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

US Agencies Amend Regulatory Capital Rule to Allow Phase-In for CECL

US Agencies (FDIC, FED, and OCC) adopted the final rule to address changes to credit loss accounting under the U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; this includes banking organizations’ implementation of the current expected credit losses (CECL) methodology.

February 14, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

FASB Proposes Taxonomy Improvements for the Credit Losses Standard

FASB proposed the taxonomy improvements for the proposed Accounting Standards Updates on Targeted Transition Relief for Topic 326 (Financial Instruments—Credit Losses) and Topic 805 (on Business Combinations—Revenue from Contracts with Customers).

February 14, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

SRB Publishes Framework for Performing Valuations in Resolution

SRB published its framework for performing valuations in resolution. The framework provides independent valuers and the general public with an indication of the expectations of SRB on the principles and methodologies for valuation reports, as set out in the legal framework.

February 14, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

FED Issues Correction in Historical Dataset in its 2019 Stress Tests

FED identified an error in the historical dataset used in its 2019 stress tests and issued a correction.

February 13, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

OCC Consults on Company-Run Stress Test Requirements for Banks

OCC proposed amendments to its company-run stress testing requirements for national banks and Federal savings associations, consistent with section 401 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection (EGRRCP) Act.

February 12, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

CFTC Extends Comment Periods for Trade Execution Requirement Proposals

CFTC announced that it is extending comment period for the proposed amendments related to the regulations on swap execution facilities (SEF) and trade execution requirement.

February 12, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
RESULTS 1 - 10 OF 2610