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Benchmark interest rates - LIBOR.

USD LIBOR ceased publication at the end of June 2023.

A temporary synthetic USD LIBOR has been put in place until September 2024 to support the transition of legacy transactions that have not yet transferred to an appropriate replacement risk-free rate, such as SOFR.

USD LIBOR provided an indication of the average rate at which contributory panel banks in London could obtain wholesale, unsecured funding for a given period, denominated in USD.

New use of USD LIBOR is banned
"The remaining 5 US dollar LIBOR settings will continue to be calculated using panel bank submissions until mid-2023.
However, new use of US dollar LIBOR is now banned, with limited exceptions.
The US dollar risk-free rate SOFR is already being widely used in new business.
Firms should now focus on converting their legacy US dollar LIBOR contracts by mid-2023."
Changes to LIBOR as of end-2021 - Financial Conduct Authority.

Wind-down of LIBOR
"We are proposing to require LIBOR’s administrator, IBA, to continue to publish the 1-, 3- and 6-month US dollar LIBOR settings under an unrepresentative ‘synthetic’ methodology until end-September 2024.
After this, publication would cease permanently.
For sterling LIBOR, we intend to continue to require IBA to publish the 3-month synthetic sterling LIBOR setting until end-March 2024, after which it will cease permanently.
The effect of these announcements and proposals is that the final LIBOR publication would be end-September 2024:
  • the 3 synthetic yen LIBOR settings will cease at end-2022
  • the 1- and 6-month synthetic sterling LIBOR settings will cease at end-March 2023
  • the overnight and 12-month US dollar LIBOR settings will cease at end-June 2023
  • the 3-month synthetic sterling LIBOR setting will cease at end-March 2024
  • the 1-, 3- and 6-month synthetic US dollar LIBOR settings would cease at end-September 2024"
Further consultation and announcements on the wind-down of LIBOR - Financial Conduct Authority - 23 November 2022.

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