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US interest rate benchmarks.

SOFR is the Secured Overnight Financing Rate.

This is a broad treasuries repo financing rate, recommended as a benchmark by the Alternative Reverence Rates Committee (ARRC) of the Federal Reserve.

It is published by the New York Fed at approximately 8am local time.

3 April 2018 was the first time SOFR was published. It is calculated based on actual transactions and is a volume-weighted median.

In the first three months of the publication of SOFR the underlying overnight lending transaction volume was on average approximately USD 800 billion.

LIBOR, which was historically used as the main benchmark rate, is in the process of being discontinued following multiple irregularities and lack of sustainability in the absence of an active underlying market.

SOFR is the new benchmark USD rate (alternatively known as risk-free rate) and ARRC is working with the industry to transition to SOFR from LIBOR.

See also

Other links

2021: A Benchmark Odyssey, Practical Guidance for Treasurers on interest rate benchmarks, Slaughter and May