Swiss ditch Libor as rate reference

The London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is the reference interest rate for tens of millions of contracts worth more than USD 240 trillion, ranging from complex derivatives to residential mortgages. LIBOR is also hardwired into all manner of financial activity, such as risk, valuation, performance modelling and commercial contracts.

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At the same time, for lack of suitable alternatives, LIBOR is still the dominant reference rate in the Swiss retail lending market for floating rate borrowings. As a result, Swiss banks active in the mortgage lending market already now face the challenge to provide for a transition to a successor rate when entering into new contracts.

The overall interest rate charged will be the LIBOR rate plus the margin that is applied. For example, if LIBOR rates are at 1.0% and a commercial bank looks to apply a 3.0% margin, there will be an overall interest rate on the consumer loan of 4.0%.

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Libor is a global benchmark interest rate that underpins the terms of $500 trillion of contracts from mortgages to the cost of corporate lending, but has been discredited after a number of banks were accused in 2012 by UK and US regulators of manipulating the rate.

Credit Suisse Group AG (CSG) yesterday priced CHF 525 million of Perpetual Tier 1 contingent write-down capital notes. The interest rate on the notes will be subject to reset over mid-swaps based on the Swiss benchmark rate SARON.

The abolition of the Libor as a rate of reference affects a great number of products in the financial industry. In Switzerland, the Libor is due to be.

Reference Rates Introduction For decades, the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) has been one of the most frequently used interest rate benchmarks, or reference rates, used in pricing assets and liabilities as well as off-balance sheet derivative contracts. While LIBOR is often viewed as a reference rate (a rate used to set other rates) used

Banks should adopt alternative reference interest rates swiftly ahead of the expected end of Libor in 2021, said a Swiss expert and member of a panel developing the country’s alternative rate for.

The Swiss franc (chf) libor interest rate is available in 7 maturities, from overnight (on a daily basis) to 12 months. The table below shows a summary of the.