July/August 2018

LIBOR Won’t Back Down

LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) is attempting to fend off a challenge to its title as the global benchmark for dollar-based assets from SOFR (Secured Overnight Funding Rate). ABF Journal illustrator Jerry Gonzalez shares his vision of the battle.



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Bloomberg reported that LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) is attempting to fend off a challenge to its title as the global benchmark for dollar-based assets from SOFR (Secured Overnight Funding Rate), which is coming under scrutiny. More than $370 trillion of instruments are currently underpinned by it.

According to Bloomberg, SOFR, which is the heir apparent to LIBOR’s throne, is “under mounting scrutiny after the erroneous inclusion of some transactions.”