November 30, 2020

LIBOR: Unexpected News

Posted by Ruth Hardie
In unexpected news today, the end of USD LIBOR has been extended to June 30, 2023. The Federal Reserve Board put out a press release today supporting the extension of LIBOR through June 30, 2023.
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November 05, 2020

FASB Proposes ASU Expanding Topic 848 (Reference Rate Reform)

Posted by Ruth Hardie
FASB Proposes an Accounting Standards Update Expanding Topic 848 (Reference Rate Reform)Respondent comments are due Friday, November 13. 
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October 26, 2020

ISDA Fallback Protocol for Your Derivatives: Released on Friday

Posted by Ruth Hardie
The eagerly anticipated ISDA IBOR Fallback Protocol was released on Friday, October 23, 2020. The effective date of the protocol has been set for January 25, 2021. The following is a brief list of questions you may have. Look for more detailed...
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October 16, 2020

Reference Rate Reform: Economics & Accounting Treatment Impacts

Posted by Ruth Hardie
We always encourage hedgers to consider the economics of a transaction before looking at the accounting. If the economics don’t make sense, it doesn’t matter how favorable the accounting treatment is, it probably isn’t a good idea!
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October 12, 2020

LIBOR Transition: Indirect Valuation Impacts

Posted by Glenn Suarez
The direct impacts of the transition away from LIBOR to the use of an alternative reference rate such as the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) have been well publicized. ISDA and ARRC have been releasing regular updates and suggested...
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October 07, 2020

LIBOR to SOFR: Are You Ready?

Posted by Farah Lotia
As LIBOR gets ready to end, SOFR is set to begin. While the derivatives market had been changing fairly rapidly prior to COVID-19, 2020 market dynamics have not closed the gap between expected and observed market prices. It’s critical that...
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August 27, 2020

SOFR: Key Characteristics & Hedge Accounting Impacts

Posted by Ruth Hardie & Farah Lotia
As many of our readers already know, SOFR (Secured Overnight Financing Rate) has been selected by the Alternative Reference Rates Committee of the Federal Reserve to replace LIBOR in 2021. LIBOR represents the rate member banks borrow from each...
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April 07, 2020

Quarter-End Interest Rate Update: What You Can Expect with the Current Market [VIDEO]

Posted by Hedge Trackers
In this video, Ruth Hardie, senior director of client services, provides an overview of what you can expect from interest rate swaps given the current large drop in rates.
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March 16, 2020

Fed Takes Fed Funds Rate to Zero: How Zero Percent Floors Impact Hedge Programs

Posted by Farah Lotia
On Sunday afternoon, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) reduced its target rate by 100bps to a range of 0-0.25%. Zero percent interest rates are quickly becoming a reality in the United States. In fact, treasury inflation-protected...
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