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Remarks. Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate (HIBOR) as at any date means the Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate for the interest period of 1 month for Hong Kong Dollars. Remarks. 1 Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate (HIBOR) as at any date means the Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate for the interest period of 1 month for Hong Kong Dollars.

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Although these fixings in USD use similar methodology by fixing at They are the world's most heavily traded short-term interest rate futures contracts and extend up to ten years. Shorter maturities trade on the Singapore Exchange in Asian time. Interest rate swaps based on short Libor rates currently trade on the interbank market for maturities up to 50 years.

In the swap market a "five-year Libor" rate refers to the 5-year swap rate where the floating leg of the swap references 3- or 6-month Libor this can be expressed more precisely as for example "5-year rate vs 6-month Libor".

On Thursday, 29 May , The Wall Street Journal WSJ released a controversial study suggesting that banks might have understated borrowing costs they reported for Libor during the credit crunch.

It could also have made the banking system or specific contributing bank appear healthier than it was during the credit crunch. For example, the study found that rates at which one major bank Citigroup "said it could borrow dollars for three months were about 0. In September , a former member of the Bank of England 's Monetary Policy Committee , Willem Buiter , described Libor as "the rate at which banks don't lend to each other", and called for its replacement.

According to people familiar with the situation, subpoenas were issued to the three banks. In response to the study released by the WSJ, the British Bankers' Association announced that Libor continues to be reliable even in times of financial crisis.

According to the British Bankers' Association, other proxies for financial health, such as the default-credit-insurance market, are not necessarily more sound than Libor at times of financial crisis, though they are more widely used in Latin America, especially the Ecuadorian and Bolivian markets. Additionally, some other authorities contradicted the Wall Street Journal article.

In its March Quarterly Review, The Bank for International Settlements has stated that "available data do not support the hypothesis that contributor banks manipulated their quotes to profit from positions based on fixings.

On 27 July , the Financial Times published an article by a former trader which stated that Libor manipulation had been common since at least Wheatley has now called for the British Bankers' Association to lose its power to determine Libor and for the FSA to be able to impose criminal sanctions as well as other changes in a ten-point overhaul plan.

On 28 September, Wheatley's independent review was published, recommending that an independent organisation with government and regulator representation, called the Tender Committee , manage the process of setting LIBOR under a new external oversight process for transparency and accountability.

Banks that make submissions to LIBOR would be required to base them on actual inter-bank deposit market transactions and keep records of their transactions supporting those submissions. The review also recommended that individual banks' LIBOR submissions be published, but only after three months, to reduce the risk that they would be used as a measure of the submitting banks' creditworthiness.

The review left open the possibility that regulators might compel additional banks to participate in submissions if an insufficient number do voluntarily. The review recommended criminal sanctions specifically for manipulation of benchmark interest rates such as the LIBOR, saying that existing criminal regulations for manipulation of financial instruments were inadequate. On 28 February , it was revealed that the US Department of Justice was conducting a criminal investigation into Libor abuse.

One trader's messages indicated that for each basis point 0. Marcus Agius will fill his post until a replacement is found. By 4 July the breadth of the scandal was evident and became the topic of analysis on news and financial programs that attempted to explain the importance of the scandal. They accused Geithner of knowledge of the rate-fixing, and inaction which contributed to litigation that "threatens to clog our courts with multi-billion dollar class action lawsuits" alleging that the manipulated rates harmed state, municipal and local governments.

The senators said that an American-based interest rate index is a better alternative which they would take steps towards creating. In the U. On March 7, the ARRC announced that the committee had been reconstituted and the following groups were participating. In its justification for this choice the ARRC said:. SOFR is a fully transactions based rate that will have the widest coverage of any Treasury repo rate available and it will be published on a daily basis by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York beginning April 3, Because of its range of coverage, SOFR is a good representation of the general funding conditions of the overnight Treasury repo market.

As such it will reflect an economic cost of lending and borrowing relevant to a wide array of market participants active in these markets, including broker dealers, money market funds, asset managers, insurance companies, securities lenders and pension funds.

From the end of July , only five currencies and seven maturities will be quoted every day 35 rates , reduced from different Libor rates — 15 maturities for each of ten currencies, making it more likely that the rates submitted are underpinned by real trades. Since the beginning of July , each individual submission that comes in from the banks is embargoed for three months to reduce the motivation to submit a false rate to portray a flattering picture of creditworthiness.

A new code of conduct, introduced by a new interim oversight committee, builds on this by outlining the systems and controls firms need to have in place around Libor. For example, each bank must now have a named person responsible for Libor, accountable if there is any wrongdoing.

The banks must keep records so that they can be audited by the regulators if necessary. The scandal also led to the European Commission proposal of EU-wide benchmark regulation, [78] that may affect Libor as well.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the Libor manipulation scandal, see Libor scandal. For the personal name, see Libor name. What is Libor, and how does it affect you? Archived from the original on 11 July Archived from the original on 27 June Retrieved 27 June Archived from the original on 2 April Retrieved 6 April The New York Times. Archived from the original on 12 July Archived from the original on 30 June Archived from the original on 13 July Archived from the original on 28 June Archived from the original on 29 September Retrieved 26 September

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