Beyond Libor: what reform plans mean for swaps users

Big bang still an option in plans to propagate new benchmarks

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Over the past 18 months, small groups of senior fixed-income bankers, regulators and other market participants have been meeting in Brussels, London, New York, Tokyo, Zurich and other financial centres in order to quietly plan a change to the foundations of the interest rate swap market.

The aim is to end the benchmark status of unsecured interbank lending rates (Ibors), such as Libor, in hundreds of trillions of dollars' worth of derivatives contracts worldwide, and replace them with alternati

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