CFTC chief suggests Libor replacements

03/1/2013 | Risk.net (subscription required)

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler says a rate determined by a traded market, such as overnight indexed swaps, should replace the London Interbank Offered Rate. "Given what we know now, it's critical that we move to a more robust framework for financial benchmarks, particularly those for short-term, variable interest rates," Gensler said. "There are alternatives ... grounded in real transactions. These include the overnight indexed swap rate, benchmark rates based on actual short-term collateralised financings and benchmarks based on government borrowing rates."

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