Why is LIBOR going away?

Although significant progress has been made in strengthening the governance and processes underlying LIBOR, the scarcity of underlying transactions poses a continuing risk of a permanent cessation of its production.

Because U.S. dollar (USD) LIBOR is used in such a large volume and broad range of financial products and contracts, the risks surrounding it pose a potential threat to the safety and soundness of individual financial institutions and to financial stability.

Without advanced preparation, a sudden cessation of such a heavily used reference rate would cause considerable disruptions to and uncertainties around the large gross flows of USD LIBOR–related payments and receipts between many firms. It would also impair the normal functioning of a variety of markets, including business and consumer lending.

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