ISDA Publishes Additional Ibor Fallbacks
Posted by Colin Lambert. Last updated: December 16, 2021
The International Swaps & Derivatives Association (ISDA) has published a new set of fallbacks for derivatives referenced to certain interbank offered rates (Ibors) not covered by thr association’s initial fallbacks rollout earlier this year.
The new fallbacks cover Ibors in India (Mifor), Malaysia (Klibor), New Zealand (BKBM), Norway (Nibor), the Philippines (Phiref) and Sweden (Stibor), ensuring a robust replacement based on risk-free rates would automatically take effect if any of those benchmarks permanently ceases to exist.
Both Mifor and Phiref use US dollar Libor as an input, so the fallbacks for all Mifor and certain Phiref tenors (overnight, one, three and six months) have been designed to apply at the point the relevant US dollar Libor setting ceases or becomes non-representative, scheduled to occur in mid-2023.
ISDA has also published a supplement to the 2006 ISDA Definitions plus a new version of the 2021 ISDA Interest Rate Derivatives Definitions to enable parties to include the fallbacks into new derivatives transactions from December 16. The December 2021 Benchmark Module of the ISDA 2021 Fallbacks Protocol has also been published to allow firms to incorporate the fallbacks into all legacy derivatives contracts with counterparties that also adhere to the protocol. That module is effective from today, and other modules covering additional Ibors may be published in future.
“By covering a wider array of Ibors, ISDA has extended the safety net of fallbacks to even more derivatives users, reducing the potential for market disruption should one of those IBORs permanently cease to exist,” says Scott O’Malia, chief executive of ISDA. “Our priority is to facilitate safe and efficient derivatives markets, so we will continue to work with regulators and industry participants to review coverage and determine if further extensions of the fallbacks are necessary.”
The latest set of fallbacks follow the October 2020 publication of the ISDA 2020 Ibor Fallbacks Supplement and protocol, which covered Australia’s Bank Bill Swap Rate, the Canadian Dollar Offered Rate, euro Libor, Euribor, Hibor, the Singapore Dollar Swap Offer Rate, sterling and Swiss franc Libor, the Thai baht Interest Rate Fixing, Tibor and euroyen Tibor, as well as yen and US dollar Libor. That supplement and protocol came into effect on January 25, 2021, and ISDA says nearly 15,000 entities have so far signed the ISDA 2020 IBOR Fallbacks Protocol.