LIBOR discontinuation: What does the future hold?

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Introduction

LIBOR, one of the most significant global benchmarks for calculating interest, is to be phased out by 2021 and replaced by alternative benchmarks in the form of risk-free rates. With LIBOR widely used in the loan, bond and derivatives markets, and in many long-term contracts, the impact of this change cannot be underestimated. The transition to the new replacement rates will not be an easy process, but it is a necessary one, and market participants must start now.

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