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Regulators across the world looking for new strategies to strengthen the Financial Benchmark regime is evidently clear by now. The Financial Stability Board (FSB) driven multi-rate approach, which relies on (i) Strengthening the existing benchmarks by underpinning them on transaction data and (ii) Developing alternative, nearly risk-free reference rates, seems to be the direction where the reforms are headed. 

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Funding Transactions based computation methodology and centralised determination of rates seem to be the two main themes running in the LIBOR Roadmap released recently by the ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA). While the former is derived on the need for benchmarks to be based on actual transaction data.

 

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It is no more surprising to the industry participants and to the public in general to acknowledge the need for a coordinated response from international regulators, post the attempted market manipulation of key reference rates. The wave of reforms and regulatory recommendations - point out to just this - restoring public confidence in financial system at large.

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ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA) published LIBOR Roadmap following extensive consultation with various key stakeholders for the $350 trillion benchmark. Keeping up with the strategic direction set by Financial Stability Board (FSB), the focus of the administrator has been to base LIBOR in transactions to the greatest extent possible.

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The approval of final compromise text of the European Benchmark Regulation marks a new chapter in the efforts of the global regulators to restore the integrity and reliability of financial benchmarks. The regulatory proposal which was tabled in 2013 as initial draft, has been finally approved by European council on 9th December, 2015 after undergoing several rounds of modifications.

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