Big financial firms ready to scrap Libor, Moody’s says


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LONDON (Reuters) – Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) said on Tuesday that a survey of 85 large and insurers showed they have plans in place to end using the tarnished Libor interest rate by the end of 2021.

Regulators want Libor scrapped after banks were fined for trying to rig the benchmark, which is used in financial contracts worth trillions of dollars globally.

“All of the financial institutions Moody’s surveyed this year said they now have transition plans in place, compared with a year ago when only around two-thirds of banks, and one-third of non- financial institutions had plans,” the ratings agency said in a statement.

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Most of those surveyed said that COVID-19 disruption would not the phase-out and only affect interim milestones, Moody’s said.

“Most institutions we surveyed still expect transition costs to be split between lenders and borrowers,” said Olivier Panis, vice , senior officer at Moody’s Service.



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