The London interbank offered rate, or LIBOR, has been called the world’s most important number. Quoted daily across five currencies and seven maturities, the rate underpins hundreds of trillions of dollars in contracts around the world from home mortgage loans to complex derivatives. For U.S. dollar (USD) LIBOR alone, the estimated exposure is approximately $200 trillion. By year-end 2021, the rate may no longer be published – leaving less than two years – for the market to transition to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR), the rate selected by the Federal Reserve’s Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC).
CREFC serves as a member of the ARRC and co-chairs the ARRC’s Securitizations Working Group (SWG). We are focused on helping the CRE finance industry learn about the transition from LIBOR and serving as a platform to create a constructive dialogue on the challenges our industry faces during this critical period of change.
For any questions or if you would like to be involved in a CREFC working group on the LIBOR transition, please feel free to reach out to Raj Aidasani or Lisa Pendergast.