November 17, 2014

Federal Reserve Board announces meeting with market participants on reference rate reform

For release at 8:30 a.m. EST

Today, the Federal Reserve will host a meeting with major market and official sector participants to discuss the process for developing risk-free reference rate alternatives to the current London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) for use in future U.S. dollar derivative and certain other financial contracts.

The meeting, which will take place at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, represents an important step toward implementing recommendations outlined in a Financial Stability Board (FSB) report (PDF) , released in July. As the FSB report noted, cases of attempted manipulation and false reporting, along with less liquid interbank unsecured funding markets, have undermined confidence in existing reference rates. The Federal Reserve is interested in seeing market participants work toward alternative reference rates that are based on risk-free (or nearly risk-free) rates based on a robust and liquid underlying market. The Federal Reserve also intends to consult with a wide group of market participants as it continues this process.

"Reference rates are one of the foundations of the financial system. Certainly, it is in the interest of everyone, from the residential mortgage holder to the financial institutions that heavily use these rates, that they have integrity and be well constructed and resistant to manipulation," said Federal Reserve Board Member Jerome H. Powell.

A list of organizations expected to attend the meeting is attached.

For media inquiries, call 202-452-2955.

Last Update: November 17, 2014