End of Libor Mortgages?

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10:50 AM, 12th January 2021
About 4 months ago

End of Libor Mortgages?

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End of Libor Mortgages?

AS Libor linked mortgages are being phased out Lenders are working on an alternative arrangement.

Does anyone have any further information on the replacement benchmark?

Jo

From the FCA:

The interest rate benchmark LIBOR is expected to cease after end-2021. Firms must transition to alternative rates before this date.

Transition to alternative risk-free rates

Alongside the Bank of England, we are working closely with market participants to support the transition away from LIBOR in sterling markets, particularly through the Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates (RFR Working Group).

In April 2017, the RFR Working Group recommended a reformed version of the Sterling Overnight Index Average (SONIA) benchmark as its preferred near Risk Free Rate (RFR) for sterling markets. This rate is administered by the Bank of England. Following its recommendation, the RFR Working Group is now focused on catalysing a broad-based transition to SONIA in sterling bond, loan and derivatives markets.

SONIA offers a robust alternative to LIBOR. The rate is based on overnight interest rates in wholesale markets, so is close to a risk-free measure of borrowing costs. The rate is robust and anchored to an active and liquid underlying market. It can be compounded over a lending period to produce a term interest rate. There are a number of advantages to borrowers and other market participants from using near RFRs, compounded as appropriate.

Further information on the RFR Working Group.

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Allan Thornton

12:43 PM, 31st January 2021
About 3 months ago

I think landlords should sit up and take a great deal of notice to this move. Inevitably it means higher interest rates. The liquidity is there mostly because of QI and the reduction of interest allowed by QI. The no risk he is referring to is the no-risk-to-banks. That means as the real rate of inflation moves up and down the interest rate will too through the "credit referencing spread" to protect banking interests. Translate that to higher costs of finance, higher costs of taxation unique to (non-commercial) landlords only, higher legislation induced costs (the repairing standard, no right to remove tenants, the new EPC standards below which you cannot rent a property, proposed government controls on rent setting: this is not exhaustive....) So the scene is set for a perfect landlording storm.
Somewhere they must have listed the advantages to banks - anyone know them? Good to see how the other side fail to describe their agenda!


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