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Effective Date: Joint Statement on Completing the LIBOR Transition

Summary:

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in conjunction with the state bank and state credit union regulators (collectively, agencies) are jointly issuing this statement to remind supervised institutions that U.S. dollar (USD) London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) panels will end on June 30, 2023. The agencies also reiterate their expectations that institutions with USD LIBOR exposure should complete their transition of remaining LIBOR contracts as soon as practicable. As noted in prior interagency statements, failure to adequately prepare for LIBOR’s discontinuance could undermine financial stability and institutions’ safety and soundness and create litigation, operational, and consumer protection risks.

Statement of Applicability: The contents of, and material referenced in, this FIL apply to all FDIC–insured financial institutions.

Highlights:

  • The agencies expect institutions to have taken all necessary steps to prepare for an orderly transition away from LIBOR by June 30, 2023.
  • Institutions have reported significant progress in their LIBOR transition efforts; however, work remains for institutions to prepare for the end of the USD LIBOR panels. Institutions are encouraged to ensure that replacement alternative rates are negotiated where needed and in place in advance of June 30, 2023, for all LIBOR–referencing financial contracts including investments, derivatives, and loans. Institutions are also encouraged to work expeditiously with their customers and coordinate with other institutions as needed in these efforts.
  • In order to facilitate the transition, Congress enacted the Adjustable Interest Rate (LIBOR) Act (LIBOR Act) to provide a targeted solution for so–called “tough legacy contracts,” which are contracts that reference USD LIBOR and will not mature by June 30, 2023, but which lack adequate fallback provisions providing for a clearly defined or practicable replacement benchmark following the cessation of USD LIBOR. In January 2023, the Federal Reserve Board published a regulation that implements the LIBOR Act.
  • Examiners will continue monitoring efforts through 2023 to ensure that institutions have moved their contracts away from LIBOR in a safe and sound manner and in compliance with applicable legal requirements.
  • The agencies remind institutions that safe–and–sound practices include conducting the due diligence necessary to ensure that alternative rate selections are appropriate for the institution’s products, risk profile, risk management capabilities, customer and funding needs, and operational capabilities. As part of their due diligence, institutions should understand how their chosen reference rate is constructed and be aware of any fragilities associated with that rate and the markets that underlie it.

https://www.fdic.gov/news/financial-institution-letters/2023/fil23020.html

  • April 26, 2023
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