What are benchmark rates?
Benchmark rates are used in financial transactions throughout our economy and are an integral part of interest rate markets. All banks, including AIB, use them in the pricing of many products.
What are Interbank Offered Rates (IBORs) and why are they being reformed?
What are the alternatives?
Who will be impacted by these changes?
In January 2020, the Risk Free Rate Working Group published new guidance relating to LIBOR:
How will this guidance affect customers?
What are we doing to get ready for the change?
What will happen next?
We are monitoring the situation, actively participating in market forums, and will update this website as IBOR transition develops. If changes to products or documents are needed, we will communicate with you.
You can also consider whether you require guidance from your professional advisors on the possible implications of any changes, including from a financial, legal, accountancy or tax perspective.
Benchmark Rates are used in financial transactions throughout our economy, for example, to calculate interest rates for loans.
Interbank Offered Rates represent an estimate of how much it would cost a bank to borrow money from other banks. IBORs are published in several currencies and for a variety of interest periods.
The London Interbank Offered Rate. This is calculated from estimates submitted by a selection of banks in London.
They are benchmark rates which are being developed as an alternative to IBORs.
IBORs are based on forward looking estimates of how much it costs for a bank to borrow money from other banks in the interbank lending market. The activity in this market has been declining gradually. ARRs, such as Risk Free Rates, are being introduced because they are based on transactions which have already taken place in markets which are very active, making them more accurate and robust.
Risk Free Rates are a type of ARR. They are overnight rates, based on transactions which have already taken place.
Risk Free Rates are based on information from transactions which have already taken place. They will therefore be less reliant on the judgement of banks.
ARRs for LIBOR need to be in place by 31 December 2021. A timeline for having ARRs for EURIBOR is unclear at this time.
The Sterling Overnight Index Average which is the new Risk Free Rate for Sterling transactions.
The Secured Overnight Financing Rate which is the new Risk Free Rate for Dollar transactions.
The Euro Interbank Offered Rate. EURIBOR has been reformed to meet the requirements of the EU Benchmarks Regulation, to include in its calculation, information based on transactions that have already taken place. €STR may replace EURIBOR in the future, however it is likely that in the short term, banks will continue to use EURIBOR.
We are monitoring this situation and will provide customers with further information as things progress.
If you have a contract with us that relates to an IBOR, this might need to be amended at some stage in the future. If this is the case, we will communicate with you.
Should you wish to discuss the impact of IBOR transition on any of the products you hold with us, please email IBOR.QUERY@aib.ie or your Relationship Manager.
Whether you are taking out a new product, or you are an existing customer, we are making you aware that IBOR transition may require us to make changes to products or documentation. In either case, if you are affected by these changes we will communicate with you.
In 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced that they would no longer compel panel banks to submit quotes for LIBOR beyond the end of 2021. Since this announcement the FCA have provided guidance to banks to assist them with the transition from IBORs to ARRs. The FCA has been assisted in this task by the Bank of England (BoE) and the working group on Sterling Risk Free Rates (RFRWG), which is a subset of the BoE.
The purpose of the transition to ARRs is to more accurately refect the current interbank market activities. As a consequence, several industry bodies and private and public sector working groups have been established in various countries to choose suitable ARRs and to provide guidance to banks to help them with the transition.
No. While GBP LIBOR, which seeks to measure lending in sterling on the London interbank market, is a widely recognised benchmark rate, IBORs are available to measure interbank lending in lots of other currencies, for example USD.
In November 2019, the Risk Free Rates Working Group (RFRWG) set an objective for banks and other financial providers that no new GBP LIBOR based cash products, such as loans, maturing after 31 December 2021, are to be entered into after 30 September 2020.
This means that from this date, it is unlikely that banks will be able to offer customers LIBOR as an interest rate on their loans. The FCA and the BoE both fully support this recommendation from the RFRWG.
We will work towards meeting the objectives set by regulators. We are also working on a strategy so we can offer a new product based on ARRs.
We are currently working on both a new product strategy, and a plan to transition existing customers with contracts linked to LIBOR to ARRs, such as an RFR. We will provide an update once a path has been clearly established.
This will depend on the kind of product you hold with us and the terms of your contract. You should review your documents carefully and seek independent professional advice (legal, tax, accounting etc.) as needed. The amendment process may be different for each product type. If you are affected we will contact you.
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We encourage you to keep up to date with the latest industry developments in relation to benchmark transitioning and to consider its impact on your or your business. You should consider, and continue to keep under review, the potential impact of benchmark transitioning on any existing product you have with AIB, or any new product you enter into with AIB.