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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Swapping a floating rate for a fixed rate

In the commercial loan world, pricing is frequently tied to a floating (variable) rate index, which places the risk of a rising interest rate squarely on the borrower.  Depending on the term and size of the loan, the underlying financial strength of a borrower, risk aversion, and soothsaying predictions about the direction of interest rates, a borrower might want to ...

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  Following the sounding of LIBOR’s death knell last summer, a flurry of governmental and industry activity culminated in the selection of SOFR as a replacement index rate for commercial loans.  Accordingly, a sequel of our August 2017 column “The Passing of LIBOR” is in order. London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) Recall on July 27, 2017, the Brits prospectively announced ...

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The death knell for LIBOR officially sounded on July 27, 2017, when the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority broadcast it would cease maintenance of the internationally-used interest rate benchmark beyond December 31, 2021.  The surprise announcement was surprising only as to the timing of the press release and the sunset date.  The Wall Street Journal dissed the rate back in 2008 ...

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Read July 30 issue of the MBJ

>> COOPERATIVE TRIANGLE? Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha counties mulling partnership— By Clay Chandler Also in this week’s paper: >> IMMIGRATION Hood: Arizona ruling erased Mississippi felony penalty— by Ted Carter >> DARK ARMORY RISING? Old Armory on Fairgrounds to get roof as it awaits restoration— by Ted Carter >> AGRICULTURE New commissioner seeking legislative support for $30 million bond issue— by Ted ...

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Libor: An opaque scandal erodes confidence in major banks

Last month, one of the biggest financial scandals in history came to light, involving many of the most pre-eminent banks in the world. But public reaction has been so muted that a Los Angeles Times columnist was compelled to ask, “Why aren’t more people furious about the Libor scandal?” In fact, people are. The news media soon will be full ...

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