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Libor’s Decades-Long Dominance of Rates Is Over, Axing Liquidity

  • Many Libor rates will be published for the last time Friday
  • Three-month dollar rate endures, with competition from SOFR

The time has come for John Williams to put away the Libor countdown clock. 

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s president for more than two years has been counting down the days until Friday, when most versions of the London Interbank Offered Rate -- with the notable exception of three-month U.S. dollar Libor -- will be published for the last time. It’s the beginning of the end of its decades-long reign as the preeminent tool of the financial system, more than a decade after bank manipulation was first alleged.