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Fed provides guidance on LIBOR transition

Agency Rule-Making & Guidance Federal Reserve LIBOR Mortgages Bank Regulatory

Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

On November 19, the Federal Reserve Board announced answers to “Supervision FAQs on the Transition away from LIBOR.” The Fed’s announcement follows an October 2021 joint statement by the CFPB, Fed, FDIC, NCUA, and OCC, in conjunction with the state bank and state credit union regulators, regarding the transition away from LIBOR. (Covered by InfoBytes here.) Among other things, the FAQs included statements regarding what qualifies as a “new contract” under the previously issued guidance, specifically regarding: (i) modifications to adjustable-rate mortgages; (ii) loans that “automatically renew” after December 31, 2021; and (iii) physical settlement of a contract that existed before December 31, 2021. The FAQs also discussed: (i) Board-supervised institutions engaging in secondary trading of LIBOR-linked cash instruments that were issued before December 31, 2021; (ii) the need for fallback language in contracts entered into prior to 2022; and (iii) the approach by examiners in assessing firms’ LIBOR transition plans.

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