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Fed Launches SOFR: Alleged Replacement for $350 Trillion LIBOR Market

•, Mike Mish Shedlock

First Steps

Libor Replacement Project is underway.

Regulators around the globe began work on replacements for Libor, the London interbank offered rate, well before the U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority sought to put the beleaguered interest-rate benchmark out of its misery. In the U.S., enter the Secured Overnight Financing Rate, or SOFR, a new reference rate introduced Tuesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in cooperation with the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Financial Research. The debut of SOFR is a critical step in a quest to wean more than $350 trillion of securities off Libor.