State Bank of India (SBI) has executed two inter-bank short term money market deals with pricing linked to SOFR (Secured Overnight Financing Rate).

  • Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) is a secured interbank overnight interest rate.
  • It is a replacement for USD LIBOR (London Inter-bank Offered Rate) that may be phased out end-2021.
  • The overnight rate is generally the interest rate that large banks use to borrow and lend from one another in the overnight market.

Why SOFR?

  • Global regulators decided to move away from the Libor, a vital part of the financial system after it was revealed in 2012 that banks around the world manipulated it.
  • It also didn’t help that volume underlying the benchmark dried up.
  • K. regulators set the deadline at 2021 for financial firms and investors to transition away from the Libor.

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