The death knell for the global benchmark interest rate LIBOR has rung, and the impact of its demise will be widely felt. The time to prepare for the switch to alternative risk-free rates has arrived; the back book will need to be transitioned, and products based on the new rates will need to be launched. What are the three main risks during this period, and what is the major opportunity?
UK Financial Conduct Authority
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