To respond to the concerns about the reliability and robustness of the IBOR benchmarks, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) recommended the development of an alternative (nearly) risk-free reference rate (RFR) in its report in July 2014.
Benchmark interest rates are an essential part of financial markets. These interest rates are used for numerous financial products, such as bonds, loans and derivatives, and in the construction of discount curves. This has applications in fair value calculations, hedge strategies, sensitivity analysis, treasury and risk management systems, and much more.
According to Intrum Justitia, bad debts of more than € 350 billion were written off in Europe in 2013, which is around three percent of all outstanding transactions. Internal research into Dutch companies with debtor portfolios in excess of € 250 million reveals that some companies have had to write off up to 10 percent of their net result on their customers. According to some estimates, around 25 percent of companies actually go bankrupt due to bad debt losses alone. It is with good reason that many annual reports state that credit risks are often the biggest threat to business continuity. In this article, we explain our approach to credit risk management for corporates.