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Compounded SARON and Swiss Market Development

IBOR Reform in Switzerland, Part III

The Swiss Average Rate Overnight (SARON) is expected to replace CHF LIBOR by the end of 2021. The transition to this new reference rate includes debates concerning the alternative methodologies for compounding SARON. This article aims to provide the latest updates on the Swiss National Working Group’s (NWG) view and latest market development on compounded SARON.

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Calculation of compounded SARON

IBOR Reform in Switzerland, Part II

The Swiss Average Rate Overnight (SARON) is expected to replace CHF LIBOR by the end of 2021. The transition to this new reference rate includes debates concerning the alternative methodologies for compounding SARON. This article addresses the challenges associated with the compounding alternatives.

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IBOR transition effects for the insurance industry

The end of the IBOR era is near and IBOR transitions are a big challenge for both the regulators and the insurance industry. Survey results have revealed that most of the insurance firms already have a formal transition plan in place. However, these often lack details, unified planning, and strategizing investment priorities. Nevertheless, we need to anticipate for the transition before the end of 2021.

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Insurers at the boiling point

Financial impact of COVID-19

At the beginning of 2020, the coronavirus COVID-19 disrupted the world in a manner that hardly anyone was prepared for. A vast amount of resources is required to get through this phase. For insurance companies, this means facing greater uncertainty regarding the management of financial risks on their balance sheet at a time when they are already dealing with the low interest rate environment and major regulatory changes, such as IFRS 17.

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Transition from CHF LIBOR to SARON

IBOR Reform in Switzerland, Part I

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will stop supporting LIBOR from the end of 2021, while more than 80% of CHF loans are currently priced based on the CHF LIBOR. According to the Swiss National Working Group, the Swiss Average Rate Overnight (SARON) is the proposed replacement standard. The transition period poses a number of different challenges for the market.

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