NAFCU Regulatory Affairs Counsel James Akin wrote to the Federal Reserve on Monday to offer support for implementation of the Adjustable Interest Rate (LIBOR Act), while noting that the Fed must be aware of “the impacts that complex or costly regulations will have on credit unions.” The LIBOR Act would provide clear guidance and a consistent federal standard for contracts with interest rates transitioning away from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) index for financial products.
“NAFCU supports the Board’s decision to use SOFR-based benchmark replacement rates and appreciate the continuity of contract and litigation safe-harbor that this proposed regulation provides. NAFCU asks that the Board work to reduce costs and complexity associated with implementation of these regulations and minimize any mismatch between the Board-selected replacement rates,” wrote Akin.
Akin also requested that the Fed consider a large range of alternative rates to best accommodate individual credit unions who need the safe harbor granted by the LIBOR Act and want to guard against asset-liability mismatches.
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