Finance Lobbyists Press for Libor Regulation

Groups resist pressure to replace rate in wake of scandal.

Lobbyists for the banking and asset-management industries are pushing for greater regulation of Libor and are resisting pressure to replace the benchmark in the wake of the rate-rigging scandal.

Firms and employees who contribute to interest rates should be regulated, the Investment Management Association, the Global Financial Markets Association and the International Capital Market Association said in separate submissions to the Financial Services Authority’s review of the rate. Replacing Libor with an alternative rate or significantly changing how it’s calculated would be too disruptive and should be avoided, they wrote.

‘Particularly Concerned’

The three bodies all resisted calls to replace Libor with alternative rates or widen the pool of eligible transactions to include secured borrowing, such as repo transactions.

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