CME Term SOFR Rates
Use the global benchmark for new U.S. dollar lending as implied by transactions in derivatives markets and endorsed by the ARRC.
CME Term SOFR has been widely adopted to replace USD LIBOR for new business loans, credit facilities, and as a fallback rate for legacy LIBOR loans.
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Data as of August 18, 2023
TOTAL LICENSES ISSUED
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IN OTC DERIVATIVE HEDGES**
CME Group does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information.
*Source: Refinitiv Deals Screener.
** Source: SBSDRView from Clarus.
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Create cash products using reliable reference rates built to perform in all market conditions, including illiquid and negative rates markets.
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Term SOFR Rates Values
BMR compliant, aligned with the IOSCO principles, and ready to use in cash market products, CME Term SOFR Reference Rates provide an indicative, forward-looking measurement of SOFR rates, based on market expectations implied from leading derivatives markets.
CME Term SOFR Reference Rates are administered by CME Group Benchmark Administration Limited (CBA) which is registered under Benchmarks (Amendment and Transitional Provision) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/657) is authorized and supervised by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and is aligned to the IOSCO Principles for Financial Benchmarks.
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The CME Term SOFR Reference Rates benchmark is a daily set of forward-looking interest rate estimates, calculated and published for 1-month, 3-month, 6-month and 12-month tenors.
CME Term SOFR Reference Rates are:
Currently, we use transaction data from thirteen consecutive SR1 futures (1-month CME SOFR futures contracts) and five consecutive quarterly SR3 futures (3-month CME SOFR futures contracts).
CME Term SOFR is available via market data redistribution partners, CME DataMine, and CME’s Market Data Platform.
A set of Volume Weighted Average Prices (VWAP) are calculated using transaction prices observed during several observation intervals throughout the trading day. These are then used in a projection model to determine CME Term SOFR Reference Rates. Full details of the calculation methodology are available on the Term SOFR webpages.
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The loans market has predominantly moved to forward looking term rates, and both corporate borrowers and global lenders are increasingly turning to CME Term SOFR as the forward-looking, risk-free benchmark to support their activities.
In this podcast you will learn how to efficiently transition from USD LIBOR, the opportunities this robust and transparent rate creates for corporate treasurers, and the pitfalls to avoid on your transition journey.
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A robust underlying data set
CME Term SOFR Reference Rates are derived from CME SOFR futures, an increasingly robust and resilient underlying data set. Bolstered by a deep and diverse pool of market participants, volume in CME SOFR futures contracts underpinning Term SOFR calculations (first 13 SR1 and first 5 SR3) averaged $2.6 trillion in representative notional per day in Q2 2023.
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How CME Term SOFR works
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