By the end of 2021, global rates markets need to be ready for the death of Libor. Risk.net has been providing market-leading coverage of Libor reform since the Financial Stability Board fired the starter’s pistol in 2014. With 12 months to go until Libor cessation, 2020 was a pivotal year and we wanted to do something a little different.
The Libor Telethon, hosted by Risk.net, was the first of its kind for the market. It’s not unusual for Risk.net events to be ground-breaking and generate newsworthy content – just last year when we hosted Libor Virtual Week, the event moved the market with its live coverage from the FCA.
So, why a telethon (and what do we mean)?
One of the things that stood out from our previous Libor webinars was the sheer volume of questions we were getting from the audience – as the clock was ticking down, the number of questions were ticking up. So, Risk.net’s editorial team decided to turn the traditional webinar on its head and build an event around the all the questions our audience still had – a telethon.
The event welcomed senior representatives involved in transition efforts from across the globe who joined three of our editorial team live in the studio. The telethon covered four key themes across three hours of discussion, broken into a range of formats, with the goal of addressing as many questions as possible – there were more than 500 submitted.
The event welcomed nearly 700 delegates across the globe and was a commercial success too. We hosted six sponsors, who benefitted from targeted questions that they could address directly with our live audience, as well as recording on demand sessions and hosting content in the virtual event. As the transition continues to challenge the industry, we have continued hosting Libor transition focussed events. The next, Libor Live will take place in April.