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FTSE 100 Index Rallies as Interbank LIBOR Rates Continue to Tumble

Interest-Rates / UK Interest Rates Dec 20, 2007 - 10:28 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Interest-Rates FTSE 100 index rallied during the day, up more than 60 points at 6347 at 3pm GMT, as the 3 month sterling interbank LIBOR rate fell to 6.14% following continuing concerted central bank intervention that is starting to thaw the frozen credit markets.


However despite the sharp 0.5% drop in the 3 month LIBOR rate from 6.63% on the 12th of December to 6.14% today, the spread between the LIBOR rate and the base rate still stands at an elevated 0.64%. Whilst during a rate cutting cycle the expectations are for a neutral or even negative spread to the base rate. Therefore this clearly indicates that the banks are still reluctant to lend to one another and therefore the credit freeze remains intact.

It is expected that central bank intervention will continue to drive the spread lower towards 0.5% and therefore further easing in the LIBOR rate over the coming days is anticipated towards a target of 6%.

For further recent analysis on the interbank rate credit freeze see -

By Nadeem Walayat
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