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Source: Danmarks Nationalbank

27 November 2020

Danmarks Nationalbank will undertake ownership and become administrator of the new Danish reference rate, DESTR, scheduled to be launched in the beginning of 2022 following a test period in 2021. Similar reference rates are managed by central banks in other countries.

Reference rates are used in a wide range of financial contracts – including bank loans, mortgage bonds and interest-rate swaps. Thus, it is important for Danmarks Nationalbank and the financial system in Denmark that a short-term transaction-based reference rate is introduced in Danish kroner in line with international standards.

DESTR is based on overnight borrowing transactions, which Danmarks Nationalbank will collect from a broad group of banks as part of a new statistic for 1-day money market rates. The new statistic is set to be expanded to a broader range of money market rates and foreign exchange transactions in coming years.

Furthermore, Danmarks Nationalbank will establish a working group with participation from the banking sector that will prepare a proposal for the transition from and discontinuation of the existing short-term reference rate, Tom/Next rate.

Enquiries can be directed to press advisor Ole Mikkelsen on tel. +45 3363 6027.

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