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So what exactly is LIBOR and what is it's importance to us? Why do we always hear the term LIBOR being discussed in the financial world? Does LIBOR affect me in anyway. Read throughout the rest of this page to find out more about LIBOR and what it is and to find out about the importance of LIBOR.

LIBOR is the London Interbank Offered Rate. LIBOR is the rate charged by one bank to another for lending money. The LIBOR is an international index that follows world economic conditions. LIBOR-indexed ARMs (Adjustable Rate Mortgages) offer borrowers aggressive initial rates and have proven to be competitive with popular ARM indexes like the Treasury bill.

Typically this index is the quickest to rise when prices of mortgage backed securities are rallying but its the slowest to decline compared to other economic indices.

With a traditional mortgage, if the LIBOR index or other index goes up, the mortgage rate rises with it, only much more frequently.

If you are considering an ARM that is indexed of the LIBOR index ask your mortgage broker for alternative indexes for your mortgage program. There are more stable indexes such as the COFI index and the COSI index.

With the LIBOR ARMs borrowers are generally protected from wide fluctuations in interest rates by periodic and lifetime interest rate caps.

Compared to other Indexes, LIBOR is one of the least stable. It changes more often and by greater amounts

Most adjustable rate mortgages that are tied to the LIBOR index, are based on the six-month LIBOR rate.


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