Well there has been chatter in the comments today and through the power of the group I think we have figured it all out.
As most of you know Libor (London Interbank Offered Rate) will go away on 6/30/2023. This brings the question of ‘what happens to the fixed to floating preferreds that have their coupons tied to 3 month Libor?’
Note that virtually all the issues that have been sold in recent months are using the ‘fixed rate reset’ terms—when they move into the reset periods they base the rest rate on the 5 year treasury plus a fixed ‘spread’.
Additionally the fixed to floating rate issues sold in the last year or two have qualifying language which states that if Libor is unavailable (doesn’t exist) a substitute will be chosen.
Believe it or not congress passed a bill on 3/15/2022 (Adjustable Interest Rate Act).
What this bill does is ‘punts’ the decision on what will be used to reset these floaters to the Federal Reserve. The info is here. (Thanks Roger and nhcoast for digging)
The Federal Reserve opened the topic up for comments–comments could be made up until today.
So the bottom line is we don’t know yet and the decision has not been made–BUT the strong opinion of many (and I think the most likely answer) is that starting 6/30/2023 3 month SOFR (Secured overnight financing rate), plus an adjustment of .2616 basis points will become the floating portion on these issues (the current 3m libor floaters and fixed to floating).
Thanks to everyone who chimed in on this discussion—I’ll be able to sleep tonight knowing that we know we have no answer–which is better than thinking there is an answer but you don’t know what it is.