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Publication of TORF production rates from April 26

QUICK Benchmarks Inc.


QUICK Corp. (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, President & CEO: Shinzo Takami, hereinafter “QUICK”) and its group company, QUICK Benchmarks Inc. (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, President & CEO: Masahiro Sasaki, hereinafter “QBS”) are pleased to announce that QBS, starting from Monday, April 26, will calculate and publish production rates of Tokyo Term Risk Free Rate (TORF) for actual trading.


TORF is one of the interest benchmarks for the Japanese yen, an alternative to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), and QUICK has been calculating and publishing prototype rates to help implement a smooth transition from LIBOR. The production rates will be published each business day’s rates on the same day at 17:00, the same as the prototype rates.


The TORF production rates will be available in the following services. Also, the morning edition of Nikkei Newspaper will cite on its market information page the rates published daily.


【Services to be provided】

  • - QUICK: Information terminals (Code: TORF@) and website, API, Data files, etc.
  • - Nikkei: “Nikkei Economic Electronic Databank System (NEEDS)”
*To utilize the TORF production rates, a license agreement with QUICK is required. For the details, please contact us.


QUICK established QBS on January 18, 2021 to be responsible for the calculation and publication of TORF. QBS calculates and publishes the TORF production rates to keep the transparency of its calculation and operational soundness, in addition, to comply with Principles for Financial Benchmarks set forth by IOSCO, International Organization of Securities Commissions.


QUICK aims for TORF to be designated as a "Specified Financial Benchmark" under the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act and for QBS to be designated as a "Specified Financial Benchmark Administrator".


Description of TORF publication
Name of the benchmark Tokyo Term Risk Free Rate (TORF)
Data sources Market data relating to Japanese yen overnight index swap (OIS), ACT/365
Tenor 3 Tenors (1m/3m/6m)
Calculation time 15:00 JST on Tokyo business days
Publication time around 17:00 JST on Tokyo business days
Transition of Japanese Yen LIBOR
2013 Dec Publication of the Summary of Discussions of the Study Group on Regulation of Financial Benchmarks
2015 Apr Establish “Study Group on Risk-Free Reference Rates”
2018 Aug Establish “Cross-Industry Committee on Japanese Yen Interest Rate Benchmarks”
2019 Jul Establish “Task Force on Term Reference Rates”
Oct Solicitation of the Calculating and Publishing Entities of Prototype Rates for Term Reference Rates
2020 Feb Selected as Calculating and Publishing Entity for Term Risk Free Rates (prototype rates)
May Begin weekly publication of TORF prototype rates
Oct Begin daily publication of TORF prototype rates
2021 Jan Establish “QUICK Benchmarks Inc. (QBS)”
Apr Begin the publication of TORF production rates (scheduled)
Dec Cease the publication of Japanese yen LIBOR (scheduled)


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