Default Rate - 1992 ISDA Provision

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Section Default Rate in a Nutshell

Use at your own risk, campers!
Default Rate” means the payee’s self-certified cost of funding plus 1% per annum.

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Default Rate” means a rate per annum equal to the cost (without proof or evidence of any actual cost) to the relevant payee (as certified by it) if it were to fund or of funding the relevant amount plus 1% per annum.

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Click here for the text of Section Default Rate in the 2002 ISDA
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No change between the 1992 ISDA and the 2002 ISDA.



Default interest is one of those perennial things in finance and is generally a rate higher than the implied funding rate for the period and person in question. You might well ask — though one might, as the JC does, struggle heroically to not go there — whether an arbitrary loading on what ought to be a fair estimate of one’s actual carrying cost is not an unenforceable penalty, but hey, everyone does it.


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