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ISDAFIX is one of the key benchmarks for the interest rate swaps market. Intercontinental Exchange, which administers ISDAFIX, said that in February it will change the way it calculates ISDAFIX in an attempt to bolster market confidence in the benchmark. The ICE Benchmark Administration will begin publishing rates based on tradeable quotes rather than submissions by a panel of banks.

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