Martin Vander Weyer

Vested Interest

The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Maths Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History

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‘The Libor scandal’ is a phrase that has lodged in public consciousness in the aftermath of the recent banking crisis without ever being widely understood. Libor is the London interbank offered rate, a benchmark based on the interest rates that leading banks would have to pay were they to borrow in any major currency from another bank. Until 2012 the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) collated the interest rate information supplied by individual banks in order to produce the benchmark figure. Its daily rate-fixings affected the prices of loans, deposits and traded financial instruments all around the world. 

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