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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-12 10:14 AM
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A scandal over rate-fixing is about to hit the US (LIBOR banksters)
A scandal over rate-fixing is about to hit the US

By Roland Jones

It may seem like just another obscure banking scandal at a 322-year-old British bank, but there are a number of good reasons why you should care about the LIBOR rate-rigging scandal now roiling the worlds biggest and most powerful banks, including that it probably cost you money if you own a mortgage.

In late June, Barclays paid $453 million to regulators in the U.K and the U.S. to settle accusations that it had tried to influence LIBOR, or the London interbank offered rate -- a benchmark interest rate that affects the price at which consumers and companies across the world borrow funds.

The rate, which is fixed via a poll of banks by the British Bankers Association, an industry group in London, is the benchmark for setting payments on some $360 trillion worth of financial instruments, ranging from credit cards to more complex derivatives, such as futures contracts.

The potential scope of the unfolding scandal, now acquiring global significance, is enormous. Other banks that have disclosed that they are under investigation for LIBOR manipulation include big U.S. banks, such as Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, and also HSBC, Deutsche Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland.


http://marketday.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/11/1268477...

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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-12 12:34 PM
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1. Powerful people fucking with the little people, as always
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-12 10:39 PM
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2. The job creators giveth and the job creators taketh away.
Edited on Thu Jul-12-12 10:39 PM by No Elephants
j/k about the "giveth" part.
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