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Negative interest rates: a sign that investors are more concerned about return "of" than return "on" their moneyThe LIBOR (London Inter-bank Offered Rate) index is the most important set of numbers in the global financial system. ...
Rigging LIBOR was shockingly easy. The estimates aren’t audited. They’re not compared with market prices. And LIBOR is put together by a trade group, without any real supervision from government regulators.
In other words, manipulating LIBOR didn’t require any complicated financial hoodoo. The banks just had to tell some simple lies.