Tuesday, July 9, 2013

$800 trillion a year industry sold for £1

Watch the towers burning...

Some $800 trillion flowed yearly through the LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) system operated by the British Banking Association.

Though it generated revenue of £2 million per year, the entire apparatus has been sold to NYSE Euronext, the company that operates the NYSE, for £1.


The system is “broken,” according to industry leaders. 

Essentially, a bank lobbying organization had been operating the system that sets the benchmark of what thousands of debt-based securities are worth. It became easy for an inside group of traders to manipulate the numbers, rather like a giant points-shaving scheme run by bookies who take, then lay off rigged action on basketball and football games.

That led to a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization conviction in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

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