By John Ward at the slog reports:
A couple of Torygraph journalists were exchanging tweets this morning about Bob Diamond’s cockup being “only the start” of the LIBOR scandal. It could well be that the time has come for some noisy skeletons to walk out of the Westminster cupboard.
An international investigation into the alleged 2008 Libor manipulation scandal has been necessary pretty much right from the start. Without wishing to seem too obvious here, that’s because what happened was internationally arranged. On April 12th 2011, The Slog reported that Vienna-based asset management concern FTC Capital GmbH – and two funds it operates in Luxembourg and Gibraltar – announced their intention to sue twelve major investment banks. FTC accused the banks of conspiring to artificially depress Libor, and limit trade in Libor-based derivatives from 2006 to 2009. The defendants as listed in the suit were Bank of America Corp, Barclays Plc, Citigroup Inc, Credit Suisse Group AG, Deutsche Bank AG, HSBC Holdings Plc, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Lloyds Banking Group Plc, Norinchukin Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, UBS AG and WestLB AG.
Libor stands for the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate and is the average cost of borrowing for banks, calculated daily. That average is taken as official Libor, which is used to price trillions of pounds of loans and financial products across the world. The rate is worked out by asking banks to submit their borrowing costs, discarding the top four and bottom four rates, and taking the average of the rest. There are, in fact, several Libor rates measuring the cost of borrowing for different lengths of time, of which three-month Libor is seen as the benchmark. Just to complicate matters, Libor is also calculated for different currencies of which Euribor, in euros, is one.
Don’t I know Libor from somewhere?
You might remember the term from the Northern Rock crisis. Having effectively matched the Bank of England’s base rate for years, Libor started creeping up after the credit crunch struck. As a visible daily metric, it became the instrument by which financial stress was measured – bringing the arcane technical term into households a bit like “quantitative easing” today. Stress could be seen in the cost of Libor over base rate, which peaked in October 2008 after the collapse of Lehman Brothers at 1.68 percentage points. In April this year, the spread was back down to just 0.56 points.
So what did Barclays do?
So after almost 4 years of Bank clean ups we are still uncovering corruption and fraud coming from the banks .Irish government’s financial dealings through the equally questionable dealings at the Toxic Bank/property front is no better. a nod and a wink seems to be the way business is done but for whose benefit? The Irish taxpayers are been forced to pay 1.5 billion Euros of the gambling debts, of faceless unsecured bondholders. Why?? With what we now know is it possible that there is a case for the Irish government to sue Barclays??
With the clueless and gutless Irish minister of Finance we are not likely to see any such action we will not even see an investigation into the possible effects of this uncovered fraud in the Libor Markets might have had on Irish mortgages and bank interest charges. As far as I can see we are still no better off the banks are still running the show! Our own Bank fraud (Anglo Irish Bank) (and the attempt by Irish Life and Permanent to help doctor the books with a 7 billion dig out) investigation continues and to date not one person has been brought to justice! One law for the Banks and one law for the rest of us!