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LIBOR: origins, economics, crisis, scandal, and reform

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  • Hou, David

    (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

  • Skeie, David R.

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    (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

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The London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is a widely used indicator of funding conditions in the interbank market. As of 2013, LIBOR underpins more than $300 trillion of financial contracts, including swaps and futures, in addition to trillions more in variable-rate mortgage and student loans. LIBOR's volatile behavior during the financial crisis provoked questions surrounding its credibility. Ongoing regulatory investigations have uncovered misconduct by a number of financial institutions. Policymakers across the globe now face the task of reforming LIBOR in the aftermath of the scandal and crisis.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of New York in its series Staff Reports with number 667.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 01 Mar 2014
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fednsr:667

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Keywords: LIBOR; financial crisis; scandal; interbank; banking; reference rate; interest rate;

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  1. Acharya, Viral V & Skeie, David, 2011. "A Model of Liquidity Hoarding and Term Premia in Inter-Bank Markets," CEPR Discussion Papers 8705, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Fran├žois-Louis Michaud & Christian Upper, 2008. "What drives interbank rates? Evidence from the Libor panel," BIS Quarterly Review, Bank for International Settlements, March.
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