Libor Scandal Shows Many Flaws in Rate-Setting

It is an open secret in the banking world: the interest rates for many mortgages and loans are based on a benchmark that is largely guesswork.

The flaws in the rate-setting process, which is used to determine the pricing for trillions of dollars of financial products, have been exposed by the latest banking scandal. Regulators around the world are investigating whether big banks gamed the rates for their own benefit before and after the financial crisis.

But even if banks do not deliberately manipulate the rates, the benchmark remains vulnerable.

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