The Manipulation Potential of Libor and Euribor
44 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2017
Date Written: September 2017
The London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) and the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor) are two key benchmark interest rates used in a plethora of financial contracts. The integrity of the rate‐setting processes has been under intense scrutiny since 2007. We analyse Libor and Euribor submissions by the individual banks and shed light on the underlying manipulation potential for the actual and several alternative rate‐setting procedures. We find that such alternative fixings could significantly reduce the effect of manipulation. We also explore related issues such as the sample size and the particular questions asked of the banks in the rate‐setting process.
Keywords: money markets, Libor, Euribor, manipulation, collusion
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