COMMENT: Libor myopia risks missing the big picture of regulatory failure

July 11, 2012 6:14 PM

The Libor scandal is being mistakenly linked to a myth that the financial crisis was the result of too little regulation, writes Matthew Sinclair in City A.M.
PRICES keep markets sane. The information they provide connects the decisions made by traders, investors and managers to reality. Markets become delusional, and can fail spectacularly, when those price signals are interfered with and distorted. What we have sadly learned with the recent scandal at Barclays, and other major banks, is that the distorted price signals were not just the result of faulty regulations, but also the manipulation of the key Libor rate by participants in that market.

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The Libor scandal is being mistakenly linked to a myth that the financial crisis was the result of too little regulation, writes Matthew Sinclair in City A.M.
PRICES keep markets sane. The information they provide connects the decisions made by traders, investors and managers to reality. Markets become delusional, and can fail spectacularly, when those price signals are interfered with and distorted. What we have sadly learned with the recent scandal at Barclays, and other major banks, is that the distorted price signals were not just the result of faulty regulations, but also the manipulation of the key Libor rate by participants in that market.

Click here to read the complete article

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