Posted 5 years ago on July 13, 2012, 1:23 a.m. EST by grapes
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LIBOR rate is one of the most important interest rates in the world because so many loan rates, derivatives, and financial instruments are based on it.
According to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libor_scandal
"Libor underpins approximately $350 trillion in derivatives." "Because mortgages, student loans, financial derivatives, and other financial products often rely on Libor as a reference rate, the manipulation of submissions used to calculate those rates can have significant negative effects on consumers and financial markets worldwide."
Here is a news story regarding the incumbent U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (not Hank Paulson who was the Secretary at the time) having some knowledge of the manipulations that were going on:
titled "Geithner made recommendations on Libor in 2008, documents show"
With $350 trillion in derivatives, most people with any loan, mortgage, pension, insurance, and bond holdings have probably been affected.