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Holding bankers to account

A decade of market manipulation, regulatory failures and regulatory reforms

By Oonagh McDonald

Holding bankers to account

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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1946-9
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £30.00 (incl. VAT)
  • Published Date: March 2019
  • BIC Category: Economics, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Financial Services, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Banks & Banking, Financial Services Law & Regulation, Economics, finance, business & management / Political economy, Banking

Description

This book provides a compelling account of the rigging of benchmarks during and after the financial crisis of 2007-08. Written in clear language accessible to the non-specialist, it provides the historical context necessary for understanding the benchmarks - LIBOR, FOREX and the Gold and Silver Fixes - and shows how and why they have to be reformed in the face of rapid technological changes in markets. Though banks have been fined and a few traders have been jailed, justice will not be done until senior bankers are made responsible for their actions. Provocative and rigorously argued, this book makes concrete recommendations for improving the security of the financial services industry and holding bankers to account.

Reviews

'Oonagh McDonald has produced another forensic inquiry into the workings of the financial markets. Her deeply researched book into misbehaviour on the part of banks and other institutions in the LIBOR and FOREX markets deserves to be read by everyone concerned with well-behaved markets. As in her books on Lehman Brothers and on Fannie and Freddie, she throws new light on a subject we thought we knew well.'
Lord Meghnad Desai, Emeritus Professor, London School of Economics

'Finally, an authoritative and balanced account of the LIBOR, foreign exchange and precious metals price fixing scandals written by a scholar deeply familiar with financial market transactions and their history. That combination allows Oonagh McDonald to pinpoint the weaknesses in internal governance and external regulation that corrupted these markets, and offer a compelling roadmap for reform. Along the way, she provides an indispensably comprehensive account of the major institutional, regulatory and financial product changes that occurred from the 1960s to the present. Read it, or if not, don't argue with or trade against anyone who has.'
Charles W. Calomiris, Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions, Columbia Business School

Author

Dr Oonagh McDonald, CBE is an international financial regulatory expert. Her books include Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Turning the American Dream into a Nightmare (2012) and Lehman Brothers: A Crisis of Value (2015).

Contents

Part I: LIBOR, A CHEQUERED HISTORY, 1968-2017
1 A decade of deregulation?
2 The evolution of LIBOR
3 Manipulation abounds
4 Yet more banks are involved
5 Who knew what when?
Part II: A DECADE OR MORE OF CHANGE IN THE FOREX MARKET
6 A rapidly changing Forex market
7 Manipulating Forex
Part III: WAS THE PRECIOUS METAL MARKET RIGGED?
8 Gold and silver fixing
Part IV: REGULATORY REFORM
9 Reforming benchmarks
10 Holding senior bankers to account
Appendix: Fines imposed on banks by regulatory authorities
Index

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