|[February 07, 2013]
New NYU Stern Research Proposes a New Method to Set LIBOR Rates That Could Significantly Reduce the Effect of LIBOR Manipulation
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
The manipulation of LIBOR is in the news as the rate-fixing scandal
widens to other markets, following the British court settlement with the
Royal Bank of Scotland, and reignites the need to reform LIBOR.
In a new
research paper, Professor Marti Subrahmanyam at NYU Stern School of
Business and Professors Alexander Eisl and Rainer Jankowitsch at Vienna
University of Economics and Business find that an alternative
rate-setting process that uses the median of the LIBOR window could
significantly reduce the effect of LIBOR manipulation. Their finings
also demonstrate that the alternative proposed by the Wheatley Review -
to use the mean of the LIBOR window or a random draw from within the
window - in fact, exacerbates the problems of LIBOR manipulation.
The paper also:
• Quantifies the present rate-setting process and compares it to several
alternative rate-setting procedures
• Sheds light on the underlying manipulation incentives by quantifying
their potential effects on the final rate set ("the fixing")
• Shows the possibility for collusion between several market participants
To read the full paper, titled, "Are Interest Rate Fixings Fixed An
Analysis of Libor and Euribor," visit: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm abstract_id=2201013
To speak with Prof.
Marti Subrahmanyam, please contact Joanne Hvala in NYU Stern's
Office of Public Affairs, 212-998-0995 or email@example.com.
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