The Spider Network

By: David Enrich

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The Spider Network

In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the largest financial institutions made a startling realization: LIBOR, the London interbank offered rate, which determines the interest rates on trillions in loans worldwide was set daily by a small group of easily manipulated administrators, and that they could reap huge profits by nudging it fractions of a percent to suit their trading portfolios. Tom Hayes, a brilliant but troubled mathematician, became the lynchpin of a wild alliance that included a prickly French trader nicknamed �eoeGollum�e ; the broker �eoeAbbo,�e who liked to publicly strip naked when drinking; a nervous Kazakh chicken farmer known as �eoeDerka Derka�e ; a broker known as �eoeVillage�e (short for �eoeVillage Idiot�e ) who racked up huge expense account bills; an executive called �eoeClumpy�e because of his patchwork hair loss; and a broker uncreatively nicknamed �eoeBig Nose�e who had once been a semi-professional boxer. This group generated incredible riches �e"until it all unraveled in spectacularly vicious, backstabbing fashion. With exclusive access to key characters and evidence, The Spider Network is not only a rollicking account of the scam, but also a provocative examination of a financial system that was crooked throughout.

  • AuthorDavid Enrich
  • Published2017
  • WSRL Tier Tier 1
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